College Football Wrap-Up – Week 4
Among major teams, #5 Auburn was 1 of 2 ranked teams to face a ranked opponent, going on-the-road to defeat #20 Kansas State, 20-14. #8 LSU and #18 Missouri could not escape being upset by unranked teams.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs were just that, sinking their teeth into the LSU Tigers, running up a 34-10 lead in the 4th quarter, and then giving up 3 touchdowns before winning, 34-29. LSU was, of course, left sucking on some of its own Louisiana pond water at home. Mississippi State is now 4-0 and LSU 3-1. How many times has that happened?
Even worse, the Missouri Tigers, favored by 13.5 at home, had to suffer a loss at the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers, 31-27. Indiana is one of the most improved teams this year, but Indiana is generally a weak Big Ten team and a serious basketball state, at least while Bobby Knight was at Indiana. Between LSU and Missouri, it was not a good day to be a Tiger fan, player or coach.
And so, the upsets among ranked teams continue to pile up. To wit:
In Week 1, #9 South Carolina, favored by 10.5 at home, was upset by #21 Texas A&M, 58-28.
In Week 2, #8 Ohio State, favored by 11 at home, was upset by unranked Virginia Tech, 35-21.
In Week 3, # 6 Georgia, favored by 6.5 on-the-road, was upset by #24 South Carolina, 38-35; #9 USC, favored by 17 on-the-road, was upset by unranked Boston College, 37-31; #17 Virginia Tech, favored by10 at home, was upset by unranked East Carolina, 28-21; and #21 Louisville, favored by 6.5 on-the-road, was upset by unranked Virginia, 23-21.
In Week 4, #8 LSU and #18 Missouri bit the dust.
#1 Florida State faced #22 Clemson in the second game among ranked teams. Clemson, a good kind of Tiger, had the Seminoles on the ropes before losing in overtime, 23-17. The Seminoles were playing without their immature, disgusting, foul-mouthed, self-centered, nitwit Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston. Winston has an ego problem bigger than the State of Florida. He’s good at football, running his mouth and getting into trouble.
No one will ever mistake Jameis Winston for a mental giant.
Clemson sealed its own fate when Coach Dabo Swinney declined to attempt a 33-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime, and Adam Choice was stuffed for no gain on a 4th-and-1. Two plays later, Seminole Karlos Williams ran for a 12-yard touchdown and the victory. Clemson kicker Ammon Lakip had missed two short field goals earlier in the game, so Swinney felt he needed to pass on a FG attempt from 33 yards out. Clemson had other chances but blew them.
This week there were only 5 ranked teams that beat unranked opponents by at least 3 touchdowns:
#3 Alabama (4-0) at home beat unranked Florida by 21, 42-21 – The Tide slopped its way through, committing 11 penalties and 4 turnovers. That said, they racked up 645 total yards on the hapless Florida Gators, well, maybe mini-gators.
#6 Texas A&M (4-0) on-the-road beat unranked Southern Methodist by 52, 58-6.
#11 Michigan State at home (2-1) beat unranked Eastern Michigan by 59, 73-14 – The Spartans led 49-0 at the half. Their 73 points were the 3rd most since 1931.
#13 Georgia (2-1) at home shut out unranked Troy, 66-0.
#19 Wisconsin (2-1) at home beat unranked Bowling Green by 51, 68-17.
There were 5 other ranked teams that weren’t exactly ripping it up in winning against unranked opponents:
#2 Oregon (a 4-0 team favored by 24) on-the-road used speed to outrun unranked Washington State by 7, 38-31. You could argue that the Duke pass defense is porous, and you would be right.
#4 Oklahoma (4-0) on-the-road beat unranked West Virginia by 12, 45-33. Thirty-three points is a lot to give up to an unranked team that is 2-2.
#14 South Carolina (3-1) on-the-road won by 14 over Vanderbilt, 48-34. Thirty-four points is a lot to give up to an unranked team that is 1-3.
#21 Brigham Young (4-0) at home got by unranked Virginia by 8, 41-33. Thirty-three points is a lot to give up to an unranked team that is 2-2.
#24 Nebraska (4-0) at home beat unranked Miami (FL) by 10, 41-31.
Interestingly enough, 7 teams not in the AP Top 25 are still unbeaten at 4-0. They include:
#32 Washington – The Huskies are the highest unranked team at 4-0, and this in spite of some atrocious victories. This week they played Georgia State, a 0-12 team last year that was a 35-point underdog. Georgia State won the 1st half 14-zip, gaining 231 yards in offense while holding the ball for 21 of 30 minutes. Washington gained only 73 yards. Fortunately for new coach Chris Petersen, the Huskies won the 2nd half 45-zip and the game, 45-14, scoring 7 unanswered touchdowns and holding Georgia State to just 42 yards of offense in the 2nd half. Coach Chris Petersen (formerly of Boise State) became the first Washington coach since Gil Dobie in 1908 to begin his career at the school with a perfect 4-0 record.
#37 Penn State
#41 Duke – They used to not allow football success as Duke (only basketball ruled), but the times they are a changin’.
#49 Georgia Tech
#56 North Carolina State
#59 Marshall – The Thundering Herd is the lowest ranked team that is still unbeaten in major college football.
Eight ranked teams were idle this week, including #6 Baylor, #9 Notre Dame, #10 UCLA, #12 Mississippi, #13 Arizona State, #15 Stanford, #18 Ohio State and #21 Southern California.