From coast to coast, each week keeps on bringing better and better games and we are beginning to see who the real contenders are and who is simply toying with our emotions (eh-hum, Oklahoma).
The “Larry David” – Moment of the Week:
The Tennessee Volunteers didn’t quite blow out the Akron Zips by the margin we might have expected this past weekend, but Marlin Lane put a move on Akron sophomore safety Bre’ Ford that was just silly. It was quite honestly one of the best juke moves that I have ever witnessed, hands down. Mr. Ford, please come up to except your award.
“Suits” – Game of the Week:
Clemson – 37 vs. Florida State – 49
The Kansas State Wildcats’ victory over Oklahoma was extremely impressive and deserves a mention here, but for sheer entertainment purposes the Florida State – Clemson game wins the award for this week’s Game of the Week.
The Seminoles and Tigers put on an offensive showcase, putting up 86 combined points and a spine-tingling 1,093 total yards. Several players were highlight-reel-worthy all game long, none more so than the Seminoles’ duo of QB EJ Manuel and RB Chris Thompson. Manuel set a career-mark throwing for 380 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for over 100 yards. Thompson, meanwhile, was busy putting up a combined 182 yards of offense and two touchdowns of his own. He has really shown this season how explosive of a player he really is and seems determined to put on a show every week after nearly having to quit the sport after a severe back injury last year. The senior running back is second in the nation, currently averaging 10.82 yards per carry on the ground.
“CSI: Anywhere” – Most Forgettable Game:
Arizona – 0 vs. Oregon – 49
I really thought that this might be up for a Game of the Week nomination, but the Arizona Wildcats simply fell flat on their faces against the now 2nd ranked Ducks in Eugene. Rich Rodriguez’s offense looked downright terrible as the Wildcats committed five turnovers in the game and just couldn’t get anything going, only putting up 332 yards of offense. The Ducks led just 13-0 at the half and definitely didn’t play their best offensive game, but none of it mattered because their defense was making plays all over the field, including intercepting Arizona QB Matt Scott four times (two of them coming from sophomore defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu).
“Mad Men” – Player of the Week:
Cobi Hamilton – WR, Arkansas
This one was actually a pretty easy choice this week as the Razorbacks wide receiver looked every bit the “mad man” he was hoped to be coming into the 2012 season. Hamilton looked fairly pedestrian coming into this past weekend, totaling just 10 grabs for 126 yards and one touchdown through his first three games of the year. Then came this weekend – the dude looked absolutely sick as he shredded the Rutgers defense, hauling in 10 catches for 303 yards and three touchdowns, re-writing the Arkansas record books in the process. Maybe now we can expect Hamilton to become the wide receiver we all know he can be.
“David Caruso” – Worst Performance of the Week:
Morgan Newton – QB, Kentucky
Atrocious and forgettable are pretty much the only ways to describe the senior QB’s game in the Wildcat’s shutout loss to the Florida Gators this past weekend. Newton was starting the game due to an injury to sophomore Maxwell Smith and boy he just didn’t look ready to go at all. Newton completed just 7 of 21 passes and threw for only 48 yards before finally getting yanked in favor of true freshman Jallen Whitlow. His passer rating was a miserable 23.96 for the game. Let’s hope for Kentucky’s sake that Maxwell Smith will be back playing by next week when they face a nasty South Carolina defense or else it could get very ugly very fast.
“Bachelor Pad” – Surprise Team of the Week:
Miami Hurricanes come-from-behind victory versus Georgia Tech
Think about how potent the Georgia Tech’s rushing attack is and how much clock time they eat up throughout a game. Now think about trying to come from behind on that same team after trailing 36-19 after three quarters of play. Seem impossible? Yeah, I thought so – but the Miami Hurricanes, who have been through hell and back this past offseason looked every bit one of the mentally toughest teams in college football this weekend after rallying from 17 down in the fourth quarter against the Yellow Jackets.
The Hurricanes scored the final 23 points of the game, all three of their final touchdowns coming courtesy of bruising senior running back Mike James. A lot of credit must go to Hurricane’s head coach Al Golden for keeping his team’s collective head held high in times of distress throughout the last nine months or so and getting them off to a mightily impressive 3-1 start.
On a final note, here is a shout-out to the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Coach Jerry Kill and the Gophers are off to a surprising 4-0 start and have impressive wins the last couple of weeks over Western Michigan and Syracuse – all thanks to a very stout defense which is allowing just 16.8 points per game through the first four weeks of the season, good for 31st in the country. Hats off to the boys in Minnesota.
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