Top 5 Week 3 Review
1) Florida State
The Seminoles enjoyed a bye week in week 3 but will host 22nd ranked Clemson in week 4 which will also be their first conference game. As it stands right now, FSU is almost a sure lock for the playoff unless Clemson pulls of a monumental upset.
The Ducks cruised to an easy 48-10 victory over Wyoming Saturday. Quarterback Marcus Mariota became the fourth quarterback in Oregon’s history to pass for a total of 7000 yards in his career. Mariota also made the highlight reels and reaffirmed why he’s a Heisman candidate this year with a 19 yard touchdown that ended with him diving into the endzone. Oregon starts conference play next week traveling to play Mike Leach and Washington State.
Alabama rolled to another easy win over struggling Southern Mississippi on Saturday. I think by now it should be pretty clear that Blake Sims is the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback despite Nick Saban saying, “Do we want to continue to play both quarterbacks and try to develop both guys? Absolutely. Jake (Coker) needs to play and he needs to develop confidence. I think we’re going to have to make a decision on a week-to-week basis on what gives us the best opportunity to win.” It’s hard to understand why Nick Saban is so reluctant to name Sims as the leader of the offense but I think it’s pretty obvious who will get the start against Florida in week 4.
While Oklahoma’s win over Tennessee wasn’t as big of a deal as their win over Alabama in last year’s Sugar Bowl, it does give them a win over a more challenging opponent than an FCS team or bottom tier Division I team. Playing a Tennessee team that is on an upward trend also allowed them to get a better feel for their own strengths and weaknesses before they jump into conference play against West Virginia. Right now The Sooners are the Big 12’s only real chance for being represented in the playoff with Baylor being a possibility but a bit of a long shot.
The Tigers have a bye week this week as they prepare to travel to Manhattan, Kansas to play Bill Snyder and the Wildcats. Auburn can’t afford any slip ups otherwise they will fall out of the top 5 but a win in Manhattan, supposedly the toughest place to play in college football, would go a long way in convincing people that Auburn is still one of the best teams in the country.
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