The Ducks move to #2 after demolishing the Vols
Week 3 in College Football really told us a lot about several teams. The Pac-12 had a very nice weekend against the Big 10, even if it was controversial. In the Wisconsin/Arizona St. game, with the Sun Devils leading 32-30, the Badgers went down the field with no timeouts and positioned themselves for the game winning field goal. However, after quarterback Joel Stave clearly took a knee in the center of the field, with around 10 seconds left the referees never took control of the play to make sure the ball was spotted correctly, nor did they ever motion for the clock to stop. Confusion ensued between the refs and Wisconsin players. In a frantic move Stave tried to spike the ball to stop the clock, but it was too late. Time ran out on the Badgers and the Sun Devils prevailed. An absolutely terrible way to lose a game. The officials, which by the way, were Pac-12 officials were reprimanded this past Monday. Who knows when we will see them on the field again. Other than that, the action was pretty good in the Big 10/Pac-12 Challenge.
The two conferences split the 4 games. None of the games were particularly surprising in my eye. Not even the comeback by UCLA at Nebraska. The Bruins were down early, 21-3 only to score the last 38 points of the game to win 41-21. Another team that was very impressive was the Oregon Ducks. Even though it was Tennessee, a 59-14 beat down like the Ducks laid on the Vols is still noteworthy, because it came against a team from the SEC. Again, there was nothing surprising about how easily Oregon disposed of the Volunteers, but it still was one of the more impressive victories of the weekend. Impressive enough to move the Ducks ahead of Stanford in the rankings. After the game, chants of S-E-C, S-E-C were heard from the crowd. Then, came the chant; ‘We Want Bama! We Want Bama! Keep playing like this and Ducks fans may get their wish.
Speaking of Alabama, the Tide had their hands full with another high octane offense in their battle with the Texas A&M Aggies. Johnny Manziel and the Aggies jumped out to a 14-0 lead before the national anthem, but Bama did what championship level teams do on the road. They stuck to their game plan, eventually taking over the game and enjoying a 42-21 lead going into the 4th quarter. Manziel, who had 562 yards total offense, by himself, led the Aggies to 21 points in the 4th quarter. One of the TD’s was 95 yard pass for a score, that was set up by a TJ Yeldon fumble at the 2 yard line. However, AJ McCarron, who had arguably his best day as Bama quarterback, led Bama on the game clinching drive to keep the Tide unbeaten and on track for a possible 3rd consecutive national title. There’s lots of work to be done on defense, but the offense seems to be coming around for the Crimson Tide.
Last week will definitely go down as one the more memorable weeks of the season. There is some movement in the rankings, but not a whole lot. So, without further ado, lets check it out.
Week 4 College Football Power Rankings (Sixteen with Swag)
1. Alabama Crimson Tide – (This Week: vs Colorado St.) The Tide survived Manziel and College Station, despite giving up over 600 yards of offense. Bama’s offense took up the slack. If you’re still labeling McCarron a ‘game manager’, you didn’t watch the same game I did.
2. Oregon Ducks – (This Week: Idle) After a 59-14 drubbing of Tennessee, the Ducks move into the #2 spot ahead of Stanford. We have 3 weeks remaining before Oregon has their first real test. October 12 at Washington.
3. Stanford Cardinal – (This Week: vs Arizona St.) The Cardinal drop a spot, simply because Oregon looked more dominant. Don’t fret Stanford fans. Everything between you, the Ducks, and the Pac-12 North will be decided Nov. 7 in Palo Alto.
4. Clemson Tigers – (This Week: at NC State) On paper the Tigers should be good until the Seminoles come calling October 19. Clemson is showing to be better defensively than I thought they would. No crime giving up 35 to Georgia. Tigers have been solid otherwise.
5. Ohio St. Buckeyes – (This Week: vs Florida A&M) The Buckeyes got out early on California, and didn’t take their foot off the accelerator. Led by Kenny Guiton, who replaced the injured Braxton Miller, Ohio State was quite impressive. The Rattlers are next then Big Ten play starts vs Wisconsin.
6. LSU Tigers – (This Week: vs Auburn) Zach Mettenberger, became the only LSU QB to throw for over 250 yards in the first two games of a season. Let that sink in for a moment. It’s Tigers vs Tigers this week before the showdown ‘Between the Hedges’ next week.
7. Florida St. Seminoles – (This Week vs Bethune Cookman) The ‘Noles are in chill mode again today. Tricky trip to Boston College is up next week. Not much to say really. Just waiting on October 19 in Death Valley.
8. Georgia Bulldogs – (This Week vs North Texas) Every goal that was set before the season are still in line for the Dawgs. LSU invades Athens next week. That game should be epic, and will go a long way in shaping the SEC and National Championship picture.
9. Texas A&M Aggies – (This Week vs SMU) The Aggies are as bad defensively, as they are good offensively. I’ll still keep them ahead of Michigan, simply because I think they’re better.
10. Louisville Cardinals – (This Week vs FIU) Not much new about the Cardinals, either. They handled their business at Kentucky, and for that I’ll slide them ahead of Michigan. Teddy Bridgewater and the Cards have to hope teams they have to play keep winning, for there to be a shot at finishing in top 2. Not likely.
11. Michigan Wolverines – (This Week at UCONN) To say the Wolverines were unimpressive last week is a major understatement. Very lucky to still be unbeaten. Wolverines should be 7-0 heading into Michigan St. game Nov 2.
12. UCLA Bruins – (This Week vs New Mexico St.) The Bruins were very impressive in their comeback from down 21-3 at Nebraska. We’ll know all we need to know about the Bruins Oct. 19 at Stanford and Oct. 26 at Oregon.
13. South Carolina – (This Week: Idle) Gamecocks handled their business early vs Vandy then hung on for a 10 point win. Good win, but Steve Spurrier can’t be happy with the continued inconsistency of the offense.
14. Oklahoma St. Cowboys – (This Week: Idle) To me, it looks like pretty smooth sailing for the Cowboys. Besides maybe a tough game at Texas, its hard to find a loss before ‘Bedlam’ vs Oklahoma to end the season.
15. Oklahoma Sooners – (This Week: Idle) The Sooners had no trouble vs Tulsa last week. Blake Bell (The BellDozer) is now the starting QB. Still don’t know much about the Sooners, however. We should find out more next week in South Bend against the Irish.
16. Washington Huskies – (This Week: vs Idaho St.) Nice win at Illinois. Should be a breather today, before getting into Pac-12 play. Why the Huskies here and not Miami? Ole Miss? Northwestern? Just a hunch. It will sort itself out soon enough.
Lost its Swag: Notre Dame. The Irish backed up loss Michigan with sub par performance at Purdue.
Got My Eye On: Ole Miss, Miami, Northwestern, Arizona St., and Florida
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