This weekend could be the least interesting of the major college football season. No Top 25 teams clash and there are 24 more “cupcake” games (1-A schools racking up an “easy” victory over a 1-AA school that comes calling for a big payday).
Sure, there are a few games of interest, but none that are really important.
Both Missouri and Texas A&M get their first league opponent since joining the SEC–#7 Georgia visits Missouri, and #24 Florida visits Texas A&M.
Nebraska travels to UCLA to face first-year Bruin Coach Jim Mora. Good luck, Jim. You could do us all a favor by upsetting Nebraska, a 5.5-point favorite on–the-road. I’m not a Bruin fan, but I plain dislike Nebraska.
#18 Oklahoma State put an 84-0 whipping on hapless AA Savannah State last week, and the Cowboys roll into Arizona this week to test first-year coach Rich Rodriguez and his Wildcats. It should be interesting for Oklahoma State, not Arizona.
Some think #13 Wisconsin will not beat Oregon State when the Badgers meet the Beavers at home. Last week Wisconsin was croaking and choking its way through a 26-21 win over AA Northern Iowa. Both of these teams are noted for smash-mouth football, so expect a few fights, and maybe even a brawl if the Beaver Believers start throwing bottles from the stands.
And then there is the case of Steve Sarkisian and his up-and-coming Huskies going to LSU to meet the #2 team in the nation and its Tigers. Sark’s dawgs are going to need some real bite to fend off LSU’s defense. While I like Washington’s quest for more success, I think Tigers eat dogs for lunch. LSU is a 24-point favorite, so maybe a few hardy Husky souls will bet a little on the line.
Even the AP Top 25 Poll did not move much the 1st week. Alabama took the top spot from Southern Cal with a 41-14 win over the then #8-ranked Michigan Wolverines, which dropped to #19 after losing.
Michigan State climbed from #13 to #11 by knocking off #24 Boise State, 17-13, and the Broncos dropped right out of the poll.
Get the snacks and the brewski, it’s time for the kickoff of Week #2.