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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Week 4 Under Review, PRS Rankings, and Week 5 Looking Picks
Louisville: The Cardinals
crushed FIU 72-0, which was not entirely unexpected. The Cardinals jumped out
to a 38-0 lead at the half, and of course, never looked back. Teddy Bridgewater
did nothing to deter from his Heisman candidacy, but it sure would be nice to
see him up against tougher competition.
Houston: The Cougars won a
hard fought game against Rice on the road, and the Cougars are looking like
they are going to make a run. John O’Korn’s 3 TD passes led the way for the
Rutgers: The Scarlet
Knights came from behind at home, and took down Arkansas 28-24. Rutgers had
trailed by 17 at one point, and then went on a run to take the game, with Gary
Nova returning from injury to toss 2 TDs in the win.
Memphis: The Tigers went to
the ground with Marquis Warford rushing for 173 yards, while Brandon Hayes
added another 114 in a 31-7 win over Arkansas State. The Tigers rolled to 505
yards in offense in the rare win.
Losers Despite Winning
Cincinnati: The Bearcats
played a lethargic game from start to finish, and entered the 4th
tied with arch rival Miami (Ohio) at 0-0. The Bearcats scored twice in the 4th
to pull out a 14-0 win, but this was ugly, as Miami has been terrible this
fall. The Bearcats could be in trouble.
SMU: The Mustangs were
crushed by Texas A&M 42-13, and the offense, while running a lot of plays,
was contained into short pickups, as Garrett Gilbert averaged well under 10
yards per completion. June Jones is now 4 games under .500 as head coach of the
Mustangs. Hot Seat seems appropriate.
UConn: The Huskies had
Michigan on their knees and let them up. This could have been a grand and much
needed win for Paul Pasqualoni, but instead it’s just another home loss.
Clemson: Tahj Boyd passed
for 244 yards and 3 scores, and the Tigers held off some early threats from NC
State to get an early jump on ACC play.
Georgia Tech: The Yellow
Jackets are 3-0, and 1-0 in ACC play. If you want a dark horse in the
conference race early on, it has to be the Ramblng Wreck. They trailed UNC for
a good deal of the game, but never stopped fighting, and controlled tempo after
Wake Forest: Jim Grobe
desperately needed a win, and he gets one on the road at Army. It’s not
impressive, but sometimes you take them where you can get them.
Syracuse: The Orange took a
42-17 lead into the half against Tulane, and then coasted the rest of the way
in a 52-17 win against the struggling Green Wave.
Maryland: The Terps are now
4-0 after blasting West Virginia 37-0 in Baltimore. Maryland led 30-0 heading
into halftime, and now could be for real entering ACC play. They are now worth
struggling to score and wrapping up the 1st quarter in a 0-0 tie
against VMI, the Cavaliers broke loose and scored 42 points total between the 2nd
and the 3rd in a 49-0 win over the Keydets. Daniel Hamm and Kevin
Parks both broke 100 yards rushing on the day.
Florida State: Again, after
a slow start, the Noles crushed Bethune-Cookman 54-6. The MEAC member Wildcats
had already beaten FIU, but posed no problem for FSU, accept for the fact that
Jamies Winston tossed more incompletions (9) in this game than he’d had in his
previous two games (5). Winston completed just 10/19 passes for 148 yards
before being pulled.
Losers Despite Winning
Virginia Tech: The Hokies
were taken into OT by Marshall. Marshall is improving, but the Hokies should
never have had so much trouble putting the Herd away. Beamer is starting to
look rather stale.
Pittsburgh: The Panthers
got the win over Duke to start conference play 1-0, but they very well could
have blown a massive lead, in holding off the Blue Devils 58-55. The defense
completely folded, just like they did against Florida State in the opener. Tom
Savage did pass for 6 TDs in the win, so that’s something.
NC State: The Wolfpack got
some bad breaks in this game, but seemed to lose some fight after the half,
allowing Clemson to pull away. The Pack also drops to 0-1 in ACC play, which is
always a terrible place to be early.
North Carolina: The Heels
aren’t alone, as the entire state had a bad day in league play, as NC State and
Duke also lost in conference play. UNC had a solid lead for most of the game,
and blew it. I keep on hearing Larry Fedora’s name in association with Texas,
but it’s losses like these that have me asking why.
Duke: The Blue Devils were
getting blasted, but somehow only lost by 3, 58-55. It wasn’t basketball, so
the Devils defense deserves a scolding for the second straight week.
Consequently, the Devils have lost two in a row as well.
Minnesota: The Gophers were
in trouble with Phillip Nelson out against an upset minded San Jose State team.
The Gophers turned to their ground game, and despite getting outgained in
yardage for the entire first half, the Gophers managed to control the pace, and
controlled the game.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes
smartly held Braxton Miller out of this one, and never needed him, as they
jumped out to a 55-0 lead at the half against Florida A&M. OSU wins 76-0,
Iowa: The Hawkeyes have
found some success against a fairly easy schedule so far, but it gets real in
Big 100 play next week after an easy 59-3 win over a lost Western Michigan
club. Ferentz doesn’t get out of the Dead Pool until he proves that he can find
success in conference play. The Hawkeyes did get two punt returns for scores in
Penn State: Zach Zwinak
rushed for 3 TDs on 15 carries, while Akeel Lynch rushed for 123 yards on just
14 carries in the 34-0 shutout win over Kent State. The Lions could be a team
that could alter the course of the Big 10 title this season with some solid
wins here and there, but will need to get more consistent play out of Christian
Hackenberg, after he completed just 13 of 35 passes on the day.
Nebraska: The Huskers
survived a wild 1st quarter and trailed South Dakota State 17-14,
and went on to cruise to a 59-20 win over the FCS power house Jackrabbits. Tommy
Armstrong passed for 169 yards, with Ron Kellogg adding 136 yards passing as
both played in relief of an injured Taylor Martinez, who missed the game due to
turf toe. Ameer Abdullah rushed for a career high 139 yards in the win.
beating FCS member Maine by only 14, I consider this a win, as Maine was in our
PRS FCS top ten this week, and had already scored a win over FBS member UMass
this season. It wasn’t pretty, as it took a pair of pick six plays by Damien
Proby and Sean Lowry to seal the deal. The offense is stumbling right now, but
the defense now has 4 defensive TDs on the season.
Wisconsin: The Badgers put
the Arizona State debacle behind them and took the wood to Purdue, 45-10. The
Badgers could have been set up for a letdown this weekend, but came out strong
and early to pound the Boilers.
Losers Despite Winning
Michigan: The Wolverines
survived yet again against an inferior opponent in UConn in East Hartford.
After this game and last week’s near loss to Akron, the Wolverines can no
longer be considered for real, and could be heading into a buzz saw in
Michigan State: A botched
trick play call in the 3rd quarter and yet another putrid offensive performance
were the culprits this week in a 17-13 loss to Notre Dame. It’s becoming more
of a rebuilding season than anything at this point for Sparty.
Purdue: After almost
upsetting Notre Dame last week, the Boilers come out flat as a pancake against
Wisconsin in Big 10 play. What did we learn? Purdue is terrible, and Notre Dame
is not very good right now either.
Indiana: The Hoosiers had a
huge shot to get a big win over an SEC team at home, but proved that they have
not built up any consistency after pounding a solid Bowling Green club last
week. The Hoosiers fell 45-28 to Missouri this weekend, and it’s back to the
drawing board yet again.
Baylor: The Bears scored
huge again in a 70-7 win over UL-Monroe at home. Lache Seastrunk is averaging
over 8 yards per carry on the season, and Bryce Petty is yet another in a line
of great Baylor QBs under Art Briles. Seastrunk rushed for 156 yards on just 10
carries, while Petty passed for 4 TDs. Baylor has now scored 209 points in
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders
are now 4-0 under Kliff Kingsbury, as they beat Texas State 33-7. There are
issues at QB, as the two QBs tossed 3 picks, but the defense stood up, and
forced three turnovers from Texas State QB Tyler Arndt. Tech finished with over
500 yards of offense on the day.
Texas: Perhaps nobody in
the nation was a bigger winner on the night than Texas and Mack Brown. Texas
defeated Kansas State 31-21, holding off a late rally by the Wildcats, after
getting blown out two weeks in a row. The win takes some heat off of Brown, but
not all of it. Texas has to build on this now.
Losers Despite Winning
Kansas: The Jayhawks
stumbled to a 13-10 win over Louisiana Tech, but this isn’t a good Bulldog club
that Kansas just beat. It’s great to get a second win, but it was ugly, and
telling for the rest of the season. Remember, KU had to outscore La. Tech 10-0
in the 4th to get this win, including a 52 yard FG as the clock hit
West Virginia: Lost to
Maryland 37-0. Dana Holgorson had never been shut out before as a head coach or
an assistant, and has gone through 3 QBs this season with no luck. His reputation
is taking hit after hit.
Kansas State: The Wildcats
fell into pretender status, as they fell to a beaten down Texas team by 10.
Even when they had opportunities, turnovers plagued the Cats, especially the
late red zone fumble.
UAB: The Blazers got their
first win of the season against an improving Northwestern State club, and didn’t
really struggle to get the win, winning by 24. You can’t get too excited just
yet, because UAB was supposed to win this game.
UT-San Antonio: The
Roadrunners took their first ever game played in CUSA, and won it on the road
at UTEP by rolling out to a 25-10 lead at the half. Larry Coker has this young
program moving in the right direction, and don’t be surprised if UTSA is better
in conference play than people think.
Losers Despite Winning
Middle Tennessee: The
Raiders had to go to OT to take out Florida Atlantic, and the Owls are hardly a
juggernaut in CUSA action. Something is missing with MTSU, and it’s going to
turn ugly if they can’t figure it out.
Florida Atlantic: The Owls
have shown signs of improvement, but against bad or average football teams.
They had Middle Tennessee on the ropes, and let them off the hook. FAU may be
ok in a year or two, but losing games like this are painful.
Florida International: When
you lose 72-0 as an FBS program, what more can you say?
Louisiana Tech: Tech has
struggled in the post Dykes era, but this loss kind of hurts. They had Kansas
within reach, and missed.
Marshall: The Herd had
Virginia Tech scared, but allowed the game to go into OT, where they battled
the weather, and failed to score in three tries. A sure thing dropped TD pass
sealed their fate.
North Texas: The Eagles had
Georgia running scared in Athens, but with the game tied at 21 in the 3rd,
UGA took off on a 24-0 run, and the Eagles allowed a 98 yard TD pass in the
game, a record long in UGA history.
Tulane: The Green Wave gave
up 42 at the half to Syracuse. This is not something to be proud about. Curtis
Johnson’s club is not improving, and he heads into year three in 2014.
Rice: The Owls fought hard,
but eventually fell to cross town rival Houston by 5. The only good news is
that a year ago, this would have been a conference loss. Still, the loss keep
David Bailiff on the Hot Seat once again.
UTEP: The Miners fell at
home to UTSA. The rebuilding job continues in Sean Kugler’s first year, but the
roster needs some work. Playmakers are lacking both on offense and defense. The
Miners need a spark.
Losers Despite Winning
Notre Dame: The Irish look
a bit adrift right now, and even though they beat rival Michigan State, it was a
completely uninspired win, accept for the defense, not that MSU threw all that
much that was challenging at them.
Army: The Cadets are lost
right now, and the offense is completely ineffective after having to replace 4
year starter Trent Steelman at QB. Rich Ellerson could start to feel some heat,
but this team is in rebuild mode.
BYU: The Cougars are
completely inconsistent right now, especially QB Taysom Hill, who was not good
this week. They need to find an identity that will stick week after week.
New Mexico State: Despite
some early successes against UCLA, the Aggies still got toasted by a score of
59-13. The Bruins easily could have scored 80 if not for their early stumbles.
Idaho: The Vandals never
seem to get any better, and this week was no different, falling 42-0 to
Washington State. New coach, same old story.
Toledo: David Fluellen
rushed for 197 yards in leading the Rockets to a 38-17 win in the MAC opener,
and Toledo looks like they can start a run after a rough start.
Ball State: Jahwan Edwards
scored three TDs on 15 carries, and the Cardinals scored 34 points by halftime
to move to 3-1 on the season. Keith Wenning passed for 317 yards, and hit
Jordan Williams twice for scores.
Ohio: Tyler Tettleton
completed 13 of 15 passes, and three of those completions went for TDs as the
Bobcats defense shut out FCS member Austin Peay 38-0.
Bowling Green: The Falcons
bounced back from a huge road loss to Indiana to blow out FCS member Murray
State 48-7. Matt Johnson completed 19 of 22 passes for 244 yards while scoring
3 TDs on the day in the win over the Racers.
Losers Despite Winning
Northern Illinois: The
huskies have picked up back to back suspect wins, barely escaping Eastern
Illinois 43-39 just a week after struggling to beat Idaho, one of the worst
teams in the nation. The Huskies have to get it together.
Central Michigan: The
Chippewas fall to 1-3, and 0-1 in MAC play after losing by 3 TDs to Toledo. Dan
Enos is running out of breath while swimming in the Dead Pool.
UMass: The Minutemen are
clearly out of their element in FBS football, but played admirably against
Vanderbilt in the 24-7 loss at home.
Western Michigan: I have no
idea how things got so bad for the Broncos, but losing to Iowa 59-3, when
conference mate Northern Illinois beat Iowa, is bad for the program.
Eastern Michigan: Ron
English has to be done after losing to Ball State by 31 in the MAC opener. It’s
become obvious that the program has regressed in the last two seasons.
Kent State: Speaking of
regression…Paul Haynes has his work cut out for him in getting the Golden
Flashes back to where they were a year ago. Pieces, and playmakers, are
Miami (Ohio): Miami is
inept offensively. The program is sinking, and even though the defense took
advantage of a slumping Cincinnati offense, the offense left that defense
hanging in a 14-0 loss.
Akron: The Zips are
improving, but after losing to Louisiana-Lafayette by 5, the Zips have to turn
these close losses into wins. I think those wins could be coming.
Fresno State: The Bulldogs
have beaten two bowl teams by a total of two points this fall. The defense has
to come together, but the Bulldogs are showing resilience.
UNLV: The Rebels picked up
their second consecutive win last weekend in defeating W. Illinois 38-7,
evening out their record at 2-2. The Rebels must now prove they can beat
someone other than one of the worst programs in the nation (C. Michigan) and an
FBS program (WIU).
Wyoming: Brett Smith broke
a school single game record for total offense (511 yards) in a 56-23 thrashing
of Air Force, and the Cowboys are now 3-1 on the season.
Nevada: There has probably
never been a better time to get Hawaii on the schedule after the Wolfpack took
two solid blow out beatings at the hands of UCLA and Florida State. Nevada
evens their record now at 2-2 after the 31-9 win.
Losers Despite Winning
Boise State: The Broncos
now have two early losses in the first time in, well, forever after falling
41-40 at Fresno State. The Broncos defense is a mess, and the offense will not
be able to carry them forever.
San Jose State: The Spartan
defense was victimized on the ground all day long at Minnesota, and SJSU was
never really in the game. David Fales did all he can do, but he needs help.
Utah State: It has now been
proven that if Chuckie Keeton cannot run, USU cannot win. He was held to -36
yards rushing on the day at USC, and even though the defense kept the Aggies in
it until the very end, the rest of the offense around Keeton never came alive.
Colorado State: The Rams
traveled to Alabama, and even though they caused the Tide to have some bumpy
moments, they never really challenged for the road upset.
San Diego State: When SDSU
had Oregon State on the ropes, and all they needed to do was run down some
clock to preserve their win, they decided to pass, and it turned into a pick
six, and the Aztecs lost a game that they controlled for most of four quarters
34-30. Bad play calling by Rocky Long and Bob Toledo doomed the Aztecs, who are
Hawaii: The Rainbows are
still winless after losing by 22 to Nevada on the road in conference play. With
all of 9 points scored, that Norm Chow is really proving his legendary status
on offense again and again. Please beware the dripping sarcasm.
Air Force: Air Force is now
1-3, with their only win coming against FCS Colgate. In every loss, the Falcons
have been blown out. This week was no exception against Wyoming, at home.
Believing in that Troy Calhoun Hot Seat piece yet?
Winners Washington: The Huskies are
looking like they can challenge the power structure in the North, but had an
easy win over Idaho State this week.
Utah: The Utes defense held
strong in the final Holy War game against BYU until 2016, beating the Cougars
20-13. The Utes get a huge chance to make a statement next week against UCLA in
UCLA: The Bruins could have
put up 80 on New Mexico State if not for three red zone turnovers. Other than
that, UCLA is cruising early this fall, averaging over 50 points per game in
wins over Nevada, Nebraska, and NMSU.
Washington State: The
Cougars are getting stronger, and could easily be undefeated if not for a the
bump in the road loss to Auburn in the opener. Mike Leach is doing a stellar
job in Pullman.
Losers Despite Winning
USC: The Trojans could
have, and should have lost at home to Utah State. The defense has carried the
Trojans, and that defense may very well run out of steam in PAC-12 play.
Stanford: The Cardinal
jumped out to a 29-0 lead at home against Arizona State, and then let their
foot off of the pedal to hang onto a 14 point win. I’m not sure what to think,
but the Cardinal seems to be missing a spark, and has not played a complete
football game yet in 2013.
Oregon State: The Beavers
needed a late pick 6 to come from behind and beat San Diego State, who is
winless. He Beavers will be in for some trouble in conference play after
struggling this month.
Arizona State: ASU was the
lone outright loser in the bunch. Just when you want to believe in the Sun
Devils, they lay an egg like they did at Stanford. The comeback was nice, but
way too little after falling behind by 29.
Alabama: It wasn’t always
pretty, and the run game pretty much sucked, but the Tide handled the Rams like
they should have, winning 34-6. No matter their struggles, Alabama is still the
best team in the country.
Texas A&M: The Aggies
cruised past SMU, which is something that they should have done. I am waiting
for the Aggies to play another worthy opponent like Alabama to see how they
hold up. Not sure yet. They more than covered against the Mustangs though.
Mississippi State: The
Bulldogs scored 62 against Troy, a team that can score a little. The defense
held the Trojans to just 7 points. It was a solid week for Dan Mullen’s club,
but there may be beatings ahead with SEC play really gearing up.
LSU: The Tigers survived
their first major conference challenge at home against Auburn. This week’s road
trip against Georgia continues a difficult month for the Bayou Bengals. They
are surviving with flying colors so far.
Missouri: The 45-28 win
over Indiana was more than important for the Tigers, who proved that they could
survive a road challenge. This game was no cupcake.
Losers Despite Winning
Vanderbilt: The Commodores,
who have failed to live up to moderate expectations so far in 2013, stumbled to
lead hapless UMass by just 3 at the half, and won by scoring only 24 points.
The defense saved the day, but something is wrong in Nashville.
Georgia: The Bulldogs beat
North Texas by 24, but they were tied in the third quarter before the Bulldogs
took off on a late 24-0 run to seal that win 45-21. They were obviously looking
ahead to LSU, but left themselves exposed by doing so and were fairly lucky
that the pendulum didn’t swing the other way.
Florida: The Gators beat
Tennessee by 17, but it was an ugly win that was hugely clouded over by losing
Jeff Driskell. I believe that Troy Murphy could be better than Driskell, but it’s
still a bad loss. Driskell wasn’t the only loss either.
Tennessee: The Vols are
garbage, and they lose their starting QB for 4 weeks. There is nothing good
about what’s going on in Knoxville, so rebuilding it is, or, just building.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks
had a 17 point lead over Rutgers on the road, and lost by 4. They must have
borrowed the “Blown Lead Playbook” from Nebraska.
Auburn: The Tigers had a
chance to make a road splash at LSU last weekend, and it didn’t go so well. The
Tigers now sink back to the lower ranks of the SEC power grid.
Western Kentucky: The
Hilltoppers blasted Morgan State, but then again, they should have.
Losers Despite Winning
UL-Lafayette: The Cajuns
lost a chance for a huge win by struggling to beat Akron on the road by a large
number. They were lucky to escape and win by 5. To their credit, Akron is an
improving football team that hasn’t figured a way to win close games.
Georgia State: Another loss
to an FCS program. Another question as to why GSU is not playing on the FCS
UL-Monroe: The War Hawks
gave up to 70 to Baylor. Doesn’t everyone do that these days?
Arkansas State: If you lose
to Memphis, you deserve to get put down like Ole’ Yeller.
Texas State: Did anyone
think that the Bobcats would keep up with Texas Tech? Anyone?
Troy: Larry Blakeney, the
Dead Pool is calling. The Trojans are irrelevant in the Sun Belt, and
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