Much like what my colleague Joshua does with the NFL on Tuesday’s, I will be bringing you a complete overview of the news and notes in college football from the previous weekend. This piece will run every Monday from now until a National Champion is crowned in January. For those of you that know me, and/or follow me on twitter, it’s no secret that I prefer college football to the NFL. While the product on NFL field’s is superior to that of college football, the campus environment, the pageantry, (the co-eds), the passion, I just can’t get enough. Whether it’s Wednesday night MAC-tion or Saturday night in prime-time, if there’s college football on a television, you can bet that’s where my unwavering attention will be. Without further ado, let’s recap week 4 of the college football season.
– Jameis Winston IS the real deal. As you may or may not know, both Professor Corria and I are die hard FSU fans, so I figured I’d address the elephant in the room. Winston could honestly put up better numbers as a redshirt freshman than Johnny Hancock did at A&M last year. Watch out for the Noles!
– Alabama isn’t quite “Alabama”. This Crimson Tide team is not the team we’ve become accustomed to over the last few years. They struggled for nearly a half against a lowly Colorado State team. It’s early, and this team will only get better, but they’re a far cry from last year’s powerhouse.
– Oregon has not missed a beat without Chip Kelly. The Ducks have come out flying so far this season, scoring points at a record pace. QB Marcus Mariotta has to be the early Heisman favorite, but I do believe the loss of Kelly will come into play later on in the season.
– How good is Stanford? After a great first half against a solid Arizona State team, they got a little lackadaisical and nearly let ASU pull the upset. While Stanford will surely compete for a PAC-12 title, I don’t know if I’m ready to include them in the (wide open) national championship race.
– Do the Buckeyes have a QB controversy? In one word, no. Kenny Guiton has stepped in a played beautifully for the banged up Braxton Miller (expected back next week) throwing a school record 6 TD passes last Saturday against FAMU, but Miller is the QB in Columbus, and the only one who can get them to Pasadena.
– Panic time in Gainesville? In one word, absolutely! Starting QB Jeff Driskel went down broken fibulla against Tennessee, and is out for the season. While he’s grossly underachieved, he gave them the best opportunity to win this season. Backup QB Tyler Murphy was mediocre stepping in for Driskel and eked out a win against a horrid Vols team. Florida went from an SEC title contender, to a potential 4 loss team.
– Miami hung 70 on the scoreboard against the little sister’s of the poor, excuse me, I mean Savannah State, a school record for the Canes. Don’t get to far ahead of yourselves Miami fans, they aren’t THAT good. Miami has yet to face a good offense that can feast of the lack of size they have on the defensive side, and QB Stephan Morris hasn’t proved he can be consistent enough to make the Canes a threat in the ACC. Don’t let the #15 ranking fool you.
– Teddy Bridgewater continued his hot start with a dominating win at home against FIU. It was so bad that both teams agreed to a running clock in the 4th quarter. While Louisville’s schedule is set up for them to run the table, the Cards virtually have no shot at the National Championship as their schedule just won’t cut it. Even if they go undefeated, they’d likely be jumped by a 1 loss team from any of the major conferences.
– Boy is the PAC 12 going to be fun to watch this season. Typically we get one or two teams from the PAC 12 with a legit shot to win it all. Lately it’s been Oregon and USC before that. This year we have Stanford, and Oregon at the top, with teams like UCLA, Arizona State, Washington, and Cal all looking to make some noise this season. Plus, we get Gus Johnson on the call, I’m all in on the PAC 12!
– Saturday night, Utah traveled to Provo to play BYU, in what was the 100th game between the two universities. Utah snuck away with the win, in one of Saturday’s best games. Unfortunately, these two rivals won’t face off again until 2016. It was fitting that the game would come down to the last play. Hats off to both programs.
There you have it folks, week four in college football. We have some great games on the slate next weekend including Oklahoma at Notre Dame, LSU at Georgia, Cal at Oregon, Ole Miss at Bama, and Wisconsin at Ohio State. Be sure to stay tuned to The Triangle Offense as we ramp up the football coverage, and be sure to follow myself on Twitter (@YeahFlanny)