LSU And Notre Dame Capture Impressive Victories


Great Football Weekend For This Blogger

By John Ventola

The third weekend of the 2015 collegiate football season is in the books and already top teams are vying for the four College Football Playoff spots, and players are pushing for individual performance recognition such as the Heisman Trophy.

LSU’s Leonard Fournette put on what many consider the most dominant rushing


Fournette A Man Among Boys

performance in school history when he ran for 228 yards on only 19 carries against SEC rival Auburn. He posted the seventh highest yardage by a Tigers back, but the powerful, speedy Fournette showcased an ability to run over, and away from Auburn defenders.

He set the tone for the game with an early 71-yard scamper, and then scored on a 40-yard run in the second quarter. An awe-inspiring 29-yard run that featured Fournette’s maneuverability and strength had many in Tiger Stadium trying to remember if they had ever seen an LSU player with such a blend of talent. He scored on a one-yard dive to up the margin to 38-7 with ten minutes left in the third quarter, and was limited to minimal activity after limping off the field following that score.

LSU’s domination of 18th ranked Auburn served as revenge for last season’s 41-7 road loss to the War Eagles, and moved the Bayou Bengals up five spots to No.8 in this week’s AP rankings. LSU travels to Syracuse next week.

Tiger fans can only hope that the an almost annual occurrence of Les Miles bringing an unemotional, unprepared (Alabama in 2012 BCS game, Arkansas in 2014) team into a contest does not rear its ugly head once again and ruin what shapes up as a possible


Talent Is There Just Let Them Play

season-ending CFP spot. The young talent is in place on both offense and defense, let them play, do not overthink it Les (please keep attending your TM-Time Management Class), and let Cam Cameron and Kevin Steele remain aggressive in their play calls.

This blogger made an annual pilgrimage to South Bend last weekend to attend my fourteenth Notre Dame home game, a 30-22 victory over Georgia Tech that was more lopsided than the final score indicated. C.J. Prosise’s 91-yard touchdown, the longest touchdown run by an Irish player in the history of famed Notre Dame Stadium, gave ND a 30-7 lead which they maintained until two late Yellow Jacket scores.

The convincing victory moved the Irish up two spots to No. 6 in this week’s national rankings. Injury-prone Notre Dame, which lost its sixth player to a season ending injury


Notre Dame Could Make Another Regular Season Perfect Run

when defensive back Drue Tranquill tore an ACL while celebrating a pass breakup, have a shot at running through their semi-soft schedule unbeaten, just as it did three years ago.

Only road contests against Clemson and Stanford, and a home tilt against USC should provide stern opposition. The Irish need to avoid letting an underdog sneak up on them like Northwestern did last season to beat them in overtime. Clemson beat Louisville 20-17 while Stanford upset USC

Ole Miss defeated Alabama for the second straight season when they held on to capture a high scoring affair in Tuscaloosa, 43-37. The Rebels, led by Chad Kelly, nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, used grit, five Bama turnovers, and some good bounces of the football to take a


Ole Miss, Georgia, LSU In Top Eight

30-10 lead before holding on at the end. Ole Miss moved up twelve spots in the rankings to take over No. 3 behind Big Ten powers Ohio State and Michigan State.

Three SEC schools, Ole Miss, Georgia, and LSU, are ranked in the top eight teams in the country.

Top ranked and defending national champion Ohio State was able to overcome its turnover problems Saturday by besting Northern Illinois 20-13. What appeared to be the strongest position of any team in college—quarterback—had a shaky performance, an outing that would have led to a Buckeyes upset if they had been playing against a top team from any major conference. CFP star Cardale Jones threw two interceptions, and last year’s regular season starter, J.T. Barrett, threw one pick.

Alabama and USC fell out of the Top Ten, while the Rebels and Tigers moved into the magic number. Ohio State and No. 9 UCLA, which held on 24-23 over BYU, both survived close contests.

There is a lot of yardage to be gained, a lot of passes to be completed, and a lot of joy and disappointment to come as contests are played over the next eleven weeks. It should prove interesting to watch and follow as the teams jockey for position and those four CFP spots down the stretch.

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