By Josh Kramer
The halfway marker of the College Football season has come and gone. And despite the constant reminders of what a business college athletics have become due to the crazy rumor mill regarding conference realignment, this season has been full of excitement and great football.
Who is Robert Griffin III?
-In a huge Big 12 rumble out in College Station, a track meet occurred. Sadly, it was a very lopsided track meet. But we learned one thing. Robert Griffin III has been outstanding this year, but do not sleep on A&M senior QB Ryan Tannehill. The duel of the savvy veterans was won by the underdog yesterday.
-Despite a very rough outing in a tough home loss to Oklahoma State about three weeks ago, Tannehill showed poise and moxy down the stretch in this one. He left no question marks about his ability as he tore apart a lackluster Baylor secondary for 415 yards and an astounding 6 TDs. Many had questioned the senior Aggies’ QB and did not think he could keep up with Baylor’s outstanding QB, Robert Griffin. Many including myself were wrong. This kid had a Tom Brady-esque day and led the Aggies to a huge victory over a very solid Baylor squad.
-Yesterday at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, the crowd had to be chanting the infamous cheer “Overrated” on repeat. Many expected Michigan to come in and handle business against MSU in the battle for the state of Michigan. Many were wrong. MSU flat-out dominated a Wolverines team that is apparently vastly overrated.
-Whenever a team wins the turnover battle, they have a good chance at winning the game. The Wolverines won the turnover battle on this day and still lost. Michigan was unable to develop a rhythm offensively all game, while the Spartans did enough to get the job done. Kirk Cousins became the first MSU QB to defeat the in-state rival three years in a row as the starting quarterback. In addition, MSU won the game for a fourth consecutive year. So much for being the winningest program in College Football history. MSU will take the four straight wins against a Michigan team that showed they are “overrated” yesterday.
Is football a pass first game?
-We all know it has been a very weird year in Columbus. Not just with the wild off-season full of off the field incidents, but also with their performance on the field. The six-time defending conference champion was 0 and 2 in Big Ten play heading into the game against an undefeated Illinois team in Champaign yesterday. OSU flat-out handled a vastly overrated Illinois team on national television. I for one was impressed. I mean how many teams can win a game where they do not complete a pass until the fourth quarter? Yes you heard me right. Ohio State did not complete a pass until the fourth quarter of this one (17-yard strike to Jake Stoneburner for a TD). And this was the only pass they completed on the day.
-Ohio State showed outstanding poise and patience in a must win game out at Memorial Stadium. If OSU had fallen to 0 and 3 in the Big Ten, I really think there would have been a distinct possibility of riots in Columbus. Luckily for Buckeye fans and the city of Columbus, Ohio State won with relative ease. The Buckeyes pounded the turf yesterday, rushing the ball 51 times for 211 yards. It appeared Daniel “Boom” Herron was excited to be out on the field again. In addition, their defense played a very solid game, forcing three turnovers, and holding an Illinois team that averages 35 points a game to just 7. Maybe Ohio State can salvage 8 victories in their first true “rebuilding” year in some time.
-Georgia Tech appeared to be the heavy favorite in the Coastal Division of the ACC heading into yesterday. Or at least they appeared to be a team that would cruise into a date with Clemson on October 29th. Well not so fast. Never overlook Thomas Jefferon’s favorite academic institution. Virginia is not traditionally thought of as a football powerhouse. Well every dog (or Cavalier) has its day.
-Virginia jumped out to a 14-0 lead in front of a raucous home crowd before the Yellow Jackets could even blink. And the rest was just routine. Well not exactly, but Virginia held on to dear life, and was able to come away with a huge upset victory. Junior RB Perry Jones put up a heck of an effort and willed the Cavaliers to this really unexpected upset. After today, I have to give Virginia Tech the edge now to win the Coastal Division for a change.
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