Now the rubber hits the road. No less than 8 AP Top 25 teams clash in 4 key contests this week to celebrate the 4th week of major college football.
The lineup includes #3 Oregon (3-0) hosting #22 Arizona (3-0), #4 Florida State (3-0) hosting #10 Clemson (3-0), #6 Oklahoma (2-0) hosting #15 Kansas State (3-0), and #11 Notre Dame (3-0) hosting #18 Michigan (2-1).
All of the 8 teams are undefeated except the Michigan Wolverines, who got their butt handed to them by Alabama, 41-14, in their opener.
New Arizona Coach Rich Rodriguez (aka Rich Rod) will have his hands full at Oregon in his first Pac-12 contest. Both Rodriguez and Oregon Coach Chip Kelly run hurry-up, spread offenses. Rich Rod runs a spread option, and Kelly runs what I would call a spread speed offense—if you blink, an Oregon Duck has already run by you. Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas (aka DAT) may be the fastest player in major college football.
Last week Arizona ran 102 offensive plays (you read it right, 102). The Wildcats are averaging 93+ plays a game and Oregon is averaging 86+ plays a game. An average college team runs 55 offensive plays during a game.
Both teams pile up the yards. Arizona ranks 4th in the nation in total offense with 604+ yards per game; Oregon ranks 7th with 596+. Both teams also pile up the points, with Oregon ranking 5th in scoring (54 points per game) and Oregon ranking 12th with 46 points per game. Could their combined score Saturday reach 100? We shall see.
Last week Southern California was upset by Stanford 21-14, Michigan State was upset by Notre Dame 20-3, Virginia Tech was upset by unranked Pittsburgh 35-17 (you remember Pittsburgh, when Tony Dorsett was there, the Panthers were good), and Brigham Young was upset by unranked Utah 24-21.
Two weeks ago saw 4 Top 25 teams losing to unranked teams. They included #8 Arkansas losing to LA-Monroe 34-31, #13 Wisconsin falling to Oregon State 10-7, #16 Nebraska getting beaten by UCLA 36-30, and #18 Oklahoma State getting whipped by Arizona 59-38.
Another interesting game on tap is Oregon State traveling to #19 UCLA, which will find new Coach Jim Mora in his first Pac-12 league game.
Buy some beer and order in the pizza or tacos and put on your favorite jersey, it’s time for week 4 in your man cave—the ultimate male sanctuary where women, children and even annoying pets are not allowed.