Oh man, boy do we have a large list for “The Ugly” this week.
Horrible match ups.
Maybe a game or two that was decent.
And a handful of injuries.
That sums up Week 4 on the college football gridiron.
One Top-25 vs. Top-25 game and another in the vaunted SEC saved the week from going down as possible the worst one ever.
In California, the Stanford Cardinal proved they are here to play, besting Arizona State.
Sure, a 21-point fourth quarter by the Sun Devils made the score more respectable, but the fifth-ranked Cardinal imposed their will.
Even minus Andrew Luck. And minus Stephan Taylor, Stanford and head coach David Shaw have a program.
Twenty-nine first quarter points and a shutout by the defense left many stunned on “The Farm.” Sure, they have seen Stanford excel in the past, but to contain a high-octane offense like ASU? That is something the rest of the nation definitely took a look at Sunday morning.
Tiger vs. Tiger wasn’t quite like it used to be in Baton Rouge, but the LSU-Auburn night affair did prove one thing:
Les Miles has finally found an offense.
Cam Cameron, the former NFL coach, has turned Zach Mettenberger into the quarterback most felt they were getting a couple of years ago. It typically takes the LSU offense two games to score in the 30s, but they did it vs. Auburn and looked good.
Jeremy Hill has returned, cementing the always-strong ground game for the Purple and Gold.
What is going on with Michigan and Brady Hoke?
A second straight four-turnover game left the Wolverines to play catch-up – again – vs. an underdog.
Two weeks after taking out Notre Dame, Michigan has struggled to defeat Akron and Connecticut.
This isn’t basketball guys…….the Huskies are not a powerhouse.
Hoke has to be at his wits end with Devin Gardner. Sure, he can make plays and look incredible at times, but the rotund one preaches ball control and hates mistakes – as do most coaches.
Could freshman Shane Morris be given a chance? I believe so, especially if a loss hits the Wolverines here in the next week or two.
A three-point win for USC over Utah State? At The Coliseum? You have to be kidding right?
Nope, that is what Lane Kiffin and the Trojans are enjoying this week. Well, maybe not enjoying, but at least they escaped with a win.
Utah State has playmakers; maybe as many as the Trojans who are still dealing with scholarship limits.
But, a 17-14 win at home? What happened to the all-offense of a stud QB, two great RBs and NFL-caliber WRs?
Where to start?
Ohio State trounced Florida A&M 76-0.
Louisville had more points than Florida International had offensive yards in a 72-0 victory.
Florida State downed Bethune-Cookman 54-6.
Miami put up 77 on Savannah State.
Washington shut Idaho State out, 56-0.
And Baylor scored 49 in the first half to ugly-up Louisiana-Monroe, 70-7.
That was what the majority of the Top-25 faced this week.
Should we blame the programs for scheduling cupcakes? Sure.
Should we place more of the blame on the ever-expanding conferences that are killing non-league battles? You betcha.
College Gameday visited Fargo, North Dakota this week. Yes, the Bison are two-time defending FCS champs, but if you watched the show – or follow host Chris Fowler on Twitter – he blasted the NCAA for a lack of top games this week.
Get it together, NCAA.
We want more non-conference super matchups early in the season. We deserve it.