College Catch-Up

2 10 2011

(#8) Nebraska 17, (#7) Wisconsin 48

This was a huge statement game for the Badgers, and it looks like they are real title contenders this year. Nebraska’s QB, Taylor Martinez, threw no touchdowns and three interceptions while Wisconsin’s QB, Russell Wilson, threw two touchdowns and no picks. Furthermore, throwing 13 touchdowns along with only 1 interception and having a passer rating of 216.9 (second only to Robert Griffin) proves to me this man should be in the consideration for the Heisman. An interesting test awaits Wisconsin, though, because starting October 22, Wisconsin will play 4 of 5 games on the road.

 

(#14) Texas A&M 38, (#18) Arkansas 42

In a game which played out eerily similar to last week’s A&M/OSU game, the Aggies outscored the Razorbacks 35-17 in the first half, but were outscored 3-25 in the second half. The A&M staff is going to have to try and figure out why their team isn’t able to hold leads in big games after halftime. In a year in which they were supposed to take a jump into the elite field of the Big XII has actually turned into a last place ranking – currently – in the Big XII. On the other hand, this is a big win for Arkansas to add to their resume as they prepare to begin their treacherous SEC schedule. Something else to keep in mind: the Aggies are going to have to face Arkansas every year when they join the SEC.

 

(#15) Baylor 35, Kansas State 36

Robert Griffin is having an award-winning year, but his first interception of the season ending up leading to Baylor’s first loss of the season. Griffin ended up with 346 passing yards and 5 touchdowns, but that one pick ended up determining the game’s outcome. If Griffin wants a chance at winning the Heisman, he will need to push his team to rack up more wins because without that wins, he won’t get any recognition. Now, the Wildcats are an improbable 4-0, but they will really be tested at the end of the season when they play OU, OSU, A&M, and Texas on consecutive weekends.

 

(#13) Clemson 23, (#11) Virginia Tech 3

In a match where defense was put on display, Clemson came out on top and prevented Virginia Tech from scoring a touchdown in a home game for the first time in 16 years. Leading the team to first place in the ACC Atlantic and effectively controlling the offense, Tajh Boyd has definitely showed his play-making ability and his command of the field. The Tigers have now beaten ranked opponents three weeks in a row and, they should be favored in most of their upcoming games, but a matchup at undefeated Georgia Tech looms at the end of October.

 

Other notable scores:

(#16) South Florida 17,  Pittsburgh 44

Auburn 16,  (#10) South Carolina 13

SMU 40,  (#20) TCU 33

(#3) Alabama 38,  (#12) Florida 10

 

SEC Note:  With South Carolina and Florida both losing, Georgia all of the sudden has life again in the SEC West even after their terrible 0-2 start. On top of that, Arkansas, LSU, and Alabama are not on the Bulldogs schedule this year.

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3 10 2011
Brandon

To be fair to Georgia, they were never out of the SEC East race. They only lost to South Carolina in terms of league play; losing to Boise only ended their national championship hopes. I am rooting for Georgia, though, because I believe in Mark Richt as a coach and I think he has what it takes to produce winners year in and year out. He just hasn’t had the players.

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