Jan 1, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) celebrates after a touchdown during the second half of the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at EverBank Field . Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA Football: Thoughts and musings from Saturday's midday games

In case you missed it, here are my columns for the Thursday and Friday games, and the morning games.

 

Wow, Nebraska looked good.  The offensive line played well, the defense played well, and Tommie Armstrong looks like he can be a very good quarterback.  He is already a better game manager than Taylor Martinez was.  And I know that this was against an overmatched Florida Atlantic team, but Ameer Adbullah looked unstoppable.  Nebraska set a Big 10(14) record with 779 total yards.  That’s the kind of day it was for the Huskers.  Oh, and that catch by Jordan Westerkamp might be the best catch I have ever seen, and I watch a lot of football.  Just ask my wife.

 

 

Cal has already won as many games as they did all of last season.  Their defense manhandled Northwestern’s offensive line.  Jared Goff had a good game, which shouldn’t surprise anyone that has watched him play.  Northwestern’s late season swoon from last year seems to have carried over, which is really not a good sign for the Wildcats.

 

Alabama’s offense will be fine.  It’s their defense that fans should be worried about.  They let a team that lost eight games last year, not to mention look totally lost on offense, carve them up for the better part of this game.  Again, Alabama lost a lot of guys, especially in the secondary, but they need to get this figured out before SEC play kicks in.  Can you imagine what Texas A&M might do to them right now?

 

It really didn’t look like Everett Golson had any rust to shake off, did it?

 

You know, the fact that Auburn never announced just how long the suspension for QB Nick Marshall would last made it clear that he was suspended until Arkansas got too close for comfort.  When the score was tied at 21 at halftime, Auburn decided that they had voters and a committee to impress, so they better quit messing around.  Nick Marshall took over the second half to lead Auburn to a lopsided victory, but hey, Arkie played good for a half.  That is better than they did in most games last season.

 

Todd Gurley racked up nearly 200 yards rushing, and returned a kickoff for 100 yards in this game.  Yes, he can do everything for Georgia this year.  Hutson Mason did a solid job under center, but Gurley is the rock star of this offense.  On the other side of the ball, Cole Stoudt may have three years in the Clemson offense, but he had a terrible game.  Could there be a QB controversy?  DeShaun Watson only completed two of four passes, but one was for a touchdown.  Which was one more than Stoudt threw for…..

 

There is one of these every year.  You know, the FBS team that loses to a 1-AA school.  I know that North Dakota State is an FCS school, but they do this every year.  It’s expected of them now.  Florida International bumbled their way to a 14-12 loss to Bethune-Cookman to spoil the christening of Howard Schnellenberger Field.  Shame on them!

 

It was all Texas Tech could do to hang on to beat Central Arkansas.  With the talent that they have, especially on offense, they should have won this game by at least two touchdowns…..

 

USC made short work of Fresno State in the bowl last year, but they made that look like a love tap compared to what they did to the Bulldogs in L.A.  Cody Kessler threw for four touchdowns.  JuJu Smith averaged over 30 yards per catch.  The defense forced four turnovers.  Fresno made the Trojans look like the Trojans of ten years ago.

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