|Daily Blog • Sunday, November 22nd|
My computer says that Texas Tech had the best performance of the week and I guess any time that you outscore Oklahoma 41-13 and outgain them by 239 yards (549, 310) you make a pretty good case for the top performance of the week.
Texas blasted Kansas 51-20 with a 229 yard edge and my computer said that was the #2 rating.
I’m surprised that the computer, which reflects the strength of opponent has Florida in as the #3 performance of the week but they did outgain a lowly FIU by 395 yards and beat them 62-3.
Nobody really paid much attention to UCF playing Tulane this past week but UCF not only got the shutout 49-0, they allowed -30 yards rushing and outgained Tulane 504-50. That was good enough for the #4 performance.
Penn St’s road win in East Lansing which wrapped up 2nd place in the Big Ten saw them win 42-14 even allowing a 71 yd TD pass with just 3:00 left. I have not taken those yards out of my computer ratings yet so the performance only has it as the #5 performance of the week and with a 179 yd edge.
Stanford caught two teams coming off wins over USC and this time it was Stanford coming off the win over USC and Cal dominated the yards. They had a 477-345 yard edge in their 34-28 win on the road and that earned Cal the #6 performance.
TCU was actually tied 10-10 with Wyoming but rolled up a 329 yard edge and Wyoming’s lone TD came via a long fumble returned for a TD (14 point swing) and the Frogs continue to impress.
I wondered if Memphis would stop Houston on a single possession and the good news for them is that they did force three punts during the course of the game but UH scored on 7 of the first 8 poss and rolled up 690 yards to Memphis’ 342 and that got the Cougars the #8 spot despite playing an outmanned foe.
Change the jersey’s numbers and you would have thought Syracuse was the favorite in their game against Rutgers. Syracuse had 213 yard rushing, 211 passing and a 424-130 yard edge in their 31-13 home win.
BYU dominated Air Force as they usually do and had a 198 yard edge winning 38-21. It could have been worse as the Cougars led 24-0 and even gave up a garbage TD drive in the final 4:00.
Tough loss for Arizona. They led by 10 and also had the ball up by 7 with 4:00 left but Oregon got a TD with :06 left to force OT and won it there but Arizona still earned my computer’s #12 performance. Surprisingly the Ducks, who won on the road, came in at #16. My computer does consider Oregon one of the top 6 teams in the country and reflects the strength of opponent faced.
Boise St’s 52-21 win over Utah St earned them the #13 spot and they did have 572 yards.
Nevada’s 63-20 win over New Mexico St on the road, a game in which they rushed for 574 yards and had a 670-232 yard edge earned them the #15 spot.
Oregon St’s win over Washington St set up the showdown for the Rose Bowl berth which will happen in the Civil War two Thursday’s from now. Their 42-10 win over Washington St where they had a 375 yd edge got them the #17 performance of the week.
Ole Miss had many chances to put LSU away but settled for a lot of short FG’s, gave up a blocked FG for a TD and settled for a late FG when they could have gone up by 2 scores but LSU had their chances at the end with some bizarre clock management costing them a chance to possibly kick the game winning FG. Still, Ole Miss had 136 yd edge over the Top 10 team which got them the #19 performance.
There was talk Central Michigan might look passed Ball St to a more meaningful game next week vs Northern Illinois but that did not happen. They had a 281 yard edge and won 35-3 on the road and got the #20 performance.
All of the big boys had performances worthy of Top 10 this week with the exception of Alabama. Of course, Alabama had the weakest opponent so they had to do the most and they “only” outgained Chattanooga by 338 yards. They did allow UTC just 94 total yards offense and put their game away early in their 45-0 win and come in at #21.
Virginia Tech’s defense was impressive holding an explosive NC State team to 260 total yards and that got them the #22 spot. Ryan Mallett threw for 313 yards and despite the fact Arkansas only outgained Miss St by 20 yards, they won by 21 and that was good enough for the #23 spot.
As the season starts winding down, I will start having more and more informational blogs coming up where I analyze different things from the week and from the season so do make sure you check back daily.