NCAA College Football Week 4 RecapSunday, September 23, 2012 21:19
A look back at Week 4 of the 2012 NCAA College Football Season.
Less than impressive.
That pretty sums up the play of many notable programs, not only this past week, but overall so far this season.
Teams are upset all the time–that’s part of the game. Poor play doesn’t truly reveal itself until you win in complete lackluster fashion (mind you, that does not mean a team needs to be dominating).
Take the LSU Tigers, which squeaked out a 12-10 victory over a weak Auburn team (hmm, want to float a guess as to which coach still handed the Tigers a #1 vote in the latest Coach’s Poll? By the way, the Tigers dropped a slot in both polls). The #16 Ohio State Buckeyes, while not quite so visibly on the scoreboard, similarly underperformed in defeating UAB, 29-15.
So what does the lackluster play of the Tigers and Buckeyes mean? Admittedly, as of yet, not much. The big question is whether said play is indicative of the make-up of those teams, or whether both just had momentary letdowns. In LSU’s case, only time will tell. Ohio State, however, struggled the week before against a weak California team. One has to believe that the Buckeyes’ long-term outlook is not bright. Not that Ohio State can go to bowl game this season anyway what with being on NCAA probation–or perhaps that is part of the problem? Less motivation? That indeed would say something poor about the character of the team.
The big upset of the weekend was #15 Kansa State over #6 Oklahoma in a game that never seemed as close as the final 24-19 score would indicate. The one-time championship-contending Sooners now have the same tall task on their shoulders as do the USC Trojans of trying to inch and crawl their way back into the national title picture. Not an impossibility, especially considering how early in the season the losses have occurred, but challenging nonetheless.
One can forgive #19 UCLA falling to unranked Oregon State, or #22 Arizona being trounced by #3 Oregon 49-0. Both the Bruins and Wildcats rose into the rankings quickly after scoring early impressive victories, but sometimes such fast ascensions are if not unwarranted, at least overrated. Not so forgivable was #18 Michigan’s pitiful showing against Notre Dame, failing to notch a touchdown in a 13-6 defeat at South Bend.
Game of the week had to be the 49-37 shootout between #4 Florida State and #10 Clemson. The ‘Nole do indeed appear to be back!
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