Let’s recap Week 4, shall we?
No. 5 Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 14 Texas A&M (2-1, 0-1 Big 12)
Pregame rant: Great conference opener for these two Big 12 titans, but something has to give here. The Cowboys are second in the nation in total offense at 601 yards a game and third in the nation in points per game at 52.3. However, the Aggies has given up a total of 534 yards and 21 total points in their two games.
Postgame commentary: Down 20-3 at the half, Oklahoma State scored 27 straight points and withstood a final charge from Texas A&M to prevail. Senior Brandon Weeden threw for a school-record 438 yards and two touchdowns on 60 pass attempts. The amazing thing about that is Weeden didn’t throw an interception.
No. 1 LSU (4-0) at No. 22 West Virginia (3-1).
Pregame rant: With ESPN GameDay crew docking in Morgantown, W.Va. for the first time ever, the Mountaineers will be sky high for this one, but they’re going to have their hands full with arguably the nation’s best team.
Postgame commentary: LSU came into the game ranked second in the nation and left Mountaineer Field with a convincing 47-21 win. The Tigers, who have already beaten three ranked teams this season, are definitely the nation’s best. In the USA Today/Coaches, LSU is third behind Oklahoma and Alabama. Hey coaches, get a clue. No one right now is better than LSU.
South Dakota (2-2) at No. 7 Wisconsin (4-0)
Pregame rant: Memo to Big Ten Network: You don’t have to show every Big Ten game. Better off showing a Big Ten classic game instead of this. It won’t be close and if it is, the Badgers aren’t nearly as good as I think they are.
Postgame commentary: Wisconsin 59, South Dakota 10. Would have rather seen any Wisconsin game from back in the day featuring 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne that that romp by the Badgers.
Georgia State (1-3) at Houston (4-0)
Pregame rant: The only reason to even keep tabs on this game is to join Houston senior Case Keenum’s countdown to breaking the all-time record for career touchdown passes. With 117, Keenum needs 18 more to pass Graham Harrell, who threw 134 career touchdowns to set the FBS record.
Postgame commentary: Keenum threw for 415 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cougars to a 56-0 thrashing of Georgia State. So he needs 16 touchdowns in eight games to break Harrell’s record during the regular season. He won’t even need all eight to surpass Harrell.
Here are three games worth watching in Week 5.
No. 3 Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 12 Florida (4-0, 1-0 SEC), Saturday, 8 p.m., CBS.
Been waiting for this one. Everyone talks about Florida’s team speed, but this game will see if the Gators truly have some burners. It’s easy to run through Kentucky’s defense, but Florida will have the home crowd and if it can win this one, the Gators are officially back.
No. 8 Nebraska (4-0) at No. 7 Wisconsin (4-0), Saturday, 8 p.m., ABC.
This will be the first Big Ten game for the ‘Huskers. There will be more red in Camp Randall Stadium than on Valentine’s Day, but these two teams may see each other in the Big Ten title game. Nebraska is in the Legends division and Wisconsin is in the Leaders division. Is anyone taking credit for coming up with those names.
Nevada (1-2) at No. 4 Boise State (3-0), 2:30 p.m., Versus.
Remember last year? The Bronos had won 24 straight game and had a shot at a national title when they lost at Nevada in overtime, 34-31. What people tend to forget is Nevada was ranked and had a great team in its own right. This year, the Wolf Pack have little chance to upsetting the Broncos, but these are type of games you see how much revenge plays into the outcome.
Snooze on these, though.
Kentucky (2-2, 0-1 SEC) at No. 1 LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC), Saturday, 12:21 p.m., ESPN3.
The only way this game is even within 21 points is if LSU comes out flat from having play a tough schedule to start the season. If the Tigers come out focused, it will be over by halftime.
Duke (2-2) at Florida International (3-1), Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPNU.
On paper, this doesn’t look too bad, but I bet when the Blue Devils scheduled this game, they didn’t think FIU would be that good. Still, these two teams aren’t world beaters. Duke needs the win more than FIU to secure a bowl bid.
Penn State (3-1) at Indiana (1-3 ), Saturday, noon, ESPNU.
Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions better get this Big Ten opener as they could easily lose five of their last seven games to Iowa, No. 22 Illinois, No. 8 Nebraska, Ohio State and No. 7 Wisconsin. Four of those teams are 4-0 and Iowa is 3-1.