Sunday, September 16, 2007

Week 3 College Football Synopsis

I had a fun run with this last week so I'll try to make this a weekly thing.

To kick off the week 3 festivities, West Virginia breezed by Maryland...well, more Slayton breezed by Maryland. On Friday, Oklahoma State embarrassed themselves on national television by getting pounded by Troy 41-23.

In the ever-so-pitiful ACC, they seem to finally have a couple front runners/teams that can actually play. Those two teams right now would have to be Clemson (who disposed over their I-AA opponent) and BC (who won a tough road game against GT). Outside of that the ACC was pretty much normal outside of the fact Duke beat somebody (on the road, no less) by handing Northwestern their first loss of the year. Poor showings again by Virginia (who barely beat UNC), VT (who didn't pull away from Ohio until late) and Miami (gotta beat FIU by more than 14). Everyone else in the conference won but who cares, its not like they're gonna do anything anyway this year.

Sticking around in the Southeast, we'll talk about the SEC. Florida looked very impressive in dismantling Tennessee in the swamp 59-20. LSU keeps rolling as they've now won their games by a collective score of 137-7. Auburn keeps tripping over their own feet, this time falling flat on their face at home to Mississippi State. Alabama defeated Arkansas at home last night, but not before squandering a 21 point lead. Kentucky proved that Louisville officially has no defense at all, beating them in Lexington by 6 on a last second TD.

Moving west into the Big 12. Oklahoma is going to win the conference. That's all you need to know. That and Northern Iowa is officially the best team in Iowa (Northern Iowa beat Iowa State who beat Iowa). Oh, and Texas is overrated...a lot. Can't struggle with the C-USAs.

Continuing westward, we move on to the Pac-10. USC had an impressive win at Nebraska, reaffirming their status as a national power. Oregon State, Cal, Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford and Washington State all won with ease. Washington probably is not as good as people thought as the shaky Ohio State offense lit them up in Seattle for 33 points. Arizona embarrassed themselves by losing at home to New Mexico but that wasn't even close to most embarrassing happening in the conference as (formerly) #11 ranked UCLA got drubbed 44-6 to a (formerly) winless Utah team.

Let's cross over the country to the Big East. As I said before, Louisville lost the big in state game, dropping their stock considerably. Cincy keeps destroying everything in its path, beating up on Miami (OH) 47-10. UConn just squeaked by Temple and Syracuse still is terrible. Pitt almost went into East Lansing and beat the Spartans but the key word there is almost, losing 17-13. Rutgers had me worried a little bit as they were only up on I-AA Norfolk State 3-0 after the 1st quarter. I wasn't worried when I saw the score at halftime was 45-0.

And finally, we arrive at arguably the most awkward conference in the nation. Wisconsin struggles with The Citadel, Northwestern loses to Duke, Minnesota loses to Florida Atlantic, and Iowa lost to Iowa State. Michigan pounded Notre Dame 38-0 after getting pounded by Oregon the week prior. The lost another game the week before that too... Ohio State learned to play offense in the second half of their game against Washington after trailing 7-3, ultimately winning 33-14. Purdue, Illinois and Indiana easily mopped up their cupcakes while Penn State looked relatively unimpressive against Buffalo (yet comfortably beat them).

So this week brought another big shake up in the polls. Next week, conference schedules start to pick up a little bit more so I'm sure there will be even more changes to come. Maybe I'll start doing my rankings by picking teams out of a hat...

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