College Catch-Up

18 09 2011

(#1) Oklahoma 23,  (#5) Florida State 13

In a game dominated by defense, the Sooners were able to grind out a good road win and cement themselves as one of the best teams in the country while the Seminoles showed that they aren’t quite ready to be considered one of the “big boys” yet. Regarding Oklahoma, having to still face many tough opponents -such as Missouri, Kansas State, Texas A&M, and Baylor, who outscored their opponents 191-7 yesterday – I  believe an undefeated season will be a very difficult task to accomplish.

(#21) Auburn 24, Clemson 38

Auburn’s luck finally came to an end on Saturday as Clemson ended the nation’s longest current win streak (17) and handed the defending champions their first loss of the season, outscoring them 38-10 in the last 3 quarters. Clemson is now 3-0 for the first time in 5 years and has a quarterback with a 10-to-1 touchdown interception ratio. On the other hand, things will only get more difficult for Auburn as Arkansas, LSU, Alabama, and South Carolina are all on their brutal schedule.

(#17) Ohio State 6, Miami 24

In a game Yahoo! Sports dubbed the “Ineligi-bowl,” Miami completely shut down OSU’s offense limiting them to just 4 of 18 on passing and never letting them into the end zone. Miami’s new starters seem to be understanding their roles better as Lamar Miller continues his breakout season. This is the first time in 23 years that the Buckeyes have lost to an unranked opponent on the road, and they are in danger of falling out of the AP top 25 poll for the first time in nearly 7 years.

(#15) Michigan State 13, Notre Dame 31

After a heartbreaking loss in Ann Arbor last weekend, the (actually Fighting) Irish pulled themselves together and were able to upset a pretty good Michigan State team through their ground attack in South Bend yesterday. There was some quarterback controversy at the beginning of the year, but it looks like Notre Dame has settled on sophomore Tommy Rees to lead their team this year. The rest of Notre Dame’s schedule is pretty favorable, so they should rack up a lot of wins before having to finish their season at Stanford.

Side note:  Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege completed 40 of 44 passes against New Mexico setting an NCAA record 90.9 completion percentage (minimum 40 throws).

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3 responses

20 09 2011

clemson can thank qb tajh boyd for the win. he displayed a lot of leadership and poise leading the comeback against auburn. he also had a terrific game throwing the ball and limited his lapses in judgement. i’m expecting big things from clemson the rest of the year, starting with a win over florida state.

19 09 2011

Your general focus seems to be on big names. Is Boise state unworthy of notice? Have you written them off a bit early?

19 09 2011

I did mention Boise State when they had a big win over Georgia, but when they have a win over Toledo, I don’t think that’s noteworthy.

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