Big things happened this weekend in the realm of CFB. We had some huge upsets, some declarations of power, and some defining moments for some of the countries best players. Let’s take a look at some of the winners & losers of Week 4, review the updated AP Top 25 poll and our Heisman favorites.
Who would’ve thought we’d be here on Sunday talking about Kentucky getting in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2007 (Besides Bill Sheehy), at #17. Kentucky’s 28-7 rout over #14 Mississippi State resulted in a so far perfect season record (4-0) and SEC record (2-0). The biggest takeaways of this game were, for one, RB Benny Snell Jr., who rushed for 165 yds and 4 TDs, breaking UK’s touchdown record of 39, previously held by Randall Cobb. Snell is an electric factory and absolutely intoxicating to watch. The Wildcats defense is also incredible, led by S Darius West and LBs Jordan Jones & Josh Allen, who, combined, had 23 total tackles and 2 TFLs. Kentucky starts off SEC play with fire its eyes and determination in its hearts, really looking forward to watching more from Snell and this defense.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) September 23, 2018
Nobody expected this one… A virtually unknown team in Old Dominion from Norfolk, VA with a winless record and a 52-10 loss to Liberty in Week 1, defeated #13 Virginia Tech at home. Going into the 4th qtr, the score was VT 28, ODU 21. Led by junior QB Blake LaRussa, the Monarchs scored 28 in the fourth to win the game, 49-35. LaRussa went an impressive 30/49 for 495 yds and 4 TDs, shattering ODU records. ODU’s dynamic receiving corps of Johnathan Duhart and Travis Fulgham with a combined 350 yds and 4 TDs. Old Dominion has little chance of making waves in the CFB playoff scene, but it’s always nice seeing the Hokies get knocked out of playoff contention to a little guy.
Old Dominion stuns No. 13 Virginia Tech pic.twitter.com/KetBXtArXR
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 22, 2018
Dwayne Haskins, Jr.
Okay so this may be somewhat of a bias here, because I am a huge Ohio State fan, but come on you guys… Dwayne Haskins is absolutely en fuego. In Saturday’s game against Tulane, #4 Ohio State’s sophomore QB only played the first half, but put up numbers as if he played the entire game. Haskins went 21/24 for 304 yds and 5 TDs IN THE FIRST HALF ALONE. As a sophomore, Haskins has proved to be a force to be reckoned with in Columbus and following in the footsteps of past OSU QB greats like Smith, Pryor, Jones and Barrett. Yet, there doesn’t seem to be much talk of Haskins for Heisman? The sports media world seems obsessed with OU QB Kyler Murray and Bama QB Tua Tagavailoa. Granted, they are both very talented players but Haskins has a 2018 total of 1,194 yds, 16 TDs and only 1 INT, much better stats than both of them. The real test comes next week when #4 OSU takes on #9 Penn State at Beaver Stadium.
So I was switching between this game and the Kentucky/Mississippi St game and I just so happen to see one of the worst officiated calls I may have ever seen, that cost Oregon a win. The call I’m referring to was a 16 yd TD run by RB Jaylon Redd which would have gave the Ducks a 31-7 lead over Stanford. However, the touchdown underwent official review and was inexplicably reversed, claiming Redd stepped out of bounds at the 1-yard line, when replays of the play CLEARLY showed him staying in til he broke the plane. This inevitably resulted in RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio fumbling at the 4-yard line and a scoop and score by Stanford LB Joey Alfieri. This changed the entire tone of the game and gave Stanford the momentum to come back and win in OT 38-31. You really hate to see bad officiating ruin a season.
Hate to say it, but Oregon got screwed.
Apparently this is "stepping out at the 1"… touchdown reviewed and overturned. A few plays later, Oregon fumbles and Stanford returns it 80 yards for a touchdown. Went from 31-7, to 24-14. 14 point swing caused by a horrific call. pic.twitter.com/VKRTdIGhOk
— CFB Kings (@CFBKings) September 23, 2018
Welp, another week, another loss for Scott Frost and Nebraska. Nebraska started off their Big Ten play in horrible fashion, against #19 Michigan, a wildly overrated team. Nebraska was no match for Michigan’s defense, which gathered a total of 4 sacks and 14 TFLs. YIKES. Nebraska’s starting QB Adrian Martinez only had 22 total yds, a hard to imagine stat for a Big Ten QB, or any collegiate QB for that matter. Michigan is not a good team, and the fact that after a brutal lashing of the 0-3 Cornhuskers, they go up 5 spots to #14 is just beyond my imagination. Head coach, Scott Frost continues the worst start of 0-3 (probably 0-4 against Akron had the game not been cancelled) for Nebraska since 1945.
As aforementioned, I am a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan and really appreciate what Urban Meyer has done for this program and its fans. However, after being suspended for the first three games of the season for mishandling domestic abuse allegations against former OSU receiving coach, Zach Smith, by his then wife Courtney Smith. I’m not going to get into my stance on this issue in this, I want to talk about an interview Coach Meyer did with College GameDay’s Tom Rinaldi (the best in the biz). In this interview, Meyer very much played the victim and guaranteed he did nothing wrong, believing his three game suspension to be fair. This interview was an absolute train wreck. Rinaldi made a fool out of Meyer in his own home. Okay granted, the interview was heavily edited and may not get the full story out but still… Yikes. Truly a disappointment. Watch for yourself:
Updated AP Top 25 Poll:
- Alabama (4-0)
- Georgia (4-0)
- Clemson (4-0)
- Ohio State (4-0)
- LSU (4-0)
- Oklahoma (4-0)
- Stanford (4-0)
- Notre Dame (4-0)
- Penn State (4-0)
- Auburn (3-1)
- Washington (3-1)
- West Virginia (3-0)
- UCF (3-0)
- Michigan (3-1)
- Wisconsin (3-1)
- Miami (3-1)
- Kentucky (4-0)
- Texas (3-1)
- Oregon (3-1)
- BYU (3-1)
- Michigan State (2-1)
- Duke (4-0)
- Mississippi St (3-1)
- California (3-0)
- Texas Tech (3-1)
- Tua Tagavailoa QB – Alabama
- Dwayne Haskins Jr. QB – Ohio State
- Will Grier QB – West Virginia
- Benny Snell Jr. RB – Kentucky
- Justin Herbert QB – Oregon
And that wraps up another week of college football! Check back during the week for a Week 5 CFB preview by yours truly, hope you enjoyed this little piece. Hit me up on Twitter if you want @saintnik56
I leave you with this MONSTER hit by Marshal LB Jaquan Yulee forced fumble of NC State returner CJ Riley, recovered and score by Artis Johnson for 22 yds! Enjoy:
While you're waiting for overtime in Oregon-Stanford, watch this clip of an NC State kick returner dying. pic.twitter.com/7y3JFaHRKT
— Life-long Rams Fan Dan Why-Ner (@DanWeiner) September 23, 2018