Analyst Josh Theus weighs in for this weeks College football Roundup.
My Top 10 teams
- Ohio St
- Michigan St
- Notre Dame
My Playoff Teams
- Ohio St
Things I learned this weekend:
Ohio State is a legit title contender with JT Barrett at QB.
Ohio State throughout the season looked like a lackluster FSU team from a year ago. The Buckeyes were riding the #1 spot off of last season’s national championship, they were winning games late in the second half, and barely beating teams that weren’t supposed to be hanging around. Saturday Ohio State played a Rutgers team that many people thought might fight with the Buckeyes. That was anything but what happened Saturday. The Buckeyes came out firing with JT Barrett and never looked back beating the Scarlet Knights 49-7. Barrett was 14-18 with 223 yards passing and 3 passing TDs. He added 101 yards rushing with 2 rushing TDs. I’m not saying OSU is the team to beat just yet, but with Barrett leading this team, the sky just might be the limit.
Baylor’s playoff hopes might be in jeopardy with Russell out as QB.
Baylor’s star QB Seth Russell will need surgery to fix a damaged vertebra near his neck and will be out for the remainder of the season. That leaves the Bears with true freshman backup Jarrett Stidham as the next man up. As we all know Art Briles is great at finding QBs that will be successful in his system, but in this situation he doesn’t have an entire offseason. He has a week to prepare this young man to face a Kansas State team looking to ruin Baylor’s perfect season. The following week will not get any easier as the Bears take on the Sooners from Oklahoma. It will be a tall task to handle, but the Buckeyes did it a year ago with 3 QBs. Could Baylor possibly win the National Championship with it’s true freshman QB? We will have to wait and see.
LSU keeps winning and Leonard Fournette can’t be stopped
On a rainy night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana LSU took on a pesky Western Kentucky team that had only 1 loss on the season. At Half the score was only 14-7 and the Hilltoppers had some confidence heading into the locker room. Midway through the 3rd Quarter WKU and LSU traded scores and it was 17-13 LSU. Then the talent level of the SEC powerhouse took over and the Tigers never looked back. At the end of the soggy night Leonard Fournette had 26 carries for 150 yard and 1 TD. LSU has a bye week coming up and then has its annual showdown with the Crimson Tide. November 7th will show us how good Fournette and this LSU squad really is.
Clemson helped Al Golden earn an early exit
Clemson handed The “U” the worst loss in program history, a 58-0 whipping on the Hurricanes home field. As I stated in my last article Golden was already on a burning hot seat and after this game it took just around 24 hours for The University of Miami to split ways with Golden. The Tigers were up on the Canes 42-0 at half and never looked back. They really did make a case for why they belong in the college football playoff. Well that and they made Miami look like they belong anywhere but on the same field as the Tigers. Deshaun Watson had another solid performance completing 15 of 19 passes for 143 yards and 1 TD. Watson added 98 yards on the ground and another score. The Tigers play NCST next week and then have the showdown vs FSU in Death Valley on Nov 7th.
USC exposed Utah
People though Vegas was crazy for favoring a 3-3 USC team against a “dominate” #3 in the nation Utah. Well that is why they are the experts and you are eating potato chips on the couch. Both teams came out with high energy and a lot of intensity. After the first quarter Utah held a 7-point advantage over USC, then came the second quarter. The Trojan’s rallied of 14 straight points to start the quarter. Then Utah got the ball back. Trying to get some momentum going Utah threw the ball and USC defensive star Cameron Smith picked it off and took it all the way back for 6. All of a sudden the Trojan faithful are going crazy and USC is beating the #3 team in the land 28-14. At this point the Trojans never looked back and won 42-24 to knock off previously unbeaten Utah.
Stanford is in control of its own destiny
When Stanford lost to Northwestern to start the season, everyone wrote them out. No one gave them a chance to do anything this season. Well the Cardinal have now rallied off 6 straight wins including a 41-31 win over USC and a 56-35 beating over then #18 UCLA. Utah’s loss to USC kind of hurt the Cardinals chances to get into the playoffs, but if Notre Dame wins out Stanford will have plenty to prove when they play the Irish on November 28th. Stanford also has a stud by the name of Christian McCaffrey and he is literally tearing up the field. He will be a big reason the Cardinal continue to be successful.
Florida State could not capitalize on opportunities vs GT
“What a time to be alive” is what the announcer said on the ESPN broadcast as Georgia Tech’s Lance Austin took a blocked field goal back 78 yards to upset the #9 Seminoles. Well it is a rare thing to see a Florida State ACC loss. You would have to go way back to 2012 when FSU lost to NCST on a Thursday night 17-16. The Noles were ranked #3 in the nation when the Wolfpack upset them in Raleigh. Just like in that game the Seminoles scored 16 points in the first half. 3 in the first quarter 13 in the second. Just like last night FSU was held scoreless in the second half to be upset by an unranked opponent. Florida State missed a lot of opportunities vs the Yellow Jackets. Everett Golson missed a wide-open Dalvin Cook in the red zone that could have produces 6 points. Golson also surrendered his first pick of the year in the end zone that cost the Noles at least a chance at 3 points. Don’t get me wrong Georgia Tech played on heck of a game. They did what they needed to do to hang around and capitalized at the right moment. Now lets see where this game takes these teams. Can GT continue to win and turn around its season and can FSU make the best out of the loss or will they continue to play at a mediocre level.