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College Football Week 9/16/17

10-Oklahoma State demolished the Pitt Panthers behind the picturesque season start of Mason Rudolph. The senior signal-caller for the Cowboys had four first-half touchdowns leading his team to a 59-21 win over Pittsburgh. Three games into the season Rudolph has 11 touchdowns, and had nearly 500 yards in offense yesterday.

9-Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is a highlight reel maker’s dream. Barkley caught a short pass yesterday and then took it 85 yards for the score. Three weeks in and he’s made a “top 10” play every week so far.

8-Proud to say I picked the Vanderbilt Commodores to defeat the Kansas State Wildcats. Derek Mason has something going on there in Nashville. For the first time since 1946, Vanderbilt topped a ranked non conference opponent. The Vandy defense has only allowed 13 points in three games.

7-I was close on my potential upset of the week during the Michigan game. I wanted Air Force to win, for sentiment sake, and they almost did. The Wolverines had to kick 5 field goals before they ever made an offensive touchdown. Harbaugh better go back to the drawing board with Wilton Speight.

6-Anthony Miller, the former walk-on wide receiver at Memphis, is one heck of a player to watch. He torched UCLA yesterday with 9 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, in the final 7 games of the season, Miller racked up 996 yards of offense and 12 touchdowns…please go draft him Jerry Jones, Dak could use him in Dallas!

5-Auburn beat Mercer, which in theory should have been a no-brainer. Unfortunately for my favorite college football coach, Gus Malzahn, it was not an easy win. Towards the end the Tigers pulled away with it, but not until the 3rd quarter. The offense is still continuing to sputter. I don’t know if it’s Chip Lindsey’s play calling or a lack of cohesion with Stidham under center. But the SEC schedule could very well prove to the nail in the coffin for Malzahn on the Plains. Last year’s starter, this year’s backup, Sean White was arrested over night for appearing intoxicated. Not sure what’s going on with White who literally just finished his first game post suspension. Disappointed for sure, but we have to remember these guys are kids, but most definitely old enough to know better. Coach Steele’s defense was potent again in week 3 thankfully.
4-The Florida/Tennessee game was one I picked wrong. I really thought that defensive line of Tennessee would hold off the Gators. The Gators ironically have shown very little “by-air” offense this season and of course they won this game on a Hail Mary. Butch maybe in trouble in Knoxville, Vols fans hate losing to Florida.

3-Mississippi State demolished the Bengal Tigers of LSU. I picked this game completely wrong, but I’m always happy to be wrong if it means LSU loses. Coach O has a lot of work to do down in Baton Rouge. Nick Fitzgerald is legit. Though I think the popular social media verbiage right now that the Bulldogs could give Alabama a run for their money is a bit far-fetched.

2-The USC/Texas game brought back so many fun memories of watching Matt Leinart and Vince Young battle it out in the 2006 Rose Bowl. USC came out on top this time, but I truly think Tom Herman and his crew have something to be proud of. First of all, they got that game to overtime, on the road at the Coliseum. And Sam Darnold is no joke.

1-Clemson is clearly the team to beat. Typically as an SEC fan, we argue strength of schedule on why we think an SEC team is #1, but two weeks in a row Clemson has beat a top 15 team. Not only did Clemson beat Louisville last night, they manhandled Lamar Jackson, the reigning Heisman trophy winner. That Brent Venable defense is just that good.

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