Not a whole lot to discuss when so many FBS schools play FCS schools. Those teams get most resistance in practice (unless you’re Duke) than they do in these waste-of-time, but collection-of-money games. There were very few teams to reward, but I did just that with my first two spots in the rankings. You play people, and beat people, and you get moved up. It’s a week to week thing, as it should be. These aren’t my predictions for the rest of the year, just my reaction to what I saw in week 1.
1) LSU- Ran the ball down the throats of the Ducks, and came up with some timely turnovers. They stoop to playing Northwestern State this week before ramping back up with West Virginia and Mississippi State.
2) Boise State- They’ve reached the point they can just plug in the next guy on offense and not miss a beat. Of course, having a quarterback like Kellen Moore to pull the trigger makes it look that easy.
3) Alabama- The rotating quarterback thing didn’t produce a winner and it will be both guys again this week in Happy Valley in what I think will be a competitive game.
4) Oklahoma- Sooners defense gave up 400 yards against a pretty good offense in Tulsa, but of course they produced over 600 themselves in winning 47-14. They get the week off before going to Tallahassee.
5) Stanford- Andrew Luck and company made it a easy debut for David Shaw.
6) Virginia Tech- The Hokies weren’t overlooking a FCS team this year pounding App State into submission.
7) Texas A&M- Went back and forth a little bit with SMU in the first half before putting them away with ease in the second half.
8) Wisconsin- Russell Wilson just has to be the caretaker with the running game in Madison, and what a surprise to see him contribute a long TD-run himself.
9) FSU- Defense looks much better than last year, and will probably throw a second straight shutout this week against lowly Charleston Southern, before really be tested by the Sooners.
10) USF- Bulls forced turnovers and played conservatively, but wisely, in upsetting the Irish in South Bend.
11) Baylor- Robert Griffin III is near the top of the long list of Heisman candidates after doing to the TCU defense what nobody has done since 2004 scoring 40 points against the Frogs in the upset win.
12) Ohio State- Methodically dominating. Jim Tressel would be proud of the easy, boring win.
Falling Out: Nobody, obviously. Expect the jumping in and falling out to be extreme the first month of the season. Benefit of the doubt doesn’t need to be given, just reaction to what happens every week.
STIFF-ARMING TROPHY RACE: I won’t have much to say on this for another 5-6 weeks, but if you are curious about some guys I like and not just a list of the obvious.
Around the state:
Florida, nothing radical, but I expect a little more resistance against UAB. A little.
UCF, um, yeah. Play somebody.
Miami. Either the 6 defensive players missing are a huge loss, or the Canes defense sucks. Maryland had a tougher time with the rain and wind than they did Miami’s D. New coach, same problems. 10 penalties, mostly mental. 4 turnovers, although one on a Hail Mary, but 2 brought back for touchdowns…are you kidding me?!?! 3rd time in last 7 games Miami has 10+ penalties and 4+ turnovers. Before that, it occurred 3 times in their previous 89 games. Miami has now dropped 4 straight going back to last year. Last time school had a longer slide? 1977-78 (8 games).
Arizona at Oklahoma State- Nic Foles against Brandon Weeden. Sign me up.
Missouri at Arizona State- Future conference opponents?
Alabama at Penn State- Which teams QB situation is the bigger issue?
Oregon State at Wisconsin- Beavers lost to Sacramento State. I am sure the Badgers were expecting a better game when they scheduled it.
South Carolina at Georgia- SEC East is decided two weeks into the season I think.
Mississippi State at Auburn- Cardiac Cats extended their winning streak despite being outplayed at home by Utah State.
BYU at Texas- This year’s new independant versus next years?
Notre Dame at Michigan- Tommy Rees takes over for Irish. Brady Hoke’s offense less than stellar against Western Michigan, but should be well rested after only playing 2 and a half quarters.