College football roundup (11/16)

The top two teams in the nation faced scares on Saturday.  TCU had a devastating weekend.  The SEC championship is set, and it appears the winner of the Bedlam rivalry will meet Nebraska for the Big 12 title.

Amidst all the allegations facing him, Cam Newton once again proved why he’s college football’s best player.  Georgia simply had no answer for him.  Don’t be fooled either, this was a Bulldog defense with plenty of talent and speed to contain Newton.  But like every other team who has face no. 2, he shredded them. 

Cam Newton greets the Auburn students before the game Saturday against Georgia

To his team, Cam Newton may be the most valuable player college football has seen in the past decade.  Auburn has at least three losses without him.

Auburn’s defense looked porous in the first half as they were torched by A.J. Green.  But, they came up big in the second half allowing only 10 points.  Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray looked outstanding at times.  This kid will be an absolute star next year in college football. 

The game ended on a sour note for Auburn as two defensive starters, Mike Blanc and Michael Goggans were ejected from the game and will subsequently miss the first half of the Alabama game.  By the way, this year’s Iron Bowl might be the best game of the year.  Can you imagine Cam Newton going up against Alabama’s stingy defense?

After one of their biggest wins in school history, the weekend couldn’t have been any worse for TCU.  After falling two touchdowns behind to San Diego St., the Horned Frogs rallied to score 37 straight before narrowly winning 40-35.  The Aztecs are a formidable opponent as they went wire to wire at Missouri, but this was a matchup TCU shouldn’t have struggled with.

TCU’s shellacking of Utah two weekends ago took a hit when Notre Dame beat the Utes on Saturday, 28-3.  Utah outgained the Irish, but had two costly turnovers.   My guess is that a Boise St. team that wins out will jump a TCU team that does the same.  After all, the Broncos did knock off TCU last year and returned virtually everybody.

Oregon gutted out a victory over a Cal team that gives up just over 200 yards a game at home.  Each season a championship-caliber team grits out a close win that perhaps shouldn’t be that close.  This was the Ducks’.  They definitely caught a few breaks from Cal playing their backup quarterback to an illegal motion penalty on a go-ahead field goal.  Which Cal’s Giorgio Tavecchio missed after the five yard penalty.

Oregon has two weeks to prepare for a visit from reeling Arizona, then travels to Corvallis for the annual “Civil War” matchup against Oregon St.  Expect Oregon to handle these two opponents easily en route to a BCS title berth.

Auburn knocking off Georgia solidified their position in the SEC championship game.  Their opponent would come from the winner of Florida-South Carolina. 

It was arguably the biggest game in South Carolina football history.  It was the ol’ ball coach returning to the “swamp”.  And it was all South Carolina. 

Florida returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.  But failed to score again until less than 8 minutes left in the contest, and by then it was hardly that.  Gamecock running back Marcus Lattimore staked his claim as the nation’s best freshman by rushing for 212 yards on 40 carries to go along with three touchdowns. 

Florida managed only 226 yards of total offense and a meager 35 on the ground.  Going back to the beginning of the year I thought for Florida to compete in the SEC they had to run the ball efficiently.  They’ve failed to do so and are suffering their worst season since the Ron Zook era.

Oklahoma St. ended a 12 year draught against Texas as they thrashed the Longhorns in primetime Saturday night.  Brandon Weeden is one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the nation.  He is deadly accurate and has a strong arm (hence his experience playing Minor League baseball). 

This game wasn’t even as close as the final score of 33-16 indicated.  By the end of the third quarter it was all but over as the Pokes had a controlling 33-3 lead.  Shouldn’t we have seen this coming?  It was the first time since 1999 that Texas was a home underdog.

Wide receiver Justin Blackmon continued his stellar season.  His 67- yard score in the second quarter was a microcosm of his ability.  He used his elusive speed to get past the coverage, then leveraged himself just enough to where the ball fell right into his arms for what he made look like a simple reception.

Just how good is Blackmon?  He’s averaged no less than 125 yards receiving in every game and has scored at least one touchdown in each.  His numbers are shaping up to be better than Dez Bryant’s in 2008 and a shade less than Michael Crabtree’s in 2007.  Not to mention Blackmon missed a game due to suspension.

4 Responses to College football roundup (11/16)

  1. Patrick on the Gulf Coast says:

    Back from an absence on the Gulf Coast but with opinions!!! I differ with you on the game beween Alabama and Auburn being the best of the year. I believe that Auburn wins that one by 10 or more in an exciting first half but pulls away in the fourth quarter. The game of the year in the SEC will be the “Ol Ball Coach and South Carolina against Cam Newton and Auburn in the SEC Title Game.

    This one will go to the wire as the LSU/Auburn game did. South Carolina can be lethargic at times but if they play to their potential, this game may go to overtime. Still like Auburn’s chances of winning this one and getting to the National Title Game to play Boise State because the Ducks are going to misstep against Arizona or Oregon State and Boise State will overtake TCU in the BCS Rankings next week.

    • The Auburn-South Carolina matchup should be a fantastic, high-scoring game. The SC offense has playmakers all over the field in Alshon Jeffrey and Marcus Lattimore. They should give the Auburn secondary fits.
      The reason I like the Auburn-Bama matchup is because an Auburn loss will put them behind the eight ball in terms of the BCS title game. It looks like Cam Newton is running away with the Heisman, but an all-star performance against an Alabama team in the Iron Bowl at Bama could put him into the SEC record books.
      Ideally, I think an Auburn-Oregon matchup would be quite a title game to see. Let’s hope they both get there.

      Thanks for the opinion and keep reading!

  2. erg says:

    This is going to be fun.

    Let’s say Auburn loses to Bama and Oregon loses one along the way. The question is will the voters push LSU (if they beat Ark) past Boise or TCU to make it to the championship game?

    Can you imagine Les Miles making it the the BCS title game after all the LSU fans were calling for him to be fired?

    • Patrick on the Gulf Coast says:

      One can only imagine the hype surrounding the BCS Title game if LSU makes it with Les Miles; the grass eating, clock managing wizzard, mad-hatter of a gambler, who simply wants to coach his “damn strong football team” to the National Title…”Have a nice day!”

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