From the outset of Saturday’s games, it did not look like we were in for a good weekend of college football. That thought was proven wrong. Leonard Fournette did it again, solidifying himself as an early season Heisman favorite, TCU and Texas Tech put on an offensive show and an early candidate for game of the year, Oregon looked about as UnOregon as they possibly could, and finally the Florida vs Tennessee game actually meant something again.
The LSU Tigers made their first trip to New York since the 1940’s to go play the Syracuse Orange. LSU, heavily favored struggled a little until the finally putting the Orange away in the 4th quarter. LSU continued to ride Leonard Fournette into the promise land. Fournette had 244 yards, on 26 carries and another 2 TD’s.
#3 TCU vs Texas Tech. WOW. If you did not watch this game, you missed out. There was a combined 1,357 yards, 107 points, 14 TD’s, and 1 lucky tip to win the game for #3 TCU. https://vine.co/v/exdt9exdTnV
The surprise of the weekend happened in Autzen Stadium with Utah coming in and blowing out the Oregon Ducks 62-20. This game was a blowout from the start. Utah QB Travis Wilson had 227 yards in the air on 18/30 passing with 4 TD’s. Wilson also ran for 100 yards and a TD. A name to look out for is Devontae Booker, who is the starting running back for Utah. He had 98 yards on 22 carries, and is one of the most underrated players in the country.
Now for the game of the week, which had the Florida Gators against the Tennessee Volunteers. For the second time this year, Tennessee lost a late lead and the game when Will Grier on 4th & 14 found Antonio Callaway for a 63 yard TD to take a 28-27 lead. Tennessee would have some time left and missed a 55 yard field goal as time expired to win the game.
This game, under former Florida coach Will Muschamp, would have probably gone in Tennessee’s favor. Under new coach Jim Mcelwain, this Gators team seems confident in their abilities to win games. “The Swamp” has not sounded that loud since the Urban Meyer era at Florida.
Top 5 Teams Trending Up
1. Stanford Cardinal- A very solid performance on Thursday night against Oregon State. That early season loss to Northwestern seems to be a distant memory, and not a terrible loss if NW continues to win (4-0).
2. Texas A & M Aggies- A tough victory over Arkansas. Kyle Allen looks like the real deal, making Aggie fans wanting to keep him in full time instead of giving reps to highly-touted freshman Kyler Murray.
3. Duke Blue Devils- This might’ve been a case of Notre Dame beating Georgia Tech two times, but no denying this early ACC matchup win for the Blue Devils.
4. Northwestern Wildcats- Skinning by against Ball State 24-19, but the Wildcats are 4-0. We will find out more about this team in the next two weeks as they play Minnesota and then go to the “Big House” to play Michigan.
5.UCLA Bruins- Injuries, injuries, and more injuries. It does not matter to the Bruins as they smacked Arizona 56-30. The “Rosen One” aka Josh Rosen, freshman QB is the real deal. The Pac-12 is going to be really happy when he leaves in 3 years.
Top 5 Teams Trending Down
1. Auburn Tigers- Another loss? Where is Gus Malzahn’s offense. Sean White did not play awful, but a red zone INT and lack of north-south running is causing the Tigers to be one of the most overhyped teams in recent history.
2. Arizona Wildcats- Rich Rod just can’t seem to beat those Bruins. A lot of their 30 points were scored in junk time for the Bruins.
3. Virginia Cavaliers- No one expected UVA to be a great team, but to lose that bad at home to Boise? Mike London is most likely going to be looking for a job after the season.
4. Arkansas Razorbacks- 1-3…. They still have to play LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State.
5. Texas Longhorns- Two weeks in a row, special teams has cost Texas a game. Jerrod Heard has promise, but Texas needs to get the third phase of the game retooled.
1. Leonard Fournette (LSU) – Is anyone going to be able to tackle Fournette? Just another 244 yards and 2 TD’s this past weekend.
2. Trevone Boykin (TCU)- 34/54, 485 Yards, 4 TD’s. Numbers don’t lie, Boykin is the real deal in the TCU spread out attack.
3. Nick Chubb (UGA)- Only 15 carries for 131 yards in minimal work this week. Chubb extends his streak of 100+ rushing yards in a game to 12.
4. Chad Kelly (Ole Miss)- Down week for Kelly, 24/42 for 321 yards. He threw 2 INT’s against a bad Vandy team. This will not be a trend, look for Kelly to show the dominance he had the first 3 games of the season.
5. Josh Doctson (TCU) – 18 catches for 267 yards and 3 TD’s. No, this was not a video game, this was Doctson’s stats against Texas Tech. He has 593 yards and 6 TD’s on the season already.