It was another wild Saturday of college football action with plenty of plot twists and unforeseen outcomes. Let’s delve right into it with my Top Ten Takeaways from yesterday’s slate of games.
- The B1G got EMBARRASSED on Saturday. Humiliated. Rutgers lost to Kansas (Yes, Kansas, at football) by 41-points. Northwestern lost to the Zips of Akron. Nebraska and Scott Frost (we will get to Mr. Frost later on) lost at home to Troy. Wisconsin was defeated by BYU and Maryland got drilled by Temple (Yes, Temple). A few weeks ago we were debating if the Big10 vs the SEC, as we always do, and I think it’s safe to say, that in 2018 the SEC reigns supreme.
- A tip of the cap to “Coach O” and L-S-U!!! They have by far the most impressive resume right now in CFB. They’ve housed Miami on a neutral field and stunned Auburn on the plains, entering as a double-digit road dog. At this rate LSU is looking like a 10-win team. I’ll stand by them losing to Georgia and Alabama but they DO get them BOTH at HOME. Stock is soaring for the Tigers. They’ll have a 3-game stretch over 4-weeks where they play #3 Georgia, #16 Miss St and #1 Alabama between October 13th and November 3rd, all of which are in Death Valley. More on LSU in a bit.
- Coach Derek Mason and the Vanderbilt Commodores had quite an interesting day in South Bend. Vandy lost 22-17 but could have EASILY of won this game in many different fashions. I’m not sure if I should be mad that they blew many chances (many self inflicted wounds in the red-zone) or if I should be proud of how they pushed Notre Dame to the brink. Regardless, they were more physical than the vaunted Wolverines of Michigan were, led by overrated Jim Harbaugh.
- The Ohio State Buckeyes have done what many thought they would and many were rooting against: They’ve gone 3-0 in the absence of Urban Meyer. Ohio State rolled into Dallas-Forth Worth and got exactly what the experts in the desert were predicting, a 12-point win. Now the Buckeyes get their Head Coach back, in a conference that just took one on the chin yesterday. Expect the Buckeyes to continue going all scorched Earth on their opponents.
- After yesterday’s LSU win and a terrible performance all around by the B1G can I make this argument? The SEC has 3 of the 4 best teams in the country!? Would you hold it against me or tell me I’m flat-out delusional in thinking that Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and LSU are the 4-best programs right now, at this very moment? LSU entered this week 12th and 13th in both the AP and Coaches Poll. They should shoot up to #5 in my opinion, at a bare minimum. They are playing like 1 of the 4 best teams in the country.
- The Vols got a 24-0 win over UTEP on Rocky Top but it was downright ugly. On Wednesday, Jeremy Pruitt was not happy with how his team practiced and it sure looked like that carried over to game-day. How you practice is how you play, or so they say. That certainly looked like the case on Saturday. The Volunteers are now 2-1 after outscoring ETSU and UTEP 83-3 over the last two weeks but now the season truly begins. Maybe the Vols were looking ahead to Florida, maybe they were just disinterested in UTEP. The Vols and Gators meet Saturday night on ESPN. I have no idea what to expect.
- We would like to thank the Ole Miss Rebels for participating in last night’s game against #1 Alabama. Congrats are in order for your opening play touchdown strike just seconds into this game. 1-play, 1-touchdown, 7-0 Rebels. After that, Alabama opened up a can on Ole Miss outscoring them 62-0 and finishing the game with 4th and 5th string players. The question isn’t who can beat Alabama, the question is who can keep them under 50-points?
- I’ve said for months that Willie Taggart stinks. Maybe people can see my point now? The Florida State Seminoles are an absolute dumpster fire right now. Congrats to Syracuse.
- Scott Frost and Nebraska look like they have a lot of work ahead of them. Frost entered 2018 as the most talked about head coach in a new place and has underwhelmed mightily. Can anyone recall the last time Nebraska started off 0-2? How about 1957.
- Kudos to Jim Harbaugh on another win over a stellar squad in SMU. The Wolverines won 45-20. Great job by the Michigan defense keeping the “Pony Express” in check. (Insert heavy sarcasm)
My CFB 4-team Playoff as of TODAY:
- Ohio State
My CFB Top-10
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
My Heisman 4:
- Kyler Murray
- Dwayne Haskins
- Will Grier