This past weekend was full of upsets in the top 25. This is what makes college football so great.
Arkansas came into the ULM game thinking it would be just another non-conference win for the Razorbacks, but after quarterback Tyler Wilson was injured the Hogs offense sputtered to a screeching halt.
The Razorbacks second half finished with 1 touchdown pass, 5 punts, 1 interception, and one field goal. In the first half Wilson had two passing touchdowns and the Hogs also had a rushing touchdown. Wilson was 11 – 20 for 196 yards, 2 touchdowns, and one interception.
It may be safe to say that without Wilson the Razorbacks will struggle under John L Smith.
Wisconsin put on a show last weekend when transfer quarterback Danny O’Brien lead the Badgers to a 26 – 21 victory over Northern Iowa, and while the score doesn’t reflect on O’Brien’s performance he was good throwing for 219 yards on 19 completions (23 attempts) and 2 touchdowns.
This week, the Badgers struggled badly and O’Brien’s numbers reflect that. He completed 50% of his passes for a total of 172 yards on 39 attempts. O’Brien may not be the biggest problem the Badgers face moving forward though. Running back Montee Ball, a Heisman finalist last season, had 15 carries for a total of 61 yards. Last season Ball averaged 140 yards a game and this season he is on pace to average around 100. Even though it’s still early, the Badgers offensive line may be their biggest problem. Currently the Badgers rank 103rd in rushing offense when last year at this time they were ranked 24th.
Is UCLA back? Head coach Jim Mora currently has the Bruins at 2 – 0. Moving forward the Bruin’s schedule is extremely favorable and if they keep playing like they are they could end up heading into the Arizona State game with 7 wins.
The Bruin’s rushing offense is ranked second in the country and they are ranked 3rd overall in total offense. Running back Johnathan Franklin leads the country in rushing averaging 220 yards per game and quarterback Brett Hundley is 18th in passing efficiency. The biggest problem the Bruins currently face is the fact that they have allowed on average 400 yards in total offense by their opponents. That doesn’t look like it’ll fare too well when Arizona State (532 avg), Arizona (562 avg), and USC (460 avg).
On the other hand, Nebraska showed us that their defense has major deficiencies also. The Huskers allowed the Bruins to put up 653 yards of total offense. OUCH! That, along with Taylor Martinez not scoring a passing touchdown for the Huskers doesn’t bode well for the future. The one bright spot is at running back where Ameer Abdullah went over 100 yards to offset Martinez’s 100 yards rushing also. The Nebraska running game seems fine, but passing…not so much.
The Wildcats shocked a lot of people with their win over #18 Oklahoma State on Saturday, but should it have?
Currently the Cats are ranked 9th in total offense after the win, and even though their first game went into overtime against Toledo they still had 624 yards of total offense. Those numbers from a Rich Rod offense seem just about right.
Arizona has South Carolina State this coming weekend but after that they’ll get their first test to see if they can keep up with another high-powered offense when they travel up to Oregon to face the Ducks and their 8th ranked offense.
Editors note: I like numbers