NCAA Week 3 Recap

Week 3 is in the books and we are starting to see seperation from the elite teams.  We had a few statement wins, a few teams succumb to the pressure, and a few head scratchers.  In a 12 game season, we have completed 25%.  Slow down!!

Ohio State started slow.  They took some lumps early, noticeably giving up a 93-yard rush for a TD which was the longest rush for TD by TCU ever and the longest allowed by OSU ever.  Even still, they went to Texas and beat a top-25 team.  Ole Miss came in averaging over 60 ppg but Alabama rolled to Oxford and smashed them 62-7, talk about a statement!!  #6 Wisconsin dropped a game to a renewed BYU team 24-21 and another top-10 team goes down.  This also highlights an alarming trend with 7 BigTen teams falling to unranked teams!

The formula took a beating vs the spread this week going 4-8 but one game was a push and 2 more were losses due to teams leading and running out the clock inside the 5.  Im off but not by far.  Against the over/under, the formula went 8-5 this week.  This is the second week out of three that the o/u has finished at 61.5%.  I can live with that.  Now that 3 weeks are completed, there is finally enough data to start using this years stats.  I am hoping this gives me the bump that I need to increase my percentage rates.

This week’s Elldee Sports Team of the Week goes to LSU, after traveling to the #7 Auburn Tigers and mounting a 4th quarter comeback to win 22-21!  My playoff predictions will begin this week, as well.  In rank order, Alabama, who has looked dominant all year.  Ohio State, who had the best win this week after beating TCU.  Oklahoma, who has loooked solid and doesnt have much competition outside of TCU and West Virginia.  Finally, I would give LSU the last spot, if the playoffs started today.  LSU has now beaten top-10 Miami and Auburn, both away from home in 3 weeks of football.  Notre Dame, Clemson, and Georgia are all on the outside looking in.  I need to see more from their competition before anointing them like everyone else.  It is a long season and anything can happen, though.

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