Three-Point Stance: Saturday Shine and Shame, QB changes
Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here with Saturday Shine and Saturday Shame from the weekend, as well as a look at teams that should make a change at quarterback.
1. SATURDAY SHINE
Here's a look at the teams, units and players that should feel good following their performance in Week 4.
Stanford – The Cardinal never gave up, fought until the end and found a way to pull a victory from the jaws of defeat. Stanford does this a lot and deserves kudos for the toughness.
Sam Ehlinger, Texas – He’s been very solid since the Maryland loss and is starting to show the leadership at the quarterback position this team needs. It doesn’t hurt that he has some very talented receivers.
Alabama – What can you say? When your head coach is begging the media to write negative things about your team to keep them focused, you know you’re on a roll.
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama – The Heisman leader right now? It’s a toss-up between Tagovailoa and Dwayne Haskins to me. He’s playing the game at a different level than any recent Alabama quarterback I can remember.
Mecole Hardman, Georgia – He was on my potential five-star bust list at the beginning of the season and has just scored touchdown after touchdown since. He’s one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the SEC.
Old Dominion – The biggest upset this year with the win over the Virginia Tech Hokies and the biggest win in program history.
Ohio State – The Buckeyes just keep rolling on, even with a new coach on the sidelines (that’s a bit of a joke, funny huh?). This looks like a simply dominant football team.
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State – Heisman talk is becoming more and more real and there is no one more fun to watch when he throws one of those darts, dimes or whatever you want to call his laser beam passes.
Michigan – After the Notre Dame loss the offense (and offensive line) looks much better, the defense is playing as expected and the Wolverines are getting things done on special teams as well.
Washington – The Huskies aren’t blowing teams away but they are doing enough to win Pac-12 games and that’s all they need to do.
2. SATURDAY SHAME
Here's a look at the teams, units and players that should be feeling some heat following their performance in Week 4.
Virginia Tech – What a horrible loss and a national embarrassment. The Hokies are too proud of a program to lose to Old Dominion.
Oklahoma – The Black Knights play hard but they should be a 30-plus point win for a team as talented as Oklahoma, not a team that takes you into overtime.
Oklahoma State – What a stinker of a game. Credit Texas Tech but also shame on Oklahoma State for being flat throughout.
Boston College – Ranked for the first time in a decade, Boston College laid an egg and couldn’t get anything going against a winless Purdue team.
Nebraska – I’m not really sure what to say here. This game was a joke and could have been much worse. This could be a much longer rebuilding job than some expected.
Iowa – Undefeated and with Wisconsin reeling a bit, the Hawkeyes could have made a statement in the West against the Badgers but blew it.
Tennessee – The Vols weren’t in this game at all and the culture change needed in Knoxville is a long way away from happening it seems.
3. IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE
It’s time. It’s time for a quarterback change at three major programs. One has already happened it appears, as Ian Book is clearly the guy at Notre Dame after his performance against Wake Forest and Brandon Wimbush steps into the shadows. But now it’s time for Miami and Clemson to do the same.
Clemson? What? Why fix it if it ain’t broke right? After all, the Kelly Bryant-Trevor Lawrence two quarterback system is working well for the Tigers. My reasoning is simple: It’s clear that Lawrence is the more talented of the two quarterbacks and, as the games get tougher, his skills will be needed. No, he can’t run as well as Bryant but he does everything else better and that’s become clear. So Dabo Swinney, make the call.
As for Miami, N’Kosi Perry looked good this past weekend and the Malik Rosier era has some nice wins but he’s clearly limited as a quarterback and as a leader. It’s time for Mark Richt to make the move and start the more talented Perry to take the team to the next level. We’ve seen Rosier on the big stage and at times it’s not pretty, so it’s time for a change.
Notre Dame and Clemson are still in the national title picture and Miami is in the ACC picture at least so it’s time to make these moves before any of that changes. Kudos to Brian Kelly for making his change already, now Swinney and Richt must follow suit.