NCAA Football: 10 Things We Learned From Week 3
Although Saturday September, 18th only has one game in which ranked teams play, we managed to learn a lot from Week 3. The week brought us many priceless things.
It brought us upsets. The 9th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes traveled to Tucson to play the 24th ranked Arizona Wildcats.
It brought us many memorable moments. Such as Arkansas' Ryan Mallet leading his team down the field in the final two minutes of the game to beat Georgia with a 40 yards strike to his favorite wide-out Greg Childs.
We had some valid efforts from underdogs who just barely came up short. Like Air Force, who went into Norman to play the 7th ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The military academy was a 16.5 point underdog, and completely out manned; however, they managed to keep it a game until the very end. Oklahoma would win 27-24.
Another team that would manage to put a scare into their opponent was Arizona State. The young Sun Devils would travel into Madison as a 12.5 point underdog. They out powered Wisconsin, and minus a few missed opportunities they would have left with a victory. After a blocked extra point attempt, the Badger's would win 20-19.
In regard to what we have learned from week 3, I have conducted a list of ten things.
10. The Wisconsin Badgers have a very bad special teams unit.
They would give up one touchdown due to their coverage; however, they were a half yard and a block in the back penalty away from giving up three touchdowns. If Wisconsin expects to fulfill their pre-season hype of competing for a Big Ten Championship, they must figure out this flaw.
9. The Tennessee Volunteers have a lot of talent on their roster.
In the past two weeks, Tennessee has played two top ten ranked football teams. They competed very well in both games. Losing to Florida by only 14, and they had Oregon fans worried going into halftime. They have a nice quarterback in Matt Sims. He will need this year of experience to develop into a star quarterback, but you have to like what you see from him. They also have a couple of real nice running backs in Tauren Poole and David Oku who both average over 5 yards per carry.
8. USC is still not comfortable under Lane Kiffin.
Even though they're 3-0, the Trojans have not been impressive against those first three opponents. They only managed to beat Hawaii by 13, Virginia by 3, and Minnesota by 11. None of those teams are exactly what you would call "good teams." They are also giving up 23.7 points a game, which not very dominating.
7. John Brantley continues to struggle for Florida.
Although John Brantley hasn't thrown an interception this season, he has looked uncomfortable in all of his first three games as Florida's starting quarterback. He has yet to throw for over 200 yards this season. He has one more game to try and get his groove going at home against Kentucky. If he doesn't play well next Saturday, he will have to have his first impressive game at the 1st ranked Alabama.
6. The Big East doesn't deserve an automatic BCS bid.
The Big East is by far the worst conference that receives a automatic BCS bowl bid. This season they only have two teams that are undefeated after three weeks. One of those teams is West Virginia who barely beat Marshall and currently holds the conference's best win versus Maryland.
The other team is Rugters, although they have only beaten Florida International and Norfolk State. Also five of their eight teams only have one win, and the one win these teams managed to get were all against FCS teams.
5. The top half of the Mountain West is very good this year.
The Mountain West has proven year after year that they have very good teams in their conference. This year is no different. This particular season they have four very good football teams, in which all four have either won a big game or showed us they can compete with anyone.
TCU has beaten two BCS conference teams, although one was Baylor. Utah has shown the country they deserve to be part of the PAC 12 by beating Pittsburgh. Air Force showed us that they can compete with anyone in the nation by taking Oklahoma to the very end, and BYU also beat a BCS school.
The Mountain West will continue to build their resume up this season with the hope of receiving a automatic BCS bowl bid.
4. The Triple-Option offense continues to keep less athletic teams in the game.
This week of the four teams that run the triple-option(Air Force, Army, Navy, and Georgia Tech), three of them won, and the team that did lose was Air Force at Oklahoma. This season those four teams have a combined record of 8-4. Maybe its time for the little schools to ditch the spread offense and go a little old school.
3. Michigan may be 3-0, but they have yet to play a team worth talking about.
So far this season, the Michigan Wolverines have beaten Notre Dame, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. None of these wins have been impressive. Notre Dame is under a new coach and haven't gotten comfortable yet, and also they have a very overrated program. Connecticut is 1-2 and they lost to Temple this week, and Massachusetts is a FCS team. Also the only player Michigan has is Denard Robinson, who is basically the whole offence, so can we stop talking so highly of Michigan, please?
2. The Arizona Wildcats have worked their way into the top of the PAC 10.
Arizona pulled off the most impressive PAC 10 win last night by beating the 9th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes at home.
They managed to pull of the upset because of two reasons. One reason is that they have a very talented quarterback in Nick Foles, who threw the game winning touchdown last night. The other reason is their special teams, who took a kick off back for a touchdown, and didn't miss either of their attempted field goals.
1. Ryan Mallet is the best quarterback in College Football.
This season Ryan Mallet has shown us he is an elite quarterback, and that he will be the best quarterback in the league this season. He finally got his first SEC road win at Georgia yesterday, because of his game winning drive. That was concluded when he threw a bullet to Greg Childs to take a 7 point league. He currently has thrown for 1081 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions in 3 games! He will continue to put these ludicrous numbers up and will be the first quarterback picked in this years NFL Draft.
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