Kansas State vs. #8 Stanford – Friday – 9 PM Eastern
Stanford 26 – Kansas State 13 – Final. Overall, KSU’s offense looked pretty terrible. That was in part due to Stanford being pretty solid on defense, but also due to the cats poor performance on offense. The Wildcats kept it closer than a lot of people expected.
#3 Oklahoma vs. #15 Houston (at Reliant Stadium in Houston) – Saturday – 12 PM Eastern
Houston 33 – Oklahoma 23 – Final. Oklahoma’s offensive line looked abysmal in pass defense all day. Houston is a good team, but they have to get better quickly or it will be a long season. The game momentum swung in Houston’s favor and never went back when Austin Seibert missed a 53 yard field goal attempt and no one saw the Houston player standing under the goal post. He caught the short kick and returned it for a touchdown. From that point on it was all Cougars. The Sooners got a late TD, but the offense in the second half was less than spectacular.
#16 UCLA vs. Texas A&M – Saturday – 3:30 PM Eastern
A&M 31 – UCLA 24 – Final (OT) – It’s a good win for the Aggies, but they blew a 15 point lead in the 4th quarter letting the Bruins force overtime. Josh Rosen threw a career high 3 INTS in this game allowing the Aggies to dominate most of the way.
LSU vs. Wisconsin (at Lambeau Field in Green Bay) – Saturday – 3:30 PM Eastern
Wisconsin 16 – LSU 14 – Final – While Leonard Fournette averaged 6 yards per carry and pulled down 138 rushing yards, LSU hasn’t improved at quarterback and Brandon Harris actually looks worse than last year. Wisconsin’s quarterback didn’t look much better, but look out Big Ten, guys who play quarterback up that way with the name Bart tend to have some success!
#18 Georgia vs. #22 North Carolina (at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta) – Saturday – 3:30 PM Eastern
Georgia 33 – North Carolina 24 – Final – The Tarheels had a 24-14 lead more than halfway through the 3rd quarter and gave up 19 unanswered point to the dawgs. Freshman Jacob Eason looked okay at quarterback and will get better as time rolls on. Having a guy like Nick Chubb rushing for 222 yards and 2 TDs doesn’t hurt that potential.
USC vs. Alabama (at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX) – Saturday – 8 PM Eastern
Alabama 52 – USC 6 – Final – This was touted and scheduled as the premiere game in the prime time slot Saturday. Early on, it looked like it might end up being an epic defensive battle with USC leading 3-0 at the 7:46 mark of the 2nd quarter and Bama only with 40 yards of offense. Then Jalen Hurts scrambled right on a 3rd and 13 and threw a 39 yard TD pass to ArDarius Stewart in the endzone and the USC balloon was slashed wide open with air bleeding out. Bama added a FG on their next possession then Marlon Humphrey intercepted __ at the 18 of USC and ran it in for a touchdown and the rout was on. USC’s offense had no answer to Bama’s defense and the running game rollfed for the Tide who were lead by Damien Harris with 138 yards rushing. The Trojans only mustered 194 total yards of offense. Don’t count on them being contenders for the PAC 12 this season.
#10 Notre Dame vs. Texas – Sunday – 7:30 PM Eastern
Texas 50 – Notre Dame 47 – Final (OT) – Texas game plan wasn’t overly complicated – it involved freshman Shane Buechele throwing the ball as deep as possible early in the game and hope for either one of his guys to run under it or get a pass interference penalty. They got 2 long completions (1 to the 1 yard line and 1 a TD) and a pass interference call with this. Sure the Buechele (aka: The Kid with the Cannon), threw some shorter stuff as well, but throwing an up tempo offense at the Irish seemed to keep them off balance all night. And I know Tyrone Swoopes is a big guy (the announcers were calling him the 18 wheeler when he came in to run the option), but with absolutely no threat of him throwing the ball (the one pass he attempted, was badly overthrown), stopping him shouldn’t have been that hard. Texas, much like A&M, blew a big lead (31-14) and allowed the Irish to force overtime. Both scored TDs in the first OT, but Swoopes punched it into the endzone for the win in the bottom of the 2nd OT in answer to the Domer field goal.
#11 Ole Miss vs. Florida State (at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando) – Monday – 8 PM Eastern
Florida State 45 – Ole Miss 34 – Final – There’s a theme for this week that didn’t quite play out in this game. Ole Miss had a 28-6 lead late in the 2nd quarter, but could only muster another 8 in response to the Noles offense waking up and hanging 39 additional points in response. Rebels quarterback Chad Kelley threw for over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns, but 3 interceptions didn’t do his team any favors and the Ole Miss rushing game was nearly non-existant pulling down a total of 67 yards on 25 carries. Meanwhile, on the other side of the field, freshman quarterback Deondre Francois threw for 419 yards and 2 TDs. They could be a threat to Clemson in the Atlantic division of the ACC and not having to play the Tigers until late October give Francois time to become even better. For Ole Miss, get ready, your season isn’t getting any easier. Sure you’ve got Wofford this weekend, which should be a blowout, but then you’ve got Bama & Georgia back to back. Oxford is not going to be a happy place for football in three weeks.