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NCAA Roundup: ‘Bama Remains No. 1, West Virginia Impresses in Big 12 Debut

NCAA Roundup: ‘Bama Remains No. 1, West Virginia Impresses in Big 12 Debut

This week, NCAA football saw some upsets and the new AP rankings reflect this. Alabama remains undefeated and kept the top spot but this time it received all 60 No. 1 votes.

LSU slumped again thanks to its 38-22 home win against Towson and is now #4.

Stanford also fell after its 17-13 loss against Washington and now has a #18 ranking. The Huskies now own spot #23 and with another win, the Northwestern Wildcats joined the party at #24.

For the West Virginia Mountaineers, Saturday marked the team’s first Big 12 game. They went out big, winning 70-63 over Baylor.

Heisman-contending West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith had another great week–especially since it was against a conference foe-passing for 656 yards with eight touchdowns.

He is this week’s BadaSSitude NCAA Player of the Week.

From the game’s combined 113 points, it represented the Big 12’s highest-scoring game ever for the conference. Smith came close but tied a Big 12 record for the number of touchdown passes in one game.

Through four games, the talented quarterback has an 83.4 percent completion rate with 1,728 yards, 20 touchdowns and still, zero picks.

I expect he’ll remain at the top of the list for the Heisman this week.

You can’t help but wonder if that weighs on Smith’s weekly performance. Not so much says the player.

Smith said via ESPN, “I could care less about a Heisman Trophy. The big thing for us was that we won the game today. We’re on a mission, and we want to win them all.”

What’s next for Smith? Next Saturday, West Virginia faces a challenging Texas team.

But the West Virginia quarterback wasn’t the only one with good day. Baylor quarterback Nick Florence threw for 581 yards; this broke Robert Griffin III’s single-game school record.

Also having a great day was the team’s six wide receivers; they had more than 100 yards receiving with Terrance Williams leading the way with 17 receptions for 314 yards and two touchdowns.

His numbers set a Big 12 record.

Also seeing a record day was Miami’s quarterback Stephen Morris; he set an ACC conference single-game record with his 566 passing yards during the team’s 44-37 win over NC State. Between the Hurricanes and the Wolfpack, they had 1,315 yards of offense combined.

And just to add one more record (there were more), Texas A&M’s freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel topped a school single-game school record with his 435 passing yards.

 

 

 

 

 

The Mountaineers (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) might have to play better defense if they’re going to contend for a Big 12 championship and BCS national title. The teams combined for 67 first downs and 1,507 yards of offense. Their 19 combined touchdowns set an FBS record, last set when Navy beat North Texas 74-62 in 2007. Baylor quarterback Nick Florence threw for 581 yards, breaking Robert Griffin III’s single-game school record, and six wide receivers had more than 100 yards receiving.

 

 

“Not every Big 12 game is like this,” Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said, “and not every game is going to be like this.”

 

 

West Virginia’s co-defensive coordinators sure hope not.

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NCAA Roundup: ‘Bama Remains No. 1, West Virginia Impresses in Big 12 Debut

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