KENNY FOOTBALL – I’m still shocked by the way Texas A&M dismantled South Carolina on Thursday night. Kenny Hill threw for 511 yards, and the Aggies had 680 total yards in the game! The Gamecocks trailed 31-14 at halftime, and could never recover in what was a lackluster performance from a team that I had picked to win the SEC East.
BEEP BEEP! The UTSA Roadrunners stunned Houston 27-7 Friday night, spoiling the opening of the Cougar’s new on-campus stadium. The Roadrunners forced six turnovers and jumped out to a 27-0 lead. Houston was thought to be a front-runner for the Conference USA title, and was considered to be a potential contender for the at-large bid for the highest-ranked team from the Group of Five. This is only the fourth year of play for the Roadrunner football program led by Larry Coker.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE extended its winning streak to five against FBS opponents with a stunning 34-14 win at Iowa State. The Bison trailed 14-0 in the first quarter, then scored 34 unanswered points to claim the win. The Bison nearly doubled the Cyclones in total yards, 503 to 253, forced two turnovers and dominated the time-of-possession. The Bison are now 3-0 against the Big 12 during the streak.
WE WANT TO TEAR UP THIS TOWN – It was a bad weekend to be an Idaho Vandals football fan. Imagine if you made a 3,000 mile trek from Idaho to Florida, then endured a three-hour rain delay prior to kickoff. Following the kickoff, there was another 40-minute delay, and you were then informed the game was to be suspended. Then, for a variety of reasons, the game wasn’t played on Sunday. The Vandals were set to receive $975,000 for playing the game, and now that is in question. Florida was a 35-point favorite in the game, so maybe not playing the game isn’t so bad for the Vandals. It may still be rescheduled, as both teams have an open date on October 25, and Florida may be looking for a win.
- Florida State opened the season with a 37-31 win over Oklahoma State. The Seminoles struggled at times, but still managed to open the defense of their National Championship with a win.
- Six ACC schools opened the season playing FCS schools, and somehow, they all managed to win.
- Syracuse needed two overtime periods to defeat Villanova 27-26.
- I was very impressed with the Virginia defense as they limited UCLA to one offensive touchdown. The Cavaliers might have found their quarterback, as Matt Johns rallied the team, coming off the bench and tossing two touchdowns.
- Clemson looked great in the first half in their showdown with Georgia. But the Bulldogs showed up in the second half, using a 24 point outburst to break a 21-21 tie and tame the Tigers, 45-21.
- The Big 10 enjoyed a 12-2 non-conference record over the weekend.
- Penn State and Rutgers enjoyed thrilling come from behind wins over UCF and Washington State away from home. Christian Hackenberg led an eight-play, 55-yard drive in the final minute, setting the stage for a 36-yard game winning field goal by Sam Ficken. Northwestern suffered a tough home loss to Cal, 31-24.
- Despite having only 50-yards passing in the game, Wisconsin jumped out to a 24-7 third quarter lead over LSU, before suffering a meltdown in a 28-24 loss.
- Baylor christened a brand new on-campus stadium to rave reviews both on and off the field. The outside of the stadium features an incredible statue of RG3. The product on the field was just as impressive, as the Bears blasted SMU 45-0.
- Oklahoma State looked valiant in defeat, falling to No.1 Florida State 37-31 . The Cowboys had only eight returning starters from last year’s squad!
- The Big 12 opened the season going 6-3 against non-conference foes, with Iowa State and West Virginia joining the Cowboys in the loss column. West Virginia faced No.2 Alabama, and Iowa State faced an FCS opponent.
- The Pac-12 played an astonishing 75 true freshmen this past weekend! USC played 11, and Oregon and Utah both played 10. Oregon State was the only team NOT to play a freshman.
- Six Pac-12 teams enjoyed 40 point blowout wins, as USC, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State and Stanford steamrolled their opponents. Washington State and Colorado suffered home losses as the conference went 10-2 in non-conference play.
- Oregon will host Michigan State this week in what could be the marquee game of the weekend. ESPN GameDay will be on hand for the battle.
- There were two league contests in the SEC opening weekend. Texas A&M at South Carolina, and Arkansas at Auburn. The Tigers opened the defense of their SEC title with a solid victory, beating Arkansas 45-21.
- The SEC went 8-1 in non-conference games, highlighted by No.13 LSU defeating No.14 Wisconsin 28-24, and No.12 Georgia defeating No.16 Clemson 45-21. Mississippi State blanked Southern Miss 49-0, and I expect the both Bulldogs to be major players this season in SEC play.
- Vanderbilt suffered the only conference loss. They were embarrassed at home against Temple, as the Commodores turned the ball over seven times.
- Brandon Doughty of Western Kentucky threw for 569 yards
- Kenny Hill of Texas A&M threw for 511 yards.
- South Florida freshman Marlon Mack rushed for 275 yards.
- Tevin Coleman of Indiana had 247 yards rushing. Keep an eye on him.
- Aaron Jones of UTEP added 237 yards.
- Keevan Lucas led Tulsa with 233 yards receiving, and was named the American Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Halftime we just told them, ‘settle down, play like Tigers,” – Les Miles when asked what adjustments he made at halftime.
“Embarrassing.” – Kliff Kingsbury of Texas Tech When asked about his team’s performance in a narrow 42-35 win over Central Arkansas.
“That team was so much better than us, it wasn’t funny,” said Steve Spurrier of South Carolina, when asked about his teams loss to Texas A&M