Saturday, September 16, 2023

CFB23: Week 3

I cannot wait to find out if our (undefeated!) Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are actually going to be on my Fox TV channel today at 3 p.m. Central against the Ohio State Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium in Columbus. That would be fantastic! Also, I'll bet there are a lot of other CFB23 games today. The Kentucky Wildcats, for example, probably play. I'm not going to take the time to look those up right now, though, so check your local listings. Go, Tops! Go, Cats! Go, Coach Prime and so forth!


  1. Well, my Fox is showing WKU, but it's not as fantastic as I hoped. Ohio State leads, 42-10, in the third quarter. I was tied up until about 30 minutes after kickoff, and I initially tuned in on the Hilltopper Radio Network broadcast which is carried by one of the Madisonville AM stations. I heard Western close to within 14-10, and then here's what happened:

    -- 75-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Harrison's son on Ohio State's first play of its ensuing possession

    -- 40-yard touchdown run on Ohio State's first play of its next possession after stopping WKU on a fourth down

    -- WKU fumble (and Ohio State recovery) after a third-down completion across midfield

    -- Ohio State touchdown a few plays later

    So that has pretty much been that, and now the Buckeyes have the ball at their 20 with 11:20 to play in the third. Ohio State is wearing the great home uniforms that they've worn forever, and Western is wearing uniforms of a newly consolidated county high school as opposed to a team that has been playing football since 1908.

    INDIANA 14

    The Cardinals are 3-0, against all unranked opponents.

  3. Alabama is tied, 3-3, at South Florida, which is no doubt making for a nervous afternoon for my younger brother (who is older than me). Turning to my older brother (who also is older than me), Purdue kicks off in about 20 minutes at home against Syracuse, and the Boilermakers will be trying to make it two in a row after opening the season with a loss to Fresno State.

  4. GEORGIA 24

    The Bulldogs are the defending national champs and remain undefeated and No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.

  5. 56-10 is now Ohio State's lead on Western.

  6. Alabama is now up, 10-3, on South Florida, so good for Kurt.

  7. Akron and UK kick off in about 35 minutes in Lexington. The Zips so far this season have lost a game by 24-21 and won a game by 24-21.

  8. Vanderbilt, 2-1 after losing last week at Wake Forest, is getting started about now at Nevada-Las Vegas. Go, Dores!

  9. South Florida has a pretty good running quarterback, and the Bulls are threatening to perhaps re-tie the Tide late in the third quarter.

  10. South Florida has tried and failed on two or three fourth-down tries in this game, and now the Bulls are trying a fourth-and-2 at about the Alabama 20 ... not even close.

  11. North Texas has opened the season 0-2, and I think I will switch my American Athletic Conference attention to 3-0 Memphis if UNT loses again today, at Louisiana Tech. Mean Green, you're on notice.

  12. That leaves, among my declared CFB23 interests, three Saturday-night games:

    -- Wyoming Cowboys at Texas Longhorns at 7 p.m. Central

    -- Texas Christian Horned Frogs at Houston Cougars at 7 p.m. Central

    -- Colorado State Rams at Parks & Rec and West Wing in the evenings these days, and tomorrow's the NFL, so ...

  13. UK, Alabama, UCLA, North Texas, TCU and Colorado all won. WKU's comeback fell short.

    I messed up my previous comment here--what I was saying in the last bullet was Colorado State was going to play at Colorado last night but that I probably wouldn't watch because of joining the Parks & Recreation and West Wing reruns in the house. Alas, we watched neither--instead taking in The Red Violin (which was good) and then John Prine on Austin City Limits (which was fantastic). And then I did stay up and watch the third quarter of Coach Prime. I didn't think Colorado would win after Colorado State took out its best player in the first quarter with a late hit that George Atkinson might've thought was over the line, and the Buffaloes barely did--coming from behind and then winning in double overtime.

    After he gets fired in a couple of years and Lauren Boebert has retired into her next career as trivia-question answer and gun-show keynoter, Jay Norvell is going to make quite a GOP candidate in the Colorado third.