Matt’s Mind: College Football Week 3 Reactions

 

by Matt Fischer

This season’s “Game of the Century” went down Saturday in College Station, Texas as defending National Champs Alabama went to Texas A&M and defeated Johnny Football and crew.  A.J. McCarron put on an impressive performance leading Alabama to the 49-42 win.  Vinnie Sunseri had a great interception return and looked like he should be getting some snaps on the offensive side of the ball.  HaHa Clinton-Dix had a terrible penalty called on him and was temporarily ejected but luckily replay cleared him to stay in the game but Bama still suffered a 15 penalty for the incorrect call.

The ending in Tempe as Saturday’s action wrapped up was bizarre.  Wisconsin’s QB Joel Stave tried downing the ball deep in Arizona State territory to setup a game winning field goal but he never took a knee.  Some people blame this Wisconsin loss on the officials or ASU for lying on the ball.  Neither are to blame, this one is on Stave.  He never took a knew and by simply setting the ball down, that’s a fumble.  That ball was live and free for the taking.  It shouldn’t have much of an impact on the Badgers season.  Gives them a loss but it’s not in the conference and they’re not expected to be in BCS contention.

I was stunned Saturday afternoon to see Michigan struggling to put away lowly Akron.  I give it to Terry Bowden’s team for nearly winning in the Big House but failing to convert just yards away from a huge upset.  This was a letdown for the Wolverines who won a big game against Notre Dame last week.

The Wolverines near upset was only part of a horrible weekend for the Big Ten.  The Pac-12 took 3 of 4 against the Big Ten this weekend with the Big Ten only winning the most lopsided matchup as Ohio State played a non-bowl team Cal.  Nebraska was destroyed by UCLA.  The Huskers were completely obliterated by the Bruins in the second half.  These wins push the Pac-12 solidly into the second best conference in the nation behind the all-powerful SEC.

Texas is in total disarray.  Things can’t be going well this week in Austin.  They fired Manny Diaz last week but the defense still gave up 44 against Ole Miss.  The Rebels were our top play of the week because of Texas’ pourous defense.  The Longhorns have talent on that side of the ball but simply don’t have a scheme that works.  There is going to be a major overhaul at UT this offseason.

Here are my weekly awards:

Team of the Week:  UCLA Bruins – The Bruins lost a teammate just a week ago and went out and had a slow start as they fell behind 21-3 at Nebraska on Saturday.  It’d have been easy for them to pack it in but they came roaring back to smash Nebraska 41-21.

Player of the Week:  Mike Evans (WR – Texas A&M) – Despite the loss to Alabama, Evans had a monster game.  He caught seven passes for 279 yards and 1 touchdown.  He looked like a man among boys out there as simply dominated the Alabama defense.

Game of the Week:  Alabama at Texas A&M – This was a much hyped game but it lived up to it.  Tremendous offensive performances from both sides as the Tide rolled to a 49-42 win.  It was a game that saw teams make runs.  A&M jumped out to an early 14-0 game before Bama came charging back.

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2013 College Football Week 3 Matchups

 

Week 3 of college football is quickly approaching.  We give you for free our predicted winning percentages.  We have predicted scores for every game listed below plus 6 premium recommended plays in our Week 3 College Football Predictions!  Last week our premium plays we 4-1 (80%) so join us this week (for just $5) or for the rest of the season ($50) by signing up here.

TEAM WIN %
TCU 48%
Texas Tech 52%
Tulane 23%
Louisiana Tech 77%
Troy 36%
Arkansas State 64%
Air Force 20%
Boise State 80%
Eastern Michigan 17%
Rutgers 83%
Stanford 83%
Army 17%
Georgia State 8%
West Virginia 92%
Louisville 63%
Kentucky 37%
Marshall 59%
Ohio 41%
Akron 13%
Michigan 87%
Bowling Green 61%
Indiana 39%
Virginia Tech 59%
East Carolina 41%
Maryland 48%
Connecticut 52%
New Mexico 26%
Pittsburgh 74%
LA-Monroe 61%
Wake Forest 39%
Western Kentucky 67%
South Alabama 33%
Fresno State 66%
Colorado 34%
Nevada 30%
Florida State 70%
UCLA 49%
Nebraska 51%
Georgia Tech 58%
Duke 42%
Tennessee 38%
Oregon 62%
Mississippi 50%
Texas 50%
Boston College 32%
Southern Cal 68%
Iowa 42%
Iowa State 58%
Alabama 52%
Texas A&M 48%
Northern Illinois 78%
Idaho 22%
Mississippi State 57%
Auburn 43%
Washington 63%
Illinois 37%
Central Florida 50%
Penn State 50%
Ball State 60%
North Texas 40%
Memphis 37%
Middle Tennessee State 63%
Southern Miss 19%
Arkansas 81%
Vanderbilt 42%
South Carolina 58%
Tulsa 36%
Oklahoma 64%
Ohio State 64%
California 36%
Massachusetts 13%
Kansas State 87%
Florida Atlantic 32%
South Florida 68%
Kansas 45%
Rice 55%
Kent State 34%
LSU 66%
Notre Dame 76%
Purdue 24%
UTEP 58%
New Mexico State 42%
Western Michigan 23%
Northwestern 77%
UT-San Antonio 31%
Arizona 69%
Oregon State 53%
Utah 47%
Central Michigan 64%
UNLV 36%
Wisconsin 49%
Arizona State 51%
Western Illinois 5%
Minnesota 95%
Fordham 4%
Temple 96%
Youngstown State 8%
Michigan State 92%
Northern Colorado 9%
Wyoming 91%
Cal Poly SLO 16%
Colorado State 84%
Stony Brook 23%
Buffalo 77%
Delaware 9%
Navy 91%
Wagner 2%
Syracuse 98%
Bethune-Cookman 39%
Florida International 61%
Lamar 1%
Oklahoma State 99%
Nicholls State 2%
LA-Lafayette 98%
Northwestern State 3%
Cincinnati 97%
Eastern Washington 25%
Toledo 75%
Weber State 3%
Utah State 97%
Southern Utah 3%
Washington State 97%

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Matt’s Mind: College Football Week 2 Review

 

by Matt Fischer

Week 2 is over and it’s time to review.  The weekend lacked the number of big games compared to week 1 but the games this week were great.  There were some great performances and we saw some teams bounce back from disappointing losses to open the season or solidify themselves with a win this week to move to 2-0.

Jadaveon Clowney is the second most analyzed college football player this season behind Johnny Manziel.  He’s been getting quite a bit of criticism to start the year but has the same stats after two games this year (6 tackles, 1 sack) that he had after 2 games last year.   Has he set the bar so high after last season, he simply can’t top it?  I think a lot of the media simply wants to be critical and overanalyze every single thing because they have 24 hours of channel after channel to now fill.  It’s ruined sports coverage as far as I’m concerned.  Clowney is still a force and I wouldn’t want to play against him.  He’s going #1 in our 2014 NFL Mock Draft.

Cincinnati getting destroyed at Illinois has probably ruined any chance Louisville has at playing in the BCS Championship Game.  The Bearcats needed to win that game against a middle of the pack at best Big Ten team to give the new American Athletic some credit.  Instead they were dominated 45-17.  It’s a joke that conference has an automatic bid.

Texas is in disarray on defense.  Their defense was atrocious last year but looks to be even worse this year.  BYU shredded them for over 500 yards rushing.  That got Manny Diaz fired and could lead to Mack Brown heading to retirement in a few months.

Speaking of getting fired, Lane Kiffin is on the clock.  That awful loss to Washington State this weekend has them restless in LA.  They see UCLA on the rise and Stanford clearly ahead program wise of USC and will make a change at the end of the year if the Trojans can’t rally for a trip to the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Now for the weekly awards:

Player of the Week:  Kasey Carrier (RB – New Mexico) – ran for291 yards on 41 carries (average of 7.1 yards per carry) in the Lobos win at UTEP.

Team of the Week:  Baylor Bears – They dropped 56 on Buffalo in the first half.  Granted Buffalo is a non-BCS team but Ohio State only put 40 on them in four quarters.  The Baylor defense pitched a shutout the final three quarters as the Bears won 70-13.

Game of the Week:  South Carolina at Georgia.  The Bulldogs won 41-30 over the Gamecocks with great play from their offense.  Aaron Murray played very well and the running game was the difference from Georgia.  Gurshall played outstanding and ran all over the South Carolina defense.  This was just a well played game and showed why both are contenders.

If you haven’t heard the hype building already, Alabama Crimson Tide head to College Station for the most anticipated game of the season against Johnny Football and the Texas A&M Aggies.  There are some big non-conference matchups this Saturday like Wisconsin at Arizona State, UCLA at Nebraska, Mississippi at Texas, Central Florida at Penn State and Ohio State at Cal.  All of these will be factors in the BCS rankings and help conferences a great deal.  It’s a big weekend for the Big Ten.  If they could sweep these matchups it’ll boost their profile and could give their champion the edge it needs to make a BCS Championship appearance.

Check back tomorrow for predictions for all of these games and more in our week 3 college football predictions.

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Matt’s Mind: College Football Week 1 Recap

 

Week 1 is in the books.  Some big surprises as we saw several FCS go on the road and knock off FBS teams.  That’s gotta put a few of those coaches on the hot seat.  Kansas State was only a couple weeks away last year from a birth in the BCS Championship and now without Colin Klein they lose at home to North Dakota State.  NDSU is a good FCS program but K-State allowing them to have an 18 play drive in the fourth to clinch the game.  Then we have Eastern Washington lighting up Oregon State.  That was a shocker as well.  Mike Riley has to be worried about his defense allowing 49 points with some potent Pac-12 offenses on the schedule this year.  He’s got some time to fix it but it’s gonna give him some sleepless nights for weeks.

The Big 12 suffered two upsets as Iowa State joined K-State in the fallen giants category this weekend.  That’s not a good start to the year when the top coach in your conference, Bob Stoops of Oklahoma, says in the offseason your conference is the best top to bottom in the country.

Here are my weekend awards:

Player of the Week:  Tahj Boyd (Clemson) – He played great in the biggest game of the weekend.  He accounted for all five of Clem

Team of the Week:  McNeese State – This one kind of flew under the radar but they destroyed South Florida 51-23.  For Willie Taggert, you can’t have much worse of a debut than that.  I’ll give a shoutout to McNeese State for their impressive road win this weekend.

Game of the Week:

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What to look forward to in week 2:

Michigan against Notre Dame – This game is my top preseason play of the year.  I’ve seen this game as a mismatch and nothing last weekend changed my mind.

Georgia against South Carolina – How does Georgia rebound after losing a big game last week.  The SEC East could be decided with this game.

Florida at Miami – Florida’s offense is going to need to improve to win this game.  It struggled against last week against a Toledo team not known for strong D.

San Jose State at Stanford – San Jose State is a good squad.  Stanford can’t look past them.  This game will be closer than people think.

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2013 Predicted Bowl Match-ups

We’ve given you our 2013 College Football Preview where we predict how everyone will do this college football season.  Now that you know who’s bowl eligible, it’s time to find out where they’ll be bowling this December or January.

New Mexico Bowl
Utah State (MWC) vs. Washington (Pac-12)

MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
Boise State (MWC) vs. USC (Pac-12)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Texas State (Sun Belt) vs. Ball State (MAC)

New Orleans Bowl
Arkansas State (Sun Belt) vs. Marshall (Conference USA)

Beef “O” Brady’s Bowl
Connecticut (AAC) vs. Louisiana Tech (Conference USA)

Hawai’i Bowl
San Diego State vs. Middle Tennessee (Conference USA)

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Ohio (MAC) vs. Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)

Poinsettia Bowl
San Jose State (MWC) vs. Toledo (MAC)

Military Bowl
Pittsburgh (ACC) vs. East Carolina (Conference USA)

Texas Bowl
NC State (ACC) vs. TCU (Big XII)

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Arizona (Pac-12) vs. BYU (Ind)

Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers (AAC) vs. Notre Dame (Ind)

Belk Bowl
Cincinnati (AAC) vs. Georgia Tech (ACC)

Russell Athletic Bowl
Central Florida (AAC) vs. Miami (ACC)

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Baylor (Big XII) vs. Northwestern (Big Ten)

Armed Forces Bowl
Fresno State (ACC) vs. Rice (Conference USA)

Music City Bowl
Virginia Tech (ACC) vs. Mississippi State (SEC)

Alamo Bowl
Oklahoma (Big XII) vs. Arizona State (Pac-12)

Holiday Bowl
Kansas State (Big XII) vs. Oregon State (Pac-12)

AdvoCare V100 Bowl
LA-Monroe (Sun Belt) vs. Syracuse (ACC)

Sun Bowl Bowl
North Carolina (ACC) vs. UCLA (Pac-12)

Liberty Bowl
Tulsa (Conference USA) vs. Tennessee (SEC)

Chick-fil-A Bowl
Florida State (ACC) vs. Ole Miss (SEC)

Heart of Dallas Bowl
Kent State (MAC) vs. Duke (ACC)

Gator Bowl
Michigan State (Big Ten) vs. LSU (SEC)

Outback Bowl
Florida (SEC) vs. Nebraska (Big Ten)

Capital One
Wisconsin (Big Ten) vs. South Carolina (SEC)

Rose Bowl
Ohio State (Big Ten) vs. Oregon (Pac-12)

Fiesta Bowl
Oklahoma State (Big XII) vs. Michigan (Big Ten)

Sugar Bowl
Georgia (SEC) vs. Louisville (AAC)

Cotton Bowl
Texas A&M (SEC) vs. Texas (Big XII)

Orange Bowl
Clemson (ACC) vs. Northern Illinois (MAC)

BBVA Compass Bowl
SMU (AAC) vs. Vanderbilt (SEC)

GoDaddy.com Bowl
LA-Lafayette (Sun Belt) vs. Bowling Green (MAC)

BCS Championship
Alabama (SEC) vs. Stanford (Pac-12)

Check out more in our 2013 College Football Preview.

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