College Football Week 3 Review

This schedule for week 3 in college football was rather bland.  But as always there was excitement in the college ranks as Michigan State stunned Notre Dame with a fake field goal in overtime, Arizona upset Iowa, and Mark Ingram returned to the gridiron making a huge splash.  This is the week that was in college football.

*Sean Payton, I mean Mark Dantonio, had the call of the week when he decided to call for a fake field goal instead of kicking a 46 yard field goal in overtime against the Irish.  The decision paid off as place holder Aaron Bates threw a strike to a wide open tight end Charlie Gantt for a 29 yard touchdown.  While that was the play of the game, Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist is showing signs of not being able to handle the job in South Bend.  He missed several reads including missing his best receiver Michael Floyd on a crucial 3rd down play where Floyd was left wide open.  As long as Notre Dame continues their lackluster play, I stick by my prediction that they will finish with out a bowl bid this season.

*Granted Mark Ingram was returning against Duke, probably one of the worst teams in Division One football.  But Ingram was a flat out stud rushing 9 times for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns.  With Ingram back healthy Alabama is a dangerous team the rest of the season.  They now have a potent two headed rushing attack with Ingram and Trent Richardson.

*All week long, as a Texas Longhorn fan, I was nervous about their matchup with Texas Tech.  I thought it has upset written all over it not because of Tech being anything special but that the Longhorns have failed to show me anything special.  They did hold on to beat Tech 24-14 but were unimpressive in doing so.  Garrett Gilbert is still trying to figure things out as he threw 3 interceptions.  I can’t say I am confident in the Horns going into the Red River Shootout with Oklahoma.  They have one more game to tune up for Oklahoma when they meet UCLA next weekend.

*TCU and Boise State rolled to blowout wins.  This should be the case week in and week out as their schedules are cupcake city.  In fact their schedules remind me of Jim Boeheim and his cupcake city schedule he plays year in and year out with Syracuse basketball.

*Speaking of blowouts, Oregon has been impressive to say the least in their 3 games this season.  They embarassed Portland State 69-0.  I realize they haven’t played anyone of any consequence yet but I love the fact they are wiping out their competition without Jeremiah Masoli.

*Heisman Watch:

1) Denard Robinson threw for 241 yards and rushed for 104 with 3 total touchdowns in a win over UMASS.  This season Robinson has thrown for 671 yards and 4 touchdowns and rushed for 559 yards and 4 more touchdowns.

2) Terrelle Pryor helped Ohio State blow out Ohio with 235 yards passing 2 touchdowns, and 35 yards on the ground with a touchdown.  His stats for the season: 715 yards passing 6 touchdowns and 165 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns.

3) Ryan Mallet led a late game drive against Georgia to help Arkansas beat the bulldogs 31-24 this weekend.  Mallet was outstanding throwing for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Not only is he a Heisman candidate but he very well be a number one pick in the NFL draft come April.

4) Kendall Hunter was quiet this weekend only totaled 55 yards with a touchdown as Oklahoma State trounced Tulsa.

*On tap for next weekend:

#1 Alabama @ #10 Arkansas

#16 Stanford @ Notre Dame

#12 South Carolina @ #17 Auburn

#24 Oregon State @ #3 Boise State

#22 West Virginia @ #15 LSU


One Response

  1. Also noteworthy which I missed:

    Houston quarterback and Heisman hopeful Case Keenum is out for the season after suffering an ACL injury. His draft stock just took a serious hit.

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