Sunday, September 6, 2009

College football wrap-up: Saturday action

Well, 4-4 is a pretty lackluster way to start the season with my game predictions. And, for all you Notre Dame fans out there, yes, I am eating crow after picking Nevada as the possible "upset special" from weekend #1. But, please, Lou Holtz, c'mon--Charlie Weis is not the most underrated coach in America. (Yes, Holtz actually said that on ESPN...)


- Blaine Gabbert and Mizzou, who looked like they only reloaded this season after burying Illinois 37-9 in St. Louis.

- Baylor, who went on the road and beat Wake Forest. The Bears and stud QB Robert Griffin look to be for real this year--too bad they play in the Big 12 South.

- Alabama's defense. Yes, Virginia Tech scored 24 points on Bama but the Tide's D looks to be better than last year's version.


- Kansas who, as expected, rolled over Northern Colorado. However, KU has a problem at right corner--four pass interference penalties came from that position last night. Once again, the Jayhawks appear to be weak against the pass.

- We'll put Kansas State in this category for now. The Wildcats only beat Massachusetts by four.


- The Big Ten conference. Ohio State had to hold on against Navy. Iowa had to block two FG attempts in the last seven seconds against Northern Iowa, a school who last beat the Hawkeyes in '98--1898. Illinois got trounced by Missouri. And, Minnesota had to go to overtime to beat Syracuse.

- Oklahoma. OU loses at home to #20 BYU and also loses Heisman winner Sam Bradford for a likely 2-4 weeks. Whether Bradford is back by the October 17 game against Texas remains to be seen--prior to that the Sooners must travel to Miami (FL) and play Baylor at home.

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