Week four admittedly looked sleepy on paper but there was nothing sleepy about it. We had crazy finishes, multiple overtimes, and one MASSIVE upset. All of that and more, this is the week that was!
Best games of the week
1. Ohio at Cincinnati: This was one I was looking forward to all week. Frank Solich’s Ohio Bobcats have been a consistent program for a long time but Luke Fickell’s Cincinnati Bearcats are on the rise add on top of that sharing the same state and you have a great clash on your hands. This game started with Ohio dominating the first half and at one point even looked out of reach. But the Bearcats rallied and put together a 92 yard drive lead by quarterback Desmond Ridder late in the fourth quarter to take the lead. Ohio wouldn’t go without a fight and they put together a drive of their own all the way down to the Cincinnati 1 yard line. Then the Bearcat defense iced the game on 3rd and goal with an interception by James Wiggins. Cincinnati takes the win 34-31 and moves to 4-0.
2. Eastern Michigan at San Diego State: The Eagles are no stranger to close games and that’s what they had here when they went on the road to take on the Aztecs. San Diego State was coming off a win over Arizona State so it was good time for a much improved Eastern Michigan team to catch them. This one was a slug fest as the Aztecs jumped out to an early 17-3 lead but the Eagles came back to take a 20-17 lead. Then John Baron knocked in a 50 yard field goal for the Aztecs to send the game to overtime. The Eagles drive in overtime ended in an interception and then San Diego clinched the 23-20 win with a 38 yard field goal. Tough loss for Eastern Michigan but they went toe to toe with a Mountain West power.
3. Army at Oklahoma: This was the best game that no one saw (through legal means of course.) The Black Knights went into Norman and gave the Sooners everything they could handle. The Oklahoma defense had a tough time defending Army’s triple option attack lead by dynamic quarterback Kelvin Hopkins. They Black Knights went score for score with Oklahoma and late in the fourth quarter were putting together a great drive that looked to have them on their way to a huge win but then... they attempted a pass. The rare occurrence for Army cost them when Oklahoma’s Parnell Motley intercepted the pass. This sent the game into overtime which the Sooners got off to good start in scoring a touchdown. The Black Knights came up short on fourth down and Oklahoma was able to squeak by 28-21. Army has nothing to hang their head about in this one!
Honorable mention - Texas State at UTSA: This is a rivalry with an intensity that I only realized existed this week and the game lived up to the billing with both team desparately looking for a win. The Roadrunners hold on 25-21. Oh and they should’ve played played for the golden shopping cart!
Top Dogs of the week
1. McKenzie Milton - QB, UCF: The Knights took care of in state foe FAU on Friday night on a lot of it had to do with Milton who by himself accounted for six touchdowns... SIX! He went 21-32, 306 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air and had 81 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground. The Knights still look like one of the best teams in the country.
2. Jack Abraham - QB, Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles picked up a conference win over Rice 40-22 and it was on the arm of Abraham. He had 25-34, 428 yards and 4 touchdowns through the air. With more performances like the Southern Miss could be a serious threat in Conference USA.
3. Blake LaRussa, Jeremy Cox and Travis Fulgham - QB/RB/WR, Old Dominion: Okay I’m cheating here but it would be wrong to snub any of these guys for this honor as they all played a huge part in pulling off the biggest upset of the weekend. Off the bench LaRussa came in and went 30-49, 495 yards and four touchdowns. Cox had 130 yards for 2 touchdowns including the game clinching one. Fulgham had 9 catches for 188 yards and one touchdown. All of this against a Bud Foster defense which makes for a great transition...
Upsets of the week
1. Old Dominion over #13 Virginia Tech: How did this happen? The Monarchs season had gotten off to a terrible start by going 0-3 including a loss to bad Charlotte team. This in state match up was only intense for one side and that worked just fine for Old Dominion. As mentioned above the Monarchs offense went absolutely bonkers against defensive savant Bud Foster’s Hokies which is something no one saw coming. Old Dominion could’ve taken a knee late in the game for the win but Jeremy Cox was having none of it and busted off long touchdown run to seal the win, 49-35!
2. SMU over Navy: This isn’t a big upset but technically one given the point spread. SMU’s season had gotten off to rocky start but the program needed a big win under Sonny Dyke’s and the finally got one. I would be remiss not to mention the amazing way in which they won the game. It wason a controversial two point conversion in overtime. You can watch the play here for yourselves!
SMU!! The Mustangs go for 2 in OT and beat Navy by a point! pic.twitter.com/bmewCOPosQ— No Huddle NCAA (@NoHuddleNCAA) September 22, 2018
3. Illinois State over Colorado State: Two weeks ago the Rams were on a high after beating SEC opponent Arkansas but now here they are now losing to an FCS team. On the day they were honoring their history as Colorado A&M, Illinois State embarrasses Colorado State 35-19. The defense has been bad all year and it was no different here. They let Brady Davis throw for almost 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. With that being said here is yet another transition...
In the dog house
Mike Bobo - HC, Colorado State: Well here we are again and I’m sure at this point it may seem like I’m picking on Bobo but I promise it’s not that. Bobo has been in Ft. Collins long enough now where these are his guys in there and that includes some power five transfers. The athletic department and fans are invested, just look at that new stadium. You have to wonder how long they’ll support not looking competitive against an average Florida team and then losing to an FCS team?
Shawn Elliot - HC, Georgia State: The Panthers should be better or at least more competitive against other group of five teams but so far in back to back weeks they haven’t been. Lopsided losses to Memphis and now Western Michigan have to make you wonder where the program is headed? There’s some young talent there but will Elliot be around long enough to watch it prosper?
Tweets of the week
- THE AGGIES WIN!!! Sorry UTEP...
FINAL— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) September 23, 2018
No. 1 New Mexico State 27
No. 3 UTEP 20
We’re gonna have a new No. 1 in the #Bottom25.
2. C’mon you know you were watching it too. Ouch to the San Di.. I mean Los Angeles Chargers.
There are 23,000 people watching a cell phone stream of the Oklahoma-Army game. That's more well attended than a Chargers home game.— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 23, 2018
3. Bring it on Buckeyes!
Well Cincinnati is officially the state of Ohio's best college football team— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) September 22, 2018
1. Luke Fickell is building something special: When Fickell took over the Bearcats they were a... well dumpster fire to be kind. Through recruiting and assembling a good staff he’s put together a team that believes again. Can they compete at the top of the American? We’ll find out but they’ve definitely made significant strides towards doing so.
2. Texas State may be on hard times: When Everett Withers came over from James Madison it seemed like a great hire and maybe it still could be but right now the Bobcats are struggling. If there were a time to knock off rival UTSA it would be this year and they couldn’t. The administration knew they were in for a long rebuild so that gave Withers the year zero cushion but some around the program are even calling for a “Texas guy” to take over the program. Is it time? Maybe we haven’t learned that just yet but we have learned that Texas State is in an uphill climb this season.
3. Buffalo is REALLY good: Maybe we already thought this but four weeks in I think we know it. Beating Rutgers in 2018 is nothing to write home about but dominating any power five football team is a HUGE deal. The Bulls are the talk of the town and rightfully so. Now the question is, how far can they go? #FLYTHEFLAG
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