Postscripts: Week 4 Review


Postscripts is my weekly wrap of the week that was on the road and in college football. Look for my travel news and notes here each Thursday, along with some of my opinions about what’s happening in the college game we all love. – Matthew Postins

Gary Patterson’s TCU Horned Frogs have moved into the Top 10 on the strength of a couple of big road wins this year at Arkansas and Oklahoma State.So, what happens when you’re not on the road? Well, you watch football, of course. I wasn’t on the road this past weekend as I was back in Texas watching one nephew play football, two nieces march in high school band and my oldest niece celebrate her 19th birthday (she keeps it low-key like me). It was a busy weekend. But I did watch some football on Saturday and I learned a few things:

Gary Patterson’s TCU Horned Frogs have moved into the Top 10 on the strength of a couple of big road wins at Arkansas and Oklahoma State.

TCU really IS for real. That defense I saw against Arkansas a couple of weeks ago now has an offense to go with it.

Texas Tech has a defense. I’m not joking. It exists and it held Houston to 10 points. I’m not kidding! Stop laughing. I know it sounds laughable but it really isn’t. They’re totally good.

Saquon Barkley is the Heisman front-runner. Truth be told he was on my short list to begin with. But his game against Iowa suggests a running back in full headed for the NFL once the season concludes.

Steve Levy and Brian Griese make a good in-booth combo. And Todd McShay on the sideline makes three good on-air voices on the same crew.

Cal needs to wear those sweet throwback unis more often. I think those were ’70s era jerseys and they rocked.

Aside from Alabama, no one else strikes me as superhuman at this point. But isn’t that always the way?

My adventures in media. A quick look at the weird stuff that happened to me as I covered these games this week:

I had no weird things that happened to me this weekend. Not even non-media weird. That also happens when you don’t get on the road.

My post-trip quick note. We have plenty of content coming at College Football America and RoadTripSports.com from our Week 4 travels (even if I wasn’t on the road, our Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb took in four games). Also, check out our Road Trip Replay podcast on Soundcloud where Chuck and I talk about my trip to Abilene Christian, plus his recent trips to last weekend’s neutral site game between St. Thomas and Saint John’s at Target Field and to the University of Alabama.

Also, check out the galleries from some of the stadiums I’ve visited this season (more are coming):

Abilene Christian

Hardin-Simmons

Princeton

Yale

Stadium counts. According to our handy FBS Stadiums We’ve Visited list at RoadTripSports.com, I remain at 50 FBS stadiums visited. But that will change this weekend.

My photos. While I wasn’t at a game last weekend, you can check out my galleries from my Week 3 games below. Plus, to see all of our game and stadium galleries, click here to go to our Facebook page.

Louisiana College at Hardin-Simmons

Houston Baptist at Abilene Christian

Penn State’s Saquon Barkley has surged to the lead in the Heisman race.

Heisman candidate of the week. It seems a bit ridiculous to highlight Saquon Barkley again after highlighting him in Week 1. But, what else can I do? Barkley probably made himself the leader in the clubhouse after four weeks with his incredible performance against Iowa in primetime — 358 all-purpose yards to set a new Penn State record, along with a block to protect his QB, Trace McSorley, on the game-winning touchdown.

My Heisman Top 5 is not coming until next week. Barkley is a pretty good bet to be No. 1. I have my No. 2 as well. Find out who Nos. 2-5 are next week here at RoadTripSports.com.

Previous Heisman Candidates of the Week profiled: Penn State RB Saquon Barkley (Week 1); Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield (Week 2); Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph (Week 3).

Hot seat coach of the week. I have concerns about Steve Addazio at Boston College. Addazio left Temple for the Eagles after the 2012 season, during which he led the Owls to a 4-7 record, one season after leading the Owls to a 9-4 record and a bowl game. Addazio’s tenure has seen the Eagles scrape by with three 7-6 records in four-plus seasons and three bowl appearances, where the Eagles have a 1-2 record. In fact, that bowl win came in 2016 in the Quick Lane Bowl. But a closer look shows that Addazio has not made the Eagles competitive in the ACC. After 4-4 seasons in 2013-14, the Eagles have won two ACC games since the start of the 2015 season. While the Eagles held the Clemson Tigers to 7 points through three quarters last Saturday, they ended up losing, 34-7. The lack of competitiveness in the ACC may be what gets Addazio in the end. The question is whether it gets him this year.

And our first Hot Seat Coaches feature of 2017 is out at RoadTripSports.com. Next week we’ll hit on some Hot Coaching Names to watch.

Previous hot seat coaches profiled: Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M (Week 1); Bret Bielema, Arkansas (Week 2); Mike Riley, Nebraska (Week 3).

Hot coaching name of the week. Things started slow for Dave Clawson at Wake Forest when he arrived in 2014. But the same was true when he arrived at Bowling Green in 2009. By the time he left the Falcons, he had led them to seasons of 8-5 in 2012 and 10-3 in 2013 before he took the job with the Demon Deacons. After back-to-back 3-9 seasons Clawson led Wake Forest to a 7-6 record and a bowl win last year. Now, the Demon Deacons are 4-0 entering the bulk of ACC play. They’re not going to win the Atlantic Division. But, aside from Clemson, there isn’t a single team remaining on Wake Forest’s schedule it can’t be competitive with (and, yes, I’m including Florida State).  Wake Forest gives Clawson Power 5 access, but no one is going to confuse the Demon Deacons with a national title contender. But if he can find success at one of college football’s hardest jobs, teams with national title aspirations will notice.

Previous hot name coaches profiled: Mike London, Howard (Week 1); Tim Rebowe, Nicholls State (Week 2); Frank Wilson, UTSA (Week 3).

A special thanks. Each week College Football America Yearbook is on the road covering college football games, and we couldn’t do it without the cooperation of the sports information directors that work for those schools. We just want to thank the following SID departments for their graciousness and help in doing what we do — Saint John’s, St. Thomas, St. Cloud State, and the PR staff at Target Field (Chuck Cox); Georgia Tech and Georgia (Kendall Webb).

By the time you read this we’ll be ready for Week 5 and I’ll already be on the road. But just a reminder — our staff has already seen games in 15 different states this season.

Our work on other sites. The great thing about what we do with College Football America is that it enables us to support other partners that we work with, such as the American Football Coaches Association, CowboysHQ.com and HeartlandCollegeSports.com. Our photos are used in AFCA newsletter and publications on a regular basis. I cover the Cowboys for CowboysHQ and am putting together scouting pieces on potential 2018 draft picks. I also cover the Big 12 for HCS. Below you’ll find links to some of our work with those entities in the past week.

And some players even like our photos, too.

 

Where I’ll be this week. It’s back on the road for what is probably my last extended trip of this football season — Texas at Iowa State and Coe at Wartburg.

We’ll see you down the road.

Matthew Postins is the editor-in-chief of the College Football America Yearbook. Catch up with him on Twitter at @PostinsPostcard


 

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