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Sep 1, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson (8) runs the ball against Louisville Cardinals linebacker James Burgess (13) during the second half of play at Papa John

NCAA Football: Final thoughts and musings for week 1

All of the NCAA football games are finally done! Here is the rundown from the late Saturday, Sunday, and the Monday game.

In case you missed them, here are the others:

Thursday and Friday

Saturday AM

Mid-day

Prime Time

 

It could be a long month for Washington. Their offense was dominated by the Hawaii defense in the second half. They still have a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball, but if the Huskies can’t solve their offensive woes, they are going to be in a whole lot of trouble against Eastern Washington. The Eagles can put up points in a hurry.

 

As expected, Oregon trampled an overmatched South Dakota team. The only concern for Duck U could be that they gave up 13 points to USD. No, it wasn’t in garbage time. All those points were scored in the first half.

 

Baylor opened their beautiful new facility on the banks of the Brazos River, McLane Stadium, in style. They scored their first shutout against an FBS team since 1995, trampling SMU by the score of 45-0. Though the game was never in doubt, Baylor’s offense wasn’t as high powered as we expected. A lot of that had to do with QB Bryce Petty having two cracked vertebrae. And he still played the entire first half. The story of this game was the dominance of the Baylor defense. SMU had more plays (40) than yards (39) in the first half. That is dominance against a pretty good offensive team.

 

It was the same old story for Utah State. Chuckie Keaton played fairly well, but he had absolutely no talent around him. Tennessee’s lines dominated on both sides of the ball. The Aggie defense did a pretty good job against the run, but they were gashed by Justin Worley and the receivers of Tennessee. Keaton barely completed half of his passes. and threw two interceptions. Mostly because he spent the whole night running for his life.

 

Louisville had some growing pains on offense, but man, their defensive line put on a show! Their DL might have had the best game of any D-line from the opening week.  Kaaya didn’t play poorly all things considered, he just didn’t have any time. Louisville was in the backfield on almost every play. Duke Johnson had zero running room, and Kaaya had no time to throw. The Cardinals defense could be a force this year, but in order to compete in the rough and tumble ACC Atlantic, they will need more offense at some point. That said, I honestly think that they are better than last year even without Bridgewater.

 

Stay tuned this week for my top 25, and my odds and predictions!

Next up: my results from last week. It could be bad…..

Tags: Baylor Bears Louisville Cardinals NCAA Football Oregon Ducks Tennessee Volunteers Utah State Aggies Washington Huskies

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