NCAA Football Week 4 Thoughts and Opinions: Army Half Way To a Bowl

David HedlindAnalyst IISeptember 29, 2010

DURHAM, NC - SEPTEMBER 25:  Richard King #2 of the Army Black Knights celebrates with teammates after an interception that sealed the game in a 35-21 victory over the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Four weeks in and the season seems to be shaping up nicely. Well, I know I am enjoying it, anyway. 


I did an Army Bowl watch last season and they got within one game of making it. This season the Black Knights are already 3-1 and they barely lost that one, 31-28. Looking at the schedule ahead, another three wins is doable so watch for Army to push for a bowl this season.


Iron Man Marecic

I knew he was a two-way player, and two-way starter for that matter, and he showed why against Notre Dame. In a matter of 13 seconds he scored an offensive touchdown followed by a defensive touchdown. Maybe they should put him on special teams and let him go for the hat trick.


Rick Neuheisel A Man of His Word

A couple weeks ago when UCLA was blown out and shut out by Stanford, Rick Neuheisel apologized to the UCLA fans and promised they would do better. In back-to-back weeks UCLA has now beat two ranked teams.

First it was No. 23 Houston then it was number four Texas. Houston was without it’s best player and a lot of people doubted UCLA would have won had quarterback Case Keenum would have been 100%. Those doubts have dropped off now that UCLA went to Texas and beat the Longhorns soundly.

62 Years

It has been 62 years since Nevada was last ranked and starting out 4-0. This includes a nationally televised drilling of California that helped place them at No. 25 in this week's rankings. I am not so sure they will fall out of the rankings for the rest of the season.


Minnesota Woes

I know they won their first game, but if anyone watched them play Middle Tennessee, who was without star quarterback Dwight Dasher, knows they probably should have lost that game too.

I am not sure what happened with South Dakota State.

There is no shame in losing to USC even with everything going on there.

To cap the no conference schedule with a loss Northern Illinois at home is not what the Golden Gophers were hoping for.

Big Ten play starts up and I don’t think things are going to get any better. They might have a shot against Purdue who just lost to Toledo.


Notre Dame Fightless Irish?

I don’t know if it was a hangover from the overtime loss to Michigan State, but Notre Dame just looked listless against the Stanford Cardinal. It’s like they came out and didn’t feel like playing.

I would hate to think that any Notre Dame team would ever just mail it in, but that’s kind of the feeling I got for most of the Stanford game. Let’s see what they come out with against BC.


Northwestern Quietly Going About Their Business

Northwestern is 4-0 and their quarterback is leading the nation in passing efficiency. Bad news for Wildcat fans: there are four ranked opponents on the schedule still.

Some good news: none of the ranked teams has looked invincible. More good news, it is unlikely that any of the other four will be ranked any time soon.

With a win this week against Minnesota, Northwestern will enter the top 25.


Lucky 8

Something I actually missed but saw on the experts, all of the touchdowns scored in the Florida and Kentucky game were scored by someone wearing the number 8. It’s one of those things that you don’t really notice watching a game but someone somewhere caught it.



Undefeated: After four weeks of football there are 25 teams that are still undefeated. This weekend alone will eliminate at least four.

Defeated: On the flip side there are only six teams that have not recorded a win. At most four could finish without a win because there are two games involving these six teams.

On a personal note, out of 120 teams, with four televisions and two dvrs I am down to 16 teams that I have yet to watch play.