We have made it through four weeks of the college football season and in many respect it looks similar to last season. Florida, Texas and Alabama sit atop the polls. USC dropped one early and a few non-BCS teams are making noise. The main difference is that many of the top teams lost alot earlier this season which gives them plenty of time to make voters forget those losses if the top three stumble.
LAST WEEKS PICKS
MY PICK ACTUAL RESULT
Florida St. 41 South Florida 27 S. Florida 17-7
It increasingly looks like Bobby Bowden will leave Florida State after a string of disappointing seasons. The South Florida Bulls on the other hand have alot to be excited about. Freshmen QB BJ Daniels stepped in admirably for the injured Matt Grothe, and may be able to make just enough plays to make USF a possible Big East champ.
Houston 44 Texas Tech 35 Houston 29-28
It was nowhere near as high-scoring as I thought it would be, but it sure was exciting. Houston made another 4th quarter comeback to beat a supposedly higher level team. QB Case Keenum could be quietly putting together a Heisman resume. Now Houston needs to wade through C-USA without tripping up.
TCU 17 Clemson 14 TCU 14-10
TCU really needed this win to give them some credibility as they try to inch up the polls and possibly crash the BCS party. Fair or not, you need a win over a big name opponent outside the conference; when you are in the Mountain West. Coach Gary Patterson has formed an almost impenetrable defense and their offense usually puts just enough up. Clemson isn’t great, but they are a decent Big 6 conference team. This will look good for TCU in December.
Virginia Tech 24 Miami (FL) 20 Va Tech 31-7
I picked the Hokies when alot of the talking heads were pumping up Miami, but even I didn’t see this kind of domination. Virginia Tech ran the ball whenever they wanted too and the defense harassed Jacory Harris all game. The win against Georgia Tech was a nice one, but clearly all the talk of the Hurricanes being back was a little premature.
Oregon 34 California 31 Oregon 42-3
WOW. WOW. There isn’t much else to say, as the Ducks made themselves Pac-10 favorites and embarrassed Cal in a way that could not have been foreseen. Oregon stuffed Jahvid Best and Oregon Jeremiah Masoli took advantage of every opportunity. The only people as happy as the Oregon football team was Boise St. Doesn’t their 19-8 win look even better now.
Rutgers 38 Maryland 27 Rutgers 34-13
Maryland is not a good football team and will be home for the holidays. That’s really all that needs to be said about this game.
Navy 38 Western Kentucky 10 Navy 38-22
I was at this game live and let me say, that anyone who hasn’t been to a game in Annapolis should go. It is affordable, the entrance of the Middies is a sight to see, you can get right up on the action in the end zone section, and Ricky Dobbs is a big time player. WKU had no answer for Dobbs and the Navy option. Navy only attempted 5 passes, but picked up first downs at will. The final score was closer than the actual game felt.
Johns Hopkins 31 Moravia 21 JHU 27-0
Hopkins finally justified their preseason ranking with an absolutely dominant performance. They held Moravia to under 100 yards of total offense while compiling over 400 of their own. They improved to 3-1 and are back on track to a good season.
Towson 27 Morgan St. 24 Morgan St. 12-9
As usual the game was very close, but unusually Morgan State won. The Bears broke a 4 game losing streak to their rivals with a tight win. Towson dominated in every offensive category, but 3 turnovers and a ton of penalty yardage negated that. They don’t play next season so Morgan has the bragging rights for awhile.
Best Game by a BCS Team: Oregon
This is as easy a pick as I’ll have all year. Oregon after a horrifying start to the season, came together and didn’t let off the field distractions keep them from focusing on their goal. A Pac-10 title. Jermiah Masoli went 21 for 25. The offense put up 524 yards. They held Jahvid Best to 55 yards. Cal didn’t score after the first 5 minutes. It wasn’t too bad for a team that was supposed to be in turmoil after the Boise loss and LeGarrette Blount fiasco, Coach Chip Kelly deserves alot of credit. Now comes the pesky business of defeating USC.
Best Game by a non-BCS Team: Troy
What? you ask. How can Troy’s 30-27 win over Arkansas State be the win of the week. Well, its easy. Troy and Arkansas State happen to be the two best teams in the Sun Belt and since that conference only has one guaranteed bowl bid, winning the league title is especially important. Troy scored with eight minutes to go on the road to put themselves ahead for good and secure the early lead in the Sun Belt race.
Best Individual Performance of the Week: Russell Wilson, QB NC State
Wilson threw for 322 yards and 4 TD’s in the Wolfpack’s 38-31 come from behind win over the Pitt Panthers. He also found the time to rush for 91 yards. The Sophomore QB did not let a bad start to his season and and a 31-17 deficit late in the third quarter get him down. He just went out and led three big scoring drives to snatch the victory.
THE NEW LAWSON LAMBERT TOP 25
1. Florida 4-0
2. Texas 4-0
3. Alabama 4-0
4. LSU 4-0
5. Oklahoma 2-1
6. Boise St. 4-0
7. Ohio State 3-1
8. Virginia Tech 3-1
9. USC 3-1
10. Oregon 3-1
11. Kansas 4-0
12. South Florida 4-0
13. Georgia 3-1
14. Cincinnati 4-0
15. TCU 3-0
16 Oklahoma St. 3-1
17. Penn State 3-1
18. Michigan 4-0
19. California 3-1
20. Houston 3-0
21. Iowa 4-0
22. South Carolina 3-1
23. Auburn 4-0
24. BYU 3-1
25. Mississippi 2-1