Let’s hope things get more interesting this weekend.
Week 4 of the 2013 college football season was a dud for both nailbiters and college football betting.
And it raises the question to the NCAA: should FBS teams be permitted to play FCS (formerly Division I-AA) teams moving forward?
As it was, eight of the early games were decided by 21 points or more.
Ohio State blasted Florida A&M 76-0.
But that wasn’t even the worst of it. Louisville was beating Florida International so badly that both sides agreed to a running clock in the third quarter of the 72-0 drumming.
A similar scenario happened in Miami, when the Hurricanes cut the fourth quarter to 12 minutes against woeful FCS school Savannah State in a 77-7 blowout.
So was a running clock the right thing to do? Some coaches are questioning the move this past weekend.
“I'd never heard of that until this weekend,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury told USA Today. "I would be opposed to it simply because I think our backups and the guys of that nature deserve to play and play as much as they can, because they work just as hard as the starters. I'd be all for getting them as many reps and as much time on that game field as possible.”
So are there more blowouts in store this weekend? Let’s hope not. At least the top 25 matchups are shaping up to be more interesting.
Ohio State’s unbeaten streak will be tested against No. 24 Wisconsin, which will bring a much more physical front line into “the shoe” than Florida A&M.
Other games including a pair or ranked teams include:
No. 12 Oklahoma State at No. 22 Notre Dame.
No. 6 LSU at No. 10 Georgia.
And No. 21 Mississippi at No. 1 Alabama.
The West Coast also has a number of big games this weekend, as No. 5 Stanford travels to Washington State, Cal heads to No. 2 Oregon and unbeaten Fresno State puts its No. 23 ranking on the line at Hawaii.
Hawaii, however, is still winless on the season, so maybe those blowouts will continue late into Saturday night after all.
Stay tuned, if you can bare to watch.
- Category: NCAA Football