After yet another exciting week of college football, it’s time for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. There were several other candidates for the spots, but the ones below stood out the most. I’ve also decided to hand out weekly awards to honor a few notable achievements.
Notre Dame: The Irish must feel relieved. If they had fallen to the Spartans, we would have seen just how red Brian Kelly’s face could have gotten. The game was close and some stuff wasn’t going well for the Domers until a Cierre Wood TD run late in the 2nd quarter really put the game away as they played much better football in the 2nd half. Tommy Rees looked much better in the latter half as well, giving him so much needed confidence.
Illinois: This was certainly a big win for the Illini, but how they accomplished it is even more noteworthy. They sacked Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler 6 times and got 2 INTs from him as well. Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase had over 200 combined yards passing and rushing in a big statement win for the Illini. They are now 3-0 and made themselves a team to watch this season that could make some noise in the Big Ten Leaders division with Ohio State and Penn State reeling.
Florida State: Of course any loss could put you in ‘The Bad’ column, but the Seminoles had a chance to get a big win in their return to their former glory. The game was tight until Oklahoma pulled away for good in the 4th quarter, but FSU did show it has the mettle to compete with the top teams in the country. Giving up 3 INTS and getting only 27 actual rushing yards are things to work on, but the status of QB EJ Manuel is up in the air after he had to leave the game with an injury.
Mississippi State: A team that had talent and looking to make headway in the SEC ran right into the brick wall that is the LSU defense. Gaining only 52 yards rushing and 141 yards passing is not part of the stats needed for a victory in this conference. The failure of the running game in particular is alarming, considering it was hyped as one of the best in the SEC. A loss to LSU makes Mississippi State’s drive for success that much harder.
Big East: With the imminent departure of Pitt and Syracuse, the Big East is on the road to possible extinction. Given the recent conference alignment, there is a strong chance we move to 4 16 team ‘super conferences’ with the Big East and Big 12 the ones to go away. Commissioner John Marinatto has some difficult days ahead in trying to keep the Big East together, but it doesn’t look good. On a side note, TCU must be having fits right now.
Ohio State: I was tempted to put this is in The Good column, but that would be my anti-Buckeye bias showing and I am trying to be a reputable writer. Their defense was bad last week and not any better this week. The offense didn’t do its job and the defense gave up too many big plays in a shocking loss. A Buckeye defense giving up 240 yards rushing is not something you would expect. Neither is the offense only producing 2 field goals.
The ‘Charlie Weis Ate My Cheeseburger’ Award for Defense: TCU. After giving up 189 yards and 17 points to Louisiana Monroe in the 1st quarter, the Horned Frogs clamped down and showed shades of dominant defenses of the last few years.
The ‘Surely You Must Be Joking’ Offensive Performance Of The Week: Henry Josey, RB, Missouri. Josey piled up 263 rushing yards, which in and of itself is noteworthy, however he did it on only 14 carries for a whooping 18.8 yards per carry.
The ‘These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For’ Mystery Of The Week: Ohio State. Seriously, what happened? They have the talent to win the Big Ten, but have faltered so far this season. It could be the scandals surrounding the program, but then again Miami is in the same boat and they pulled out an impressive win.