The Good: It is difficult to take much away from Alabama beating up on a winless Georgia State squad who recently made the jump from FCS to FBS. AJ McCarron threw 4 touchdowns with only one incompletion.
The Bad: Aside from the fact that Alabama and the rest of the SEC continue to get away with anything short of murder, there was nothing negative about Alabama’s performance. I did not get the chance to watch the game live but the result was as expected.
Did the coaches get it right?: Yes. Alabama is still the best team in the nation and their #1 ranking should not change until they lose a game.
The Good: Oregon destroyed yet another BCS opponent, this time by a score of 57-16. Marcus Mariota once again proved why he is the Heisman front-runner by accounting for 7 touchdowns.
The Bad: Oregon has yet to play a good team but they will be tested this week when they take on Washington. Oregon received a huge blow Monday night when it was announced that junior tight end, Colt Lyerla, decided to leave the team.
Did the coaches get it right?: No. I still have Ohio State ranked ahead of Oregon. Ohio State has beaten two ranked teams whereas Oregon has yet to play a team ranked inside the top 25.
#3 Ohio State
The Good: Ohio State went on the road and beat a great Northwestern team. People don’t give the Buckeyes enough credit, simply because Northwestern has historically had a weak program. What people fail to realize is that it is possible for a small program to emerge and become a national powerhouse. Do the same people discredit Stanford because less than a decade ago they were one of the worst programs in college football? Pat Fitzgerald is one of the best coaches in the country who was pursued by Notre Dame and Michigan, and will likely be pursued by USC and Texas this year. Ohio State turned the ball over three times, on the road, in what could have been a “let down game”, being that they were coming off of an emotional win over Wisconsin, and still managed to win. Give them some credit! Their defensive line looked awesome, once again, and their offensive line opened up huge holes for Carlos Hyde all game.
The Bad: Ohio State’s secondary continued to struggle, Bradley Roby in particular. Carlos Hyde is picking up the millions of dollars that Roby is leaving on the field. Ohio State did play a lot of soft coverage which isn’t the secondary’s fault. Braxton Miller looked terrible the majority of the game but there is no reason for people to call for Guiton. Miller simply needs to learn how to hold on to the ball and make smarter decisions.
Did the coaches get it right?: No. I still have Ohio State ranked ahead of Oregon at #2.
The Good: Clemson embarrassed a decent Syracuse squad on their own field. Tajh Boyd threw for 455 yards and 5 touchdowns in the Tigers’ blowout win.
The Bad: There aren’t many negative things to say about Clemson’s performance. Boyd threw 2 interceptions while the Tigers defense allowed nearly 400 yards.
Did the coaches get it right? No. I still have Stanford ahead of Clemson at #4.
The Good: Stanford beat another ranked opponent and remains undefeated.
The Bad: Although Stanford beat another tough football team, they were out-gained 489-279. Stanford finished the game with only 100 yards through the air.
Did the coaches get it right? No. I still have Stanford ahead of Clemson this week at #4.
#6 Florida State
The Good: Florida State absolutely demolished the #25 team in the country by a score of 63-0! Jameis Winston is playing as well as anyone in the country and finished Saturday’s game with over 400 yards of total offense, 5 touchdowns, and no interceptions.
The Bad: I certainly don’t want to rain on Florida State’s parade but Maryland is no where near a top 25 team. Although it is impressive to beat anyone 63-0, Maryland has one player, Stefon Diggs, who the they fully expect to play virtually every position on the field.
Did the coaches get it right?: Yes. I like Florida State at #6 after their performance on Saturday.
The Good: Similar to Ohio State, Georgia was able to go on the road and squeak out a win, in what could have been a “let down game”. Luckily for Georgia, Tennessee is an awful football team who hasn’t beat a ranked opponent in their last 18 attempts. Aaron Murray was clutch, like always, and was able to maintain his composure and lead Georgia to a win behind his 3 touchdowns.
The Bad: Georgia struggled tremendously against an atrocious opponent and almost cost themselves a shot at a national title. The biggest blow to the Bulldogs came when their star running back, Keith Marshall, tore his ACL and was lost for the season.
Did the coaches get it right?: Yes. I still feel that a one loss SEC team should be ranked higher than an unranked Louisville team.
The Good: Louisville was once again too powerful for another inferior opponent out of the AAC. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 348 yards and 2 touchdowns against the winless Temple Owls.
The Bad: Louisville’s schedule continues to look worse as the season progresses. They will be double digit favorites over every terrible team that they face throughout the entire season.
Did the coaches get it right?: Yes. There isn’t anything Louisville can do to make me believe they deserve a bid to the National Championship Game unless every other BCS team has at least two losses.
#9 Texas A&M (bye)
Texas A&M still seems to be a top ten team so I am fine with them at #9 as long as there is the potential for other undefeated teams to jump them as the season progresses.
The Good: Oklahoma managed to stay undefeated by holding off TCU. Brennan Clay ran for over 100 yards, averaging over 12 yards per carry.
The Bad: Oklahoma did not look good. I understand that they are coming off of a big win against Notre Dame but beating TCU by 3 at home certainly did not impress anyone. The good news is that if Oklahoma goes undefeated it will be difficult for anyone to keep them out of the national title regardless of margin of victory. Blake Bell threw for 150 yards and no touchdowns.
Did the coaches get it right?: Yes. Oklahoma is still a top 10 team and has a great opportunity to jump up after the Red River Rivalry this weekend.