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Week 3 Review

Week 3 Review

In the world of college football, every game matters, which is what makes this past weekend so great. It was filled with twists and turns that stood the young season on its ear. First, we’ll cover the games that ended up as expected;- then move on to the zany ones.

Oklahoma State vs Pittsburgh– We all knew the Cowboys were going to win this game, and that Pitt was going to come out bruised and bleeding, and, sure enough, the Pokes offense ran away with it. At halftime the score was 49-14, OSU. Every time the OSU offense was on the field, they scored. There was nothing the Panthers could do to stop the onslaught. QB Rudolph threw for 5 touchdowns and after halftime his playing time was limited.

Wisconsin vs BYU– The Badgers walked all over BYU, winning the game, 40-6. BYU is a very weak team this year, and, so far, Wisconsin has only played cupcakes. Right now the Badgers are ranked 10th in the nation;- whether they are still 10th remains to be seen. They haven’t been tested in any sort of way.

Auburn vs. Mercer -This game ended up the way we thought it would with the Auburn Tigers winning. But, AU did not distinguish itself. The Tigers were sloppy, turning the ball over five times, four times putting the ball on the carpet and one interception. Malzahn can’t blame their opponent – the Bears are an FCS school –  they can only blame themselves and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. It looks more and more like Auburn is a pretender in the SEC West, and that they are not going to challenge Alabama. That contender spot looks to be filled by Mississippi State.

LSU vs Mississippi State– Coach Orgeron continued his woeful run against SEC teams. The Mississippi State Bulldogs trampled the Bayou Bengals into the ground. The Dogs won every aspect of the game. That’s ˜Dogs’, not ˜Dawgs. The Dogs and Dawgs play this week. MSU RB Aeris Williams ran for 146 yards, QB Nick Fitzgerald threw two touchdowns passes and ran for two more, as they led the former Maroons to a 37 to 7 victory. The Bulldogs were more physical, they were better coached, and were obviously the better team. LSU could have a long season. Meanwhile, the student body in Starkville is still partying.

Army vs Ohio State– unfortunately, the Buckeyes beat Army, 38-7. Here at CSF we were pulling for the Black Knights, we’re always for the Black Kights, but it didn’t turn out the way we hoped. No matter, Army will bounce back and continue their winning ways the rest of the season. Go Army-beay Navy.

Tennessee vs Florida– When a game ends with a successful Hail Mary pass play, it’s usually exciting. That’s what happened in Gainesville in The Swamp. For three quarters this was for a snooze fest, neither team doing anything to cheer about. Then came the fourth quarter. With 50 seconds left, the Vols had the Gators in a fourth-and-12 with the endzone 63 yards away. On the final snap, QB Franks scrambled in the pocket to buy some time and threw the ball as far as he could.  Wide receiver Cleveland dove under the ball and caught it in the endzone for the win. Florida won in a spectacular fashion. Things are not well in Knoxville. The seat under Butch Jones just got hotter.

UCLA vs Memphis–  To whine around and say that the reason the Memphis Tigers beat the UCLA Bruins was because of the early starting time in the Central Daylight Time Zone is to belittle the Herculean effort both teams put into this game. They were like heavyweight champion fighters standing toe-to-toe and exchanging haymakers. Bruin QB Chosen Rosen directed his team to touchdowns on the ground and he added a pair through the air. But, two errant throws were intercepted and one turned into a pick-six. Tiger QB Riley Ferguson refused to take a back seat to the guest, and, in the end, Ferguson and his Tigers had 48 points while Rosen and his Bruins had only 45. Touche

In the same weekend two teams committed the unforgivable sin. First, Missouri, playing Purdue in Columbia, were completely inept. The Boilermakers walked all over them crushing them, 35 -3. Losing to a Great White North team is one thing, but to lose to Purdue is, well, unforgivable. (We better start paying attention to Purdue Coach Jeff Brohm here at CSF). If Mizzou is to be considered a true SEC team, these losses (Purdue this year, Indiana last year) are not going to be tolerated. The other team that sinned was Ole Miss. In the extremely late game, Mississippi got beat by California. An SEC team losing to a mediocre west coast team is just horrible. How did this happen? I’ll tell you how. The Rebels did not play well in any aspect of the game. Any questions?

Cigar Ashes

Miami vs Florida State- this game was postponed. Hopefully, they will be able to reschedule because it’s too important to be skipped.

Texas Tech, in a shootout with Arizona State, was able to outdraw the Sun Devils, winning, 52-45. Is Todd Graham’s seat as warm as Orgeron’s?

Kentucky beat South Carolina to move to 3-0. Could the Wildcats be for real?

Oregon opened up a second quarter lead that Wyoming could not overcome, winning, 49-13

San Diego State beat Stanford 20-17. CSF called this one!

Vanderbilt did what an SEC team is supposed to do, win out-of-conference games. They beat K-State, 14-7.

USC struggled against Texas, winning in two overtimes, at home, in the Coliseum, against a team that Maryland swatted in Austin. This has got to cost the Trojans nationally, I don’t care what Darnell says about what a great game it was.

Clemson showed the world that football is a team sport, not just a one man game, decisively defeating Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals, 47-21

Alabama beat Colorado State 41-23. Somehow, Jalen Hurts showed signs of actually being able to read a defense and making tight throws. Roll Tide!

Minnesota continued to row the boat against Middle Tennessee State, 34-3. Row, row, row your boat.

Notre Dame pulled away from Boston College in the second half, winning, 49-20

North Carolina finally got into the win column by beating Old Dominion, 53-23

Wake Forest is 3-0 after beating Utah State, 46-10. Again, Wake Forest is 3-0 after beating Utah State.

Duke added to Baylor’s woes in winning, 34-20. Maybe the Bears will beat Kansas.

Texas A&M bested Louisiana, 45-21, but questions still abound for the Aggies. The Daughter will take the victory.

Northern Illinois upset Nebraska in Lincoln, 21-17. Husker Coach Riley was given the dreaded ‘vote of confidence”

North Alabama defeated Valdosta State 30-24 keeping their top 10 status



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