College football is back! I am spending my day gorging on the buffet of college football so you don’t have to!
Here are some of the thoughts from the Thursday and Friday games:
Johnny who? Not only did the circus leave College Station, they got a quarterback who broke all of the circus’s records. In one game! Sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill threw for a Texas A&M school record 511 yards against the vaunted South Carolina defense. The Gamecocks honestly looked overmatched along the line, and Hill shredded the secondary. Oh, and the Eagle and Ashley furniture home store gambled and lost big on this game!
Boise State held tough with a vaunted, and ranked, Ole Miss team before finally tiring out in the fourth quarter. Bo Wallace took over the game for Mississippi in the fourth. Boise QB Grant Hedrick had a tough game, throwing four interceptions. One of them was in the end zone early in the game that could have swung the momentum in Boise’s favor.
The Minnesota offense was very sluggish in the first half against Eastern Illinois. Tagged by many to be a sleeper in the Big Ten West, they won’t be if they don’t get some offensive continuity.
Wake Forest dropping a game to Louisiana-Monroe kind of punches a hole in the whole “depth of the ACC” thing, doesn’t it?
How bad will the MAC be this year? Central Michigan, a team that finished in the top half of the MAC last year, trailed Chattanooga 16-7 at halftime. They needed a fourth quarter comeback to win the game.
Washington State still has a lot of work to do defensively to become a contender. They allowed 173 yards rushing to Paul James, and 151 receiving yards to Leonte Carroo. There wasn’t really any part of the defense that played well, particularly in the fourth quarter when the Knights scored 17 points. Cougar QB Connor Halliday did everything he could, throwing for 532 yards and five touchdowns.
Tulane and Tulsa engaged in the first overtime game of the season. Tulsa earned the come from behind victory to win their first AAC game. It likely won’t be their last.
Temple obviously was not intimidated by travelling into SEC country. They forced seven Vanderbilt turnovers en route to a 30 point romp of the Commodores. This was Temple’s first win over an SEC school since they beat Florida in 1938.
It was business as usual for BYU. Taysom Hill threw for over 300 yards, and added almost 100 more on the ground, and had a hand in all five touchdowns.
Syracuse had all they could handle against Villanova. And no, this wasn’t a basketball game. Villanova elected to go for two and the win after scoring a touchdown in the “bottom” of the second overtime and failed. Still, they made a point by hanging with a decent Orange team.
Houston’s new stadium didn’t help them out much. UTSA came in and punched them in the mouth. John O’Korn was harassed all game by what was supposed to be a team with inferior talent. News flash: UTSA is not. The Roadrunners were quite obviously the better team in every facet of the game. San Antonio has always been a recruiting hotbed, and now players can stay home and still play Division 1 football at UTSA. When is the Big 12(10) going to wake up and send them an invite??
Colorado had a nice run at the end of last year, and had a lot of cautious optimism coming into this season. That was shattered by arch-rival Colorado State last night. The Ralphies had several chances to take this game over, but could not. They made the mistake of letting CSU hang around, and it cost them.
Okay, so the Rich Rodriguez system will do just fine in the Pac 12. Arizona lost a lot of skill players from last year’s offense, but you would never know it by watching last night’s game. I know UNLV has had some lean years since Randall Cunningham was their QB, but still. I didn’t expect them to get steamrolled. In a week where a lot of teams have looked disorganized and lethargic with key new components, Arizona came out and looked like a well oiled machine. They are a legitimate threat in the Pac 12 South.