The Report Card for College Football’s Week 3: Evaluating Performances and Headlines
In the realm of college football, Week 3 has unfolded, with teams deeply immersed in their non-conference matchups, and some even delving into league play. However, the scheduling gods didn’t make it easy, leaving pundits scouring for potential upsets to predict (shoutout to the fans in Manhattan, Kansas).
Much like grading last season, we’re adhering to a strict scale this year: High marks are reserved for the truly spectacular, while failing grades won’t find redemption. As for any social media vitriol or complaint-filled emails, they’re bound for the digital trash bin.
High Praises for Gus Johnson’s Predictions Last week, FOX Sports’ Gus Johnson showcased a knack for foresight, earning high marks for his uncanny ability to predict the future. Conversely, failing grades were bestowed upon the referees overseeing the Baylor-Utah game and an SEC announcer who managed to turn a heartwarming moment into a cringe-inducing blunder.
Jay Norvell’s Missteps at Colorado State In the world of knowledge, there’s an age-old saying: “A critic is a man who knows the way but can’t drive the car.” In other words, if you’re not well-informed, it’s best to keep quiet. This advice would have served Colorado State head coach Jay Norvell well, as he decided to motivate his team by publicly criticizing another coach in a manner that can best be described as nonsensical. Norvell rambled about respect, a message that came off as corny at best.
Ironically, these comments contradicted Norvell’s earlier statements about Colorado head coach Deion Sanders, where he expressed respect for all head coaches and their journeys to leadership roles. It’s worth noting that evidence exists of Norvell donning a hat and sunglasses when conversing with adults—yes, a visor counts as a hat.
Later in the week, Norvell took aim at the media, wondering why they hadn’t questioned him about his team or his baffling remarks on hats, sunglasses, and respect—topics entirely unrelated to football. This led to a backlash, and it’s safe to say that Norvell received more attention than he bargained for this week. A few things he should be thankful for: his job (considering his abysmal record in the past two seasons), Deion Sanders (who brought attention to him this week), and ESPN (for wanting to broadcast a game where the Rams were three-touchdown underdogs).
After the Rams squandered an 11-point fourth-quarter lead and lost in double overtime to the Buffaloes, Norvell’s exit seems imminent.
Oregon State’s Big Man Touchdown In the world of football, big man touchdowns always earn top marks. Oregon State left tackle Joshua Gray likely won’t need to attend another day of class after his remarkable play against San Diego State. With the Beavers leading 6-0 in the second quarter, they faced a first-and-goal from the 3-yard line. Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei rolled to his right and launched a backward pass to Gray, who sat wide open with a convoy of blockers ahead of him.
Brian Ferentz’s Hawkeye Histrionics Iowa’s offensive coordinator, Brian Ferentz, has been a lightning rod for criticism due to his familial ties, commonly referred to as nepotism. Ferentz, the son of Iowa’s head coach Kirk Ferentz, is well aware that his seat is scorching hot. Everyone knows it.
So, what does he do to salvage his standing, possibly retain his job, and win over the fan base? Apparently, not much.
Ferentz was caught on camera throwing a tantrum that would make a kindergartener proud on the sideline during Saturday’s game against Western Michigan. He even dropped a couple of “F-bombs” and tossed his headset as if someone had stolen his bicycle, just for good measure.
While the Hawkeyes did manage to put up 41 points against the Broncos, much of that credit goes to their stellar special teams and defense. They even shamelessly scored their final touchdown with just 30 seconds remaining in the game, seemingly to bolster their scoring average—a move that could help Ferentz keep his job (the target being 25 points per game).”
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