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Random Thoughts From Around the Country: Week Four

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Lotsa teams caught looking ahead. Lotsa other teams trying to impress the cute girl in class by beating up the wimpiest kid.

And the fans go WILD! Both of them!
And the fans go WILD! Both of them!


It wasn't too long ago that scoring 70+ on an opponent was unheard of. Nowadays it seems like a weekly event. If you read my little rant on Saturday, you may realize I have a distaste for these match-ups:


#4 Ohio State 76 Florida A&M 0 - I would expect as much from Urban Meyer and his classy outfit in Columbus.
#7 Louisville 72 FIU 0 - Louisville is trying to overcompensate for their WEAK schedule (sorry, it's not gonna work).
#16 Miami 77 Savannah State 7 - Miami will be Miami.
#20 Baylor 70 LA-Monroe 7 - Baylor had two pick-6s and a kickoff fumble recovery in the first quarter so I guess I can excuse Coach Art Briles for leading 35-0 after 15 minutes.

On the other side of the mismatch quarter was a few SEC teams who looked less-than-SEC calibre:

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#1 Alabama 31 Colorado State 6 - you saw it, don't need to recap.
#9 Georgia 45 North Texas 21 - The Mean Green (2-2) returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and blocked punt for another to even the score at 21 in the 3rd quarter.
Vandy 24 UMass 7 - It was 10-7 heading into the 4th quarter.
Rutgers 28 Arkansas 24 - I am most disappointed in Arkansas. It looked like they were turning a corner but reverted back into the 2012 version.

Of course all of this is fodder for the SEC-haters out there. However, the Big 10 had a few team come out flat as well:

#15 Michigan 24 UConn 21 - The Wolverines broke a 21-21 tie at the 4:36 mark of the 4th to win the game.
#18 Northwestern 35 Maine 21 - Did the Wildcats put it on cruise control after going up 21-0 and started thinking about Ohio State?



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° Boise State is now 2-2 for the first time in a long while. However, now we are stuck listening to all the wonks talk about Fresno State being this year's mythical "BCS-buster". Sigh.

° Georgia Tech has quietly rolled to 3-0. Could their triple-option offense sneak up on Clemson come November 14?

° Biggest surprises at 4-0: Maryland, Minnesota, Texas Tech. Most likely first lost: Maryland @ Florida State, Oct 5. Minnesota @ Michigan Oct 5. Texas Tech @ Oklahoma Oct 26.

° Absolutely the worst team in FBS (I-A): Georgia State (0-4) has lost to three FCS (I-AA) teams: Samford, Chattanooga, Jacksonville State. West Virginia (2-2) was their other loss.

Coming Up

#12 South Carolina at UCF - the Knights are 3-0 and starting to get some votes after upsetting Penn State in State College. (11am CT, ABC in most southeast markets)

South Alabama at Tennessee - Everything says that this should be a cakewalk for the Vols but don't fall asleep on coach Joey Jones and the Jaguars who beat WKU last week. It sure doesn't get easier for UT after this game: Next three games: UGA, USC, @Bama. Brutal. (11:21am/12:21pm, SEC TV)

#6 LSU at #9 Georgia - Lock up your daughters. Zach Mettenberger returns to Athens. (2:30pm/3:30pm, CBS)

#21 Ole Miss at #1 Alabama - Roll Tide. (5:30pm/6:30pm, ESPN)

#10 Texas A&M at Arkansas - The Hogs used to dominate this series but the tables of fortune have turned. (6:00pm/7:00pm, ESPN2).

#23 Wisconsin at #4 Ohio State - Time to see what this Buckeyes team is really made of. (7:10pm/8:10pm, ABC)

If you are a college football junkie and find yourself in the Research Triangle, here is how you should spend your Saturday:

12:30 PM ET
East Carolina @ North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
03:00 PM ET
Troy @ Duke (Durham)
03:30 PM ET
Central Michigan @ North Carolina State (Raleigh)

* Kickoff time for Alabama and Georgia State will be 11:20am CT/12:20pm ET, October 5 at Bryant-Denny Stadium and televised by the SEC TV (click here for a pdf of your local affiliate).



NC State
West Virginia
Boston College
Penn State
Wake Forest

Boise State
Brigham Young
Iowa State
Kansas State
Mississippi State
North Carolina
Oregon State
Washington State