Monday Morning Quarterback: By @YeahFlanny

– 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.

Quick Hitters-

– 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.


Monday Morning Quarterback: with @YeahFlanny

With another great week of college football in the books, we are roughly a third of the way through the 2013 season. There were numerous highly anticipated match-ups in college football this past Saturday, with the SEC again stealing the spotlight. Let’s get into the week 5 headlines.

– Alabama isn’t quite ready to relinquish the crown. After some criticism from everyone, including myself, the Crimson Tide shutout Ole Miss in impressive fashion. Ole Miss has a very young, talented group, but the hype they’ve received thus far is very deceiving. While I do not believe Bama is the best team in the country as of today, they’ll only get better each and every week.

– Did y’all see what Oregon did in a monsoon Saturday night? That Ducks offense is something else. The speedy Ducks overcame a slippery track and were still able to dismantle Cal, 55-16. Things weren’t all roses for the Ducks as Mr. Everything De’Anthony Thomas severely rolled his ankle during a punt return. He was seen on crutches in the 2nd half, and his diagnosis will be pivotal to Oregon’s long-term success.

– The Buckeyes just continue to find a way to get it done. Ohio State faced their toughest test of the year so far on Saturday, when the Wisconsin Badgers traveled to Columbus, giving OSU everything they could handle. Heisman candidate Braxton Miller again took his rightful place under center and threw for a career high 4 TD’s. The Buckeyes are legit BCS title contenders, but while going undefeated for one season is tough, doing it two years in a row is nearly impossible.

– Let me take the opportunity to tip my cap to both Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger for exceptional performances on Saturday afternoon. Both quarterbacks came out and lit it up against two of the best defenses in not only the SEC, but the entire country. Murray’s stat line was a bit more impressive and he was able to lead his team to the victory over the #6 ranked Tigers. The chips are beginning to fall in the SEC, and the cream is starting to rise.

– Is Oklahoma for real? After an impressive win in South Bend over the Fighting Irish, the Sooners moved to 4-0 and are now ranked just outside the top ten, at #11. The BIG 12 is wide open this season, with preseason favorites Ok State and Texas A&M both having a single blemish on their record. Texas Tech also sits at 4-0, but it would be negligent to concede the BIG 12 to any one of these teams this early in the season.

– Maybe Al Davis was on to something. Not only was Lane Kiffen fired after Saturday’s horrendous loss at Arizona State, but he was escorted off the bus upon arriving at LAX, and not welcomed back to campus. I mean, even Rosa Parks was allowed to stay on the bus, they just wanted her to move to the back. In all seriousness, this was a necessary move for USC if they ever want to regain all the respect they’ve lost during the Kiffen era. Kiffen is an absolute joke, and he has not done one singular thing to warrant the numerous coaching opportunities that have came his way. Southern Cal should go after names such as Franklin, Sumlin, and Strong, but it seems as if Denver Broncos DC Jack Del Rio, who has strong ties to SC, may be the leader in the clubhouse.

– Maryland has vaulted into the top 25 for the first time since the end of the 2010 season. In one of only three top 25 match-ups this weekend, the Terps travel to Tallahassee to face the #8 ranked Seminoles, and redshirt Freshman sensation, Jameis Winston. The Terps feature a solid group of wideouts, headlined by play-making sophomore Stefon Diggs. The Noles are double digit favorites and barring a major collapse they should move to 5-0, with a top 10 showdown at Clemson looming after their bye week.

– The second top 25 match-up this weekend will showcase two of the best teams in the Pac 12. The #5 ranked Stanford Cardinal will host the #15 ranked Huskies of Washington. Coach Sark has the Huskies running, and throwing on all cylinders early in the season. “U Dub” should create the toughest test for Stanford so far this season, but expect Coach Shaw and QB Kevin Hogan to be ready for the Huskies best shot come Saturday evening.

– This Saturday College Gameday will travel to Evanston….yes, Evanston, home of the Northwestern Wildcats for their showdown with the Buckeyes of Ohio State. The Wildcats are undefeated so far this year and will look to knock off the Big 10 favorites in prime time. I don’t envision scenarios in which that happens. Braxton Miller seems to be fully healthy and the Ryan Shazier led defense will surely gives the Wildcats “fitz” all night long.

Monday Morning Quarterback: with @YeahFlanny

NCAA Football: Florida State at Pittsburgh

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)