Predicting Every Single FBS College Football Game: Week Four

Week three was just plain weird in college football. Lots of bizarre and close games throughout the weekend, which resulted in me having my worst week yet. My record for week three predictions: 43-15 (74.13% of games picked correctly). My picks for week three can be found by clicking here. My record for the season: 176-40. So I’m happy with my overall record. I think half of my losses have come from games involving Sun Belt teams. Thanks Sun Belt! And the Big Ten hasn’t helped me with my picks either, so this week I didn’t pick as many Big Ten teams to win. I’m dreading picking the conference games, especially the Big Ten West. There’s still a lot of college football season left, but teams are starting to give a picture of what kind of team they have. For example, I’m not picking Vanderbilt for the rest of the year. They’re just horrible. Ditto for Kansas. And Michigan doesn’t look too good either. I better stop before I get on a roll. Let’s take a look at week four…

Thursday Sept. 18
#5 Auburn @ #20 Kansas State – Pick: Auburn

Friday Sept. 19
Connecticut @ South Florida – Pick: South Florida

Saturday Sept. 20
Iowa @ Pittsburgh – Pick: Pittsburgh
Georgia Tech @ Virginia Tech – Pick: Georgia Tech
Eastern Michigan @ #11 Michigan State – Pick: Michigan State
Western Illinois @ Northwestern – Pick: Northwestern
Southern Illinois @ Purdue – Pick: Purdue
Bowling Green @ #19 Wisconsin – Pick: Wisconsin
Troy @ #13 Georgia – Pick: Georgia
Old Dominion @ Rice – Pick: Old Dominion
Tulane @ Duke – Pick: Duke
Maryland @ Syracuse – Pick: Syracuse
Maine @ Boston College – Pick: Boston College
Delaware State @ Temple – Pick: Temple
Hawaii @ Colorado – Pick: Colorado
Marshall @ Akron – Pick: Marshall
Army @ Wake Forest – Pick: Wake Forest
Central Michigan @ Kansas – Pick: Central Michigan
Utah @ Michigan – Pick: Utah (by three touchdowns)
Florida @ #3 Alabama – Pick: Alabama
#6 Texas A&M @ SMU – Pick: Texas A&M
Virginia @ #21 BYU – Pick: Virginia (Upset)
North Carolina @ East Carolina – Pick: East Carolina
Rutgers @ Navy – Pick: Navy
Nicholls State @ North Texas – Pick: North Texas
Norfolk State @ Buffalo – Pick: Buffalo
Louisville @ FIU – Pick: Louisville
Indiana @ #18 Missouri – Pick: Missouri
Texas State @ Illinois – Pick: Texas State
San Jose State @ Minnesota – Pick: Minnesota
UMass @ Penn State – Pick: Penn State
Florida Atlantic @ Wyoming – Pick: Wyoming
Presbyterian @ NC State – Pick: NC State
Georgia State @ Washington – Pick: Washington
Bethune-Cookman @ UCF – Pick: UCF
Utah State @ Arkansas State – Pick: Arkansas State
Northwestern State @ Louisiana Tech – Pick: Louisiana Tech
Idaho @ Ohio – Pick: Ohio
Ball State @ Toledo – Pick: Toledo
Murray State @ Western Michigan – Pick: Western Michigan
Northern Illinois @ Arkansas – Pick: Arkansas
Mississippi State @ #8 LSU – Pick: LSU
Miami (OH) @ Cincinnati – Pick: Cincinnati
Middle Tennessee State @ Memphis – Pick: Memphis
Appalachian State @ Southern Miss – Pick: Appalachian State
#4 Oklahoma @ West Virginia – Pick: West Virginia (Upset)
#14 South Carolina @ Vanderbilt – Pick: South Carolina
Georgia Southern @ South Alabama – Pick: South Alabama
#22 Clemson @ #1 Florida State – Pick: Florida State
Miami (FL) @ #24 Nebraska – Pick: Nebraska
New Mexico @ New Mexico State – Pick: New Mexico
UNLV @ Houston – Pick: Houston
California @ Arizona – Pick: Arizona
Southern Utah @ Fresno State – Pick: Fresno State
San Diego State @ Oregon State – Pick: Oregon State
#2 Oregon @ Washington State – Pick: Oregon
Louisiana-Lafayette @ Boise State – Pick: Boise State

That’s all the games for week four. I’ll let you know how I did with my predictions on next week’s post. Let me know in the comments what you think of my picks and feel free to ask me why I picked the way I did.

A Look Around the Country

Notable Games Last Week

South Carolina 38 Georgia 35

It was a wild one at Williams-Brice Stadium as the Gamecocks took down the Bulldogs. Moving forward, this sets up a very interesting SEC East race early in the season. Mark Richt had this team rolling but in typical fashion, he couldn’t keep it going. I still maintain that the SEC East is highly overrated and doesn’t pose much of a threat to the eventual SEC West Champion. But we’ll see.

Oklahoma 34 Tennessee 10

The Sooners are a very good football team. Granted, the Volunteers aren’t exactly blazing the trail with W’s but OU has great potential. Bob Stoops has built them into a championship caliber team yet again (he’s been doing this since 2000 and earlier). And with a weak Big 12, it sets up a HUGE matchup between Oklahoma and Baylor on November 7th in Norman. Gotta tune in for that one.

UCLA 20 Texas 17

Charlie Strong’s career in Austin hasn’t exactly gotten off to a great start. The Longhorns are 1-2 and don’t have an optimistic outlook into the 2014 season. Spoiling Oklahoma’s season on October 10 is something to look for. The Bruins on the other hand are grossly overrated and I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up having 3 losses by the end of the season. Brett Hundley has not been the least bit impressive thus far. I don’t think they stand much of a chance in the Pac 12 race.

Ohio State 66 Kent State 0

All of the frustration from last week’s loss to Virginia Tech was taken out on the poor, little, in state foe, Golden Flashes. I don’t know about you, but it felt good to win this week. Barrett tied Kenny G’s TD record for a game with 6 (5 in the first half) while freshman Curtis Samuel ran for 100 yards. The Buckeyes head into a bye week with Cincinnati on the schedule in 2 weeks. It’s time for them to stay focused on the ultimate goal which is the Big Ten Title. That is still a possibility, believe it or not.

Penn State 13 Rutgers 10

Rutgers first game in the Big Ten ended in disappointment as James Franklin’s Nittany Lions held on for the win. With the new NCAA ruling this past week making Penn State eligible for postseason play; it makes for an interesting wrinkle in the Eastern Division race. It has been a joy making fun of Rutgers being in this conference the past few months but I want to give them all credit in the world after watching their crowd and fans cheer on their beloved Scarlet Knights. They were loud and passionate and have a better home atmosphere than Indiana, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, and Minnesota combined. Welcome to the B1G!

Boston College 37 USC 31

Yep, had no clue this was coming. The Eagles pulled off the upset of the week with the win over the heavily favored Trojans. I still think USC is a force to be reckoned with in the Pac 12 (they’re better than UCLA) and could sneak back up into the playoff discussion with a few more wins down the stretch. Keep an eye on the Men of Troy.

Big Games This Week

Auburn at Kansas State

I think most people expect the Tigers to come out of this with a big win, and quite frankly, so do I. But it would be stupid to count out Coach Snyder’s Wildcats at any time during the season. They always seem like a pesky team who revel in ruining opponent’s title hopes. Right now I see Auburn as the SEC champ and playoff team because of Gus Malzahn’s coaching ability and Nick Marshall’s leadership. Tigers win.

Thursday, September 18 at 7:30pm on ESPN

Oklahoma at West Virginia

The Sooners are coming off a big win against Tennessee and are now set to travel to Morgantown to face the Mountaineers. West Virginia kept it close with Alabama up to the end of the game back in week one so they are no slouch. I expect OU to win but don’t be surprised if this one is in West Virginia’s favor headed into halftime.

Saturday, September 20 at 7:30pm on FOX

Clemson at Florida State

This was the ACC showdown of the year last season and it didn’t disappoint. But Clemson is a much different team this season and don’t have the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium to help them out (of course that didn’t seem to help last year either). Florida State had an extra week to prepare for this one so I don’t anticipate any surprises in Tallahassee. Seminoles romp.

Saturday, September 20 at 8pm on ABC

Miami (FL) at Nebraska

This game should give the Big Ten and the Huskers at least a little bit of credibility if they were to come away with a win in this one. Bo Pelini is inching closer and closer to the hot seat so every game is a must win for him here on out. Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah has had a great season so far both running and catching the football while entering himself into the Heisman discussion. It’ll be another sellout crowd in Lincoln and the Huskers should win by a touchdown or two.

Saturday, September 20 at 8pm on ESPN2

Ohio State (Bye)

We all hate bye weeks. Watch a replay of a past big win like the ’97 Rose Bowl or ’02 National Championship Game. Or go watch your local small college team play; they always need the extra support.

Michigan Update

The Wolverines struggled most of the first half against the team with the longest losing streak in the country, the Miami (OH) Redhawks. Even with a less than stellar schedule, Brady Hoke seems to be struggling against everyone so far. He’s going to need a miracle to keep his job. They take on Utah this week at 3:30 on ABC or ESPN 2.

Heisman Watch

Marcus Mariota, Oregon

19/23 passing for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns along with 5 carries for 71 yards and an additional 2 touchdowns in win against Wyoming. His Ducks are rolling and as long as they are he’ll be a favorite to hoist the trophy.

Jameis Winston, Florida State

Bye Week

Todd Gurley, Georgia

20 carries for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns in loss to South Carolina. In this day and age, it’s tough to be a Heisman candidate when your team loses. Gurley played well but this certainly hurts his chances.

Rising Star

Kenny Hill, Texas A&M

Kenny Trill™ has thrown for 1,094 yards, and 11 touchdowns while completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. He’s having a freakish year so far. Kevin Sumlin’s Aggies remind me of the great Hawaii offensive systems where guys like Colt Brennan put up 800 yards of offense every game. But if A&M starts beating good SEC teams, Kenny has to be in the discussion.

Dropping Fast

Brett Hundley, UCLA

The Bruins have limped through every game they’ve played so far. If Hundley was a Heisman caliber quarterback, that wouldn’t have happened.

My Playoff if the Season Ended Today

1. Oregon (beat Wyoming 48-14, play at Washington State this week) The Ducks destroy who they’re supposed to destroy and even teams they shouldn’t (looking at you, Sparty). This is an all-around great football team.

2. Florida State (had bye week, plays Clemson this week) The Noles have to show me something this week against Clemson. OU is right on their tails. They just don’t seem as hungry thus far in 2014.

3. Oklahoma (beat Tennessee 34-10, plays at West Virginia this week) I’m all over the Sooners right now. This is a team to be reckoned with and a big win over WVU this week in primetime will show the rest of the country why.

4. Auburn (had bye week, plays at Kansas State this week) I still think Auburn is the team to beat in the SEC regardless of how bad ESPN wants it to be Alabama. This is another opportunity for them to prove that.

Just Missed the Cut

5. Alabama
6. Baylor
7. Notre Dame
8. Texas A&M
9. LSU
10. Michigan State
18. Ohio State

MotSaG Live Podcast #5: Win Over Kent State & Roundtable Discussion

Time for episode #5! If you missed last week’s episode of MotSaG Live, you can watch it by clicking here. It airs live every Tuesday at 6 pm ET.

As always I will be hosting the podcast this week and be joined by fellow MotSaG writers. For the fifth show, the following MotSaGers will join me: Shannon, Andrew and Chip. On this show we’ll talk about the Buckeyes win over Kent State, the Big Ten’s week three performance and a roundtable discussion about many topics across college football. Since the Buckeyes have a bye week in week four, we decided to have a roundtable discussion in place of the weekly game preview.

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B1G Weekly Recap: B1G Struggles Continue for Second Straight Week

After going just 8-5 overall last week, the Big Ten found a way to one-up itself and do even worse this weekend. Not counting the Penn State victory over Rutgers, the conference went just 3-6, with no wins over teams from the Power 5 conferences. Ohio State, That Team Up North, and Nebraska were the only teams to score nonconference victories in week three.

West Virginia 40, Maryland 37

In one of the more entertaining games of the weekend, West Virginia snuck past Maryland on a last-second Josh Lambert field goal as time expired. Clint Trickett had a career day for the Mountaineers, throwing for 511 yards and four touchdowns. C.J. Brown led the way for the Terrapins as he rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown on just 18 carries.

Former Ohio State target Stefon Diggs had five catches for 127 yards and a score as Maryland just couldn’t come all the way back from a 28-6 deficit to get the W. Next up, Maryland visits old ACC rivals Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.

Bowling Green 45, Indiana 42

In another entertaining affair, Indiana took a trip up to Bowling Green to take on the MAC school, and left with its first loss on the season. The Hoosiers would take a 42-39 lead on a Nate Sudfeld quarterback sneak on 4th down with just over two minutes remaining. But Indiana couldn’t hang on to that lead. James Knapke led the Falcons down the field and threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Roger Lewis with just nine seconds left on the clock.

Knapke threw for 395 yards on school records for completions (73) and attempts (46). The Falcons ran 113 (ONE-HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN) plays in their upset win over Indiana. The Hoosiers hit the road again next weekend to play Missouri.

Michigan 34, Miami (OH) 10

The Wolverines pulled away in the second half after a shaky start, including three turnovers, left the score at 17-10 at the break. They finally pulled away in the second half, with touchdowns by Jake Butt and Derrick Green capping the afternoon.

Green has already eclipsed his rushing yardage (332) and touchdown (3) totals from last year, feasting on lesser teams of Appalachian State and Miami (OH), while he only had 25 yards on 13 carries in the loss to Notre Dame. The Wolverines host Utah next Saturday in the Big House.

Iowa State 20, Iowa 17

Another Big Ten team went down on a last-second field goal in this rivalry game in Iowa City. Cole Netten hit the game-winning 42-yard field goal with two seconds left. Kirk Ferentz had actually tried to ice Netten by using his final timeout prior to Netten’s first attempt, which was missed. The Cyclones reset after the timeout, and Netten made Ferentz pay.

The Hawkeyes gained just 275 total yards as they lost to Iowa State for the third time in four years. Iowa will look to get back on the winning track next week when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers.

TCU 30, Minnesota 7

Minnesota went down to Texas to take on the Horned Frogs and left with its tail between its legs. The Golden Gophers were dominated by TCU, trailing 30-0 before Maxx Williams caught a 12-yard consolation touchdown pass from Chris Streveler with 11 minutes left in the game. Minnesota turned the ball over five times in the loss.

TCU will make a return trip to Minnesota next fall as a part of the home-and-home series. The Golden Gophers host San Jose State Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Washington 44, Illinois 19

This one was over almost as soon as it started, as Washington jumped out to a 35-5 lead after just 20 minutes of game time. Shaq Thompson matched the Illini’s total of two touchdowns himself for the Huskies. Shaq Thompson plays defense. That’s not a good sign, Illinois.

Thompson picked off Wes Lunt in the first quarter and returned it 36 yards for the score and then scooped up a fumble in the second quarter and took it to the house as Washington cruised to the victory. The loss dropped Illinois to 2-1 on the season and they will host Texas State next week.

Notre Dame 30, Purdue 14

Purdue hung around with Notre Dame for the majority of this one, something Michigan certainly can’t say. The Boilermakers even led late in the second quarter before Everett Golson ran in from 15 yards out to give the Irish the lead for good as they went up 17-14. Golson was the story in this one, throwing for 259 yards and two scores while adding 56 rushing yards and the TD.

Purdue had just 56 rushing yards themselves and added three turnovers in their seventh straight loss to the Fighting Irish. At 1-2, the Boilermakers will look to get back to .500 when Southern Illinois comes to Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday.

Penn State 13, Rutgers 10

Penn State rudely welcomed Rutgers into the Big Ten as they scored a last-minute touchdown to defeat the Scarlet Knights in their first conference game. Bill Belton ran in from five yards out to give the Nittany Lions their only lead of the game. Rutgers led 10-0 at halftime and held on to that lead until the Belton touchdown despite Gary Nova throwing five interceptions.

Christian Hackenberg threw for 300 yards again as he ended with 309 yards and a pick as Penn State jumped to first place in the Big Ten East. Rutgers visits the Naval Academy next week while Penn State hosts Massachusetts.

Nebraska 55, Fresno State 19

Things went a little easier this week for Nebraska than they did a week ago when they needed a miracle Ameer Abdullah touchdown to defeat McNeese State at home. This week, the Cornhuskers traveled to Fresno and put a beatdown on the Bulldogs. Big plays highlighted the victory for Nebraska as Jordan Westerkamp caught a 70-yard TD from Tommy Armstrong Jr., Ameer Abdullah had a 57-yard rushing score, and De’Mornay Pierson-El took a punt back 86 yards to house, all in the first half.

Nebraska improved to 3-0 on the season and will look to go to 4-0 next week when the Hurricanes of Miami come into Lincoln for a highly anticipated showdown.

What were your thoughts on this week’s conference performance? Just glad it can’t get much worse than this? Let us know in the comments if you think the Big Ten can turn it around next weekend.

Ohio State vs Kent State: Quick Recap

The Final: 66-0. No big deal.

 

Offensive player of the gameJ.T. Barrett. 23-30 312 yards, 6 touchdowns. Are you not entertained?

 

Defensive player of the game: Don’t make me choose! Everybody played well but I guess I’ll give it to Darron Lee. His future is as bright as Oregon’s helmet. Seemed to always be in the right spot and man is he starting to learn to play fast.

 

Freshmen of the game: Too many choices again, I’ll go with Curtis Samuel. I can’t remember a game with so many freshmen making impact plays. Raekwon = the truth, my honorable mention.

 

Goof of the week: Kent State’s Jon Cunningham going “Gary Busey” on the sideline before, during, and after the game. I loved it but his teammates definitely did not.

 

Biggest complaint: Ezekiel you are clearly a large, so why did you order a medium jersey?

 

Randy Bobandy gut of the week: Donovan Munger, #52. Keep slamming cheeseburgers into that meat locker;  it’s glorious. Played well too.

 

The Verdict: Couldn’t have gone any better. It’s tough to take a lot away from this game because Kent State is smelly, but I bet Urban really wishes this game was week 1. Great confidence boosting win, so many daggum freshmen, wow. This game should quiet the “Urban’s recruits haven’t proven anything” crowd, at least for a week. Have mercy does this team have any upper classmen?

 

Where were these short passes last week? I’ll never get over it, 9/6/14 #neverforget.

 

Up next: After a few weeks of confusion and identity issues, the Buckeyes go bye.

 

P.S. Quint Kessenwhateveridon’tcarehowtopronounceit can keep telling me that Va Tech losing is making Ohio State fans feel worse, but I won’t believe it. I was laughing the whole time.

 

Predicting Every Single FBS College Football Game: Week Three

Week two was certainly interesting. Lots of close games, upsets and heartbreak for the Big Ten. My record for week two predictions: 61-13 (82.43% of games predicted correctly). My picks for week two can be found by clicking here. My record for the season: 133-25. So far I’m pretty happy with this record. But it’s only going to get tougher to predict games as the season progresses. Many teams are still finding themselves and when conference play begins it really gets interesting. There aren’t as many big games this week, but I’m sure there will be some chaos nonetheless. There always is in college football. Here’s a look at week three…

Thursday Sept. 11
Louisiana Tech @ North Texas – Pick: North Texas
Houston @ #25 BYU – Pick: BYU

Friday Sept. 12
Toledo @ Cincinnati – Pick: Cincinnati
#8 Baylor @ Buffalo – Pick: Baylor

Saturday Sept. 13
Georgia Southern @ Georgia Tech – Pick: George Southern (Upset)
West Virginia @ Maryland – Pick: West Virginia
East Carolina @ #17 Virginia Tech – Pick: Virginia Tech
UCF @ #20 Missouri – Pick: Missouri
Kent State @ #22 Ohio State – Pick: Ohio State
Indiana @ Bowling Green – Pick: Indiana
Syracuse @ Central Michigan – Pick: Syracuse
Massachusetts @ Vanderbilt – Pick: Vanderbilt
Ohio @ Marshall – Pick: Marshall
Boise State @ Connecticut – Pick: Boise State
Pittsburgh @ Florida International – Pick: Pittsburgh
#21 Louisville @ Virginia – Pick: Louisville
Wyoming @ #2 Oregon – Pick: Oregon
Air Force @ Georgia State – Pick: Air Force
Indiana State @ Ball State – Pick: Ball State
UC Davis @ Colorado State – Pick: Colorado State
Kansas @ Duke – Pick: Duke
Arkansas State @ Miami (FL) – Pick: Miami (FL)
Iowa State @ Iowa – Pick: Iowa State
Miami (OH) @ Michigan – Pick: Michigan
#6 Georgia @ #24 South Carolina – Pick: Georgia
Arkansas @ Texas Tech – Pick: Texas Tech
Alabama A&M @ Alabama-Birmingham – Pick: UAB
NC State @ South Florida – Pick: NC State
Illinois @ Washington – Pick: Washington
Louisiana-Lafayette @ #14 Ole Miss – Pick: Ole Miss
Minnesota @ TCU – Pick: TCU
Mississippi State @ South Alabama – Pick: Mississippi State
Army @ #15 Stanford – Pick: Stanford
Western Michigan @ Idaho – Pick: Idaho
Southern Miss @ #3 Alabama – Pick: Alabama
Eastern Michigan @ Old Dominion – Pick: Old Dominion
UTSA @ Oklahoma State – Pick: UTSA (Upset)
Northern Illinois @ UNLV – Pick: Northern Illinois
Wake Forest @ Utah State – Pick: Utah State
LA Monroe @ #10 LSU – Pick: LSU
Western Kentucky @ Middle Tennessee State – Pick: Western Kentucky
Abilene Christian @ Troy – Pick: Troy
Tulsa @ Florida Atlantic – Pick: Tulsa
Kentucky @ Florida – Pick: Florida
Purdue @ #11 Notre Dame – Pick: Notre Dame
#9 USC @ Boston College – Pick: USC
Penn State @ Rutgers – Pick: Rutgers
Tennessee @ #4 Oklahoma – Pick: Oklahoma
Portland State @ Washington State – Pick: Washington State
#12 UCLA @ Texas – Pick: UCLA
New Mexico State @ UTEP – Pick: UTEP
SE Louisiana @ Tulane – Pick: Tulane
Navy @ Texas State – Pick: Navy
Rice @ #7 Texas A&M – Pick: Texas A&M
#16 Arizona State @ Colorado – Pick: Arizona State
Nebraska @ Fresno State – Pick: Nebraska
Nevada @ Arizona – Pick: Arizona
Northern Iowa @ Hawaii – Pick: Hawaii

That’s all the games for week three. I’ll let you know how I did with my predictions on next week’s post. Let me know in the comments what you think of my picks and feel free to ask me why I picked the way I did.

A Look Around The Country

Another opportunity for the Big Ten to prove that they are a conference to be respected. Another opportunity gone completely down the tubes. Yes, it was another infamous weekend in Big Ten country as all of its top teams failed to win in marquee matchups. Penn State, Nebraska, and Iowa who are supposed to be solid teams struggled against inferior opponents. The conference’s premier teams, the Buckeyes, Spartans, and Wolverines, all lost in primetime matchups when the conference needed them most. I don’t know when things will turn around for the Big Ten but I sure do hope it happens soon.

Notable Games Last Week

USC 13 Stanford 10

Could Steve Sarkisian be the guy that brings the Trojans back to national prominence? So far the answer is yes. USC marched into Stanford Stadium on Saturday and defeated the defending Pac 12 champion Cardinal 13-10. USC may not have a great offense but after watching them I can say they have a tremendous defense. After looking at their schedule, the Trojans have a great shot at going undefeated. Oregon State, UCLA, and Notre Dame are the only threats I see on their. Keep a close eye on them the rest of the season.

Oregon 46 Michigan State 27

Michigan State looked the most competent after leading Oregon 24-18 at halftime but then the wheels fell off. The Ducks outscored Sparty 28-3 in the second half which is unheard of from a Dantonio coached defense. Connor Cook had a solid day throwing for 343 yards and 2 touchdowns but it just wasn’t enough. But after watching this game, Oregon is the best team in the country in my opinion. And the Spartans were beating them at halftime. Right now Michigan State is the clear favorite in the Big Ten.

Notre Dame 31 Michigan 0

Next up to save the conference was Michigan as they took on Notre Dame one last time in the foreseeable future. The Wolverines must not have gotten the memo that the game was on Saturday. The Irish completely dominated every facet of the game as they went on to win 31-0 putting Brady Hoke on a very hot seat. Unless he can pull out 9 or 10 straight wins to end the season, there will be a new man (Jim Harbaugh?) roaming the sidelines in Ann Arbor next season. Notre Dame notched a big win and is slowly but surely inching closer into the Playoff discussion. Don’t count them out.

Virginia Tech 35 Ohio State 21

Finally on Saturday, the Buckeyes were hosting the Hokies in the newly expanded Ohio Stadium with LeBron on the sidelines. This is usually where Ohio State saves the day and keeps the Big Ten from looking like a glorified MAC. But not this time. The Buckeye defense failed to stop Virginia Tech on third downs throughout the game and J.T. Barrett spent most of the second half on his back. Losing Braxton Miller, 4 offensive linemen, Carlos Hyde, and Philly Brown has proven to be too much for Urban’s offense to overcome thus far in 2014. They lack an identity on offense and if they don’t find one soon they could be in for a long season. I may be debated with on this point but the ACC is even worse than the Big Ten. Look for Virginia Tech to compete with Florida State for that crown. (Bold Prediction: I sniff an upset in ACC title game)

Big Games this Week

Georgia at South Carolina

The Bulldogs roll into Columbia with a huge amount of confidence after a great week one win over Clemson. The Gamecocks come into this game with the exact opposite feeling after being demolished by Texas A&M at home. Todd Gurley is having a Heisman worthy season so far and I expect that to continue this week. Hard to believe that Spurrier’s squad could be 1-2 (and they only beat ECU by 10 last week) after 3 weeks but I would be shocked if that doesn’t happen now. UGA should roll.

Saturday, September 13 at 3:30pm on CBS

Tennessee at Oklahoma

Butch Jones’ Volunteer team, which is full of youth on both sides of the ball, will head to Norman to face a very talented group of Sooners. Bob Stoops has built another great team and is surprisingly running under the radar despite being ranked in the top 5. Maybe in a couple years this would be a battle but OU is a hungry football team right now and I fully expect them to be in the Playoff. Could be a long year for those in Rocky Top.
Saturday, September 13 at 8pm on ABC

UCLA vs Texas

The honeymoon is over in Austin after the Longhorns were embarrassed 41-7 last week by BYU. Charlie Strong has had a shaky start and it isn’t getting easier as they take on the Bruins this week at Jerry’s World (maybe Jones is holding auditions for QB). Brett Hundley and UCLA have not been one bit impressive so far this season with 8 and 7 point wins over Virginia and Memphis, respectively. Texas is without David Ash indefinitely so Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will be starting. Texas hired Strong for a reason, and he’ll prove that on Saturday night. Longhorns win in the final minute.

Saturday, September 13 at 8pm on FOX

Kent State at Ohio State (I’ll always preview the upcoming Buckeye game)

After a rough loss last Saturday night in The Shoe, the Buckeyes will try and get back on track against in-state foe Kent State this week. Expectations were obviously too high for Ohio State this year and it has showed thus far. We’ll find out how good our coaches with the challenge ahead of them. The offensive line has to find their form or Barrett will never be able to develop the way we want him to. Hopefully adjustments have been made to the pass defense or even the Golden Flashes could put some points on the board. Buckeyes should win big though.

Saturday, September 13 at 12pm on ABC or ESPN2

Michigan Update

Did you watch the game on Saturday? My lord they are not good. Like I said above, Hoke will need a miracle to be coaching next year. They take on Miami of Ohio this week so that is an easy win for them could be another disaster waiting to happen. Remember, they almost lost to Akron last year. Akron! Tune in for at least the fourth quarter to watch them struggle and make you happy.

Heisman Watch

Marcus Mariota, Oregon

17/28, 318 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions.

Jameis Winston, Florida State

22/27, 256 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions

Todd Gurley, Georgia

Off last week, plays South Carolina Saturday

Rising Star

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

17 carries, 54 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 receptions, 96 yards, 1 touchdown

Dropping Fast

Bryce Petty, Baylor

Did not play last week, is expected to play this week. But the lingering effects of the injury could impact his play.

My Playoff if the Season ended Today

1. Oregon (46-27 win over Michigan State, plays Wyoming Saturday) The Ducks are playing great football right now, I’m not even sure the Seminoles could beat them.

2. Florida State (37-12 win over Citadel, plays Clemson next week) The defending champs haven’t been very impressive so far. But they still enough talent to run the table.

3. Auburn (59-13 win over San Jose State, plays Kansas State next Thursday) Nobody is talking about the Tigers, but they should be. They’re the best team in the SEC.

4. Oklahoma (52-7 win over Tulsa, plays Tennessee Saturday) This is another team nobody talks about. Not sure why, they’re a shoe in for the playoff right now.

Just Missed the Cut

5. Georgia

6. Alabama

7. USC

8. Baylor

9. Notre Dame

10. Texas A&M

19. Ohio State

MotSaG Live Podcast #4: Losing to Virginia Tech, The Big Ten’s Bad Weekend & Previewing the Kent State Game

Time for episode #4! If you missed last week’s episode of MotSaG Live, you can watch it by clicking here. It airs live every Tuesday at 6 pm ET.

As always I will be hosting the podcast this week and be joined by fellow MotSaG writers. For the fourth show, the following MotSaGers will join me: Shannon, Andrew and Chip. On this show we’ll talk about the Buckeyes loss to Virginia Tech, the Big Ten’s horrible week two performance and take a look at the slate of Big Ten games in week three. And we’ll preview the Buckeyes game with Kent State this weekend, giving our predictions and thoughts for this game too. For this portion of the show we’ll be joined by special guest Allen Moff, a Kent State beat writer for the Record-Courier (recordpub.com).

Now I”m going to list the following ways to view this podcast. Below is the video player to listen to the podcast. You will be able to listen to it here on the site every week. Don’t fret if you can’t listen live. Once the podcast is over with you will be able to view it as many times as you want, just like any YouTube video. If you’re unable to view it here on the site for some reason we also have you covered if this happens. I’ll link to our YouTube channel right above the player every week and you will be guaranteed to be able to view it there. You can also listen through our Google+ page or follow the main @MotSaG account on Twitter. I will also have the link posted on my Twitter page (@SchottJosh).

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We got a lot to talk about after week two. Don’t miss it!

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MotSaG B1G Power Poll Week 2

What a weekend of Big Ten football, Black Saturday,losses for the “top” teams and unnecessary close games for many others. There is a huge shake up in this weeks Power Poll and I am betting that TTUN fans won’t be hitting me up on twitter this week calling me a homer.

1. Maryland -(+5) This was a toss up between Rutgers and the Terps but seeing Washington State lose to Nevada is the main reason I jumped Maryland to Number 1.

2. Rutgers -(+1) Weird that the two new additions to the big Ten are number 1 and 2 right now in my poll, these two could be 1a or 1b.

3. Minnesota -(+5) While Minnesota starts off strong they seem to make it kind of close down the stretch in the fourth quarters.

4. Penn State -(same) With their 21-7 win over Akron I kept James Franklin’s team in the same spot as last week

5. Illinois – (+6) Playing the Western Kentucky close or from behind most of the game in the second half the Fighting Illini figured out a way to win by 8

6. Nebraska – (-1) Bo Pelini sacrificed one of his cats lives to beat McNeese State with 20 seconds left thanks to Ameer Abdullah I won’t got down and won’t quit running.

7. Iowa- (+5) Despite the Hawkeyes playing down to their competition again they get to move up by being undefeated barely beating Ball State 17-14

8. Indiana – (+2) Being idle mean no loss helps the Hoosiers move up and stay undefeated go cut down the nets Tom.

9. Michigan State – (-8) The first of the one loss teams, getting beat by Oregon on the road and it looked like they had it until it fell apart in the second half

10 Wisconsin – (+2) After losing week 1 to LSU they bounced back with a win not on the legs of Gordon but the arm of McEvoy

11. Ohio State- (-9) Getting beat at home by an unranked Virginia Tech team hurt, but hey the Buckeyes got into the endzone

12. Michigan- (-5) Shutout by the Golden Domers 37-0 sorry nothing else needs to be said

13. Purdue- (-4) Got crushed by a MAC team Central Michigan 38-17 if they played a better opponent and lost they would be higher

14. Northwestern- (same) Only team without a win this season so far.

I enjoy the interaction and feedback on my polls so I can’t wait to hear about this weeks.

Why This Loss Is Good For Ohio State

We here at MotSaG received this post from one of our loyal readers Cyndi Travis she is a fellow blogger who writes her own food and lifestyle blog linked below and she can be found on Twitter @cyndic88. Cyndi thought this post would work well for our site and we couldn’t agree more.

I was so worked up this morning I wrote this. It’s not really appropriate for
my site (which is about recipes and lifestyle) but I thought that it might work here…

Why this loss is good for Ohio State?

Losses can be good, they build character. They provide experience. They make
you hungry.

Don’t get me wrong, that one hurt a little bit. As a lifelong Buckeye fan and
alumni I hate an ugly loss, especially at home. But, I think this one will be
good for us. See I try to walk a thin line between being realistic and being a
fan at heart. I didn’t believe the hype of this team, even when Braxton was
healthy. I have been telling everyone for weeks, we need to get through
Virginia Tech before we celebrate anything that is going to be a hard game. All
I heard in response? Virginia Tech, no problem. Well, we have a problem now
don’t we.

The pressure that was on this team to go undefeated was tremendous. Local and
National media, either we were overrated or we were going to live up to the
hype. Fans added pressure. Coaches added pressure. Now the only pressure they
should feel should come from the inside. The pressure to right the wrong. The
pressure to prove that you are as good as you say.

Let’s be honest, we weren’t going to win a National Championship this year.
Did I want us to? I sure did, but the realistic part of my brain said that we
just didn’t have the experience to get it done. What we had in the pre-season
is what we had last night. A young OL that would have made it impossible for
even Braxton to make anything happen. A weak secondary that proved if you throw
against us you will have success.

I heard a lot on social media last night about how we don’t have much of a
playbook. In my opinion we could have had a playbook as big as War and Peace
and we would not have been about to execute any of it. The core of an offense
starts with the line, not the QB, protection equals the ability to make big
plays. They will get there. I think we have one OL lineman with more than 3
starts. One. We have young running backs which are tentative to provide extra
block protection. It will get better.

The defense, well it has a lot of potential. The secondary is young but shows
flashes of potential greatness. The penalties are a symptom of youth. They
will calm down, they will learn what they can get away with and what they
cannot.

Where do we go from here? Well, now that we have lost some of the bandwagon
fans, we do what we always do. We cheer. We support our team, and we support
our coach. We go into each game with the knowledge that these players are
growing with each snap.

This loss will be good for a young team. It will build their character. It’s
not fun walking off the field in front 107,000 fans that came to support you and
watch you win. It will leave that taste in your mouth, that chip on your
shoulder. It will drive you to do better in the weight room, on the practice
field.

So if you were one of those “fans” that tweeted about “when does
basketball season start” last night, good luck to you, this team doesn’t
need you. We need supportive fans in times of loss and victory. We will see
you next August as you climb back on the bandwagon.