College Football Week 4 Notebook

There is no such thing as a boring week of college football. Even when the games look as bland as physically possible, there are always a handful that develop into dogfights and upsets. This week was especially exemplary of this phenomenon that makes collegial football so great. Let’s break all these games down and analyze the landscape of college football.

 

Post Week 4 Sports Buzz Miami Top 25

  1. Ohio State
  2. Ole Miss
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. UCLA
  6. Utah
  7. TCU
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Georgia
  10. LSU
  11. Clemson
  12. USC
  13. Alabama
  14. FSU
  15. Texas A&M
  16. Oklahoma
  17. Stanford
  18. Oregon
  19. Oklahoma State
  20. West Virginia
  21. Northwestern
  22. California
  23. Michigan
  24. Arizona
  25. Florida

Others Receiving Votes:

Wisconsin, Miami, Boise State, Texas Tech, Houston, NC State, Tennessee.

 

2 Minute Drill Takeaways

 

1st Down: Oregon is a College Football Playoff Pretender

At the onset of this season, I saw Oregon as a solid, but unspectacular 9-3 football team who could make a run once again and win the Pac 12. This prediction is looking more and more true after a severely underrated Utah team absolutely thrashed Oregon at home last night. Oregon bears a great deal of watching this season especially in terms of head ball coach Mark Helfrich. We saw him win while still riding Chip Kelly’s coat tails, but can he win with a roster mostly built by himself and in a rebuilding year? This year will prove just how good of a coach he is. If Oregon wins 10 games, he is an elite coach. If Oregon wins 8-9 games, he’s a solid coach, but under that and he clearly is closer to Larry Coker after Butch Davis than Les Miles after Nick Saban…

 

2nd Down: So don’t get too high on Utah…

Utah is a very good football team this year with excellent talent in the trenches on both sides of the ball, a solid, game managing quarterback, and one of the best running backs in the country. I think they are without a doubt a top ten team right now, but I’m not ready to say they are College Football Playoff material yet like most viewers seem apt to state. This is potentially uncharted territory for Utah, they’ve never had the elite label cast upon them, and I’d be shocked if they can learn to own that identity and win big in their first brush with it. I think we saw a potential 10-11 win football team with a lot of interesting pieces flash dominance against an overrated Oregon team, but let’s wait and see how they play with a target on their back before we call them a contender.

 

3rd Down: Butch Jones got some ‘splainin to do

This is a really bad look for Tennessee. It was unreasonable to expect Tenessee to make the jump to contender this year without some real growing pains, but blowing two huge leads late in back to back games is completely unacceptable. The Volunteers seem completely befuddled by the concept of closing out games, and the ridiculously conservative late game coaching is hardly helping. We know Butch Jones the stellar recruiter and team builder, but we need to see Butch Jones the great gameday coach. So far he’s looked mediocre in that regard throughout his coaching career, and if he wants to truly build Tennessee to the ranks of college football blue bloods, he needs to improve across the board in that realm. Otherwise… His seat could get decievingly warm.

 

4th Down, Hail Mary: This is the best opportunity Miami has had in years

 Yes, my Hurricanes bias is going to show in all its glory here, but hear me out. College Football is in a very interesting place right now. There currently are no truly dominant teams, and there are no true dynasties. An argument could be made for Ohio State, but have you seen how they’ve been playing? At least in the early stages, every single college football team has looked like a team that can be beat. College football hasn’t been this equal opportunity in years… Prior to this, teams have had to run into dominant gauntlets like Alabama, Florida State, Oregon, Florida, etc.. This year, any team has a chance to make a run at the ‘ship, especially with the young College Football Playoff. And things shape up particularly well for Miami. Not only are they in the notoriously weak Coastal division, but the other side of the ACC is also as weak as it has been in years. Clemson is a great team, but it is not a worldbeater. Same goes for Florida State. Not even to mention, that this is the most talented and healthiest (knock on wood) Canes team in years. This is Miami’s chance. A 1 loss or undefeated Miami ACC champion team would be a lock for the College Football Playoff. But can their coaching propel them there? Or will it hinder them into mediocrity once again? Hurricanes, this is your chance, do us all a favor and take it.

 

Top 5 Overachieving Teams, and Top 5 Underachieving

Overachievers: “What you lack in talent you can more than make up for in passion, intensity, and discipline”

 

  1. Northwestern
  2. Michigan
  3. Boston College
  4. Duke
  5. Florida

 

Underachievers: “Your fan base is ready to kidnap your head coach, your players are frustrated, and national pundits everywhere jest at your failures”

 

  1. Auburn
  2. Florida State
  3. Tennessee
  4. Oregon
  5. Alabama

 

Post Week 4 College Football Playoff Predictions

(Predictions based off of how teams are likely to actually land in playoffs, not based solely on last week’s performance)

  1. Ohio State
  2. Ole Miss
  3. Michigan State
  4. Clemson

 

Yell At the TV Moment of the Week

 

  • When Texas Tech ran the last minute Hail Mary and lateral play almost to the perfection, my heart almost stopped. Never has a human yelled “PITCH THE %@*3ing BALL” louder.

It was another riveting week of college football, and we’ll all look forward to the next one. Check back in soon for more fantastic content.