Early Surprises Shake Start Of College FB Season

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The college football season is off to a good start with every school having gotten at least one game under its belt through last weekend.

Already, we’re seeing some big surprises, none bigger than the East Carolina Pirates who dispatched college footballVirginia Tech and West Virginia over successive weekends. Now ranked #14, ECU has made a legitimate case for being one of the best programs out there and will probably garner a BCS bid, perhaps a BCS championship invite if they finish 12-0.

Other surprises may not be too surprising for some rabid fans, but I found them to be at least somewhat intriguing including:

Big East Weakness — No slight at ECU for slapping West Virginia, but when your highly ranked squad gets dominated at any point in the season, the strength of the league should be questioned. The Mountaineers started the season with great expectations and those expectations have now been dashed.

Pittsburgh has had plenty of problems with Mid-American Conference foes, losing to Bowling Green at home before shaking off Buffalo the following weekend; the Panthers do not have the look of a team that will fight for Big East honors, something that UConn and South Florida will try to uphold.

Fresno State — The Bulldogs traveled to Piscataway, NJ to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and after a scoreless first half, FSU romped 24-7. Rutgers definitely misses their all star player, Ray Rice, but the Bulldogs showed that Wisconsin should not take them lightly when the Badgers visit them this Saturday.

ACC — Never will I make the mistake of comparing the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Southeast Conference, but a comparison to the Big East Conference could be in order. Which one of these major conferences is worse this year? Well this weekend you’ll have a chance to figure that out as Rutgers hosts North Carolina tonight while Virginia travels to Storrs, CT to take on UConn. South Florida could be the best team in either league, but after that no team impresses me.

The Biggest of the Weekend Match Ups

The most anticipated game of the season in some eyes is this Saturday’s match up between Ohio State and USC. The early season big tilt has the makings of a national title game, but I expect that the Buckeyes will do what comes natural for them in these contests: lose. Ohio State played flat against Ohio this weekend and I don’t see them putting up much of a fight after the third quarter against the Trojans.

Other predictions:

  • South Florida over Kansas in a nail biter.
  • East Carolina over Tulane in a cakewalk.
  • Oregon over Purdue in a game closer than expected.
  • Penn State over Syracuse by at least four touchdowns.
  • Georgia over South Carolina in a very close match.
  • Auburn over Mississippi by two touchdowns.
  • Fresno State over Wisconsin in a squeaker.

Other winners this Saturday should include TCU, UConn, Georgia Tech, Navy, Air Force, Michigan, Utah, Arizona State, and Iowa.


Tip – Is a lack of money keeping you from finishing your college education? Consider Federal Pell Grants which never have to be repaid or a work study program offered through your school. Upperclassmen can sometimes find work as a professor’s assistant while private student loans and Stafford loans offer ways for you to borrow money which can be paid off after you graduate.

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