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- Michigan--Wolverines keep the pedal to the metal.
- Alabama--Tide offense sputtered against Western Kentucky and it still won by 28.
- Florida State--Seminoles had a short week scrimmage against Charleston Southern before resuming their season next week at Louisville.
- Ohio State--Tulsa is not a bad team and lost by 45 to the Buckeyes. Hmm. St. Urban has reloaded quickly.
- Louisville QB Lamar Jackson continued his sizzling start with one TD pass, 411 passing yards and four rushing TDs and 199 yards in Louisville's 62-28 romp past Syracuse.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
- UCLA QB Josh Rosen (because he tells us he is hot) Here's the sophomore QB's quote following UCLA's 42-21 win over UNLV. ""I strongly believe I am the best QB in this country and in order to do so, I have to take responsibility of such.'' For the record, Rosen did have a good game completing 23 of 48 passes for 267 yards and 1 TD, with another rushing TD. Best QB in the country? Wonder what Cam Newton, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers think about that.
- Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush was 30 of 42 for 361 yards and 4 TDs, with completions to 12 different receiver's in CMU's 30-27 controversial upset of Oklahoma State which was marred by a blown call by the game officials (from the MAC).
- LSU QB Brandon Harris, who was pulled from the game on Saturday night after struggling against FCS opponent Jackson State. He was replaced by Danny Etling, who did just enough to spark the Tigers to a 34-13 win. Harris and LSU coach Les Miles have received most of the blame for the Tigers' 16-14 opening game loss at Wisconsin last week. Miles said there is still a QB battle but offered a chilling prediction of the future for Harris. ""We're trying to get Brandon comfortable and settled down,'' said Miles, "But I don't know if that will happen.''
- The Big 12 in nonconference games, finishing the second week with a 4-5 record. The 11 schools who are in the running if the Big 12 expands went 6-5 in nonconference games on Saturday.
- Northwestern--The Wildcats are now 0-2 after losses to Western Michigan and Illinois State. Not good. Next up is Duke, which lost to Wake Forest on Saturday. Maybe the Wildcats can win the pregame debate with the Blue Devils.
DID YOU KNOW
Just a few tidbits that may have been lost in the game day excitement.
Did you know that: The Carrier Dome in Syracuse is NOT air conditioned. Think about that for a moment and then get back to us.
Did you know that: Rutgers was TRAILING HOWARD 14-0 before a reality check turned the game into 52-14. Howard has faced two new Big Ten members this season, Maryland and Rutgers and been out scored 104-27. The Bison take their guaranteed money and return to the friendly confines of the MEAC next week against Hampton.
Did you know that: there will be a second Bristol Motor Speedway game next week. Saturday night's meeting between Tennessee and Virginia Tech drew an all time record crowd of 156, 990 which eclipsed the previous record of 115,100 set when Notre Dame played at Michigan in 2012. Next up is a game between East Tennessee State and Western Carolina next week, which will probably come about 125,000 short of Saturday's totals.
Did you know that: The SEC, which received some criticism for last week's non-conference performance, bounced back with a 10-0 record this week. Of course, the competition was toned down quite a bit
Extra credit if you can tell me who and where these guys are from: Claremont-Mudd Scripps 35, Lewis & Clark 7, Presentation Heights 29, Briar Cliff 0, Siena Heights 38, Missouri Baptist 10...When is a win not really a win? When you are Georgia coach Kirby Smart and you watch your team--a 50 point favorite-- face Nicholls State and struggle until the final minutes to pull out a 26-24 victory. ""It was a very disappointing performance,'' said Smart, whose team has had to come back against North Carolina last week and then engage in a death match with an FCS team, whose next game is against Incarnate Word. Georgia jumps into the SEC next week against Missouri.
PLAY IT FORWARD
- Ohio State at Oklahoma--Let's see if Ohio State is that good or if Oklahoma is any good.
- FSU at Louisville--Battle of future Heisman contending QBs.
- Michigan State at Notre Dame--An Irish loss could end their Final Four hopes.
IN MY OPINION
One of the great things about college football is the story lines which can produce a Nicholls State giving Georgia all it wants, of a Central Michigan upsetting Oklahoma State (even with officiating help).
On Saturday night, a score came across the TMG ticker which brought a smile to the face of a Jersey guy. New Mexico State had upset New Mexico, 32-31. Hardly a blip on the CFB screen. But the new defensive coordinator for New Mexico State is Frank Spaziani, also a Jersey guy and the former head coach at BC. Spaz is one of the good guys in college sports and after a 3-year exile he has returned to coaching as Doug Martin's (his former OC at BC and former head coach at Kent State) DC. Spaz was taking his act to the hinterlands of Las Cruces, New Mexico. In emails and phone calls, Spaz joked that he was a modern day version of Pancho Villa and Emilliano Zapata, two notorious figures in Mexican history.
New Mexico State's opener last week against UTEP did not turn out well --a 38-22 loss-- and New Mexico looked even tougher, coming off an easy opening win over South Dakota. On Friday, Spaz sent this text message: Troops are in the barracks! We ride tomorrow!
So, Saturday arrived and New Mexico took an early 14-3 lead, but then the comeback came and ended with the Aggies' one point victory. Early Sunday morning, this text from Las Cruces arrived, "Remember Pancho Villa and Zapata were both assassinated. But tonight he rides high in the saddle.''.[/membership]