Sunday, September 20, 2009

College football wrap-up: week three

Prediction performance: 11-3
Season to date: 23-11

What we learned:

- Hmm--is Tennessee better than we thought or is Florida not as good as predicted? I'll go with the former versus the latter. The Vols went into the Swamp and gave Florida a scare early before falling by 10--far less than the betting line of 29 points.

- Colt McCoy didn't do his Heisman hopes any favors last night on national TV. Texas beat Texas Tech 34-24 but McCoy threw two picks and did not look sharp. With Sam Bradford's injury keeping him out of action at Oklahoma, the front-runner position has to go to Florida's Tim Tebow.

- Except...look out for Jahvid Best at California. The Bears are now the best team in the Pac-10 with their 3-0 record and road win at Minnesota. Best ran for 131 yards and five TDs and has to be mentioned in the early-season discussion about the Heisman.

- Kansas' offense still isn't clicking. One sure touchdown pass was dropped by Dezmon Briscoe and Jonathan Wilson also dropped another long-gainer. Jake Sharp scored a touchdown but played sparingly yesterday due to an injury. And, Todd Reesing looks to be trying to do too much, similar to how he started the season last year. The good news is that KU plays its next two at home--next Saturday versus Southern Miss and then on October 10 against Iowa State.

- Missouri joins Kansas as the front-runners in the Big 12 North. The Tigers played well yesterday against an over-manned opponent, scoring on their first four possessions.

- Nebraska somehow found a way to lose late at Virginia Tech. Roy Helu continues to lead the conference in rushing but the offense did not convert on five different opportunities, settling for field goals on each trip. Don't forget that the Huskers have to visit both Kansas and Missouri.

- Kansas State performed better than I expected at UCLA. But, let's face it--the Cats were playing a back-up QB at UCLA and their defense will be sorely tested againt Big 12 foes Kansas, Missouri, at Texas Tech and at Oklahoma. On offense, Kansas State moved the ball but still struggled to score points.

- Reality check: BYU lost big to Florida State at home and Utah's 16-game winning streak ended at Oregon. Put Baylor on this list too--the Bears couldn't handle the hype and lost to UConn at home. The Bears managed only 11 first downs as Connecticut owned time-of-possession. Of course, the biggest reality check of the day came in Seattle where USC once again lost the week after beating Ohio State--this time to Washington on a late FG.

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