Boise State and Fresno State treated us to a classic Friday night, but then it was all downhill from there.
The Bests and Worsts of Week 4:
Worst: The Schedule
I don’t like to start things on a down note, but that’s how bad this past week’s slate of games was. You know when your favorite radio station goes to commercial and then you try to switch to another station for a bit but ALL of the stations are on commercial at the same time? Yeah, basically the college football world was on commercial this week.
Four teams dropped 70+ points (Ohio State, Louisville, Baylor and Miami) and thirteen teams scored more than 50 points last weekend. On the surface it looks like we should applaud this type of offensive excellence, but when the competition was so bad that games ended with running clocks and abbreviated fourth quarters, we have know choice but to complain about the cupcake feast that was Week 4. Even the lone ranked vs. ranked match-up, Stanford-Arizona State, was a dud (more on this later).
Best: A Bronco-Bulldog Classic
The Boise State-Fresno State tilt was so good that I’m going to lump it in with Week 3 since it deserves better than the snooze fest that was Week 4.
Fresno State, led by Derek Carr’s fantastic performance, outlasted Boise State late Friday night to notch their first win against the boys in blue since 2005. Carr was sensational, going 39-of-60 for 460 yards and four touchdowns, while BSU QB Joe Southwick (and his mustache) was almost as good as he was 31-of-45 for 313 yards.
It looked like the Broncos were going to pull off yet another win against the Bulldogs after they used a 21-0 run to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, but Carr and company methodically marched down the field to score the deciding touchdown to win the game 41-40.
This was the type of game that Boise State usually wins, but this doesn’t seem like your usual Boise State team. I got to admit, it’s kind of weird seeing “2-2” next to the Broncos’ W/L column.
Worst: Michigan’s Post-Irish Syndrome
For the second week in a row, the Wolverines escaped with a W by the skin of their teeth. This time it was against lowly UConn, of getting punked by Towson fame.
Are the Irish THAT bad or have the Wolverines been sleep walking since that win over ND?
Does anybody want to step up in the Legends division?
Is Devin Gardner going to honor Tom Harmon all year?
So many questions…
Best: CSU beat Bama…for one quarter
Six to zip.
Yes, the Tide eventually imposed their will on the Rammies and cruised to a 31-6 win, but admit it, you were worried. After a sluggish first half, the Rams pulled within 17-6 after they “dominated” the third quarter 6-0. Then Bama did what they normally do and capitalized on a late Garrett Grayson fumble and put the hammer down on any upset hopes.
Wins are wins, but the Tide haven’t looked THAT impressive so far this year. At least by their standards.
Worst: That Stanford-ASU “Showdown”
The final score, 42-28, is a lie…a BIG FAT LIE.
You knew going into this week that we were going to be treated to some bad football. The only glimmer of hope was the sole ranked on ranked matchup between #5 Stanford and #23 Arizona State. That glimmer was smashed into a million pieces almost immediately as the Cardinal built a 29-0 lead by halftime. The game was well in hand by the end of the third quarter before the Sun Devils compiled a few garbage time TDs to make the score look waaaaayy better than it actually was.
Can we get to that Stanford-Oregon game already?
Best/Worst: The Ying and Yang of Randy Edsall and Dana Holgorson
West Virginia finished their game against Maryland with as many first downs (6) as turnovers (6).
After the Terps dominating win against the Mountaineers, they are now 4-0.
Remember when Edsall was pretty much guaranteed to be fired by mid-season and Holgorson was the next big thing in coaching?
What the hell is going on out here?
Worst: Can Manziel kick too?
Texas A&M missed three missed extra points. Starting kicker Taylor Bertolet missed two consecutive extra points and then Josh Lambo missed his attempt after the snap was bobbled. You know Johnny Manziel can outdo his Heisman campaign? Have him account for all seven points on each of his scoring drives. *does the Manziel Money gesture*
Best: Dat Onside Kick
Obligatory Samantha Steele* Photo:
*Her mama call her Steele, I’mma call her Steele
The Top 25 Recapped…sort of:
No. 1 Alabama 31 (3-0) , Colorado State 6 (1-3)
No. 3 Clemson 26 (3-0) , North Carolina State 14 (2-1): This looked like it was going to one of those vintage Thursday night upsets, but the Tigers weren’t going to have any of it, specifically defensive end Vic Beasley. Beasley was BEASTLY as he finished with three sacks, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and five total tackles.
No. 4 Ohio State 76 (4-0) , Florida A&M 0 (1-3): I think the Bucks just scored again.
No. 5 Stanford 42 (3-0) , No. 23 Arizona State 28 (2-1)
No. 6 LSU 35 (4-0) , Auburn 21 (3-1): LSU is on a roll this year, but I’m calling LSU QB Zach Mettenberger throws at least three picks between the hedges next week.
No. 7 Louisville 72 (4-0) , Florida International 0 (0-4)
No. 8 Florida State 54 (3-0) , Bethune-Cookman 6 (3-1): Only 54 points? You’re slacking JAMEIS.
No. 9 Georgia 45 (2-1) , North Texas 21 (2-2)
No. 10 Texas A&M 42 (3-1) , Southern Methodist 13 (1-2)
No. 13 UCLA 59 (3-0) , New Mexico State 13 (0-4)
No. 15 Michigan 24 (4-0) , Connecticut 21 (0-3)
No. 16 Miami (FL) 77 (3-0) , Savannah State 7 (1-3): Al Golden and company are off to a great start this year, but you gave up a touchdown to Savannah State? You’re slackin’ man…
No. 17 Washington 56 (3-0) , Idaho State 0 (2-1)
No. 18 Northwestern 35 (4-0) , Maine 21 (3-1)
No. 19 Florida 31 (2-1) , Tennessee 17 (2-2): Am I crazy to think that Florida’s offense might be better off without Jeff Driskell?
No. 20 Baylor 70 (3-0) , Louisiana-Monroe 7 (2-2): If there was ever a year for Baylor to win the Big XII, it’s now.
No. 22 Notre Dame 17 (3-1) , Michigan State 13 (3-1)
No. 24 Wisconsin 41 (3-1) , Purdue 10 (1-3)
No. 25 Texas Tech 33 (4-0) , Texas State 7 (2-1)
Must-see TV for Week 5:
LSU at Georgia, Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET): The Battle of the Georgia Quarterbacks should be an exciting one. LSU is looking great as Zach Mettenberger is thriving under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s system, but I’m still not sold on Metterberger. This game will go a long way in changing my mind about him.
Oklahoma at Notre Dame, Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET): Oklahoma QB Blake Bell will be making his second career start against the veteran Irish D so the points may be at a premium for the Sooners. However, I think Bob Stoops’ defense will be up to the task as well making this another slugfest for the Irish.
Ole Miss at Alabama (6:30 p.m. ET): Is Bama on upset alert? Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell seems to think so.
Wisconsin at Ohio State, Saturday (8 p.m. ET): These guys have played in some doozies through the years, and I don’t expect any different this Saturday.