Sep 17

Week 3 In Review

Posted By:Wes Mewbourne  Tags:

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Wow, a lot can happen in a day.  Rome can't be built, of course, but the national picture can start to come into focus.  Here are some observations in the week that was…
 
 1. I picked a heck of a week to not watch any football.

Wow, close games, offenses on display, and near BCS-buster busters.  I can't believe the only live action I saw was the first couple touchdowns Maryland threw on California and the tail end of the Badgers closing out at Fresno State.  Hard to turn down tix to a game…even if it was just Western Kentucky.  Easily the best overall week of college football thus far... 

2. Ohio State has been exposed…again.

At least this time, the SEC teams got to sit back and watch.  After loosing Beanie Wells, the season appears to be the gridiron equivalent of the post-iceberg Titanic.  It would appear that the guy would've played on defense, cause not only did the offense lay an egg, but the defense failed to show up as well.  One would wonder if the Buckeyes realized they couldn't beat another SEC team in January, so why even bother… 

3. Defense wins Championships.

The SEC has certainly won the championships, and the week, they have the defense to prove it.  With 10 teams active this week, only Vanderbilt allowed more than 14 points (they still won, though).  Out of those 10, eight defenses limited the other team to one trip to the endzone.  Georgia and South Carolina gave a touchdown apiece to the other, while the Auburn/Mississippi St. score looked more like European football than the American version we watch on Saturdays... 

4. But Offense sells tickets.

Enter the Big 12, the most on the rise conference with the two most offensively prolific Top 10 teams.  The Sooners and Mizz Tigers combined for 124 points, while the rest of the conference had 3 teams over 40 points.  Even Nebraska was pushing 40 and Kansas got some respect by putting 34 on USF.  The way it stands right now, expect the Big 12 game to be a repeat of last year, with a much higher tv rating.  Also, don't be surprised if we have a 2004 repeat, with USC and OU coming in at #1 and #2 with the SEC champ being left out… 

5. The Top 10 is on notice.

Three Top 10 programs took a single score into the last quarter.  All three almost lost.  The field is beginning to narrow.  With OSU one loss down and two bad showings in a row, you can expect their first placed votes to be distributed throughout the remaining competition.  With LSU-AU, the Red River Shootout,  the Cocktail Party all looming, there's another three teams who can count themselves out.  Which ones will take their place…

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