Friday, September 16, 2011

College Football - Week 2 Recap/Week 3 Preview

First Impressions
  • I'm starting to doubt what I said last week about Ohio State. Luke Fickell made some strange decisions against Toledo, which included leaving Braxton Miller on the bench for all 4 quarters. The Rockets are going to win some games this year, and may even win the MAC, but they are still Toledo. Saturday's game at Miami will be a true litmus test for the Buckeye offense.
  • Tyler Bray is the real deal. So is Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers. We knew that Cincinnati's defense wouldn't challenge the Vols, but now comes the real test. If Tyler Bray has time to throw the ball, Tennessee can/will beat Florida. The Vols still have run blocking issues to work out, and the defense still looks questionable (Cincinnati beat themselves in short yardage situations last week), but Florida's offense isn't going to put up huge numbers. If this is a shootout, Tennessee wins.
  • The Notre Dame-Michigan game was absolutely win-win for me. Notre Dame is completely overrated and has a tough game against Michigan State this week. Michigan looks like a carbon copy of last year's team. They still can't play defense, Denard Robinson can only throw jump balls, and he's their only source of offense. Two games into the season, it looks like Brady Hoke has already abandoned his new offense, to allow Robinson to run.
  • I thought Iowa was a sleeper in the Big Ten. I was dead wrong. They have to bounce back against Pitt.
  • What is the deal with Auburn?
  • You have to admire East Carolina. Those guys will play just about anyone, anywhere. Another close loss to a BCS contender.
  • South Carolina's chances of winning the SEC East hinge on their defense, and they've been shredded through 2 games. They better not sleep on Navy (just ask Ohio State).
  • Add Texas to my list of overrated teams.
  • LSU is by far the most physical team I've seen this year.
Games to Watch
  • Boise State-Toledo:  Will the Rockets have any punch left after falling just short against OSU last week?
  • Tennessee-Florida:  If the Vols win, it would be their biggest win since the 2004 season.
  • Michigan State-Notre Dame:  There is a TON of pressure on ND to finally crack the win column.
  • Navy-South Carolina:  Don't sleep on Navy.
  • Arizona State-Illinois:  Quietly one of the better games this Saturday.
  • Ohio State-Miami:  What can you say about this game that hasn't already been said?
  • Oklahoma-Florida State:  FSU is overranked, but still a good team. Should still be a good game.

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