By Rob Cressy
12:54 PM CDT, September 19, 2013
Johnny Football is dazzling and Alabama is still the team to beat. Got it.
Now it's time to look forward.
This week does not have many marquee games, but weeks like this can be sneaky good and still have an impact on the college football landscape.
>> Guess who is slowly creeping up the rankings: LSU.
Quarterback Zach Metternberger has proved more than capable, as he's thrown 9 TDs with 0 INTs over the first three games. Heading into the season he was one of LSU's biggest question marks, so to see him playing like the BMOC has to have the Tigers faithful ecstatic.
An improved Auburn team comes calling this week. It's a night contest in Baton Rouge on national TV, so you know LSU fans will be acting Hal McRae-like crazy.
LSU plays at Georgia the following week, so will it take Auburn seriously? All signs point to LSU rolling but Auburn is 3-0, has a solid running game and can still play a little defense. Tread lightly, LSU.
>> In the only game featuring two ranked teams, Arizona State, coming off a referee-aided victory over Wisconsin, takes on Stanford. The Cardinal haven't shown much this year, but that's by design. Why show your cards when you don't need to?
Stanford is a sexy as sweatpants but is a legitimate national title contender. Quarterback Kevin Hogan is getting better every week and Arizona State's "high-octane" offense is going to have a beast of a time with Stanford's stout defense. The refs aren't going to be able to save Arizona State in this one.
>> Florida State has another cupcake this week, but that won't stop me from talking about Jameis Winston. The Seminoles look primed to be 5-0 heading into their showdown at Clemson on Oct 19. That means Winston should have plenty of opportunities to pad his stats and get the hype train rolling even more.
>> In what is normally an exciting and anticipated matchup, Michigan State travels to Notre Dame. Michigan State's quarterback situation has been as unpredictable as Breaking Bad despite their 3-0 record.
Heading into their game last week with Youngstown State, Spartans quarterbacks had accounted for zero TD's compared with four for their defense. Connor Cook stepped up by throwing 4 TDs last week, but it was against Youngstown State. Yawn. How the Spartans quarterbacks play will determine how this game goes.
The Domers struggled with a ho-hum Purdue team last week but managed to pull out the W. They've got a matchup looming with Oklahoma next week followed by Arizona State. This is a challenging three-game stretch for the Irish, but if they make their way through unscathed, the sting of the loss to Michigan won't hurt as much.
>> You know who has been disappointing so far this year? Louisville. Their schedule is softer than Dwight Howard and last week the Cardinals beat Kentucky—who lost to "juggernaut" Western Kentucky in Week 1—by only 14.
Under most circumstances, margin of victory doesn't matter. That's not the case with Louisville. When your toughest game all year is at Cincinnati, you need to be going hard in the paint ever week. Take a page from Bobby Bowden by putting up 50 and showing no mercy.
>> Speaking of Louisville, no way quarterback Teddy Bridgewater wins the Heisman.
>> Speaking of someone else who isn't going to win the Heisman, let's talk about Braxton Miller. Ohio State keeps on rolling without the quarterback thanks to Kenny Guiton. But before you jump to conclusions and think there's gonna be a QB controversy, get that out of your head right away. Miller is the man. Case closed.
Throw a few back, enjoy another beautiful week of college football, and try not to flip out like Lou Holtz did when talking about Mack Brown.
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