The Third Week of the 2008 College Football Season;
The Calm Before the Storm
Michigan at Notre Dame:
Notre Dame 35 Michigan 17
Remember what I said last week about this game being an unwatchable train wreck? I was only half right. It was an indisputable train wreck, but it was also incredibly entertaining. Notre Dame won after Michigan fumbled away the football 4 times and threw to picks, despite out gaining the Irish 388 yards to 260. Sam McGuffie has emerged as a legitimate threat in Rodriguez's offense and someone to keep your eye on in the future.
Oregon at Purdue:
Oregon 32 Purdue 26
As goes Curtis Painter, so goes Purdue. Despite getting 180 yards and 2 touchdowns on 29 carries from running back Kory Sheets the Boilermakers weren't able to overcome 2 interceptions from Painter and 306 rushing yards from the Ducks. Oregon ended up winning in overtime after Purdue's Chris Summers missed a field goal to win it in regulation. This was a potentially fantastic game that was muddied by both teams inability to stop making mistakes in key spots. It was still a fun game, but it could have been great.
Auburn at Mississippi St:
Auburn 3 Mississippi St 2
Yuck. There was a part of me that loved this game, that loved the players flying all over the field demolishing anything that moves. However, there's another part of me that wants to see a few points. The Tigers defense dominated the Bulldogs to the point that the only team that could score on Auburn was themselves, as Auburn was called for holding in their own end zone, giving Mississippi St a Safety. The Tigers committed three turnovers and missed two field goals or this game probably isn't close.
Ohio St at Southern California:
Southern California 35 Ohio St. 3
A lot of people watched this game and were all over Jim Tressel for playing Todd Boeckman instead of Terrelle Pryor in large portions of the game, but I don't think it would have mattered in the long run. What I saw was a USC defense that was much faster than anything the Buckeyes could throw at them. Did Boeckman play a pretty horrid game? Absolutely. Would Ohio St. have scored more with him in the game? Probably, but not enough, and it also doesn't change how out classed the Buckeye defense was against Trojan offense.
He bounced. Bounced!
The weirdest subplot of the day was, hands down, the injury to Charlie Weiss. For those of you who missed it, a Notre Dame player was knocked into Weiss on the sidelines, taking out his legs at a horrific angle and tearing both his ACL and MCL. The craziest part, to me anyway, was that when he hit the ground he bounced. Seriously. Bounced. They wouldn't show it on NBC after the initial replay, but go find a clip and watch it all the way through. His leg turns sideways, falls straight down on it and then bounces off the ground and flew to the left like he landed on a trampoline. Then, after that we got to watch him look absolutely miserable for the rest of the game while hobbling around on crutches with rain pouring off of his face. Obviously, I don't actively wish harm on someone, but if it has to happen I for it be non-life threatening and entertaining. This was both.
Now this is more like it!
Finally, we're starting to get into the meat of the 2008 football season, as this week brings us 10 games that should be fascinating television. Not all of them are marquee match ups, but all of them are worthy of a look-in this weekend.
West Virginia at Colorado:
Can the Mountaineers regroup? How will the Buffaloes look in their first real test of the year? Colorado 24 West Virginia 17
Mississippi St at Georgia Tech:
The Bulldog's offense is probably worse than anyone thought and Georgia Tech has looked good in Paul Johnson's system.
Georgia Tech 23 Mississippi St. 15
Iowa at Pittsburgh:
This is a chance for the Panthers to prove that they're the team everyone thought they were going to be this season, and a chance for Iowa to go on the road against a BCS opponent and show that they deserve to be taken seriously.
Iowa 34 Pittsburgh 14
Notre Dame at Michigan St:
The Irish were handed a win last week by the Wolverines. Michigan St. doesn't have a lot of talent outside of Javon Ringer, but it will be enough to beat Notre Dame handily at home.
Michigan St. 38 Notre Dame 17
Virginia Tech at North Carolina:
The Tarheels came out and demolished Rutgers last week. They won't be able to put up 44 points on the Hokies, but I do think they can score enough points to let Va Tech beat themselves trying to keep up.
North Carolina 21
Virginia Tech 10
Florida at Tennessee:
Florida stacks the line up scrimmage and forces Crompton to try and beat them, which he can't.
Florida 42 Tennessee 20
Wake Forest at Florida St:
The Demon Deacons should win this game, but after a shaky game against Ole Miss at home I can't help shake the feeling that they're about 75% good coaching and 25% talent. I think the Seminoles pull of the upset at home with an unbelievably strong defensive performance.
Florida St. 13 Wake Forest 3
Vanderbilt at Mississippi:
If Vanderbilt wins this game they'll be 4-0 overall with a 2-0 record in the SEC and a share of the SEC East lead. I don't see it happening. Jevan Snead is for real, and for as well coached and prepared as the Commodores are every single week, they're still the least talented team in the SEC by a large margin.
Mississippi 27 Vanderbilt 14
Louisiana St at Auburn:
Remember that 3-2 game I was talking about earlier? This could end up being the sequel. These are two of the 10 best defenses in the country, and both offenses are still works in progress. LSU probably holds a bit of an edge with their running game, but whoever protects the ball and doesn't turn it over will end up winning this one.
LSU 19 Auburn 13
Georgia at Arizona St:
I hope Rudy Carpenter eats his Wheaties and puts on his Big-Boy pants Saturday morning, because that offensive line in front of him is getting ready to get worked by the Bulldogs. If they're smart, they take a page from UCLA's playbook and do what the Bruins did to Tennessee in the second half. Two step drops, quick slants, hooks, and fast developing plays. If they do that they have a chance to stay in the game, but they also have to slow down Moreno, and no one has done that yet this season.
Georgia 38 Arizona St. 21
This should be a great week guys, enjoy!