What To Watch For: Another Cupcake For Buckeyes
By Steve Barnes
After a week of college football is in the books, I was pretty average in my prognostications. Louisiana-Monroe was shut out, but I did pick Western Kentucky to win against UK. I think the best news for me is I saw Troy quarterback Corey Robinson lighting the stat sheet up. He did not throw for as many yards as I thought, but he did set an NCAA record for completion percentage with more than 30 attempts.
Let's give it another shot of what to look for:
ROBINSON, ACT II: The Troy quarterback will again be nearly perfect throwing the ball, but he won't get a lot of opportunities. Savannah State comes to town and after the senior leads the Trojans to touchdowns on its first four drives, Corey will sit the rest of the way. His backup, Deon Anthony will throw for more than 200 yards.
GIVE THEM CREDIT: With all the talent hailing from the state of Florida, give Miami credit for not ducking anyone. The Canes opened with Florida Atlantic, have Florida this week and down the road face South Florida and Florida State. UCF not on the slate must've been a scheduling snafu.
DON'T GIVE THEM CREDIT: Could Ohio State's schedule be any softer? The opener against Buffalo was a yawner and now the next three weeks are San Diego State, Cal and Florida A&M. The Aztecs and Bears will be glorified scrimmages and FAMU is the only school in the country that has a band tougher than its football team.
ESPN GETS A CLUE: I loved the hit Ole Miss safety Cody Prewett laid on Vandy's Jordan Matthews on opening night. What I did not like was ESPN's coverage of Matthews losing his lunch on the field. Yuck. The worldwide leader won't show anything like that again.
BEAMER BALL RETURNS: After allowing a kickoff and a punt return for a touchdown against Alabama, Virginia Tech will return to how it used to play on special teams. Although the Hokies play Western Carolina, Frank Beamer's boys will give up fewer than 50 yards in punt returns and no more than 70 in kickoff returns. And Tech will kick off a lot.
A CHAD OF BRILLIANCE: My buddy Chad Brilliante of ESPN Pensacola offers his prediction for the week. "Florida will open up its offense this week and the Gators will win a close one over Miami." Chad can be heard weekday mornings at www.espnpensacola.com from 7-9 a.m. CDT.
A WAKE-UP CALL: If South Carolina's Jadaveon Clowney is ever going to wake up after the North Carolina game, this week will be the time. The presumptive top pick in the NFL Draft will come alive against Georgia this week.
LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN: After watching Clemson dispatch Georgia and Florida State rout Pitt, I took a pen to my calendar. Not too long until Oct. 19 when the Noles visit Death Valley. The winner will be in the talk for the national title.
BEARCATS AGAIN: After routing Purdue in the season opener, Cincinnati will be 2-0 in the Big Ten after killing Illinois this week. Too bad Cincy doesn't get a shot at Ohio State.
SORRY WAHOOS: I was glad to see Virginia pull what I think is a mild upset of BYU last week. The win streak stops at one. I don't see a way the Cavs can duplicate with a win over Oregon. This is the one chance the Ducks have to shine in the Eastern time zone. Expect this to get ugly for UVa.
SIT DOWN, JOHNNY: Johnny Football gets to start this week against Sam Houston State, but again will see limited playing time. He will pull another bone-headed move and coach Kevin Sumlin will sit him down. If Rice and Sam Houston can get in this kid's head, imagine what Alabama can do to him. This kid is about as stable as Lindsey Lohan riding a unicycle.
NOT THIS WEEK, EITHER: Southern Miss went winless last season and lost to Texas State in its opener in 2013. This is not the week to right the ship. The Eagles are going to get killed at Nebraska on Saturday. USM should start 0-4 after losing to Arkansas and Boise State. Oct. 5 seems to be the best shot at a win this year against Florida International. Should the Golden Eagles lose that one, another winless season could be in the cards. It looks like Larry Fedora got out just in time.
A STEP UP?: Willie Taggart seemed to make a move up the coaching ladder when he left Western Kentucky to take the post at South Florida. His former team beat Kentucky in week one. The Bulls lost and looked bad doing it against FCS foe McNeese State. Bobby Petrino took over in Bowling Green, Ky., and don't be shocked if the Hilltoppers beat Tennessee this week to go 2-0 in the SEC East.
A GOOD WEEK OUT WEST: If Southern Cal and Washington State did not play each other this week, the Pac-12 would go undefeated. Arizona State, UCLA and Washington have the week off and the rest of the league should have fairly easy wins Saturday.
A GOOD START: Ole Miss needed the win over Vanderbilt on opening night to get off on the right foot. The Rebels will cruise against Southeast Missouri State before pulling an upset next week at Texas. After a trip to Alabama the final weekend in September, the Rebs only leave the state of Mississippi once more this season. We could be seeing the emergence of the next best thing in the SEC.
THE WOW FACTOR: Kansas State lost its season opener and will have its hands full this week. The Wildcats can easily be 0-2 to start the year with the defeats coming to North Dakota State and Louisiana-Lafayette. Ouch.