We’re back, baby! Hope you rested up last week and got to bed early on Friday, because Saturday kicked off at noon with a slate that would knock your Grandfather off his rocker, and not just because he realized there are 14 teams in the Big Ten for some reason.
The day started off with FSU at Louisville, and if you didn’t believe us before, you’d better start listening now. Louisville is legit, Lamar Jackson is the light and the truth, and anyone taking on Bobby Petrino’s squad this season had better keep their head on straight. Despite a rainy, noon kickoff, Louisville came out strong and knocked the blocks off Florida State and never let up en route to a 63-20 win. Yes, FSU was missing one of its key defensive pieces in Derwin James, and Josh Sweat also wasn’t 100 percent, but the defense is only half the team. Louisville’s defense also stepped up huge and stopped FSU on offense, avenging the ghosts of two years ago when the Seminoles came back from 21 down in the second half to steal a win.
And that was just the opening game. We were then treated to Alabama-Ole Miss, where if recent history is to be believed, Ole Miss has a hex on the Tide. We also had Oklahoma hosting Ohio State, Michigan-Notre Dame, and Stanford-USC. No matter where you live in this country, there was a game of epic regional proportions on to watch.
Welcome back, Clemson. After a week in the dog(cat?)house, you’re allowed back into the Power Rankings thanks to the first truly dominant performance we’ve seen out of you all season. Nebraska and Florida also join us in a nod to blue bloods of yore, while another storied program in Notre Dame drops out.
Has everyone recovered from that incredible third week? Hope so, because week four brings a couple big games to set your Saturday schedules around. Let’s start by talking about reloading, not rebuilding, because the Buckeyes are No. 1 in this week’s POWER RANKINGS!