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College Football Report Card

What I learned this weekend about college football

Rich Herrera
October 01, 2018 - 5:24 pm

Passing with flying colors 


Everyone has something to say about the Buckeyes this season.  They dominated the headlines for what was going on off the field to begin the season with Urban Myer's suspension for the first three weeks of the year.  The Buckeyes became a punching bag for writers around the country.  Their coach was public enemy number one for the way he handled the domestic violence charges of one of his assistant coaches.  There was a storm in Columbus and the Buckeyes were in the middle of it. And with all the ill winds blowing their way the football team kept winning with or without their beleaguered head coach.  This weekend they went to Happy Valley and came away with the come from behind win over Penn State.  They have weathered the storm and came away with a 5-0 record and a number 3 ranking in the polls.  They have only two ranked teams left on their schedule the rest of the way.  Like it or not the Buckeyes are one of the teams to beat to win the national championship this year.  


The Good Book has Notre Dame thinking of  College Football Playoffs 

The Irish had been unimpressive coming into Saturday's contest with the Stanford Cardinal.  They put me to sleep in their win against Michigan, and were so-so in beating Ball State, Vandy, and Wake Forest to run their record to 4-0.  Against Stanford, the Irish might have found their groove with the switch to Ian Book at QB even though they were undefeated.  Maybe the Miami Hurricanes should have done so earlier and they might still be in the Top 10.  Brian Kelly move woke up the echos and gave Notre Dame a jolt of energy they will need to make a run at the playoffs this season.  


Exam Grade: F  

Stanford fell like a tree in the forest.  

Remember what I said about Stanford last week in this space, Forget it!  The Cardinal set themselves up for the Notre Dame game by overcoming the Oregon Ducks on the road in Eugene.  Good teams have to win games like that and championship teams come back the next week and beat a big foe no matter where they play.  The Stanford Cardinal proved they are not a College Football Playoff contender.  They are a nice west coast team and can have a nice trip to a new year’s day game.  What they are not, is a team that can run with the big boys in college football.  Time to turn the page.


Is the Pac-12 really really a powerful Power-5 player?  

Maybe it's just me, but I want so much for a West Coast team to win the national championship.  I talk myself into believing it can really happen every year.  I spent over a decade living down south and got so tired of living under the reign of the SEC.  I thought maybe, just maybe, Stanford could be our standard bearer this year.  I wanted Chip Kelly would wake up Westwood.  I thought Clay Helton could have a Hollywood season.  I thought all the color combos in Eugene would daze and confuse everyone they played.  I thought Kevin Sumlin would have the Wildcats going wild.  I thought Herm Edwards would have the Sun Devils devilish.  Well, I thought wrong.  Going into the first weekend in October, the highest-ranked Pac-12 team is Washington, who already lost to Auburn.  It looks like I'll have a busy schedule of Pac-12 postseason games to watch in the bowl season BEFORE the College Football Playoff begins.  I wonder if I can get a Sun Bowl, Vegas Bowl, Foster Farm Bowl, Alamo Bowl, and Cactus Bowl Mega Ticket.