We’re four weeks through the college football season and so far Oregon hasn’t figured out their quarterback situation, TCU still can’t seem to play defense, and nobody can stop the freight train that is Leonard Fournette. What did we learn from this week? More teams can be crossed off of the playoff list. Sorry Georgia Tech, but apparently Duke is now a football school. My condolences Arizona, but The Chosen Rosen takes no prisoners. And… Oh shoot… Utah just scored on Oregon again.
#8 LSU 34, Syracuse 24
Give credit to this Syracuse squad. They started a true freshman walk-on quarterback and got this game within ten. But, unfortunately, LSU had the behemoth that is Leonard Fournette running the ball and he does things like this.
Leonard Fournette is an absolute monster. He had 244 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground, but had an 80+ yard TD run called back on a holding penalty that would have put him easily over 300 yards on the day. Fournette is the Heisman trophy favorite for a reason, and he just might run LSU into the college football playoff.
Duke 34, #20 Georgia Tech 20
Duke, yes Duke the basketball school, is sitting at 3-1 on the season in football with this win over a Top 25 opponent. What has happened to the Blue Devils?
Well for one, Shaquille Powell is a pretty darn good running back, scoring three times on the ground. But it was the Duke defense that was the story of the day, holding Georgia Tech to only 173 yards rushing. Safety Jeremy Cash might be one of the most dynamic playmakers in the conference, and he finished the day with 12 tackles, three tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and four quarterback hurries. Duke is in prime position to return to the ACC Championship game after this win.
Michigan 31, #22 BYU 0
Michigan has quietly put together three nice wins since their opening day loss at Utah. Saturday, they shut out the ranked Cougars in Jim Harbaugh’s biggest win as head coach. Offensively, the Wolverines still have a lot of work to do, but they made a statement on defense. They held BYU and freshmen sensation Tannner Magnum to just 105 (!!!) yards of total offense and 8 first downs. This Michigan squad is 3-1 heading into conference play and is in much better shape than anyone predicted at this point in the season.
Also, here’s a friendly reminder that Jake Butt is still playing and I’m only mentioning this because we are all 12 years old and it is funny to say “Butt” over and over again.
#24 Oklahoma State 30, Texas 27
So… uh… At least Texas still has… Basketball? Are they still good at basketball?
Another week, another special teams mistake that cost Texas the game. With the game tied late in the fourth quarter, Texas punter Michael Dickson fumbled the snap and, with pressure in his face, was forced to kick a 10-yard punt out of bounds. That set up Oklahoma State for the game winning field goal to win 30-27.
So now Texas sits 1-3 on the season, with their only win over the Rice Owls. While the talks of firing Charlie Strong are quite premature, it has to be noted that the seat is only getting warmer. And with a new athletic director on the way, these losses aren’t doing him any favors. Jerrod Heard was phenomenal against Rice, but was very pedestrian in this game. With Big-12 play starting soon, the schedule only gets tougher from here on out.
Sorry, Texas fans.
At least you have… uh… women’s gymnastics?
#3 TCU 55, Texas Tech 52
Hey, remember when you used to play your buddy on NCAA Football on Freshman difficulty and there was absolutely no defense whatsoever?
Yeah, that was this game.
TCU had 750 total yards of offense (503 passing, 247 rushing).
Texas Tech had 607 total yards of offense (392 passing, 215 rushing).
And you might be thinking to yourself, “Well there was probably a turnover or two, right? With that many passes being thrown, at least one must have been picked off?”
Nope. TCU and Texas Tech combined to throw 101 passes and not a single one was intercepted. They combined for 89 rushing attempts and not one fumble. Did the defense even step on the field?
This game also featured a safety when Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes forgot that he was supposed to catch the snap.
But if you think that’s crazy, just wait until you see how the game ended.
Senior running back Aaron Green just happened to be in the right place when Trevone Boykin’s pass bounced off of Josh Doctson’s hands. It was a play for the ages and one that Texas Tech fans won’t forget for a long time, as they came this close to upsetting #3 TCU at home.
But if you think that’s crazy, just wait until you see this!
Yes, somebody from the stands threw a tortilla onto the field. This raises two questions. One, why would you throw a tortilla onto the field? And two, how does one acquire a tortilla in a football stadium? Did he/she smuggle the tortilla in from home? Did they plan this tortilla escapade in advance? Why am I asking so many questions about a tortilla? Because this game was crazy, that’s why.
#14 Texas A&M 28, Arkansas 21
Christian Kirk is the best true freshman in football, hands down. Yes, Josh “The Chosen” Rosen is great, but Christian Kirk might actually be a robot. Through four game, he has 24 catches for 442 yards and 4 touchdowns. Oh, and a punt return for a touchdown as well. This guy is a stud.
Moving on, Texas A&M edges out another close win over Arkansas in overtime. Kyle Allen is really blossoming into a good quarterback and has close to a thousand yards passing and a 11-2 TD/INT ratio so far this season. Defensively, Myles Garrett has 6 1/2 sacks so far and came up with a huge sack near the end of regulation to force overtime. This Texas A&M has the best collection of young talent in the nation and looks to be a playoff contender so far.
#9 UCLA 56, #16 Arizona 30
Last week, UCLA struggled to get by BYU and earlier this week, star linebacker Myles Jack was lost for the season with an ACL tear. So what do the Bruins do in response to this? They blow out Arizona in Tucson with College GameDay in attendance.
Josh Rosen was phenomenal, looking sharp in his first true road test as a college player. He finished with 284 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and another one on the ground. Paul Perkins had 3 rushing touchdowns and overall the Bruins scored five times on the ground. Defensively, they looked as good as ever even as injuries continue to pile up. In addition to Jack, star defensive tackle and former 5-star prospect Eddie Vanderhoes was lost earlier in the year as well. But this was a very good win for UCLA and they made a statement heading into conference play.
Unfortunately, Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon left this game early with a head injury. His backup, Jerrard Randall, struggled through the air, but Arizona’s ground game was the highlight of the game for the Wildcats. On defense, star linebacker Scooby Wright III made his return, but looked slow and rusty, which was expected after missing the last couple of weeks with injury. Arizona still has a shot at the South division title, as they themselves won the South even with two losses last season.
#18 Utah 62, #13 Oregon 20
Life after Marcus Mariota sure is hard.
To say that Oregon was blown out would not do this game justice. In fact, there isn’t a term in the dictionary that accurately describes the dominance Utah showed in this game. You could travel for hundreds of years to dozens of countries in search of a term that accurately describes the beat down that Utah put on Oregon and never find it. Humanity might never fully comprehend the severity of this loss for Oregon simply because no word or phrase exists that describes it.
Travis Wilson, in his thirteenth year at Utah, looked like a Heisman trophy winner against this Oregon defense. He finished the day with 227 yards and 4 touchdowns in the air and 100 rushing yards and another score on the ground. Utah was simply dominant in this game. At the end of the first quarter, Utah and Oregon were tied 6-6, but then Utah went on a 56-7 run that stunned the nation. Utah’s 62 points were the most the Ducks have ever allowed at home.
But the best play of the day was this punt return that Utah fooled everyone on, even the cameraman.
For Oregon, Vernon Adams was bad. And then Jeff Lockie came in and he was worse. Finally, redshirt freshman Taylor Alie came in. When your third string quarterback comes into the game and it’s not due to an injury, you know shit has hit the fan. Oregon dropped out of the Top 25 for the first time since 2009 and it doesn’t look any better from here on out. Sorry Ducks fans, but Marcus Mariota isn’t stepping through that door and Mark Helfrich is slowly running out of Chip Kelly’s players.
Are the Oregon Ducks and the Philadelphia Eagles on similar paths of mediocrity? Looks like it.
So that’s that. Week four has come and gone and Georgia Tech and Oregon are out of the playoff picture. Next week, College GameDay travels to Clemson as the #11 Tigers take on #6 Notre Dame in what should be a very fun game. Deshaun Watson and DeShone Kizer, both members of the 2014 recruiting class, are good quarterbacks surrounded by electric talent and this game should feature a bunch of points. Elsewhere, TCU should absolutely destroy Texas, Oklahoma-West Virginia has the possibility to be a fun game, and Alabama travels to Georgia in a game featuring two of the best running backs in the nation.
Finally, I leave you with this because Leonard Fournette is a national treasure and we should cherish every second we get to watch him play football.