Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sports: College Football (Week 3)

The third week of college football was a lot more competitive with the top three teams all facing ranked opponents. Upsets occurred and close games were abundant reigniting the excitement for the season that had waned in the lopsided second week. 

The biggest upset, though somewhat predictable, started out as an exciting game but turned into a blowout by the second half. The 10 Louisville Cardinals obliterated the 2 Florida State Seminoles 63-20. Now the Cardinals are ranked third. Top-ranked Alabama had competition with Ole Miss Rebels but though the game was close the Crimson Tide rolled to a victory. The other top three team to face a ranked opponent were the Ohio State Buckeyes but they dispatched the declining Oklahoma State Sooners by three touchdowns. 

4 Michigan and 5 Clemson both handily defeated their opponents so there isn't much change in the rankings there. 6 Houston won the early Thursday night game and 7 Stanford won a conference matchup against unranked USC. 8 Washington and 9 Wisconsin also got victories to remain around the top ten. 

Upsetting 11 Texas and keeping the PAC-12 interesting, the California Golden Bears won by a touchdown in a high-scoring game. 12 Michigan State had another ranked competition against 18 Notre Dame but after the defeat, the Fighting Irish lost their Top 25 status. The other big upset of the weekend was the North Dakota State Bison upsetting 13 Iowa. 

One last upset came from the Nebraska Cornhuskers proving they deserve a rank by beating 22 Oregon. There were some competitive matchups in the SEC as teams like Texas A&M, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, and LSU all rise up in the rankings. 

Looking forward to next weekend,  5 Clemson faces the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Thursday. 19 Florida faces 14 Tennessee for a fight towards the top of the SEC East. 12 Georgia Bulldogs face 23 Ole Miss Rebels who hoped to salvage their season with a big win. 11 Wisconsin has what looks one of the most competitive bouts against 8 Michigan State. Late on Saturday, 17 Arkansas tries to remain in the fight for the SEC West title against 10 Texas A&M. Plenty of other interesting matchups but it looks like the SEC has a lot of ranked action that will sort out who will remain and who will make an early exit. 

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