Who would have thought, after third string quarterback Matt Finke, who threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns, led USC to a stunning upset of the No. 10 Utah Utes on Sep. 20 in the opening game of college football’s fourth week that the games would just get better from there?
But get better they did in a weekend that saw several match ups between top 25 teams, the end of the longest regular season winning streak and exposed the strengths and weaknesses of some of the nation’s most vaunted programs. In short, it was a wild weekend of football.
No. 3 Georgia overcame several self-inflicted wounds to hold off a No. 7 Notre Dame team that clearly answered the question of whether or not they could compete on the big stage. The bigger question now is, have the Bulldogs figured out how to play all 60 minutes of a game or will a late game come back still be their biggest weakness?
The No. 13 Badgers absolutely demolished No. 11 Michigan in the Big 10 opener as Heisman Trophy contender Johnathan Taylor ran roughshod over the Wolverines, amassing 143-yards and a touchdown in the first quarter alone. He finished the game with 203-yards and two touchdowns despite missing the second quarter due to cramps. Wisconsin is clearly the second-best team in the conference and their date with Ohio State on Oct. 26 suddenly looms large on both team’s calendars.
Finally, the No. 15 UCF Black Knights gave up a game winning touchdown on fourth-and-goal in the final minute of their battle with the Pitt Panthers to see the longest regular season winning streak (the team’s overall winning streak stopped at 25 with their Fiesta Bowl loss to LSU) ended at 27 games. After the loss, the mantle passes to Clemson whose run currently stands at 19 in a row including their 52 - 10 thrashing of the Charlotte 49’ers on Saturday.