It’s exactly what we’ve been saying for weeks: It’s about time the rest of the country took notice of the up-and-coming Big 12 team that opened the season 4-0 and deserves to be included in the rankings will.
Oh no, not Kansas. We are talking about TCU.
After finishing last season 5-7 and firing Gary Patterson, the Horned Frogs have hardly been viewed as contenders in the Big 12 this season, but Sonny Dykes has clearly breathed some life into the offense and Max Duggan has established himself as one the nation’s most prolific featured QBs.
If you didn’t believe it before Saturday, you should have won over the 27-point TCU trailing Oklahoma in the first quarter. And if you’ve ever wondered how many big games it takes before Brent Venables’ head explodes, well this game certainly provided an answer.
Taye Barber has no one around as he clinches the 73-yard touchdown.
TCU rushed for 668 yards in the 55-24 win, including four plays of 60 yards or more.
Duggan was great, throwing for 302 yards and three touchdowns and running for 116 yards and two more points. If the stat line looked familiar to Sooners fans, then so should it. In the playoff era, the only other Big 12 QB with 300 pass yards, 100 rush yards, three pass TDs, and two downs in the same game was Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts in 2019. Duggan is only the eighth player in the playoff era out of each conference to hit those counters against a Power 5 opponent.
So if Oklahoma can officially be removed from the playoff contenders list, is it time to consider TCU as a possible Big 12 champion?
This is the Horned Frogs’ first 4-0 start since 2017, and they now have notable victories over the Sooners and SMU. They’ve accumulated 38 points in each of their first four games, and according to research from ESPN Stats & Information, the 55 points against Oklahoma was the most points the Sooners have conceded since the 2019 Peach Bowl. This came against Joe Burrow and LSU. The last time Oklahoma conceded 55 or more against an unranked opponent was in 2016. This one came against Patrick Mahomes. whoops
With all the deserved attention TCU’s big win will receive, it’s still worth noting that the Horned Frogs failed to deliver their mid-game trolling. Roger Maris’ family must now attend every TCU game until the Horned Frogs score 62 points.
Who will be 62 first?
— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) October 1, 2022
Aside from TCU and Oklahoma, a few other Week 5 games offered a glimpse of this season’s contenders and contenders.
The Ole Miss’s defense dealt a brutal blow to Kentucky’s SEC hopes. Purdue quenched the preseason excitement around Minnesota. And Michigan pulled off an impressive win on the road in Iowa.
Kentucky had its chances for a road win, but an early safety made Will Levis’ fingers crook, and two late fumbles deep in Ole Miss territory proved the difference in Ole Miss’ 22-19 win.
— Green Light with Chris Long (@greenlight) October 1, 2022
Minnesota was starless running back Mohamed Ibrahim, and it showed. The Golden Gophers, who were among the most prolific offensive teams in the country for four weeks, mustered just 47 yards on ground in a 20-10 loss to the Boilermakers.
And Iowa’s plan to lull Michigan to sleep by playing offense failed miserably. The Hawkeyes poked each of their first five full drives, which is usually a winning formula, but not against Blake Corum, who carried 29 times for 133 yards and a touchdown in Michigan’s 27-14 win.
The best thing that can happen in college football on Saturday
Phil Jurkovec led Boston College to a 34-33 win over Louisville on Saturday, throwing for 304 yards and three touchdowns, including 50, 57 and 69.
Unfortunately, the throw that will probably be the most featured shot at SportsCenter this week wasn’t one to remember. Jurkovec was essentially in a full Neo-in-The-Matrix position as he threw the ball backwards in the general direction to run back Pat Garwo III. From there it got silly.
That was ugly. How really ugly.
Trying to avoid the sack, BC QB Phil Jurkovec threw the ball away but it went backwards.
BC RB Pat Garwo III attempted to retrieve the now fumbling. Instead, YaYa Diaby from Louisville hopped on it.
Third game turnover by the Eagles. pic.twitter.com/QZTmULRBYQ
— Andy Backstrom (@andybackstrom) October 1, 2022
But hey, all’s well that ends well. Malik Cunningham scored two games later to give Louisville the lead, but the Cardinals couldn’t hold on as Boston College earned its first ACC win of the season.
Under-the-Radar Game of the Day
Holy Cross defeated Harvard 30-21 on Saturday to move up to 5-0 and perhaps cement their claim as the best team in Massachusetts this season.
Crusaders QB Matthew Sluka threw for 300 yards and two TDs while Jalen Coker caught 10 balls for 166 yards in the win. It was the first time Harvard had lost a game with more than one possession since the 2019 opener.
Holy Cross are now 5-0, including an away win over FBS Buffalo last month, giving the Crusaders a pretty good argument as the top team in the Commonwealth. Holy Cross now has head-to-head wins over Merrimack and Harvard, and both BC and UMass are under .500 for the season. That leaves Stonehill (3-0) as the only other contender, and to be honest, we just found out that Stonehill is in Massachusetts.
Big bets and bad beats
There is no such thing as easy money, but the service academies offer at least something similar. Air Force received Navy in Saturday’s first Commander’s Cup matchup of the season, and that means it’s time to throw some money at the Under. What was the total? Doesn’t matter. Whatever the total, bet on the bottom. In the playoff era, the under in Commander’s Cup games is 22-2-1 and is hit 77% of the time.
In this case, the total closed at 38. That’s a low number. Low enough to worry about the under? crap no.
OK, so you bet under, then the Air Force found the endzone on their opening drive on a 67-yard passing play. Now you’re worried, aren’t you? Ah, still no.
Of the 19 drives remaining in the game, 10 ended in punts. The others: a Navy touchdown, two field goals (including one after the Navy caught the ball deep in Air Force territory), a turnover on downs, two fumbles (including one in the red zone), a missed field goal and a seven-play drive that chewed up the final 3:49 of the game.
That, friends, is a recipe for another Under. Final score: Air Force 13, Navy 10.
The Under have now played nine straight games involving two of the three service academies and 14 of the last 15.
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