– My oh my, Florida State QB Jameis “Jaboo” Winston has been unconscious this season and this past Saturday against Maryland was the best performance of his young career. Winston threw for 393 and 5 TD’s, in a 63-0 rout of Terps. He has proven in just 4 games that his indeed the real deal, and a dark horse Heisman candidate. His poise, leadership, and football IQ are off the charts, and each game he makes numerous plays that make you scratch your head, in a great way. Couple his abilities with a plethora of weapons, add a defense full of studs that looks to finally be clicking, and the Noles are a formidable task for anyone.
– In two weeks FSU will travel to Clemson in what some are calling the biggest game in the history of the ACC. On Saturday, the Tigers easily handled the Syracuse Orange in the Carrier Dome. This week Clemson will square off with a Boston College team that gave FSU fits two weeks ago. Barring a major upset, the Tigers will welcome in FSU (and likely College Gameday) for a top 6-7 match-up between two undefeated national title contenders. Death Valley will be electric!
– The Oregon Ducks are far and way the best team in the nation. At this point of the season, that really cannot be debated. They have dismantled every single team that has stepped on the field with them, doing so Saturday without their most electrifying player, DeAnthony Thomas. The Ducks dismantled Colorado 57-16 behind 7 total TD’s from QB and my Heisman trophy leader, Marcus Mariota.
– UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is better than advertised. He led his undefeated Bruins squad into a very tough environment Thursday night, to face a very pesky Utah squad and came away with an easy victory. Hundley threw for 211 and a TD, and added 85 yards and a TD on the ground. More important than the stats though, Hundley is a gamer, who very rarely gets rattled and more often than not makes the perfect read. The Bruins are looking good, and Hundley is looking like a sure fire first round draft pick.
– The Ohio State Buckeyes have officially adopted the mantra of the NCAA basketball tournament; survive and advance. The Buckeyes AGAIN snuck out a late victory Saturday night against upset minded Northwestern. Led by bruising running back Carlos Hyde and All-American linebacker Ryan Shazier, the Buckeyes edged out the Wildcats 40-30. They have to lose one of these tight games eventually…right?
– The game of the week though took place in Knoxville. Sheesh, we haven’t heard that in a while. The #6 ranked Georgia Bulldogs came to town an got everything they could handle, and more from the Vols. Veteran QB Aaron Murray was able to lead a late scoring drive to force overtime, and after an inexcusable fumble by Vols RB Alton “pig” Howard into the end zone for a touchback, UGA kicked the game winning FG and got out of town with a victory, but not unscathed. Georgia lost half of their 1-2 RB punch, when Keith Marshall tore his ACL. Starting WR Justin Scott-Wesley also tore his ACL. The SEC east crown may no longer be a formality for the Dawgs.
– The Stanford Cardinal continued their winning ways in a nail biter in Seattle against the #15 ranked Huskies. Stanford came out of the blocks with a Ty Montgomery touchdown on the opening kickoff. The Huskies duo of QB Keith Price and RB Bishop Sankey found the endzone a combined 4 times, but Stanford always answered the bell and squeaked out the 3 point victory. As I’ve said all season, the PAC 12 is fun to watch and will only get better as the conference powers begin playing one another.
– The Texas Longhorns beat Iowa State on Friday….by 1 point. Mack Brown get’s to keep his job for another week. But, with Oklahoma and The Red River Shootout looming, that seat is as hot as ever. Don’t expect OU to feel sorry for Mack, as this one will surely get ugly.
– Bama played some football this week. They won, by a good margin. They also played Georgia State. I don’t even know their mascot for Christ sakes.
– Louisville also played this week. They beat a lowly 0-4 Temple team, 30-7. They were rightfully jumped in the polls by Florida State. Louisville is good, really good, and while it’s not their fault, their conference and in turn, schedule is an absolute joke, an undefeated record won’t even get them to Pasadena.
– This coming Saturday we get three marquee match-ups. Mizzou will travel to Athens to face a depleted UGA team. I believe Murray and a banged up Gurley, will the Dawgs to a win at home. LSU will host the Gators, and officially welcome QB Tyler Murphy to the SEC. Unless Mettenberger takes a huge step back, I got the Tigers winning, easily. Gameday will be at Washington, as the Oregon Ducks will face their biggest test of the year. Keith Price and Bishop Sankey are capable of putting a ton of points up on the scoreboard, but not more than the fast paced Ducks.