The Hump Day Huddle – 9/18
The week that WAS:
#1 Alabama toppled John Pigskin and the #6 aTm Aggies 49-42 on the road in what was by far the most exciting matchup of the weekend. Not only did the game live up to the endless hours of overhype dumped on us by ESPN, but it also served to show millions of college football fans something it hasn’t seen in a long time: an Alabama defense that gave up over 600 yards of offense. I’ll say it right now, you put Oregon on a neutral field against that Bama D tomorrow and the Ducks walk away with a victory. The aTm defense is pretty horrendous, so the fact that Bama put up 49 against the Aggies is about as impressive to me as a Miley Cyrus twerk.
Now, I have no beef at all with Nick Saban, the best in the biz, or Alabama – (FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt are both from the Saban coaching tree, so the Noles are in good hands) I’m just putting them on notice. 600 yards is not going to cut it, fellas. I picked you to play in the national title game – against Oregon. I want to see if the Ducks can hang 800 yards on that defense. Don’t let me down…..
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The week that IS: (9/19 – 9/21)
Not too much going on this weekend as far as good, quality matchups are concerned. Looking at the schedule, this is easily one of the worst weekends for college football during the entire 2013 stretch. There are three-to-four solid games this weekend, all of which are region-based.
– In the Midwest, Michigan State travels to South Bend to take on the Irish in what should be a fast moving, high scoring affair with speedy athletes flying all over the field. Oh wait……
– In the Dirty South, we’ve got two classic SEC matchups as Tennessee travels to #18 Florida and in a battle of undefeated rivals, Auburn travels to Death Valley to take on #8 LSU.
– Out on the Westside, #4 Stanford hosts #23 Arizona State. Word on the street is that the Sun Devils are bringing their own refs.
Top 25 Schedule (Coaches Poll)
1. Alabama (2-0) vs. Colorado State (1-2), 7 p.m.
2. Oregon (3-0)
3. Ohio State (3-0) vs. Florida A&M (1-2), noon
4. Stanford (2-0) vs. #23 Arizona State (2-0), 7 p.m.
5. Clemson (2-0) at North Carolina State (2-0), 7:30 p.m., Thursday
6. Texas A&M (2-1) vs. Southern Methodist (1-1), 7 p.m.
7. Louisville (3-0) vs. Florida International (0-3), noon
8. LSU (3-0) vs. Auburn (3-0), 7:45 p.m.
9. Florida St. (2-0) vs. Bethune-Cookman (3-0), 6 p.m.
10. Georgia (1-1) vs. North Texas (2-1), 12:21 p.m.
11. Oklahoma State (3-0)
12. Oklahoma (3-0)
13. South Carolina (2-1)
14. Michigan (3-0) at Connecticut (0-2), 8 p.m.
15. UCLA (2-0) vs. New Mexico State (0-3), 10:30 p.m.
16. Northwestern (3-0) vs. Maine (3-0), 3:30 p.m.
17. Miami (Fla.) (2-0) vs. Savannah State (1-2), 7 p.m.
18. Florida (1-1) vs. Tennessee (2-1), 3:30 p.m.
19. Baylor (2-0) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (2-1), 4 p.m.
20. Washington (2-0) vs. Idaho State (2-0), 3 p.m.
21. Notre Dame (2-1) vs. #24 Michigan St. (3-0), 3:30 p.m.
22. Ole Miss (3-0)
25. Fresno State (2-0) vs. Boise State (2-1), 9 p.m., Friday