On The Mark: The Week That Was In College Football
First off, let me congratulate the FIU Panthers, three wins in a row for a team that was lost languishing in the swamp of terrible football for so long.
This year they have beaten Toldedo, North Texas, and Middle Tennessee State. MTSU and Toledo have won FBS games on the road this year, and FIU obliterated both teams, Toledo on the road.
Head Coach Mario Cristobal has that team playing really well, QB Paul McCall finally has found some accuracy, and the special teams might be the best in the conference. Congrats.
With that said there is another team that only had one win last year, and is already bowl eligible. Yes, the mighty Golden Gophers of Minnesota are now 6-1 heading into a well-deserved bye week.
The offense is playing well, but it’s the defense that has been the surprise. Last year they could not stop anyone. This year they may give up some yards, but at least they are making stops when they need them. Tim Brewster has this program going in the right direction, and it will probably only get better with an on-campus stadium opening up next year.
Another 6-1 team not getting any real attention is Western Michigan. I am just wondering how many games they have to win to get in the top 25. Sure they lost to Nebraska, but in this season where anyone can lose at anytime, they just keep winning, and you have to give them credit for that.
But that leads to one of the best races in the nation, the race for the MAC West, where 7-0 Ball State, 6-1 Western Michigan, and 4-2 Central Michigan are vying for that coveted spot in the MAC Championship game. WMU and CMU play this Saturday to start things off, and CMU will play Ball State at the end of the year, to make things extremely interesting.
How did I get this far without talking about the Red River Rivalry (still Shootout to me)? You know people are fawning all over Colt McCoy’s performance, while he was good; I was more impressed with Sam Bradford’s five touchdowns and 387 yards passing.
I do wonder where the defense was though. Texas is going to have a time against Missouri if they play like that on defense.
Speaking of Big 12 defense, how about them Cowboys? Where did that come from? Sure Missouri helped them out a little with three interceptions, two falling into their lap, but that last one with the game on the line was a forced interception.
Also the pass rush was unbelievable in getting to Chase Daniel and altering the timing. Oklahoma State played great on offense and defense. But even with all the mistakes and the Cowboys playing lights out, the Tigers still were in the game, because they played a decent game. If they are on against Texas… watch out.
How did Arizona State not score at least one field goal? They forced five turnovers, I know that USC has a great defense, but it is crazy for there to have been five turnovers and not one point. Well it did not help that the Sun Devils had 4 turnovers themselves, but hey USC scored 28 points.
That rustling in the forests of the Pac-10 you hear (or may not if you live on the east coast), is the sound of Oregon State. They are four points away from being on a four-game win streak that would include USC, and Utah. Remember the game against Stanford was close until a late Cardinal touchdown made the score look a little more lopsided.
This team is starting to find their stride. Which is nothing new for these notoriously slow starters, but this year is different they had to replace seven starters on defense, and the offense was full of questions. Mike Riley has quietly been one of the best coaches in the nation.
This Week’s Bad Program Turned Good
Army – The Black Knights have notched two wins in a row, and are getting some really good play from fullback Collin Mooney, who had 4 touchdowns against Tulane in a 44-13 win. This week they beat Eastern Michigan without completing a singe pass and rushing for 341 yards.
The Top Ten:
We are far enough into the season and there are enough upsets to put the transitive properties together, and as we all know these show us exactly who should play for the National Championship….
Oh this one is too easy to pass up. Just how far has Michigan fallen that they lose directly to a team that got beat by FIU at home? To make things worse, Michigan scored 25 points less than FIU did on Toledo
2. Florida>Hawai’i>Louisiana Tech>Miss St>Vandy>Ole Miss>Florida
The Warriors has avenged their loss to UF by beating La Tech this week. Although this brings up a paradox. Is UF worse than themselves? Also is Hawai’i now better than UF, or equal? I was never good in math.
3. Virginia>East Carolina>Virginia Tech
To be honest you can keep going with this and Virginia is better than everyone in the Coastal Division except Duke, which is ironic because that is the only ACC loss they have.
4. Stanford>Oregon State>USC>Ohio State
Michigan men are still haunting the Buckeyes even from the other side of the country…
5. FIU>Middle Tenn St>Maryland>Cal>Michigan St>FAU
Yes, this is the year Panther fans that you finally beat those hated Owls, the most interesting thing about this is that there are two top 25 teams in this and three Sun Belt teams…
6. Ole Miss>Florida>Arkansas
I know you did not need this to figure that our, but hey somewhere some Hog fans are wondering, what if? And Atlanta Falcon fans are giving thanks.
7. South Carolina>Ole Miss>Florida
You will get them sometime Ol’ Ball Coach.
8. Wake Forest>Ole Miss>Florida
If you want to crown them, then go ahead, crown their asses. Just don’t let them off the hook.
9. FIU>Middle Tenn St>Maryland>Clemson
No wonder Tommy Bowden was fired... he could not beat two Sun Belt teams.
10. LSU>Miss St>Vandy>Ole Miss>UF>LSU
Finally the best non FBS moment of the week (because we all know that is where college football is most pure…)
With one second remaining on the clock James Madison’s Scotty McGee channeled Rocket Ismail and returned a punt for a 69-yard touchdown to push the top ranked Dukes over No. 5 Richmond 38-31.
The win almost did not happen; the Dukes had to tie the game with 59 seconds left in the game before even getting a chance to punt. If they lost they would have become the third top ranked FCS team to lose this season.
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