College Football Musings - Week 3

The college football world got shaken up this weekend with two top 10 teams getting beaten. The weekend of action saw the Trojans coming up short (pun intended), while BYU was trashed at home. Georgia got a win in an incredible shootout. An upstart conference saw its BCS hopes take a huge hit while folks in Tallahassee are downright giddy.

Trojans can't contain Huskies ---- Washington did not win a game last year. This season they had a loss to LSU at home and a win over Idaho – the Vandals not the potato. Still Washington took advantage of USC's youth at QB and beat the Trojans on a last second field goal. While many in Gator Nation are pouting about Florida's failure to totally destroy Lane Kiffin and his Vols there isn't a Southern Cal fan in sight that wouldn't trade with the Gators right now. Pete Carroll has done a remarkable job in LA, but it's remarkable how often they drop a conference game to an unranked team.

The defense rests ---- Georgia and Arkansas played a very entertaining game Saturday night and delivered a clear message to teams on their schedule. "We can score and we don't much care if you guys do, too." The teams combined for 1,015 yards of total offense and ten touchdown passes. Georgia's Richard Samuel added over a hundred yards on the ground and that balance was the difference in the 52-41 Bulldog win.

Mountain Worst Weekend ---- The Mountain West Conference had convinced many, including me that the league was better than the Big Least and the Almost Competitive Conference (ACC) but this weekend didn't help reinforce that view. Utah was beaten by an Oregon team that was embarrassed during and after its season opener with Boise State while Brigham Young was trashed by Florida State at home. TCU looks like the team to carry the banner, but the Horned Frogs have a tough road trip to Clemson to prove they belong in the national discussion.

Seminole Uprising ---- Speaking of the gang from Tallahassee, they are pretty happy after a 54-28 in Provo. That score is more than a little deceptive. FSU enjoyed a rare plus-five turnover advantage which distorts the final outcome. The Cougars gained 473 yards on the FSU defense and those miscues helped the ‘Noles pull away.

Grothe Pains ---- FSU got a break at South Florida's expense Saturday when the Bulls' quarterback Matt Grothe was knocked out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. The injury occurred late in the second quarter of a 59-0 win over Charleston Southern. Back up B.J. Daniels took over and ran for 105 yards and two TD and passed for 149 and another TD. However playing in Doak Campbell is a whole different level.

No luck of the Irish ---- Notre Dame's hope to rejoin the elite of college football took a hit for the second week in a row. First it was the ridiculous loss to Michigan. Now it's the loss of talented sophomore receiver Michael Floyd who broke his collarbone in Notre Dame's 36-33 win over Michigan State. Floyd was part of one of the nation's best WR tandems along with Golden Tate. Now the Irish need to develop another threat, but it won't matter if their defense doesn't make some progress, Michigan State is not all that good; yet they put 33 points and almost 500 yards on the board. The good news for ND is that their 10/17 game with Southern Cal looks easier. The bad news is their 10/3 game with Washington looks much tougher.

Best Foot Forward ---- All the Heisman talk has been about the big three quarterbacks, but after three weeks the most productive player in college football is California running back Jahvid Best. The explosive runner has run for 412 yards and eight TD in the first three games, helping his team to a perfect record and No. 6 national ranking. Cal has Oregon, Southern Cal and UCLA the next three weeks and if they are still winless and Best is still producing there could be an upset in NYC in December.


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