During the last three weeks, college football fans around the nation have seen some pretty amazing football games. Some fans have been happier with the results than others so far. For instance, this past Saturday, Tennessee Volunteer fans were expecting a major SEC win (their first in a few years) over the Florida Gators. What they got instead at a sold out Neyland Stadium was a depressing 37-20 loss. Fans left after the game–some of them personal friends–as though they were leaving a funeral. The Volunteers seventeen point loss was their worst to Florida since 2008, when a Tim Tebow led Gator team beat them 30-6. So much hype was created before the game by Tennessee fans and players, to a team that, although 2-0, hasn’t posted a major win over a good SEC team since 2009 when they beat #22 South Carolina 31-13.
Are early season cupcake games like Oregon’s 63-14 win over Tennessee Tech good indicators of how good a team really is? I respect a fan’s love for their school, but staying quiet and humble is a must until a major victory has been achieved. Arkansas fans must be feeling this right now, as are the sports writers and bloggers like myself who predicted last Saturday’s game to be an undefeated showdown between Alabama as prime time action. Boy were we way wrong, as the Razorbacks got hammered 52-0 and need quarterback Tyler Wilson to get healthy if they have a chance to make a bowl.
Games this week that could cause some fans to quiet their pre-BCS Championship buzz are Michigan verses Notre Dame and Clemson verses Florida State. Notre Dame has their highest ranking in a number of years looks to stop a three game slide against the Wolverines at home on Saturday. The Irish faithful, need to stay humble even if the Irish win, as they still must host #9 Stanford, and travel to #6 Oklahoma and #13 USC.
The Clemson-FSU matchup will more than likely determine who wins the ACC Atlantic Division and thus make it to the BCS title game. If Clemson can pull off the upset in Tallahassee, their remaining schedule is fairly easy and could run the table. As this college season continues to unfold before our eyes, the pretenders and contenders will cause us fans to take a deep breath and hope we are on the winning side.
By: Craig Emmert