It definitely wasn’t the most exciting weekend of football but it’s becoming increasingly obvious there are several very good teams this year. It should be exciting to see which of the 13 remaining unbeatens can make it through the season unscathed – I’m hoping for six: Boise State, Houston, Oklahoma, Stanford, Wisconsin, and LSU or Bama. Anyway, here are some thoughts on the games from the weekend, my Heisman Top 5 and my ballot for The Upset Top 20.
#5 Boise State 57, Fresno State 7
I expected Boise State to win but never thought they would destroy Fresno State like that at Bulldog Stadium. Kellen Moore was back to normal completing 74.2 percent of his passes for 254 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. Wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn made an immediate impact upon returning from suspension catching three passes for 33 yards and 2 touchdowns and Matt Miller hauled in five catches for 78 yards and 1 touchdown. Running backs Doug Martin and DJ Harper combined for 111 yards and 3 touchdowns to keep the offense balanced. Meanwhile, the Bronco defense forced four turnovers (2 interceptions & 2 fumbles) and shutout Freno State’s potentially dangerous offense – their lone touchdown came on a 4th quarter punt return. The Broncos put on a good show for voters making the most of their last game on ESPN this season.
#3 Oklahoma 55, Texas 17
I thought the Longhorns might be able to keep it somewhat close but they looked completely overwhelmed by a bigger, faster, more experienced Oklahoma team. The Longhorns’ offense looked like a high school team turning the ball over five times resulting in three defensive touchdowns for the Sooners’ defense. Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones had a nice day completing 31 of 50 passes for 367 yards and 3 touchdowns but Bob Stoops chose to play Jones well into the fourth quarter to either run up the score and/or pad his stats. Oklahoma looked good on both sides of the ball – the defense looks like the real deal – and will probably play the Bama-LSU winner if they can win out. I know Texas is young but it makes you wonder how much offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin misses Kellen Moore and the personnel at Boise State.
#1 LSU 41, #17 Florida 11
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This one was never close – the Gators started freshman quarterback Jacoby Brissett after John Brantley and Jeff Driskel were forced to miss the game with injuries. As a result, the LSU defense did what they do limiting the Gators’ offense to 213 yards and forcing two turnovers – yes, Tyrann Mathieu had another interception. The Tigers’ offense actually even looked dangerous at times with Jarrett Lee calling the signals (never thought I would type that). Have I mentioned how excited I am for the LSU-Bama game on November 5th?
TCU 27, San Diego State 14
I was excited for this game but it turned out to be pretty much unwatchable. The teams combined to turn the ball over eight times (four each) and the Aztecs squandered several scoring opportunities. San Diego State quarterback Ryan Lindley threw three drive-killing interceptions and star running back Ronnie Hillman fumbled at the goal line resulting in a TCU touchback. I will give Gary Patterson some credit – this was the best I’ve seen the Horned Frog defense play this season but I’m sure San Diego State’s sloppiness helped. I have a hard time seeing either of these teams beating Boise State in MWC play.
Heisman Top 5:
1. Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson – 1391 yards, 74.8%, 13 TDs, 1 Int, 140 yds rushing, 2 TDs
2. Stanford QB Andrew Luck – 1383 yards, 73.1%, 14 TDs, 2 Ints, 60 yds rushing, 1 TD
3. Boise State QB Kellen Moore – 1391 yards, 74%, 17 TDs, 4 Ints
4. LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu - 29 solo tkls, 12 asst tkls, 5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries (2 for TDs), 2 Ints, 4 pass break-ups
5. Oregon RB LaMichael James – 95 carries, 852 yards, 8 TDs (8.97 YPC & 170.4 YPG)
Others considered: Matt Barkley, Robert Griffin, Landry Jones, Marcus Lattimore, Trent Richardson, Denard Robinson, Brandon Weeden and Robert Woods.
The Upset Top 20 Ballot:
1. Alabama (6-0)
2. LSU (6-0)
3. Oklahoma (5-0)
4. Boise State (5-0)
5. Wisconsin (5-0)
6. Oklahoma State (5-0)
7. Stanford (5-0)
8. Oregon (4-1)
9. Clemson (6-0)
10. Arkansas (5-1)
11. Michigan (6-0)
12. Illinois (6-0)
13. Arizona State (5-1)
14. Nebraska (5-1)
15. Kansas State (5-0)
16. South Carolina (5-1)
17. Georgia Tech (6-0)
18. Washington (4-1)
19. Georgia (4-2)
20. Florida (4-2)
The Upset Top 20 Poll can be seen here.