My DVR is almost empty. I have watched every NCAA football game I possibly could over the last few days so you don’t have to!
Here are the other thoughts from week one:
I guess I was worried about our running back situation for nothing. The three-headed monster of Keith Ford, Alex Ross, and Samaje Perine combined for 33 carries, 164 yards, and five touchdowns. Our defense looked very good, but then again, Louisiana Tech isn’t really a team that has a lot going for them. My concern from this game is Trevor Knight. He threw 34 passes, completing only 19 of them. That is right around 55%. Which is good for my predictions, not so good for a quarterback’s completion percentage. And yes, I do realize that I am a little spoiled from years of Oklahoma quarterbacks putting up completion percentages at or above 70. Still, Knight didn’t face a lot of pressure. He should have completed at least five more passes.
Texas rolled in the win over North Texas, but they may have suffered a huge loss. Center Dom Espinosa left the game with an ankle injury in the third quarter of the game, and some reports today have him with a broken ankle. That means that he would miss the rest of the season. The bad part about this is that Espinosa was the only returning starter from the 2013 offensive line. That could spell trouble for the Longhorns, and QB David Ash in particular.
We have seen this from Florida State before. Not in last year’s magical season, but in years prior to that. They build a good lead, then get complacent. I wouldn’t exactly call it complacency this time since QB Jameis Winston never really got into a rhythm. WR Rashad Greene seems to be the Kelvin Benjamin that will bail Winston out this year. He wound up with 203 yards, including a 50 yarder that put the game away in the fourth quarter. J.W. Walsh played well for Oklahoma State, but their lack of a running game hurt the offense. Florida State dominated them in the trenches. I was impressed by the Oklahoma State front seven. Their secondary needs some work, but the front handled themselves better than I thought they would against Florida State.
Wisconsin has to be kicking themselves for losing that game. That really is one that got away. You have to give LSU credit for the comeback. Their defense dominated late in the game, but honestly, the Wisconsin offense helped them. They got way too conservative with a lead. Especially against an SEC team with superior athletes. I am more than a little surprised that the Badgers didn’t turn to Joel Stave, especially after McEvoy threw two fourth quarter interceptions. The offense, in theory at least, should be less one-dimensional with him in there. And frankly, they were put into situations where they needed to throw down the field, which McEvoy had already proven he couldn’t do.
The post for the rest of the weekend full of games will be up on Tuesday morning!