College football season full of twists, turns
As the leaves turn brilliant colors of red, yellow and orange, and the brisk air of autumn rolls in we are reminded that the college football season is upon us. For a few weeks each year millions marvel as teams from across the country face off in fierce competition. But why is college football is so special? It might be the enthusiasm of the drunken students or the diehard fanatics who tailgate for hours on end. Maybe it’s the fact that 128 teams are all competing for the national championship. Whatever the case, college football has it all, from last second hail mary’s to stunning upsets, the sport never disappoints. The first few weeks of the season have lived up to all of its expectations with exciting games, high scoring battles, and last minute game winners.
- Wisconsin Surprises with Early Wins
Wisconsin started off their season against the highly favored LSU Tigers. The Badgers were 10.5-point underdogs going into the game. However, Wisconsin shocked the college football world by beating the Tigers 16-14.
Wisconsin is now 3-0 after beating both Akron and Georgia State. The next three weeks will prove difficult for the Badgers as they will face #8 Michigan State, #4 Michigan and #2 Ohio State. If Wisconsin can win at least one of these three games, they will be in a great spot to win the Big Ten West.
- Nebraska Goes Duck Hunting
Mike Riley, coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and former coach of the Oregon State Beavers, finally got his revenge over the Oregon Ducks. Prior to coming to Nebraska, Riley had lost to the Ducks seven straight times. This year proved different. The Ducks jumped out to an early 20-7 lead, and it seemed as if Riley would be blown out by the Ducks once again. The Huskers however, would not fade away and instead fought their way back into the game, eventually squeaking out a 35-32 win in the last minutes.
While Riley redeemed himself against the Ducks, Oregon travelled back to Eugene with an identity crisis. A team that is known for outrunning opponents and winning off risky decisions got a taste of their own medicine. The two teams are now headed in opposite directions, the Huskers are now in the top 20 nationally, while the Ducks have faded out of the national conversation.
- Huge Upsets
North Dakota State University beat Iowa in week three with a final score of 23-21. It was a close game but the Bison proved to be too much for Iowa. The game was quite an embarrassment for the Hawkeyes as just last season they were playing in the Big Ten Championship.
Another big upset was Louisville’s demolishing of Florida State. Prior to the game Florida State was ranked second in the nation and were huge favorites to win the game. Louisville had other plans. They took an early lead and never let go crushing Florida State with a final score of 63-20.
- Key Matchups
Standford vs. Washington
The 7th ranked Cardinals look to continue their perfect record on the road against the 10th ranked Huskies, who also have a perfect record.
Louisville vs. Clemson
Louisville, the first place team and Clemson, the second place team in the Atlantic Division go head to head playing for their perfect records at Clemson