We kept hearing how Week 4 of the college football season didn’t have very many good matchups. We heard right.
1. Time is What You Make It: According to NCAA statistics, Iowa is fifth out of 123 FBS teams in time of possession, with an average of 35:48 per game. That leads the Big Ten.
Coaches like 35:48, right? Sure, why not? Keep your defense off the field. Iowa would happily take that for eight more games.
But Baylor, which is averaging 69.7 points per game, is 114th in TOP. And coming in at 123rd with 22:18 per game is Oregon, which has outscored its opposition, 184-27.
Baylor is averaging 751.3 yards. That is not a misprint.
2. MEAC Inherits the Dearth: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference played three football games against FBS teams Saturday. These were the scores:
Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0. Florida State 54, Bethune-Cookman 6. Miami 77, Savannah State 7.
That was $1.8 million worth of beatings. FAMU got $950,000 for serving itself up on a platter at Ohio State. Bethune-Cookman got $475,000 from Florida State, Savannah State $375,000 from Miami.
The MEAC was 1-8 overall Saturday. Delaware State got hammered, too, 51-0 to defending FCS national-champion North Dakota State.
The only MEAC winner was South Carolina State, which squashed Division II Benedict College, 59-6. That was called the Palmetto City Capital Classic.
3. “Money” Cashes on Aggies: Undefeated boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. saw a betting line in Las Vegas that he liked Saturday, and acted on it.
The first-half betting line on the SMU-Texas A&M game was A&M by 17.5 points. The Aggies led at halftime, 32-6, on their way to a 42-13 win.
Mayweather then shared a photo of his betting ticket with the world.
Of course, Mayweather got a guaranteed $41.5 million for his majority-decision win over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez a week earlier. So money apparently isn’t a problem for him.
Mayweather loves to bet on sports, as you’ll see here.
4. Big Ten’s Incoming Dynamos: If Maryland and Rutgers were in the Big Ten this season, the conference would have scored wins over the Big 12 and the SEC Saturday.
Maryland drubbed West Virginia, 37-0, in Baltimore. It’s the Terrapins’ first four-game winning streak in seven years, and first 4-0 start since 2001.
“The state of Maryland won today, the city of Baltimore won,” Maryland Coach Randy Edsall said. “We all won today. I’m just a firm believer we can be a really good football team.”
But things get harder. The Terrapins’ next game is Oct. 5 at No. 8 Florida State.
Rutgers rallied from a 24-7 hole to knock off Arkansas, 28-24, for its second win in two years against the Razorbacks. The Scarlet Knights are 3-1, with their lone loss a 52-51 overtime decision at Fresno State on Aug. 29. No shame there. Fresno State moved into the AP Top 25 on Sunday.
This was the Knights’ biggest comeback win since 2006.
“A football team that can compete with anybody in the country,” Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood said about his team. “A fan base that is in love with college football and when they come to the stadium, we’ll be as imposing a 12th man as there is in college football.”
5. Faves Were the Raves: According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, the favorites in 57 college football games involving FBS teams won all but two of them. The underdogs that prevailed were Memphis over Arkansas State and Utah over BYU.
Bell said the favorites covered the point-spread in 36 of the 57 games.
Iowa was a 16.5-point favorite over Western Michigan. The Hawkeyes covered, with 39.5 points to spare.
6. Area 51: Seventeen FBS teams scored 51 or more points Saturday, seven of them against FCS teams. Four (Baylor, Miami, Ohio State, Louisville) were in the 70s.
Old Dominion, new to FBS, held off The Citadel, 59-58. New Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Duke and Pittsburgh had a score that suggested ACC basketball. Pitt prevailed, 58-55.
7. McCarney Brings the Drama: Former Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney will send his North Texas team into its first Conference USA season next month.
The Mean Green have gone without a winning season since 2004. McCarney is 11-17 there, impressive given North Texas was 13-58 over the previous six years before he arrived.
Mac’s Men battled gamely Saturday against at No. 9 Georgia, The game was tied at 21 early in the third quarter before the Bulldogs pulled away for a 45-21 victory.
“It could have been very dramatic,” Georgia Coach Mark Richt said. “It was very dramatic until we pulled away.”
Said McCarney: “I never got the sense of David vs. Goliath with this game. We are moving in the right direction and Georgia has been there.”
The Mean Green rose a spot to No. 8 in the Dallas Morning News’ ranking of Texas’ 12 FBS teams.
Oh, North Texas was paid $975,000 to make the trip, along with 300 complimenary tickets.
Finally, there’s this from WIAT CBS 42 in Birmingham, Ala., courrtesy of 30FPS.
Samford is located in Birmingham. It’s odd that it would be ranked fifth in the AP Top 25 given it lost at home Saturday to Southeastern Louisiana.
Stanford, meanwhile, remained unbeaten after defeating Arizona State Saturday.