The second I put on College Gameday this morning, and when I mean the second I put it on, this is what I saw:
#12 Clemson vs #6 Notre Dame: 24-22
By Corey Aron
Diet Coke Clemson fan is back at it again. He must have foreshadowed of what was to come, because the Clemson Tigers just nearly held on to beat ND in a classic match-up.
The last time these two teams faced other was back when Joe Montana was playing for the Irish. However their were three fumbles for Brian Kelly’s team which had the Irishmen playing catch-up all night. It never feels good to come back from a 21-3 deficit all to fail on the what would have been tying 2-pt. conversion that would have sent this game into Overtime.
#16 Northwestern vs Minnesota: 27-0
Pat Fitzpatrick’s Wildcats have turned the page from a horrid 5-7 season last year. RB Justin Jackson is one of the nations most skilled running backs and he’s only a Sophomore. Their schedule in the BIG TEN seems relatively easy. However, next week they’ll be put to the next in Ann Arbor against Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan team.
#14 Texas A&M vs #21 Mississippi St: 31-14
Kenny Hill “Trill” is an after-thought at this point for the Aggies. That’s because Kyle Allen who initially was Hill’s back-up last year has 100% taken the reigns for A&M leading them to a big-time SEC victory over QB Dak Prescott’s Bulldogs. Unfortunately the Aggies will have to face Alabama and Ole Miss in the following weeks to come. The SEC is fun right?
#13 Alabama beats #8 Georgia: 38-10
Let’s just say Nick Saban has gotten the best over Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs. Ever since Bama’s breakout game in 08′ during Georgia’s blackout game, The Saban Dynasty took full effect. Who’s to say it’s ended? Alabama is very much still in the National title hunt. Derrick Henry said so himself with this 30 yard TD that started the flood gates.
#15 Oklahoma beats #23 West Virginia: 44-24
The Sooners defense gave up 603 yards a couple weeks ago to Tulsa out of all teams. This week, their defense responded to its critics by tallying for seven sacks and causing five turnovers in a dominating performance over the Mountaineers. Oklahoma’s schedule should be a breeze up until their last three games of the season. QB Baker Mayfield I believe will be a Heisman candidate when its all said and done.
#4 TCU embarrases Texas: 50-7
Charlie Strong may have done well as Head Coach over at Louisville, but ever since becoming Mack Brown’s successor, it’s been a Long Horn Disaster (1-4). TCU’s Trevone Boykin passed Andy Dalton on their team’s touchdown list earlier in today’s contest while passing for 5 touchdowns. Freshman WR KeVontae Turpin caught 4 of them – that has to be another TCU record broken in today’s game. Who would have though the Horned Frogs would be come the true team in the state of Texas? Purple does mean royalty after all.
Arizona State upsets #7 UCLA: 38-23
The last four times these two have met up, the road team has won. The Sun Devils pressured and blitzed Freshman standout QB Josh Rosen all night long. In fact, they were able to capitalize on two safeties. Boy, the Bruins losing LB Myles Jack a couple weeks might have finally sunk in.
#25 Florida wins #3 Ole Miss: 38-10
A nail-biting win for the Gators last week over the Tennessee Vols propelled this team to come out tonight and absolutely pound Ole Miss.
This SEC gets trickier by the week, but if their’s a team that will sky rocket through the polls, it’s definitely going to be Florida. Jim Kelly’s nephew Chad Kelly had a ton of trouble playing a ruckus crowd in the swamp. His counter-part Freshman QB Will Grier had a real special performance throwing all 4 of his touchdowns in the first half.
By the way, this catch will make ESPN’s top 10:
#9 LSU beats Eastern Michigan: 44-22
Before I even say anything:
Leonard Fournette on Saturday: 26 rushes, 233 yards, 3 touchdowns – his SEC-record third straight 200-yard game pic.twitter.com/YUWFoedY5F
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 4, 2015
I couldn’t even accumulate those kind of stats if I was playing EA Sports NCAA on rookie mode.
However, Leonard wasn’t pleased with how the Tigers took EMU so lightly. Maybe if he compiles for 300 yards in a game he will be a little more satisfied. Question is, does Fournette sit out next season to ensure he’s healthy for the 2017 NFL Draft?
#24 California beats Washington State: 34-28
Don’t look now, but California’s college football team of 2015 belongs to the Golden Bears. It was their first time coming into a game as a ranked team in the last 6 years now. Their defense has been able to force a total of 18 turnovers. They may even want to up their game that much more because the Pac 12’s schedule that they have will test just how golden they are. By the way, their alumni page of current NFL players that went to California is something else for a college that usually takes the back seat among other notable teams in Cali.
Iowa (5-0) upset victory over #19 Wisconsin: 10-6
As dominating as Wisconsin has been for quite some time, the Badgers of ’15 look as if someone stepped on their tails by now falling 3-2 on the season. Joel Stave threw for two interceptions, both of which were beautifully hauled in by one of the nations best cornerbacks Desmond King. The Hawkeyes didn’t even score in the 2nd half just goes to show how big King and Iowa’s defense had to be. Since 2004, both of these two team play for the Heartland Trophy. Iowa will most likely over pass Wisconsin as they both will trade spots being inside the Top 25 poll rankings.
— Iowa on BTN (@IowaOnBTN) October 3, 2015
#5 Baylor wins Texas Tech: 63-35
Head Coach Art Briles has Baylor hungrier than ever before. Their schedule and high-powered offense since 2011 still didn’t prove to the committee that should have been included a top 4 playoff team. Both RB Shock Linwood and WR Corey Coleman have set off a football frenzy in Waco, Texas. However the Big 12 conference doesn’t get interesting until mid November.
#1 Ohio State narrowly beats Indiana: 34-27
Indiana came into this game undefeated certainly had every intention to shock the nation Hoosier style at their very home stadium. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. In spite of four turnovers, and many costly penalties, the Buckeyes remain unscathed and have a nations best 18 straight victories. Ezekiel Elliot high stepped his way with three huge touchdown runs. You have to wonder if Urban Meyes contemplates to have JT Barrett step in as their quarterback again over Cardale Jones.
— topnews (@topnews11) October 3, 2015
#2 Michigan St holds off Purdue: 24-21
At half it was 21-0 Spartans, no sweat. The Boilermakers you would have figured had Drew Brees back at Purdue leading them to an almost astonishing come back victory in East Lansing. Conor Cook prevailed making him the All-Time winningest QB in MSU’s history; passing Kirk Cousins with 28 wins now. Crazy how the state of Indiana as a whole was gipped of some major upsets. #22 Michigan shuts out Maryland: 28-0 Ever since Derek Jeter went to last weeks Michigan home game, the Wolverines have now back-to-back shutouts. A big part of that goes #48 LB Desmond Morgan who’s 9 tackles and interception helps give Michigan a true identity as coming out of this week as the nations best defense. Jim Harbaugh works wonders for any team he goes to, college or NFL. I say they continue to only get stronger and defeat a tough Northwestern next week.
#20 Oklahoma State squeaks by Kansas State: 36-34
The Cowboys were at one point trailing by 15 in the game. But thanks to clutch kicker Ben Grogan and his heroic foot, he’s helped save Oklahoma St. for two weeks in a row now. Oklahoma State seems to be hanging on the fringes with its undefeated start.
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 3, 2015
#18 Stanford crush Arizona: 55-17
Both Barry Sanders and Ed McCaffrey must be proud fathers tonight, because both of their sons’ ran the heck out of Zona’s defense. I suppose without a top-notch NFL prospect LB Scooby Wright III being out for the Wildcats, their was just nothing that they can do to be involved in this Pac 12 show-down. Stanford is starting to gain some momentum and it will be interesting to see if they turn out to be the top dogs in this highly competitive conference.
#11 Florida State slide by Wake Forest: 24-16
Dalvin Cook is pretty darn lucky to even be playing this season after his battery assault charge by punching a woman in her face. He seems to be punching touchdown’s in the faces of his opponents as he continues the trend of Seminole RB’s having a bright future heading into the NFL (i.e. Devonta Freeman; Karlos Williams). Cook had to leave the game early after his 94 yard touchdown run making things on offense look rather stagnant for Everett Golson. FSU don’t look particularly strong as they’ve looked in the past, but the ACC is one of the softer conferences. And, no I didn’t forget about the Oregon Ducks. It’s just that they have fallen out of the top 25 for the first time since 2009. This article is sort of like a secret club, and I can’t unveil the results of Oregon because they are no longer ranked. I’m sorry guys. I’m out of breath here, what a week for the Top 25 college teams and college football as a whole. [su_button url=”https://elitesportsny.com/2015/10/03/max-scherzer-no-hitter-provides-unique-scene-at-citi-field/” target=”blank” background=”#000080″ size=”10″ wide=”yes” radius=”0″]NEXT: Scherzer’s No-Hitter Provides Unique Scene[/su_button]