College Football Kick Off Offers Some Surprises
Five consecutive days of college football ended on Monday evening with Florida State vanquishing Pitt as expected. There were some surprises too as both Boise State and Oregon State fell in games that they were expected to win. Some may have seen Clemson’s win over Georgia as an upset, but that fails to acknowledge both the talent of the Tigers and the Death Valley faithful that cheered them on.
Boise State at Washington. Saturday marked both an ending and a beginning for two teams playing at Husky Stadium in Seattle. The ending was Boise State’s national tile aspirations, thin that they were this year. The beginning was the inauguration of a renovated stadium that is home to the Huskies. Few, however, expected the 38 to 6 shellacking of the Broncos, with QB Keith Price setting a school record for touchdown passes (56). The usually potent BSU offense was kept out of the end zone too with its six points coming from a pair of field goals. Time for the rest of the Pac 12 to take the Huskies seriously this year.
Eastern Washington at Oregon State. The second stunner this past weekend also involved a team from the state of Washington. The Eagles traveled to Corvallis, Ore., to take on the Oregon State Beavers in a game that should have been a tune up for OSU. Instead, EWU became just the third FCS team to defeat a ranked FBS team. Eagle QB Vernon Adams was the hero, throwing for four touchdowns and running for two including the winning jaunt with only 18 seconds remaining. The Beavers were considered a dark horse for the Pac 12 this year, but its opening week loss may change all that.
College Football: Week Two
With the first week of college football behind us, second week action features a pair of Top 25 match ups. The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, however, are off. Texas A&M will host Alabama on Sept. 14.
Georgia at Clemson. For the second consecutive week, the Georgia Bulldogs will take on a team from the Palmetto State. The South Carolina Gamecocks will open SEC play for both schools, a 4:30 p.m. tilt at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs out passed and out gained the Tigers, and controlled the clock. But, Clemson took advantage of 84 yards of penalties and two Georgia turn overs to win the game. The Bulldogs will have to find a way of shutting down the Gamecocks, easy 27 to 10 winners over North Carolina. The winner of Saturday’s game may find themselves in the driver’s seat for the SEC East title.
Notre Dame at Michigan. Saturday night’s top game pits the Notre Dame Fighting Irish against the Michigan Wolverines. Both are coming off of easy wins with the Irish beating Temple 28 to 6 and Michigan steamrolling Central Michigan 59 to 9. The two teams have a regional rivalry that extends back to the early days of college football, but there are no games scheduled after this year. That’s because the Irish have committed to playing a five-game set against the ACC, while the Big Ten expands to 14 teams in 2014 and a 9-game league schedule beginning in 2016. Notre Dame’s national title aspirations were crushed by Alabama on Jan. 7, 42 to 14, nearly matching the 41 to 14 loss the Wolverines sustained at the hands of the Crimson Tide to open the 2012 season. Both teams must manage fan expectations while enjoying what likely will be a long gap before the regional rivals can meet up again.
College Football Life
Play your scheduling right and will be able to take in more than 12 consecutive hours of football action this Sat. beginning with noon kickoffs and through west coast games that get started eleven hours later.