As we head into the 2014 NCAA FB Week #4 and the full schedule for Saturday, Sept.20th games we will give a brief preview of the AP Top 5 teams that are No. 1 Florida State, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 6 Texas A&M as the No. 5 Auburn played on Thursday, Sept. 18 2014.
The No. 1 Florida State Seminoles 2-0 (ACC Atlantic) and reigning National Champions take on the No. 22 Clemson Tigers 1-1 (ACC Atlantic) and are favored at -20 ½ with Ov/Un 63 ½ with the game being played in Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida on Saturday, Sept.20th 2014 at 8pm and on ABC TV.
This may be the biggest regular season ACC game as the Tigers head to Tallahassee to seek revenge from losing a humiliating game in 2013 to the FSU Seminoles.
The Clemson Tigers QB Stoud in their 1st 2 games is 38-60 for 446 yards and 1 TD, RB Gallman has 11 carries and Receiver Scott has 8 receptions for 205 yards and 2 TDs.
The FSU Seminoles QB Winston is 47 of 67 for 626 yards and 3 TDs in the 1st 2 games, RB Williams has 32 carries for 132 yards and 1 TD while Receiver Greene has 15 receptions for 283 yards and 1 TD.
In 2013 the Tigers were ranked 3rd and the Seminole 5th and FSU beat Auburn at Death Valley 51-14 on National TV.
This Saturday both teams are in somewhat different positions as FSU was the favorite preseason No. 1 as the 2013 team had a FBS record for scoring points and defeating opponents by an average of 51.6 points per game, an ACC record. Even as the 2014 Seminoles are 2-0 they still have not proven to be that unstoppable offense. The Seminole have outscored Clemson in Tallahassee 425-167 in winning 10 of 11 games against the Tigers.
The No. 2 Oregon Ducks 3-0 (Pac 12) will travel to play Washington State Cougars 1-2 (Pac 12) and are favored at -23 ½ with Ov/Un 75 and the game is played at the Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington on Saturday, Sept.20th 2014 at 10:30PM ET on ESPN.
The Oregon Ducks chances for the 2013 National Championship diminished after they lost in its last two games against their Pac 12 opponents, No. 6 Stanford and Arizona. This 2014 the Ducks take out on their first road trip to play the pass happy Cougars. Last Saturday the Ducks struggled and after the 1st quarter were behind Wyoming 0-7. Then the Ducks managed six consecutive drives scoring TDs, winning the game 48-14.
The Ducks QB Mariota in the 1st 3 games is 50 of 71 for 806 yards and 8 TD, RB Freeman had 28 carries for 186 yards and 5 TDs and Receiver Marshall had 12 receptions for 190 yards and 2 TDs. In last week’s game QB Mariota was 19 of 23 for 221 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 71 yards on 5 carries and scored 2 more TDs.
The Washington QB Halliday in the Cougars 1st 3 games was 119 of 175 for 1,465 yards with 12 TDs, RB Morrow had 23 carries for 87 yards and Receiver Myers had 26 receptions for 423 yards scoring 5 TDs. In their last season game with the Ducks, Cougar QB Halliday was 58 of 89 for 557 yards and 4 TDs.
No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide 3-0 (SEC West) plays the unranked Florida Gators 2-0 (SEC East) at are favored at -14 1/ with Ov/Un at 52 with the game played at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday, Sept.20th 2014 at 3:30PM ET on CBS TV.
This Saturday Tide Coach Saban will be challenged by his student and Gator Coach Muschamp as Muschamp was Saban’s defensive Coach at LSU. The matchup to be watched in this game is between Tide receiver Cooper and Gator defensive back Hargreaves III who was heavily recruited by Alabama but chose the Gators. The two coaches last met in 2011 in Muschamp’s first season with Florida and the Tide won the game 38-10 and went on to win the BCS Championship that year.
The Florida Gators QB Driskel in their 1st 2 games was 56 of 88 for 543 yards and 4 TDs, RB Jones has had 37 carries for 221 yards and 2 TD’s while receiver Robinson has 21 receptions for 339 yards and 3 TDs.
Alabama’s QB Sims for the 1st 3 games was 48 of 64 passes for 646 yards and 4 TDs, RB Yeldon has 39 carries for 225 yards and 2 TDs while receiver Cooper has 454 yards and 2 TDs.
The Florida Gators on Saturday will have to try and stop the dynamic receiver Cooper who has 33 catches for 454 yards and their receiver Jones, who has 9 catches for 133 yards, and this will be the time for Gators defensive back Hargreaves to come forth as he is tied for 1st in college football with 2.5 passes defended per game and is first in the SEC breaking up five passes.
The Tide is looking for their 23rd consecutive win in their SEC opener as Florida beat Kentucky 36 -30 in 3 OT’s in their 1st 2014 opener.
The No. 4 Sooners of Oklahoma 3-0 (2nd Big 12) travel to play unranked West Virginia Mountaineers 2-1 (2nd Big 12) with the Sooners favored at -7 ½ with the Ov/Un 61 ½ with the game being played at the Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia at 7:30PM ET on FOX TV.
The Sooners could be in trouble as their star and top rusher as RB Ford is out this week with a fractured leg amongst their many injuries. They take on West Virginia who had their 1st lost to Alabama last week 33-23.
The Mountaineers’ QB Trickett in their 1st 3 games is 101 of 134 passes for 1,224 yards and 7 TDs, while RB Shell has 51 carries for 207 yards and 2 TDs and receiver White with 32 receptions for 460 yards and scored 2 TDs.
In this game both teams will be playing while remembering last season game as the Sooner were beaten by the Mountaineers 16-7 and has beaten the Sooner 2 times since joining the Big 12.
Then the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies 3-0 (1st SEC West) travel to play the unranked SMU Mustangs 0-2 with the Aggies favored at -32 ½ with Ov/Un 61 with the game played at the Gerald Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas at 3:30 PM ET on Saturday, Sept.20th 2014 and on ABC/ESPN2 TV.
Both the A&M QB Hill and SMU Garrett are making names for themselves this 2014 season in NCAA Football. The Aggies want to extend to 4-0 their wins as the take on a winless Mustang team. Last week the Aggies beat Rice 38-10 as QB Hill passed for 300 yards and 4 TDs, and he now has 11 TDs for the season without being intercepted.
For the Mustangs defensive player Garrett as a freshman has set school record with 5 ½ sacks, 15 tackles and 6 were for losses. SMU QB Burcham in their 1st 2 game losses was 27 of 48 for 158 yards and 0 TDs, while RB Pope had 14 carries for 42 yards and 0 TDs and receiver Thompson with 8 receptions for 95 yards and 0 TDs. Nobody scoring for the Mustangs, as they have score 6 point via field goals in their 1st 2 games.
Meanwhile the Aggies QB Hill in the 1st 3 games is 81 of 117 passes for 1,094 yards and 11 TD’s while RB Williams had 22 carries for 142 yards for 2 TD’s and receiver Kennedy had 24 receptions for 258 yards and a TD.
In the 1st 2 games SMU has struggled as they lost to No. 10 Baylor 45-0 and then to North Texas 43-6 and then their coach June Jones resigned two days later, and thank goodness they had a bye week to try and straighten things out with new coach Tom Mason, previously the defensive coordinator.