NCAA Football Week 3 Thoughts and Opinions: Here's To You, Coach Dantonio

David HedlindAnalyst IISeptember 22, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 25: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans yells from the sideline while playing the Michigan Wolverines on October 25, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 35-21. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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That's three weeks into the season.  That is, a quarter of the way done.  I would rather say three weeks done.  Saying a quarter makes it seem like it is much farther into the season than it is. 


First order of business, glad to hear you are doing well. Sparty plays Northern Colorado this week so take your time coming back. Get well, see you on the sidelines soon enough.


I admit, I bought into the hype. I thought Connecticut was going to be a legit team and a legit Big East contender. I was drinking the UConn and Edsall Kool-ade. Please ignore any preseason predictions I made involving them.

Quarterbacks Don’t Tackle

First you get a concussion trying to make a tackle. A week later a season ending injury to your knee. Case Keenum, stop trying to tackle.

No. 1 and No.1

I know the level of competition has been low, but this is a first and probably last for Oregon to be No. 1 in both total offense and defense at the same time.

Not to mention No. 1 in scoring offense and scoring defense.

I am sure some of this will change as soon as this weekend but still, for a program like Oregon that is less than 20 years from being a perennial doormat it is impressive.

Get Over Little Giants

Let’s just call it what it was, a fake field goal pass play. So they like to name plays for movies and it was a gutsy call and great play. It was well executed I am not hating on any of that. I am just already tired of “little giants” and was kind of annoyed when Dantonio just had to put it out there. No one asked what the play was called.


Or whatever they are calling Taylor Martinez is in fact magic. Martinez, in my opinion, is the most impressive first year starting QB so far. His clinic in Seattle was amazing to watch as he went for 287 yards of total offense, four touchdowns and never turned the ball over. His balance of the offense was great too as he threw for 150 yards and ran for 137 yards.

Mountain West Big 4?

Every year the Mountain West teams that get the most hype are their “big 3” in TCU, Utah and BYU. I think it is safe to say BYU is in a rebuilding year and it looks like there are two teams looking to fill in.

Air Force was my pick before the season to finish high and so far they haven’t let me down. They are looking solid on both sides of the ball, which is actually a normal thing for them.

San Diego State on the other hand has been a surprise to me. Their first two wins were expected, but I can’t say I saw them coming as close to beating Missouri as they did.

Clemson WTF? Auburn, Well Done

Don’t get me wrong, I found the game highly entertaining and one of the better games for the weekend.

But I have to ask Clemson, What happened??

I mean you had a 17 point lead late in the first half. Giving up a clock ending field goal at the end of the half is almost forgivable but three straight touchdowns in the third quarter?

Unanswered? And then lose in overtime?

Auburn on the other hand, good job. Way to keep your head up and fight back. Down 17 points a lot of teams might not be able to overcome the deficit. But you did. This time.