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Ring the Upset Alarm

 

Welcome to Ivan (J.D.) Geter’s weekly “Ring the Alarm” upset picks series. Every week I sit down and look for potential upset picks at the NFL and College Football level. Each week I will put three NFL teams and two College Football teams on upset alert. I hope you enjoy this series, and please leave you comments below.

NFL

“Ring the Alarm” I am putting the Green Bay Packers on upset alert in Minnesota. The Minnesota Vikings are lead by their defensive front four that get after the quarterback. Everson Griffen leads the team with six sacks. The Vikings can’t win a shootout with the Packers but can slow down Aaron Rogers with a good pass rush. I am willing to go out on a limb and say the Vikings can keep it low scoring and win a close game 20-17.

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“Ring the Alarm” for the Baltimore Ravens losing at home to the Chicago Bears. Mitchell Trubisky showed excellent mobility and accuracy rolling out of the packet. He will get a good challenge from the Ravens defense but lets face it, the Ravens offense isn’t anything to write home about. I see the Bears going into Baltimore and getting the win 23-17.

“Ring the Alarm” I have the Oakland Raiders on upset alert with or without quarterback Derek Carr. Before Derek Carr was injured the Raiders offense wasn’t that impressive after beating the Jets in week two. Amari Cooper is dropping passes at an alarming rate and just looks like he has lost his confidence. The Oakland Raiders defense is still a one-man show of Khaili Mack or bust. On the flip side beside from the lose to the Chiefs, the other loses by the Chargers have come by three points, two points, and another game by just two points. The Chargers could just as well be 4-1 instead of 1-4. I got the Chargers winning 24-17.

College Football

“Ring the Alarm” for the Oklahoma Sooners as I see them losing back to back games this year. If you follow the Oklahoma vs. Texas rivalry, than you know rankings matter little in this game. What’s interesting about this year is that both teams have new head coaches coming into this rivalry game. Texas will rely on a rush heavy and ball control attack to keep the Oklahoma offense off the field. While Oklahoma will be looking to bounce back from an embarrassing lose at home to Iowa State, I see Texas pulling the upset 41-38 in double overtime.

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“Ring the Alarm” for the USC Trojans again. Let’s face it Sam Darnold is playing really inconsistent compared to last year. While he is completing 64.8 percent of his passes, he has thrown nine interceptions in just six games so far. He looks to be forcing throws and not making the correct reads or checking the ball down. At the same time Utah has been impressive going 4-1 and losing by just three points at Stanford. They look to be a more stable football team so I have them beating USC 38-27.

I hope you have enjoyed my section and don’t forget when you see upset alert come across your television set, shout out “Ring the Alarm”!

 

Top Ten Thursday; College Football

Another week of crazy games, and another Top Ten for the fans. There were a few shake-ups from this weeks game, so here’s the new Top Ten.

 

10. Miami

Last Week: NR

Last Game: Won 24-20 over Florida St.

Next Game: Postponed against Georgia Tech until October 14th.

The Hurricanes are looking to become the teams they used to be, and a solid win over Florida State has them on the track to be back to that.

9.   Ohio State

Last Week: #10

Last Game: Won 62-14 over Maryland

Next Game: 10/14 at Nebraska

The Buckeyes have only suffered one loss this season to Oklahoma, but their easy schedule for the rest of the first half so far has hurt their rankings through six weeks.

8. Washington State

Last Week: NR

Last Game: Won 33-10 over Oregon

Next Game: 10/13 at California

Ol’ Crimson flew high for it’s 200th College Gameday appearance this past weekend, and now the team it stands for is looking to make a statement in the PAC-12.

7. Wisconsin

Last Week: #6

Last Game: Won 38-17 over Nebraska

Next Game: 10/14 versus Purdue

The Badgers have not faced a Top 25 team this season yet, and it doesn’t look like that is going to change anytime soon. They have the luck of being in the weaker BIG-10 West Division this season.

6. TCU

Last Week: #8

Last Game Won 31-24 over West Virginia

Next Game: 10/14 at Kansas St.

The Horned Frogs now look to run the table in the BIG-12 and become a Play-off team. One loss could take them right out of the running though.

5. Georgia

Last Week: #7

Last Game: Won 45-14 over Vanderbilt

Next Game: 10/14 versus Missouri

The Bulldogs are looking like the second team to beat in the SEC, as they are off to a 6-0 start this season. If they continue their success in the second half of the season, it could lead to an epic showdown against Alabama.

4. Washington

Last Week: #5

Last Game: Won 38-7 over California

Next Game: 10/14 at Arizona St.

The Huskies control their own destiny in the PAC-12 right now, and a shot at the Play-offs. They win out in the second half and they could be one of the four teams battling for a National Title.

3. Penn State

Last Week: #4

Last Game: Won 31-7 over Northwestern

Next Game: 10/21 versus Michigan

The Nittany Lions now begin a brutal stretch of their schedule where they face Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State over a three week stretch. This will be a proving time for Penn State who has been fairly unmatched this season.

2. Clemson

Last Week: #2

Last Game: Won 28-14 over Wake Forest

Next Game: 10/13 at Syracuse

Clemson now takes on an easier schedule on paper for the second half of the season. The Tigers are looking continue their march for a second straight National Title.

1. Alabama

Last Week: #1

Last Game: Won 27-12 over Texas A&M

Next Game: 10/14 versus Arkansas

For the Crimson Tide, being held under 30 points for a game might not site well with Saban, who looks for perfection game in and game out. Now, they are just focused on making it to another SEC Championship game, and ultimately a National Title Game.

Dropping Out: #3 Oklahoma, #9 Michigan 

On the Cusp: Auburn

Marquee Game of the Week: Arkansas @ Alabama, 6:15 CT on ESPN 

 

2017 Battle For The Belt – South Alabama Jaguars (1-4) @ Troy Trojans (4-1)

The 6th annual Battle for the Belt will be underway this Wednesday with a red-hot Troy Trojans (4-1) team facing off against in-state Sun Belt Rivals in the South Alabama Jaguars (1-4). Troy is coming off an upset of a lifetime last September 30th at #25 LSU with a 24-21 victory. While the Jaguars are still facing troubles on both sides of the ball, which was evident in their 34-16 loss at Louisiana Tech. ESPN’s FPI (football power index) gives the Trojans an 86.1% chance to win. The line for the game is a 17 point difference in the Troy Trojan’s favor.

Three of the last four match-ups between South Alabama and Troy have been been decided by a touchdown or less. Last year, the Trojans beat the Jaguars in Mobile thanks to Trojans Quarterback Brandon Silvers passing for 395 yards and a touchdown as well as RB Jordan Chunn running for 143 yards and two touchdowns. The year before, the South Alabama Jaguars came out of the match-up at Troy with a 24-18 victory.

Being a rivalry, especially an in-state rivalry and conference game, the Battle for the Belt can shed any factor of previous success or failure. The Jaguars (1-4) are looking to get back into the winning column with a win over the Trojans (4-1), who are trying to prove that their victory over the #25 LSU Tigers wasn’t a fluke. This game will be played through two very similar offenses through power-run schemes, screens, and occasional deep passing. This game might come to a potential tight 4th quarter battle as both teams struggled to keep their opponents in check in the 4th quarter.

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Can the Jaguars defense be able to stop the diverse and talented Troy Trojans offense?

This year, both Silvers and Chunn are back for Troy compiling a great season offensively by being ranked 24th in the nation in rushing yards per game (108.8) and 55th in passing yards per game (250). For the Jaguars, they rank 91st in the nation in points allowed per game (30.8) and 119th in passing yards allowed per game (292.2). Even though South Alabama has played their toughest opponents in their first five games, they are not making much of a convincing statement to be able to stop the efficiency passing of Brandon Silvers. The Trojans have 5 eligible Receivers who have caught 14 receptions or more so far this year, which indicates that Silvers can spread the ball all throughout the field.

Image result for battle of the belt Troy Trojans vs South Alabama JaguarsThe loss of the CB Jalen Thompson’s leadership and star-playmaking ability has been a burden for the Jaguars defense since he was declared academically ineligible for the year. Other players throughout the depth chart have stepped up including DT Tyree Turner, who has accounted for 17 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks so far this season. Former Louisville Cardinals DE Finese Middleton has been a big contributor to the Jaguars defense as well by creating consistent pressure against opposing offenses as he has accounted for 17 total tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks.

Troy is easily one of the most of the talented offenses that South Alabama has played all season in terms of diverse playcalling. South has played the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Ole Miss Rebels, who both have a high-power passing game but also don’t create much of a running game as well. Not only do the Trojans establish a great running game under RB Jordan Chunn but they will have a great passing game through multiple stages of passing schemes. Stopping this Trojans offense will be tough because it means that South Alabama will have to be alert at all times through pre-play reads and paying attention to certain key formations. The Trojans cannot assume that the Jaguars will make mistakes on reads because they will let their guards down. Jaguars S Jeremy Reaves is one of the most talented defensive players in the Sun Belt by accounting for 37 total tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 6 pass deflections.

 

Troy Trojans defense have a tough task even with a change at Quarterback for South

Jaguars QB Dallas Davis is a game-time decision for South Alabama with a shoulder injury after missing the last game against Louisiana Tech. The Jaguars may actually have a reliable chance with the arm of Cole Garvin than the game-management of Davis. The Trojans are ranked 77th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (231 yards), mostly because their run defense is so good but also because of they are not very well established in deep coverages. The Trojans made a high amount of plays in LSU’s backfield because the Tigers tried to conserve their offensive playcalling against Troy. Garvin has recovered from his injury that he suffered during the game against Oklahoma State in the 2nd week of the season. Last week, Garvin passed for 23 yards and a touchdown but also threw two interceptions and accounted for a completion percentage of 46.7%. If the Jaguars offense Image result for battle of the belt Troy Trojans vs South Alabama Jaguarswant to have any chance to score consistently on Troy or even continue drives, he will need to be more efficient on passing the ball.

A big bright side for Troy’s defense is that they are ranked tied for 53rd in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game (181.6 yards). Their first opponent in the Boise State Broncos did not run the ball efficiently through 44 attempts for 147 rushing yards. This was done through the interior penetration from the Trojans Defensive Tackles and blitzing Linebackers. In the matchup against LSU, the Tigers did not play their star Running Back in Derrius Guice. The Trojans would’ve had more trouble against the elusive agility of Guice if he would’ve played against Troy.

This is a match-up where the Trojans defense will be tested all throughout the game against the Jaguar’s run-first philosophy. For South Alabama, if their Offensive Line can block efficiently against the Trojans tough interior Defensive Line then they can open up efficient running room for Jaguars RB Xavier Johnson. The Senior Jaguar has rushed for 345 yards on 57 carries (an average of 6.1 yards per rush) and 4 touchdowns.

Ring The Upset Alert Alarm

 

Welcome to Ivan (J.D.) Geter’s weekly “Ring the Upset Alert Alarm” upset picks series. Every week I sit down and look for potential upset picks at the NFL and College Football level. Each week I will put three NFL teams and two College Football teams on upset alert. I hope you enjoy this series, and just to let you know last week I did have USC on upset alert.

NFL

“Ring the Alarm” I am going out on a big limb and putting the New England Patriots on upset alert. Lets be real every time you pick against the New England Patriots it’s an upset alert. Even though they have possibly the great quarterback to ever play the game in Tom Brady, they are struggling on defense big time compared to last year. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are averaging 23.6 points per game and are playing at home on Thursday night. This is a perfect game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to make a statement in the process of taking that next step for a young team. Having said that I got the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning 31-27.

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“Ring the Alarm” I am putting the Philadelphia Eagles on upset alert against the Arizona Cardinals. The Philadelphia Eagles last two games could have went either way beating the L.A. Chargers 26-24 and the New York Giants 27-24. In both of those games they did just enough to win. Well the same can be said about the Arizona Cardinals last two wins but that overtime walk off touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald, I believe will be the spark for that team. I see it motivating the Cardinals for the rest of the season. I see the Cardinals winning a close game on the road 24-21.

“Ring the Alarm” I am putting the Kansas City Chiefs on upset alert for Sunday Night Football in Houston. Deshaun Watson is showing why he should have been the starter going into the season. He has all the tools to be successful but most importantly, he is not overwhelmed by the moment from his experiences at Clemson. The Kansas City Chiefs have looked good winning their first 4 games but I believe that the Houston Texans front four will give Alex Smith trouble. I can see both quarterbacks running out of a collapsing pocket all night. Even though Kanas City has a good running game, I can see Alex Smith making a key turnover in the 4th quarter. I got the Houston Texans winning an exciting game 34-31.

College Football

“Ring the Alarm” I am putting the Miami Hurricanes on upset alert playing against their rival Florida State. Things could not have gone more wrong to the start of the season for Florida State, not only losing the big match up against Alabama, but their star quarterback Deondre Francois has a season ending injury. Not to mention they had to deal with the devastation of hurricane Irma. So of course the team would be thrown off after these events, but they got their first win on the road against Wake Forest. I see Florida State getting up for this game against their rival and playing good defense. As long as Florida State can run the ball and limit turnovers, I see another exciting game between these two teams. I see Jacques Patrick getting over twenty touches for 150 yards and Florida State pulls the upset 28-24.

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“Ring the Alarm” I am putting Louisville on upset alert for their Thursday night match-up with North Carolina State. I know Lamar Jackson is an outstanding player but the rest of his team is really average and the North Carolina State offense will be able to put up points averaging 34.8 points per game. I can see North Carolina State tying to contain Lamar Jackson because they will not shut him down. I see them limiting the big plays on defense and scoring often on offense. I got North Carolyn State winning 37-27 giving Louisville their second lose of the season.

I hope you have enjoyed my section and don’t forget when you see upset alert come across your television set, shout out “Ring the Alarm!”

 

Top Ten Thursday; College Football

The college football season is starting to pick up steam. We are now into full fledged conference play. As the matches get better, the games seem to mean more. This week is no different as we present to you our Cleatgeeks Thursday Top Ten.

10. Ohio State (5-1)

Last Opponent: Defeated Rutgers 56-0

Next Opponent: Hosting Maryland Sat. 10/7 @ 4:00PM ET

Last Week Ranking: NR

With a dominant win over Rutgers and the loss of another Top Ten team, the Buckeyes find their back back into the Top Ten for this weeks rankings. They face Maryland next who has been off to a surprising start this season.

 

9. Michigan (4-1)

Last Opponent: Defeated Purdue 28-10

Next Opponent: Hosting Michigan State Sat. 10/7 @ 7:30PM ET

Last Week Ranking: NR

The Wolverines are back in it. After a week off they now turn to their in state foe, Michigan State this coming weekend.

 

 

8. TCU (4-0)

Last Opponent: Defeated Oaklahoma State 44-31

Next Opponent: Hosting West Virginia Sat. 10/7 @ 3:30PM ET

Last Week Ranking: #8

TCU looks to keep flying high after their win two weeks ago over Oklahoma State. They face another BIG-12 foe this weekend in West Virginia.

 

7. Georgia (5-0)

Last Opponent: Defeated Tennessee 41-0

Next Opponent: Visiting Vanderbilt Sat. 10/7 @ 12:00PM ET

Last Week Ranking: #9

They blanked Tennessee at home, and look to be the only in conference team who could take down Alabama. The Bulldogs look to keep their Conference and National Title hopes alive on the road at Vanderbilt this weekend.

 

6. Wisconsin (4-0)

Last Opponent: Defeated Northwestern 33-24

Next Opponent: Visiting Nebraska Sat. 10/7 @ 8:00PM ET

Last Week Ranking: #7

It was tough in the first half against Northwestern, and down the stretch in the second half. The Badgers held off the Wildcats though in a closer game. They are on the road this weekend against a Nebraska team that has been up and down all season.

 

5. Washington (5-0)

Last Opponent: Defeated Oregon State 42-7

Next Opponent: Hosting California Sat. 10/7 @ 10:45 PM ET

Last Week Ranking: #5

The Huskies are now the team to beat in the PAC-12 and look to prove that again this weekend against California.

 

 

4. Penn State (5-0)

Last Opponent: Defeated Indiana 45-14

Next Opponent: Visiting Northwestern Sat. 10/7 @ 12:00PM ET

Last Week Ranking: #4

The Nittany Lions have not faced a team that has slowed down their star RB back, and Northwestern will try and be the first this coming weekend.

 

3. Oklahoma (4-0)

Last Opponent: Defeated Baylor 49-41

Next Opponent: Hosting Iowa State Sat. 10/7 @ 12:00PM ET

Last Week Ranking: #3

The Sooners just look to keep on winning and prove a BIG-12 team can be in the Playoffs without a Conference Title game. They will face Iowa St. this weekend.

 

2. Clemson (5-0)

Last Opponent: Defeated Virginia Tech 31-17

Next Opponent: Hosting Wake Forest Sat. 10/7 @ 12:00PM ET

Last Week Ranking: #2

How are you the first team to beat three Top 25 teams in September and still be only Second in the Nation? Alabama, that’s how. The Tigers will look to continue an impressive run going and try to overtake Alabama this weekend against Wake Forest.

 

1. Alabama (5-0)

Last Opponent: Defeated Ole Miss 66-3

Next Opponent: Visiting Texas A&M Sat. 10/7 @ 7:15PM ET

Last Week Ranking: #1

What can you do to slow down the Crimson Tide at this point? Texas A&M will try to figure that out this coming weekend in a showdown.

 

 

Dropping Out: #6 USC

On the Cusp: Washington St. 

Marquee Game of the Week: West Virginia @ TCU, OCT 7th 2:30 P.M. CT on FS1

Top Ten Thursday; College Football

Another week of College Football is in the books, and that means a new Top Ten with some moves after this past week of games.

10. Michigan

Last Week: #10

The Wolverines took a blow losing their starting QB on the road at Purdue this past weekend, but were able to bounce back and come away with a win. They might have to face in state rival Michigan State without their starting QB this coming week.

 

9. Georgia

Last Week: NR

The Bulldogs crack the Top Ten for the first time this season after an impressive win over Mississippi St. last weekend. They look to be the team to challenge Alabama in the SEC this season.

 

8. TCU

Last Week: NR

Another newcomer to the Top Ten, the Horned Frogs slowed down Mason Rudolph and the Oklahoma St. offense. They will face another top BIG-12 team in West Virginia this coming week and look to keep it rolling.

 

7. Wisconsin

Last Week: #8

A bye week helps the Badgers rest up before they open conference play against Northwestern this coming weekend. It will be electric at Camp Randall to open BIG-10 play.

 

6. USC

Last Week: #6

The Trojans were slow out of the gate against the Golden Bears this past weekend. Sam Darnold has looked off to being the season compared to last with his decision making. Even so, he has made the plays to keep the Trojans in the hun for a PAC-12 Title.

 

5. Washington

Last Week: #5

Another easy win for the Huskies has them feeling confident heading into another weekend where they expect pick up another win.

 

 

4. Penn State

Last Week: #4

It took the last play of the game, but the Nittany Lions avoided the upset at Iowa in primetime this past weekend. It showed the rest of the BIG-10 this high powered offense can be slowed down.

 

3. Oklahoma

Last Week: #3

The Sooners got a little uneasy in the second half against the Baylor Bears, as they saw themselves trailing at one point. They were able to overtime this and see Hesiman favorite Baker Mayfield lead them to victory.

 

2. Clemson

Last Week: #2

Clemson stated slow, now coming alive until the fourth quarter at home against Boston College. Even so, they ended up running away with the victory and now will have to go on the road to face a tough Virginia Tech team this weekend.

 

1. Alabama

Last Week:

Alabama just embarrassed Vanderbilt at home, 59-0. It’s going to take a lot to derail the Tide and a run at another National Title.

 

 

Dropping Out: #7 Oklahoma State, #9 Ohio State

On the Cusp: Virginia Tech

Marquee Game of the Week:  Clemson @ Virginia Tech, 7:00 CT on ABC

Big Ten: Week 5 Game Of The Week

For college football betting odds in Week 5, most of the Big Ten games have large opening lines.

 

Image result for ohio state vs rutgers 2017Related imageOf the six Big Ten games in Week 5, four have lines of at least 12.5 points, according to MyBookie. No. 11 Ohio State is the conference’s biggest favorite this week, as the Buckeyes are favored by 29 points at home against Rutgers.

 

Two ranked and undefeated teams in the conference are also clear favorites. No. 10 Wisconsin is home against Northwestern and is favored by 14.5 points. At No. 4, Penn State is the Big Ten’s highest-ranked team. The Nittany Lions barely survived at Iowa on Saturday but now return home to Beaver Stadium against Indiana. Penn State is a 16.5-point favorite against the Hoosiers. Though unbeaten, Minnesota is still unranked. But the Gophers are favored to pick up another win, this time at home against Maryland. The Gophers are favored by 12.5 points.

The league’s two remaining games could be giving fans close games. On Friday, Nebraska goes to Illinois as a 7-point favorite. On Saturday, Michigan State is actually favored against Iowa. Though the Spartans lost big to Notre Dame and Iowa pushed Penn State, Michigan State is a 3.5-point favorite at home.

 

Friday, Sept. 29th

 

Game                                MyBookie line       Time (ET)             TV channel

Nebraska at Illinois               Nebraska -7              8 p.m.                            FS1

 

Saturday, Sept. 30th

 

Game                                                                                   MyBookie line                    Time (ET)                          TV Chanel

Northwestern at No. 10 Wisconsin                                Wisconsin -14.5                       12 p.m.                                      ABC

Maryland at Minnesota                                                    Minnesota -12.5                       12 p.m.                                      FS1

Indiana at No. 4 Penn State                                            Penn State -16.5                      3:30 p.m.                           Big Ten Network

Iowa at Michigan State                                                   Michigan State -3.5                    4 p.m.                                     FOX

No. 11 Ohio State at Rutgers                                            Ohio State -29                           7:30 p.m.                         Big Ten Network

College Football: Top Ten Thursday

Another week of College Football is in the books. That means it’s time for a new look Top Ten. Some slight movers this week, but nothing major.

 

10. Michigan

Last Week: #9

It’s not that the Wolverines played poorly against Air Force. But, a close contest for most of the games and how others played drops them one spot this week. They open up BIG-1o play this weekend at Purdue and look to keep winning.

 

9. Ohio St.

Last Week: #8

Like Michigan, they didn’t play poorly. In fact, they routed Army 38-7. The teams behind them are just on more of a roll right now. The loss to Oklahoma in week two will sting for a bit longer.

 

8. Wisconsin

Last Week: #7

A solid road win over BYU and a bye week before opening up BIG-10 play has the Badgers sitting pretty early in the season.

 

7. Oklahoma St.

Last Week: #10

All Mason Rudolph is doing for his team is winning, and throwing touchdowns. They made easy work of Pittsburgh and look to open BIG-12 play with a solid performance against TCU.

 

6. USC

Last Week: #5

In the rematch of the year for College Football, Texas and USC squared off for the first time since the epic 2006 Rose Bowl. It took double OT for the Trojans to get the victory, but they did to keep their National Title hopes alive early in the season.

 

5. Washington

Last Week: #6

The Huskies picked up another win before opening PAC-12 play this weekend over Fresno St. They will face a tough Colorado team who looks to stay relevant after a few good years of success.

 

4. Penn St.

Last Week: #4

The Nittany Lions have been causing to start the year. They open up conference play against a tough nose Iowa team on the road. This will be two great rushing attacks matching up against one another.

 

3. Oklahoma

Last Week: #2

The Sooners did not miss a beat as they trumped Tulane 56-14 a week after their win over Ohio State. Baker Mayfield and his offense looks to light up Baylor in their BIG-12 opener this weekend.

 

2. Clemson

Last Week: #3

The Tigers took care of Lamar Jackson and Louisville this past weekend with more ease then some thought. Now, with a firm grip on the ACC they sights turn to Boston College this coming weekend.

 

1. Alabama

Last Week: #1

The Crimson Tide have had no problem with their Non-Conference play over the first three weeks. Now, their sights turn to the SEC and a surprising Vanderbilt team who knocked off Kansas State last weekend.

Dropping Out: N/A

On the Cusp: Georgia and Virginia Tech

Marquee Games This Weekend: The majority of conferences start conference play.

Big-12 Week 3 Recap & Week 4 Look Forward

The BIG-12 opens up conference play this weekend and it looks to be a fun filled one for all. Now to recap and look ahead to the exciting weekend of action.

Week 3 Player of the Week: Mason Rudolph 

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Rudolph shredded the Pittsburgh defense for 497 YD’s and 5 TD’s. Not much else to say about a stellar performance like that. He has made his case for Heisman front-runner over the first three weeks of the season.

Week 3 Team of the Week: Texas Longhorns 

Texas once again gets the honors as our Team of the Week, almost taking down #4 USC on the road. The two played a classic Double OT Thriller. What this game showed it Texas can compete with the Big-Dogs in the NCAA right now, and are closer to being back to their old form than most thought. Herman has the tools to turn the program back around in a few years.

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Week 4 Game of the Week: TCU @ Oklahoma St. 

If you like offense, this is the game for you. TCU is averaging 49.0 PPG over their first three games of the season, while Oklahoma St. is averaging 54.0 PPG over their first three games. Oklahoma St. is averaging just under 100 more yards of offense per game. This is a key game in the BIG-12 early in the season that could help decide the conference.

Week 4 Player to Watch: Nic Shimonek

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Shimonek has stepped into the role that Patrick Mahomes left open after getting drafted this past year, and he has performed beyond standards. Arguably the third best QB right now in the conference, he has passed for 927 YDS, 9 TD’s and 0 INT’s through his first three games.

College Football: Top Ten Thursday

10. Oklahoma St.

Last Week: #10

An easy win over South Alabama, now Oklahoma St eyes a road contest against Pittsburgh. Mason Rudolph looks to continue his quest for Heisman Trophy.

9. Michigan

Last Week: #9

The Wolverines followed up an impressive win over Florida in week one with another win over Cincinnati in week two. They have another home game against Air Force before they open up Big Ten play in a few weeks.

8. Ohio St.

Last Week: #2

The Buckeyes lost a tough game against the Oklahoma Sooners at home this past weekend. This drops them to eight in this weeks rankings, and they will look to rebound in the hopes of a playoff run.

7. Wisconsin

Last Week: #8

Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic came into Camp Randall and fought hard early on, but the Badgers cruised to another home win. They take the road next against BYU.

6. Washington

Last Week: #6

The Huskies had no problem at home against FCS Montana St. and look to add another win to their resume against Fresno St. this coming weekend before they open PAC-12 play.

5. USC

Last Week: #7

The Trojans had an impressive win over bitter rival Stanford, helping them move up a few spots in this weeks rankings. They have been proving some doubters wrong early on this season, and look to keep it going against Texas this weekend.

4. Penn St.

Last Week: #5

The Nittany Lions had no problem against Pittsburgh, and they should no problem this coming weekend against Georgia St. They look to start 3-0 with an easy schedule before opening BIG-10 play.

3. Clemson

Last Week: #3

The Tigers won a defense battle against Auburn this past weekend and face another AP Top 25 team this weekend against Louisville. It will be the Tigers second test in as many weeks.

2. Oklahoma

The Sooners went into Columbus and got their revenge after last years loss at home to the Buckeyes. Baker Mayfield is looking to prove the BIG-12 can have a playoff team without a Conference Championship and this win is another notch in that resume.

1. Alabama

Another week another win for the Crimson Tide. They look to have a final tune up against Colorado St. this weekend before they open up SEC play.

Dropping Out: N/A

Week Three Marquee Games: #3 Clemson at Louisville, 7:00 P.M. on ABC

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