Five days of football over the weekend ended with Ohio State dismantling Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes looked to me like the best team in the country, and I was also very impressed by both Notre Dame and UCLA.
Unfortunately, injuries proved to be the biggest headline of the weekend. Three starting quarterbacks were shelved for the season, including Taysom Hill (BYU), Terel Hunt of Syracuse and Jesse Ertz from Kansas State. Other major injuries included, UCLA Defensive Tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, Notre Dame Running Back Tarean Folston and Pittsburgh Running Back James Conner.
Other than injuries, I was surprised by the poor play of Penn State, Stanford and Texas. All three looked over-matched, losing on the road. There were four teams that lost very emotional games, including Central Florida, North Carolina, Washington State and Nebraska.
Facts of the week:
- Following the injury to Ertz, Kansas State will turn to Joe Hubener. He has never started a football game at quarterback in his life and is a former walk-on.
- Three games this week will feature match-ups between Top 25 teams.
No. 19 OKLAHOMA (1-0) at No. 23 TENNESSEE (1-0) Both teams matchup well against each other, with explosive offenses and question marks on defense. The winner of this quarterback battle between Baker Mayfield and Joshua Dobbs wins this game, The Vols gave up 557 total yards to Bowling Green last week. Mayfield should have similar success. GAME A YEAR EARLY TOO SOON FOR YOUNG VOLUNTEERS, OKLAHOMA 36-31.
TEMPLE (1-0) AT CINCINNATI (1-0) This is a huge game in the American Athletic Conference! The Owls are flying high after a huge upset win over Penn State 27-10. They held the Lions to 183 total yards, while sacking Christian Hackenburg 10 times. They will need the same type of defensive effort against Cincinnati and Gunner Kiel. The Bearcats could crack the Top 25 with a victory here. I think Temple might be a bit flat for this game. BEARCATS STUFF OWLS, 26-16.
OREGON STATE (1-0) AT MICHIGAN (0-1) Michigan returns home after opening with a week one loss at Utah. The Wolverines did some nice things, but missed on several chances to make big plays. Jake Rudock was inconsistent, but did complete 63 percent of his passes for 279 yards. The Beavers opened with a win at home over Weber State. True-Freshman Quarterback Seth Collins will be making his first road start at the Big House. BIG HOUSE TOO BIG FOR YOUNG BEAVERS, WOLVERINES 33-7.
No.14 LSU AT No.25 MISSISSIPPI STATE (1-0) I was in shock when I looked at the polls and saw the Bulldogs cracked the Top 25. The Bulldogs opened with a nice road win over Southern Miss, and Dak Prescott was solid, but he’ll have to elevate his game against the Tigers. LSU had its home opener cancelled due to bad weather. The Tigers have the edge in every area, except at QB. I expect the Bulldogs to stay in this game early, but wear down in the second half. HUNGRY TIGERS GET ROAD WIN, LSU 34-20.
No. 7 OREGON (1-0) AT No. 5 MICHIGAN STATE (1-0) This is my favorite game of the weekend. Sparty looked shaky last weekend, but still pulled away late to beat Western Michigan. I was very impressed with the play of running backs L.J. Scott and Madre London. For the Ducks, Vernon Adams looked good in his debut, but was knocked out of the game. He should be good to go here. The Spartans will be seeking revenge from a loss last season in Eugene when the Spartans started strong before falling apart in the second half. This time I think they get a full 60-minute performance. SPARTY GETS REVENGE, 38-35.
No. 20 BOISE STATE (1-0) AT BYU (1-0) The Broncos held on to defeat the Washington Huskies last weekend on the familiar blue turf. The offense looked shaky at times as QB Ryan Findlay was inconsistent. He’ll make his first career road start in Provo. The defense looked crisp holding the Huskies to 179 total yards. For BYU, QB Taysom Hill was lost for the season last week with a foot injury. Taking over was the highly touted Tanner Magnum, who before his mission, was an Elite 11 CO-MVP with Jameis Winston. He pulled off the impossible, leading BYU to a victory at Nebraska on a last-second desperation touchdown pass. The Cougars figure to be on an emotional high in their home opener. DIVINE INTERVENTION NOT NEEDED HERE, BYU 33-17.
PICK SIX – SIX GAMES, SIX WORDS
LOUISIANA TECH AT WESTERN KENTUCKY – The story is Driskell versus Doughty, Western wins 35-32
MEMPHIS AT KANSAS – Chance of a Jayhawks win? NO, Tigers 34-24.
BOWLING GREEN AT MARYLAND – Little guy knocks off big guy! Falcons 36-33.
KANSAS STATE AT UTSA – Birds give in to Enterprising Wildcats, Wildcats 28 – Roadrunners 10.
IOWA AT IOWA STATE – Herky leads in all the polls, Hawkeyes 23-20 in OT!
KENTUCKY AT SOUTH CAROLINA – Running game makes the difference here, Gamecocks 31-27
LAST WEEK RESULTS
- KEY GAMES (3-2)
- UPSET EXPRESS (0-1) STRAIGHT UP (1-0) SPREAD
- SIX PACK 4-2