Last week was one of the craziest weeks in college football that we have seen in awhile. The ending to the Michigan vs Michigan State game had all of us scratching out heads. Memphis showed us they are for real after defeating Ole Miss, and improved to 7-0 after putting up 66 points in their victory last night. And last but not least, but Alabama showed us that they are still one of the best programs in the country under Nick Saban. Here are my top five games for today!
5) Western Kentucky at #5 LSU – 7pm EST (ESPNU)
Surprised to see the Hilltoppers on the list? Do you know your college football. This WKU team is 6-1 and their quarterback Brandon Doughty is quite the player. The 6’3″ Senior quarterback has completed close to 75% of his passes for 2709 yards with 24 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions. Doughty has a certain presence about him and has the ability to take over a game all by himself. You can say the same thing about the opposing running back in Leonard Fournette. The front runner for the Heisman award, Fournette rushed for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns last week against a solid Florida defense. The Tigers look to remain undefeated, but better not look past this Hilltoppers team.
4) #6 Clemson at Miami – 12pm EST (ABC)
If Miami head coach Al Golden wants to keep his job, a win over Clemson would keep him safe for the rest of the season. Since Golden has taken over the reigns, the Hurricanes have yet to earn a signature win, and boosters do not feel like waiting any longer. The banners have been out.
— PhillyHokie (@PhillyHokie007) October 17, 2015
Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya is a gamer, and he is the type of quarterback who could pull off this upset. Clemson on the other hand has done exactly what they need to do in order to secure a spot in the College Football Playoff. Many people are talking about quarterback Deshaun Watson, but their defense has also stepped up for this Tiger team and made some big plays, including last week against Notre Dame.
3) #3 Utah at USC – 7:30pm EST (Fox)
The Utes are for real this season. At 6-0, some analysts have them as the best team in the county. Running back Devontae Booker has rushed for 783 yards to go along with 8 touchdowns. The Utes opened the season with a 24-17 win over then unranked Michigan, put a beating on an overrated Oregon squad, and squeaked by Cal with a 30-24 win. But lets not sleep on this USC team. After the termination of Steve Sarkisian, interim head coach Clay Helton did his best to push Notre Dame to the brink. Helton did so with a heavy dose of offense. Utah may have their eye on a playoff spot, but they better bring their focus tonight.
2) Tennessee at #8 Alabama – 3:30pm EST (CBS)
This was the year where this rivalry was supposed to be at its peak. However Tennessee has lost a couple of games, but don’t let that fool you. They have an athletic quarterback in Joshua Dobbs. The junior quarterback has thrown for 1100 yards with 8 touchdowns, but has also rushed for 350 yards and two scores. This type of quarterback has given Alabama defenses fits. For Alabama, they have finally found an identity with the rushing game led by Derrick Henry who rushed for 236 yards last week against Texas A&M. Nick Saban is 8-0 all time against the Volunteers with 7 of those wins by a margin of 14 points or more. Alabama may also have something to say to whom ever puts together the schedule. Alabama seems to play a lot of teams that are coming off a bye week, and it is not even close, especially as compared to other SEC schools.
Re: Alabama’s schedule. This is pretty remarkable. Note that no other SEC team has more than 10 games. pic.twitter.com/z7EIuShCR9
— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) October 15, 2015
1) #15 Texas A&M at #24 Ole Miss – 7pm EST (ESPN)
This game had so much potential. If both teams had won last week, there would be a lot more eyes on this one. But nonetheless, this game still has potential and will have an impact on the SEC West. Texas A&M fell apart last Saturday against Alabama who scored 21 points on interception returns. Kevin Sumlin simply said it the best, “It’s virtually impossible to win when you are giving away 21 points and four interceptions total.” For the Rebels, they were manhandled by the Memphis offense, who put up close to 500 yards of offense. The problem for Ole Miss that game, was that they managed just 40 rushing yards on 24 attempts. That needs to change if they want to help out QB Chad Kelly.
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