|Daily Blog • Sunday, October 25th|
Last week there were no team’s had a 100 point game rating. This week there are five, meaning more dominant performances even though top teams (Florida, LSU, Alabama) continued to struggle.
TCU and Boise St were sure impressive last night and with the rash of upsets going around the country the last few years, if they both finish unbeaten, there will be some interesting decisions. I came away very impressive with TCU’s route of BYU in Provo as it was the same BYU team that beat Oklahoma 14-13 earlier in the year.
My computer says the most impressive performance of the week went to Texas who held Missouri to 173 yards on the road in their 41-7 win. Mississippi was far more dominant than the score against Arkansas outgaining the Hogs by 254 yards. Pitt’s hammering of USF came in as the computer’s #3 performance.
TCU did only outgain BYU by 114 yards but it was still the #4 performance of the week.
LSU had, by far, the best game of the season as they dominated Auburn outgaining them by 242 yards in Death Valley and starting a new streak for their Saturday night record. They had been 32-0 on Saturday night’s until their loss to Florida.
Virginia made a game of it vs Georgia Tech early but then GT rolled over them late and outgained them 249 yards.
Penn St earned a #7 performance and also ended their long losing streak in Ann Arbor. They routed the Wolverines 35-10 outgaining them by 146 yards.
The #8 performance was surprising to me. Just two weeks ago Kansas St had travelled to Lubbock to face Texas Tech and was routed 66-14 giving up 739 yards of offense being outgained by 455 yards. Last week that same Kansas St team hosted Texas A&M at home. They led 59-0 in the 3Q and were even more dominant than the 62-14 final would indicate. That same Texas A&M team that lost to Kansas St by 48 had to travel to Lubbock to face Texas Tech and stunningly came away with a 52-30 win on the road in one of the tougher home venues out there. That earned them the #8 spot of the week.
Arizona had a beat down of UCLA as they outgained them by 245 yards winning the game by 14 despite being -3 in turnovers.
Oregon St is the top losing performance of the week at #10. They went into USC who was fired up for revenge and Oregon St actually outgained the Trojans by 53 yards in their 6 point road loss. The #2 losing performance was right behind them with Tennessee having 2 FG’s blocked and missing another in their game vs Alabama. Had Terrence Cody not blocked the 44 yarder from the center of the field on the final play, Tennessee could have upset the #1 team in the country.
Stanford rolled over Arizona 33-14 with a very balanced attack included 237 yards rushing and 236 passing.
Ohio St wasn’t all that dominant vs Minnesota in the 1H only leading 7-0 but would roll on to a 38-7 win with a 223 yard edge.
Cincinnati’s #14 performance of the week is even more impressive considering the fact that QB Pike did not play for UC and backup Collaros only had 2 incomplete passes all game.
Oklahoma was not as dominant statistically as they were on the scoreboard which is why their win at ranked Kansas, 35-13 “only” comes up as the #15 performance of the week.
Florida gave up two interception return TD’s vs Mississippi St and failed repeatedly in the redzone but still earned the #16 performance for their 29-19 road win where they outgained Miss St by 139 yards.
Oklahoma St tuned up for Texas with the #17 performance of the week and a 34-7 rout of Baylor.
Boise St got tired of hearing how close their games were the last 2 weeks and took it out on Hawaii, 54-9.
Oregon was outplayed by Washington early. In fact, at one point, Washington had a 10-3 FD edge and 163-25 yd edge. UO blocked a punt for a TD and then took control of the game. The final score was 43-19 although they only outgained UW by 21 yards but it still earned them the #19 performance as it was on the road.
A couple of Sun Belt blowouts got the #20 and #21 spots and Mississippi St’s fairly close game vs Florida earned them the #22 spot.
Nevada’s offense piled up 70 points on Idaho and they earned the #23 performance of the week.
Miami, Fl and Clemson in their OT thriller each made it into the top 25 performances this week.
I have been putting up the average team grades every Saturday morning and this week we will definitely have them up earlier but when you click on the team stats either Monday or Tuesday, each of the game performances will be updated for this past week and they are already updated for the season.
Keep in mind, the game grades change as their opponents either get more impressive or less impressive as the season progresses. The individual game grade factors in not only the final score of the game but the yardage, the site (home or away) and most importantly the opponent. A 28 point win over an FCS foe at home is regarded as a weak performance while a 28 point win over a ranked team on the road would be one of the highest performances of the week.
|8||TEXAS A&M||95.70||AT||Texas Tech||321||238||52||64||456||30||4||39|
|20||TROY ST||88.00||North Texas||205||492||50||128||267||26||-1||302|
|21||MIDDLE TENN||85.80||W KENTUCKY||229||417||62||100||150||24||4||396|