In Week 4 we're not going to focus as much on the few upsets that occurred or the large margain victories by favorites, but more on the but on the poor refereeing. We also want to take a look ahead at the biggest matchup of the season so far, as the Big Ten's Nebraska Cornhuskers meet the Wisconsin Badgers.

Holy Toledo!, the fix is in

Many college football bettors couldn't believe what they were seeing! Was this another "Tim Donaghy situation" where there the referee was blowing calls to pre-determine the game? Needless to say, Syracuse, New York became a popular place last Saturday.

Toledo vs. Syracuse

Syracuse Toledo Field GoalWith 2:22 left in the game, Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib connected with Alec Lemon for an 18 yard touchdown pass. Well, Lemon ended up being sour for the Toledo in more ways than one. Place kicker Ross Krautman came out to kick the extra point, that would give Syracuse a 3 point lead at 30-27.

It was clearly evident that the kick drifted wide left, but the kick was deemed good by the referee on the field and the play was reviewed by the instant replay officials. Obviously, this play should be overturned and the score would be 29-27 with Syracuse leading. The instant replay judge confirmed the kick as good, leaving everyone stunned!

This miscall would eventually end up having a bearing on the outcome of the game as it made it a 30-27 Syracuse lead and Toledo took the game into overtime with a Ryan Casano 20 yard field goal. In overtime, Krautman was called upon again and this time rightfully put the ball through the uprights on a 28 yards field goal kick to give Syracuse the victory.

Sportsbooks had released lines anywhere from 2 to 2.5 points with Syracuse as the college football odds favorites. This has the Toledo bettors in an uproar. If Krautman's regulation extra point was called "no good", Toledo would've won the game outright and people wouldn't have lost money unjustifiably, even if Toledo was unable to make the regulation field goal at the end. The Toledo backers would have suffered a push at worst.

The Syracuse bettors are elated because they got lucky off of either a bad call or a pre-determined call by the official or upstairs judge. Either way, someone got hurt here and it makes people bring up the Tim Donaghy scandal and question whether sports betting is fixed or not. You be the judge, you make the call.

Upsets

Temple at Maryland

I don't know if I was so shocked about the outcome of this game. The previous week, Temple had outdueled the Penn State Nittany Lions for almost the entire game, but were unfortunate enough to be beaten off of the guts of the Penn State play calling. Temple hasn't beaten Penn State in 70 years, and they were eager to break the streak.

Temple came into this game as an 8 point underdog and took control of the game right from the start and crushed the Terrapins, 38-7

USC at Arizona State

USC Matt BarkleyThe Trojans are ranked in the top 25 with quarterback Matt Barkley leading the team. Barkley is a Heisman Trophy candidate and up until Saturday, USC had played better than people had thought that they would play. The Trojans aren't eligible for post-season play and some people, including myself, thought that they wouldn't give a full effort with less to play for.

Arizona State was a 2.5 point underdog at home, but defeated the Trojans quite easily with a final score of 43-22. It will be interesting to see how USC responds in Week 5.

Florida State vs. Clemson

At the beginning of the season, much was expected of the Seminoles, and this game might be seen as a minor upset to some. They were coming off of a 23-13 defeat to the number 1 team in the land, the Oklahoma Sooners, and that game might have deflated the Seminoles balloon. This weekend they played at Clemson and suffered a 35-30 defeat as a 2.5 point underdog. Florida State will get a much needed week off and look for them to come out strong in their next outting against Wake Forest.

Close Calls

There's two games that come to mind when I think of close calls this past week.

Notre Dame at Pittsburgh

It seemed that the Irish would come into this game with a lot of momentum after a 31-13 victory over the 15th ranked Michigan State Spartans. Pittsburgh abused Irish quarterback, Tommy Rees, for most of the game, as they took a 12-7 lead going into the final quarter. In the 4th quarter Rees was a perfect 8 for 8 as he connected with Tyler Eifert for the winning 6 yard TD pass with 7:50 left in the game. Notre Dame then completed the comeback with a 2 point conversion and held on to defeat the Panthers.

Oklahoma State at Texas A&M

The 5th ranked Cowboys trailed this one at halftime, 20-3. With 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, quarterback Brandon Weeden threw a 4 yard touchdown pass to Tracy Moore to give OSU a 24-20 lead. In all, the Cowboys scored 20 unanswered points to take over the game.

Texas A&M came back late with a touchdown pass and a safety, but in the end they fell one point short of the Cowboys.

Some other higher ranked teams that handled their opponents in simple fashion were Oklahoma in their game against Missouri. The Sooners didn't get the cover but they got the victory. The LSU Tigers handled West Virginia on the road quite easily, taking the 47-21 win. Nebraska and Oregon both covered and took care of their respective opponents quite easily and Boise State kept their record unblemished with a 20 point victory over Tulsa.

A Look at the week ahead

Now the focus switches to inter-conference rivalries

In the SEC, 12th ranked South Carolina Gamecocks host the Auburn Tigers. That should be a nice SEC battle of two top level teams in one of the best conferences in the nation.

Penn State travels to Indiana in what looks to be an easy victory for "Joe Pa" and the troops, while Michigan looks to have a cakewalk in a Big-Ten matchup against Minnesota. A very solid matchup pits two evenly Big 10 teams in Michigan State at Ohio State

ACC matchup has undefeated number 25 Georgia Tech visiting the N.C. State Wolfpacks. 21st ranked Clemson visits the 13th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies in another battle of two undefeated teams

Pac 12 Conference see's the big-time underdog Bruins of UCLA visit the undefeated Stanford Cardinal. Look for an inferior UCLA team to put up a fight and possibly cover the point spread in that matchup

Nebraska CornhuskersUSC should get back on the winning track as they host the Arizona Wildcats. The Boise State Broncos should have an easy time of it as they face Nevada in what appears to be a "no contest".

The Matchup of the Week


In Big Ten action the Nebraska Cornhuskers visit the cheese state of Wisconsin to battle the Wisconsin Badgers. This is a matchup of the two best teams in the conference and two of the best teams in the nation. Both teams covered in their last game and are coming off of huge performances.

Who will be the team to prevail in this matchup? Will it be Taylor Martinez and the Nebraska Cornhuskers in their 1st season in the Big Ten or quarterback Russell Wilson with a 218.4 quarterback rating in a balanced offensive attack for Wisconsin?

I'll be following this matchup all week, so stay tuned as we follow each team heading up to the opening kickoff. Will the Cornuhuskers be able to stamp their mark in the Big-Ten? You don't want to miss it.