College Football Musings – Week 3

Well, week three of the college football season did not bring us a great many surprises. It did bring us another embarrassing day for the ACC, and another solid impressive performance from the alleged Heisman Trophy frontrunner. It brought us the debut of last year's Heisman winner, some high flying Ducks and more.

So here we go with this week's musings.

Welcome back Mr. Ingram ---- Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram made his 2010 debut in Durham against the Duke Blue Devils and his performance was predictably dominant. Ingram rambled for 151 yards and two touchdowns and he did so on just nine carries. Ingram's hopes of repeating as the winner of college football's top honor were seriously damaged by his sitting out the first two games with the injury, but his return give ‘Bama all of its weapons with the key games against Arkansas and Florida coming up.

Dances all over Wolves ---- Yes, Michigan won, but UMass is the story of the game between the Minutemen and the Wolverines. UMass led the Wolverines early 17-7, fell behind 35-17 and then rallied to within five points at 42-37 with two minutes to play. It was shades of the Wolverines loss to Appalachian State, though this time Michigan survived. Michigan just might be the worst 3-0 team in the country, especially on defense where they are giving up 439 yards a game. QB Dennard Robinson was not as spectacular as he was against Notre Dame but still ended up with 345 yards and three touchdowns.

The luckless Irish ---- Notre Dame has played two pretty good teams the past two weeks and played them on virtually even terms. Still, first year coach Brian Kelly has nothing to show for his team's efforts. One week after giving up the game winning scoring drive late in the fourth quarter, Kelly's crew allowed Michigan State to score a winning touchdown on a fake field goal in overtime. The fact that Michigan State had a player blocking 20 yards downfield on a pass play doesn't change the fact that while the Irish might be better, the results aren't.

ACC doldrums continue ---- A week after an opportunity to rebuild the league's credibility escaped the Almost Competitive Conference, the ACC took another step back in key games this weekend. Maryland fell to West Virginia, Clemson blew a big lead at Auburn and Wake Forest was humiliated by Stanford. Well at least the league still has its automatic bid to the BCS… for now.

Score Ducks Score ---- Oregon racked up 48 points at Tennessee two weeks ago, which is by far their worst performance of the season. Chip Kelly's crew scored 72 opening day against New Mexico and added 69 this week in a shutout of Portland State. That's 189 points in just three weeks.

Ole Miserable-ssippi ---- Houston Nutt has a pretty good track record as a head coach, but this Ole Miss team of his is a disaster. Ole Miss compounded its loss to Jacksonville State two weeks ago by dropping a 28-14 decision to Vandy on its home field. The loss was bad, being overpowered in the trenches by the boys from Nashville is inexcusable. Ole Miss' next five opponents are undefeated so far this season, which may mean a post-season invitation is a long shot at best.

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