Big 10 Disaster, Targeting Rule Controversy, FSU Dances to 1-2 & More – CFB Week 3 Recap (Ep.2)

The Collin Borron Show: Episode 2

Three weeks into the college football, we are beginning to see who’s legit and who has quite a ways to go. From the awful weekend in the Big 10 to LSU proving to be a true threat in the SEC, there’s a lot to talk about as we grow closer to week 4.

– Collin Borron

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TGE’s 2018 Week 4 Top 25 College Football Rankings

1. Alabama (4) – PTS: 200 – LW: 1

2. Georgia – PTS: 190 – LW: 2

3. Clemson – PTS: 184 – LW: 3

4. Ohio State – PTS: 178 – LW: 4

5. Oklahoma – PTS: 168 – LW: 6 | + 1

6. Stanford – PTS: 156 – LW: 9 | + 3

7. LSU – PTS: 150 – LW: 14 | + 7

8. Penn State – PTS: 138 – LW: 11 | + 3

9. Notre Dame – PTS: 132 – LW: 8 | – 1

10. Washington – PTS: 128 – LW: 10

11. West Virginia – PTS: 122 – LW: 12 | + 1

12. Mississippi State – PTS: 108 – LW: 13 | + 1

T13. Auburn – PTS: 106 – LW: 7 | – 6

T13. Virginia Tech – PTS: 106 – LW: 15 | + 2

T15. UCF – PTS: 74 – LW: 18 | + 3

T15. Oklahoma State – PTS: 74 – LW: 23 | + 8

17. Michigan – PTS: 68 – LW: 17

18. Wisconsin – PTS: 66 – LW: 5 | – 13

19. Oregon – PTS: 62 – LW: 21 | + 2

20. Miami – PTS: 60 – LW: 20

21. TCU – PTS: 48 – LW: 16 | – 5

22. Michigan State – PTS: 30 – LW: 24 | + 2

23. Boston College – PTS: 20 – LW: NR

24. Iowa – PTS: 10 – LW: NR

25. Texas A&M – PTS: 8 – LW: NR

Dropped from rankings: Boise State 19, Arizona State 22, USC 25

Others receiving votes: BYU 4, Colorado 4, Missouri 4, Kentucky 2

Do you agree with our rankings or are we clueless and know nothing? Let me know and feel free to share your own top 25 with me on Twitter @CJBorron. I’m always open to talk some college football and would love to chat with some of my readers.

Be sure to follow the fella’s who helped create this poll: Dylan Hall, Joel Devick, and Daniel Kingery

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– Collin Borron

Arizona State-SDSU Ending Shows Why Targeting Rule Needs Tweaking

The college football day was wrapping up with the final games coming to an end when around 1 AM, I decided to turn on the Arizona State vs San Diego State game. Earlier, I saw SDSU was up 27-14 with under 3 minutes to play so I didn’t think much of it. Then just a few moments later I saw that the Sun Devils cut the lead to just a touchdown and had the ball. The second I changed my channel, it was fourth down as ASU threw it deep with under 10 seconds remaining and WR Frank Darby went up and snagged the ball with double coverage until an SDSU player came and drilled Darby in the head which caused the ball to become “loose” and apparently he bobbled it as he hit the ground.

Watch for yourself.

They reviewed the play for targeting and it was obviously called. They also reviewed the catch and ruled it incomplete. This is where it gets confusing. Frank Darby initially caught the ball. He then “lost possession” of it because of the illegal hit to the head by the Aztec defender. Due to targeting only being a 15-yard penalty, ASU was granted a first down and another shot at a hail mary.

This needs to be changed.

There is no doubt in my mind that this play should’ve been a spot foul. Darby had possession of the ball. It was a catch at the 1-yard line. The targeting is what caused the incompletion. San Diego State got rewarded for cheating. The hit looked very intentional and I can’t help but wonder if the player or team had this as a strategy for this situation. I’m hoping I’m wrong but either way, this shouldn’t be possible in football.

Arizona State should have had one more play at the 1-yard line after the targeting call but due to the rule, the Sun Devils only moved up 15 yards and had no choice but to heave up a hail mary. SDSU batted it down and won 28-21. I’m sure there will be a lot of talk about this play and the rule after tonight as there should be. I hope the NCAA fixes this rule before more teams get robbed by this foolishness.

– Collin Borron

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2018 Week 1 NFL QB Power Rankings

32. Nathan Peterman, Buffalo Bills

Week 1 Stats: 5/18, 24 yds, 2 INTs

It goes without saying that Peterman was by far the worst starting quarterback in the league week 1. Putting up just 24 passing yards simply won’t cut it, and he was quickly benched.

31. Sam Bradford, Arizona Cardinals

Week 1 Stats: 20/34, 153 yds, 1 INT

Arizona’s offense didn’t click at all in their opener. Bradford struggled to connect with his receivers and David Johnson was shut down in his first game back from injury. Bradford’s performance will need to step up if he wants to hold off Josh Rosen for the starting spot.

30. Eli Manning, New York Giants

Week 1 Stats: 23/37, 224 yds, 1 INT

You can’t blame Eli too much for struggling against a tough Jacksonville defense, but outside of rookie Saquon Barkley the Giants offense was terrible. Eli needs a big game against Dallas on Sunday night next week.

29. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 1 Stats: 18/33, 176 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT

Bortles gets a slight bump ahead of Manning since he was able to lead his team to victory. Still, Bortles has not shown many signs of progression and will continue to rely on his defense to win games.

28. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Week 1 Stats: 27/46, 286 yds, 1 TD, 4 INTs

Clearly Stafford is not the 28th best quarterback in the league, right? He should inevitably rise up this list as the season moves on but his 4 interceptions leads to one of the worst season opening performances in recent memory.

27. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans

Week 1 Stats: 9/16, 103 yds, 2 INTs

Mariota is another player that will rise up the rankings pretty quickly. He was forced to come out of the game with an injury, and when he did play, the lengthy weather delay strongly affected his play. No cause for concern yet with Mariota.

26. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

Week 1 Stats: 29/40, 303 yds, 3 INTs

Carr has taken a huge step down from the MVP caliber season he had just 2 years ago. The Raiders kept their Monday night game with LA close for most of the night, but 2 key late interceptions by Carr cost his team the game.

25. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Week 1 Stats: 19/29, 170 yds

The Cowboys offense had a terrible start to the 2018 season. Dak wasn’t able to find the magic from his rookie year, and with Dez Bryant gone, their pass game was almost non-existent.

24. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

Week 1 Stats: 23/35, 171 yds, 1 rush TD

The first game of the season went fairly well for Trubisky. He didn’t make any game losing mistakes, he just had to play against the legend that is Aaron Rodgers. Expect Trubisky to improve as the year goes on and make the Bears offense a little more of a threat in the future.

23. Case Keenum, Denver Broncos

Week 1 Stats: 25/39, 329 yds, 3 TDs, 3 INTs

Keenum looked just like we all expected in his Denver debut. Not only Keenum, but this entire Bronco team has so many similarities to last year’s Vikings. Three picks are slightly concerning, but Keenum is in good shape one game in.

22. Sam Darnold, New York Jets

Week 1 Stats: 16/21, 198 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT

Darnold’s first throw as an NFL quarterback was as bad as it gets. Luckily he settled in after and had himself a pretty good game. It doesn’t hurt that the Jets defense was as dominant as it was. It’s only 1 game, but the early returns on Darnold look good.

21. Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland Browns

Week 1 Stats: 15/40, 197 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 77 rush yds, 1 rush TD

The numbers aren’t eye-popping, but Taylor did what he needed to keep Cleveland in the game. They couldn’t find a way to pull through in OT, but he did enough to hold off Baker Mayfield for the time being.

20. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

Week 1 Stats: 20/28, 230 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs

Nobody expected much out of Tannehill and the Dolphins this year, but they looked great in week 1. Tannehill fought through the lightning delay and let his team to a win. Strong start for Miami.

19. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

Week 1 Stats: 19/34, 117 yds, 1 INT

With Carson Wentz still not ready to come back, Super Bowl champion quarterback Nick Foles remains the Eagles starter. Foles didn’t look spectacular in their Thursday night opener, but he did what he needed to in order to get the win.

18. Alex Smith, Washington Redskins

Week 1 Stats: 21/30, 255 yds, 2 TDs

Smith was impressive in his Washington debut. He didn’t look as good as Washington’s defense, but he was efficient and didn’t make any costly mistakes.

17. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Week 1 Stats: 21/28, 243 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT

Andy Dalton looked good in the opener. A lot of that is likely on the Colts terrible secondary. Still, after an almost pick 6 on his first throw of the game, Dalton only missed on 6 throws and led his team to victory.

16. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Week 1 Stats: 21/43, 251 yds, 1 INT

The former NFL MVP didn’t have a great start to the year. Once again, Ryan was able to move the football, but couldn’t find Julio Jones or anyone else in the red zone to help his team win.

15. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 1 Stats: 21/28, 417 yds, 4 TDs

Tampa Bay’s offense exploded against what everyone thought was a good Saints defense. Fitzpatrick might have had the best week 1 performance of any quarterback. Still, I can’t put him higher than 16 until I see it more than once.

14. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 1 Stats: 23/41, 335 yds, 1 TD, 3 INTs

James Connor looked good, but without Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh is going to struggle to win games. The weather did slow them down, but Roethlisberger had multiple chances to win his team the game and couldn’t come through.

13. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

Week 1 Stats: 18/33, 233 yds, 2 TDs

The Rams might be the most hyped team of the year after their roster overhaul. Goff and company didn’t disappoint, or did they? The Rams won without too much trouble, but they didn’t exactly look great in doing so. Goff had a pretty good game though.

12. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

Week 1 Stats: 15/33, 261 yds, 1 TD, 3 INTs

Garoppolo didn’t have a great start to the 2018 campaign, but who would when you open the season in Minnesota against that defense. Of course, he threw a couple picks and lost the game. He did have some really nice throws though and had a chance to steal the win late.

11. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Week 1 Stats: 25/34, 236 yds, 3 TDs

I did not expect Flacco to be this high on the list, but that’s the Buffalo Bills effect. Flacco and the Ravens offense had zero trouble moving the ball and scored 47 points as a result. Maybe this was just one good game for Flacco, or maybe the push from Lamar Jackson was exactly what he needed to return to his old form. Going up against the worst team in football helps as well.

10. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

Week 1 Stats: 17/34, 176 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 40 rush yds

There was a lot of hype surrounding the return of Deshaun Watson. He did look amazing in 7 games in 2017. Week 1 wasn’t the spectacular game everyone wanted, but he held his own against Tom Brady and New England.

9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Week 1 Stats: 19/33, 298 yds, 3 TDs, 2 INTs

Seattle suffered a tough loss at Denver, but give credit to Wilson for standing in the pocket and taking a beating from Von Miller all day and still almost pulling out a win. A lot of people have been downplaying just how good Russell Wilson is, and no matter what the rest of the team looks like, he always gives them a chance to win.

8. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

Week 1 Stats: 34/51, 424 yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT

The Chargers offense started off slow but picked up as the game went on. Rivers looked like he always has, piling up yards while keeping his team in the game.

7. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

Week 1 Stats: 20/36, 244 yds, 2 TDs

Kirk Cousins looked like everything the Vikings were asking for when they signed him in the offseason. He wasn’t the most flashy passer on the field but made the throws necessary to win the game.

6. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Week 1 Stats: 15/27, 256 yds, 4 TDs

The Chiefs have made a few questionable decisions, trading up for Mahomes and then trading away Alex Smith after Mahomes rookie season to roll with him as the starter. After one game, it certainly looks like that’s paying off quite nicely for KC. The Chiefs look to have one of the most dangerous offenses in the league, and Mahomes to Hill looks like it could end up being one of the most deadly combos ever.

5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Week 1 Stats: 39/53, 319 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT

Andrew Luck is back. The greatest 4 words Colts fans could hear. If Luck had any rust from not playing in 2 years, he knocked it all off when he threw an interception on his first pass. After that, Luck settled in and had a great game, coming just 15 yards and a Jack Doyle fumble away from a week 1 win.

4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Week 1 Stats: 17/26, 161 yds, 58 rush yds, 1 rush TD

The numbers weren’t huge, the team only scored 16 points, but Cam Newton’s impact is why he’s ranked so high. The former MVP is in complete control whenever he’s on the field, and he guided Carolina to an impressive week 1 win.

3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Week 1 Stats: 26/39, 277 yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT

There’s not much to say. Brady’s the GOAT. However, Houston’s defense did get in his face a lot in the opener. Brady still, delivered enough great balls to win the game. The only reason he’s #3 and not higher is simply because of how great the two above him were.

2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Week 1 Stats: 37/45, 439 yds, 3 TDs

The stat line says it all. Brees should pass Brett Favre and Peyton Manning for the all-time passing yards record this year, and if he keeps playing like this, he’ll do it sooner rather than later.

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Week 1 Stats: 20/30, 286 yds, 3 TDs

If you watched the Sunday night game, you know why Rodgers is #1. He’s the best quarterback in the NFL, and showed that even when he’s hurt he can lead Green Bay to epic comebacks. There’s a chance Rodgers doesn’t play in week 2, and if he doesn’t his spot at #1 would temporarily go away, but as long as he’s playing, it seems Rodgers won’t lose the top spot

– Dylan Hall

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TGE’s 2018 Week 3 Top 25 College Football Rankings

The third weekend of college football was once again another wild one. From a 31-year long winning streak coming to an end to a near upset at Kyle Field, here are our official week 3 rankings.

1. Alabama (4) – PTS: 200 – LW: 1

2. Georgia – PTS: 192 – LW: 3 | + 1

3. Clemson – PTS: 182 – LW: 2 | – 1

4. Ohio State – PTS: 178 – LW: 4

5. Wisconsin – PTS: 166 – LW: 5

6. Oklahoma – PTS: 162 – LW: 6

7. Auburn – PTS: 152 – LW: 7

8. Notre Dame – PTS: 138 – LW: 8

9. Stanford – PTS: 134 – LW: 12 | + 3

10. Washington – PTS: 124 – LW: 10

11. Penn State – PTS: 122 – LW: 11

12. West Virginia – PTS: 104 – LW: 13 | + 1

13. Mississippi State – PTS: 102 – LW: 14 | + 1

14. LSU – PTS: 96 – LW: 16 | + 2

15. Virginia Tech – PTS: 94 – LW: 17 | + 2

16. TCU – PTS: 90 – LW: 18 | + 2

17. Michigan – PTS: 62 – LW: 19 | + 2

18. UCF – PTS: 60 – LW: 21 | + 3

19. Boise State – PTS: 58 – LW: 19

20. Miami – PTS: 50 – LW: 22 | + 2

21. Oregon – PTS: 46 – LW: 23 | + 2

22. Arizona State – PTS: 34 – LW: NR

23. Oklahoma State – PTS: 18 – LW: 25 | + 2

24. Michigan State – PTS: 16 – LW: 9 | – 15

25. USC – PTS: 10 – LW: 15 | – 10

Dropped from rankings: South Carolina 24

Others receiving votes: Boston College 4, Texas A&M 2

Do you agree with our rankings or are we clueless and know nothing? Let me know and feel free to share your own top 25 with me on Twitter @CJBorron. I’m always open to talk some college football and would love to chat with some of my readers.

Be sure to follow the fella’s who helped create this poll: Dylan Hall, Joel Devick, and Daniel Kingery

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– Collin Borron

Four Teams That Should Be Worried After Week 1

The opening weekend of college football was certainly filled with wake-ups calls for a handful of power 5 teams. Today we look at the teams that were supposed to be “back” or overall had ridiculously disappointing debuts after all the off-season hype.

Michigan – I’m not even going to argue about Jim Harbaugh being overrated or not. Mainly because I’m in agreement with both sides. The truth of the matter is, Harbaugh’s Wolverine’s hold a 9-9 record over the past 18 games. Specifically, Harbaugh is mostly criticized for his failure to win big games and last Saturday against Notre Dame certainly didn’t help his argument. Also, with the addition of Ole Miss transfer QB, Shea Patterson, the Wolverines had sky-high expectations for him to finally bring some stability to a struggling offense. It’s safe to say Michigan’s offense was lack-luster against the Irish. Overall, this team had some seriously high expectations going into the season but as of now, they don’t look like a true threat.

Miami – The Hurricanes were the most surprising team this weekend and not in a good way. This team didn’t look like the same team we saw dominate most of the season a year ago. Especially going up against an LSU team that wasn’t expected to be able to do too much damage against the apparent elite Miami defense. Instead, the roles were completely flipped. LSU looked like the team with the swagger and dominance while Miami looked like they picked up right where they left off a season ago. Honestly, it’s tough to tell if Miami is overrated or LSU is way too underrated. Either way, the Hurricanes have quite a bit of improving to do before they can be referred to as an elite team.

Penn State – If you are a Big 10 team and schedule Appalachian State as your opener, you are asking for trouble. Trouble is exactly what Penn State ran into on week 1 against the Mountaineers. I wish I had an argument in defense of PSU but I’m an honest guy and to put it simply, they got outplayed in just about every aspect for 3/4’s of the game. Specifically, the second half is where App State truly took over. The Mountaineers had 45 plays for 344 yards compared to Penn State’s 37 plays for 249 yards. PSU’s defense was tremendously disappointing. From jogging to horrendous tackling, the Nittany Lions were embarrassed in every aspect. Trace McSorley’s clutch gene got them out of this one but if Penn State doesn’t make some immediate improvements, things could get ugly in Happy Valley fast.

Florida State – To any and all Florida State fans, do you want to talk about it? No? That’s alright, I’ll do it for you. Willie Taggart’s debut in Tallahassee didn’t go as most expected. The Seminoles got seemingly manhandled on their home turf against Virginia Tech. The offense was not able to gain any rhythm but then again how could you when your quarterback is throwing pick after pick and getting sacked every other play. As for the defense, the negatives also outweigh the positives. Especially for a secondary, that was receiving high praise over the off-season. It might be time to start doing fewer dance-offs at practice and a little more, well, you know, practice.

Not-So-Honorable Mentions: Michigan State, Arizona, Kansas State, Houston

Overall, these teams had quite the wake-up calls last weekend and I’m interested to see how they bounce back week 2.

– Collin Borron

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TGE’s 2018 Week 2 Top 25 College Football Rankings

The opening weekend of college football certainly lived up to our expectations and more. From surprising teams to rather disappointing performances, there were multiple teams that made moves this week. Here’s TGE’s official week 2 rankings.

1. Alabama (4) – PTS: 200 – LW: 1

2. Clemson – PTS: 192 – LW: 2

3. Georgia – PTS: 182 – LW: 3

4. Ohio State – PTS: 176 – LW: 4

5. Wisconsin – PTS: 170 – LW: 5

6. Oklahoma – PTS: 160 – LW: 7 | + 1

7. Auburn – PTS: 152 – LW: 12 | + 5

8. Notre Dame – PTS: 142 – LW: 13 | + 5

9. Michigan State – PTS: 122 – LW: 11 | + 2

10. Washington – PTS: 120 – LW: 6 | – 4

11. Penn State – PTS: 118 – LW: 9 | – 2

12. Stanford – PTS: 114 – LW: 14 | + 2

13. West Virginia – PTS: 102 – LW: 15 | + 2

14. Mississippi State – PTS: 92 – LW: 16 | + 2

15. USC – PTS: 90 – LW: 21 | + 6

16. LSU – PTS: 82 – LW: 23 | + 7

17. Virginia Tech – PTS: 80 – LW: 17

18. TCU – PTS: 56 – LW: 25 | + 7

T19. Michigan – PTS: 50 – LW: 8 | – 11

T19. Boise State – PTS: 50 – LW: 20 | + 1

21. UCF – PTS: 46 – LW: 19 | – 2

22. Miami – PTS: 38 – LW: 10 | – 12

23. Oregon – PTS: 30 – LW: NR

24. South Carolina – PTS: 16 – LW: 24

25. Oklahoma State – PTS: 12 – LW: NR

Dropped from rankings: Florida State 18, Arizona 21

Others receiving votes: NC State 4, Texas A&M 4

Do you agree with our rankings or are we clueless and know nothing? Let me know and feel free to share your own top 25 with me on Twitter @CJBorron. I’m always open to talk some college football and would love to chat with some of my readers.

Be sure to follow the fella’s who helped create this poll: Dylan Hall, Joel Devick, and Daniel Kingery

Photo Credit HERE

– Collin Borron