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BIG-TIME GAMES TURN INTO BIG-TIME BLOWOUTS
September 12, 2006

SCS.comOhio State vs Texas, Notre Dame vs Penn State. What a great Saturday! These games will be classics. A week later, we realize that we were wrong. Notre Dame rolled through a young Penn State team, while Ohio State controlled the game against the Vince Young-less Texas Longhorns. The best game of the week? Boston College vs Clemson. Just like you predicted, right?

There weren't too many top 25 losses. Still, many opinions were altered this past weekend. Maybe Florida State's offense is really that bad (more than likely). Can Cal challenge USC after a good bounce back game vs Minnesota (doubt it). Tennessee struggled with Air Force, and maybe this isn't such a great team anymore (their defense will win them some games). I say give the season more time, as week three is full of great games that will answer your questions and lead to new ones.

THIS WEEK'S BOWL PROJECTIONS

DATE BOWL MATCHUP
Dec. 19 Poinsettia BYU vs. Navy
Dec. 21 Las Vegas Arizona State vs. TCU
Dec. 22 New Orleans Arkansas State vs. UCF
Dec. 23 New Mexico San Diego State vs. New Mexico State
Dec. 23 Birmingham UAB vs. South Florida
Dec. 23 Armed Forces Utah vs. UTEP
Dec. 24 Hawaii Hawaii vs. Oregon State
Dec. 26 Motor City Ohio vs. Purdue
Dec. 27 Emerald Arizona vs. Virginia
Dec. 27 Independence Kansas vs. Arkansas
Dec. 28 Holiday Oklahoma vs. UCLA
Dec. 28 MPC Computers Fresno State vs. Maryland
Dec. 29 Champs Sports Georgia Tech vs. Wisconsin
Dec. 29 Music City South Carolina vs. Miami (Fl)
Dec. 29 Sun Cal vs. Texas A&M
Dec. 29 Insight Michigan State vs. Missouri
Dec. 30 Alamo Minnesota vs. Iowa State
Dec. 30 Liberty Houston vs. Alabama
Dec. 30 Meineke Car Care Rutgers vs. Wake Forest
Dec. 30 Chick-fil-A Tennessee vs. Florida State
Jan. 1 Gator Boston College vs. Texas Tech
Jan. 1 Cotton Nebraska vs. Georgia
Jan. 1 Outback Penn State vs. LSU
Jan. 1 Capital One Florida vs. Iowa
Jan. 1 Rose [BCS] Michigan vs. USC
Jan. 1 Fiesta [BCS] Boise State vs. Texas
Jan. 2 Orange [BCS] Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech
Jan. 3 Sugar [BCS] Auburn vs. Louisville
Jan. 6 International Toledo vs. Pittsburgh
Jan. 7 GMAC Tulsa vs. Akron
Jan. 8 *BCS TITLE* Ohio State vs. West Virginia

WHO'S HOT

  • Ohio State & Michigan - Ohio State and Texas was supposed to be a game for the ages. It was really a game to forget from the Texas standpoint, as Ohio State's high powered offense led them to a 24-7 win. Michigan beat Central Michigan in a rain-delayed game at the Big House. After a 41-17 win on Saturday, Michigan now prepares for a big game against rival Notre Dame. The Ohio State vs Michigan game may have a Big Ten or national title on the line, what a surprise!

  • TCU - Texas Christian didn't have some big time win. They didn't solidify themselves in the Mountain West Conference. However, with Texas' loss to Ohio State, TCU now has the nation's longest win streak. The TCU streak extends into last year, and now sits at 12 games. However, next week the Horned Frogs play Texas Tech. If they can get by the Red Raiders, they then have a favorable MWC schedule that they should handle.

  • Notre Dame - Many people, including me, thought that Notre Dame's poor performance vs Georgia Tech was a sign of a bad things to come for the Irish. Notre Dame knew better. They dominated top 25 foe Penn State. If Notre Dame didn't impress the pollsters with their 41-17 on Saturday, then something is wrong with the world.

  • Boise State - After losing Dan Hawkins to Colorado (now 0-2), Boise State didn't look like the contender they were in years past, but Boise State just keeps finding ways to reload. Running back Ian Johnson had five touchdowns and 240 yards against Oregon State, and he and the Broncos were ripping up OSU (and that blue field). Boise State may play themselves into a BCS bowl game if Johnson can keep up this early season success.

  • Rutgers - Rutgers has now beat two consecutive BCS conference teams, Illinois and North Carolina. Rutgers looks to be a Big East contender with a high-powered offense and an opportunistic defense. West Virginia and Louisville need to watch out.

    WHO'S NOT

  • The rest of the Big Ten - It was an embarrassing weekend for the Big Ten. Illinois was shut out by Rutgers. Northwestern was downed by Division 1-AA New Hampshire by 17. Iowa beat Syracuse by 3, even though Drew Tate didn't play. Penn State got throttled by Notre Dame. Minnesota was very disappointing in a loss against Cal. The Big Ten seems to be more top heavy then first thought. Depth is not something that needs to be associated with the Big Ten right now.

  • Nevada - They haven't had an easy road, but it has been a very disappointing start for the Wolfpack. Nevada has opened the season with 2 straight losses to Fresno State and Arizona State. Colorado State and Northwestern are Nevada's next two opponents. Things need to get better in a hurry.

  • Mississippi State - Mississippi State has advanced beyond the 50 on four occasions this season. They have scored zero, zip, nada, a big goose egg, in their first 2 games. Sylvester Croom and his Bulldogs are 0-2, and look to be in a load of trouble against SEC teams this year.

  • College Gameday - I used to wake up religiously and watch College Gameday. Now, I can't stand to watch it for more than 5 minutes. Lee Corso always makes outrageous predictions (like Cal wining the national title). Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit are enjoyable to watch, however the content that is used to fill the 2 hour time slot is getting repetitive and hard to watch. Not to mention Mark May and Lou Holtz may be the worst pair in ESPN history. I am sorry, I just find it hard to call either of those 2 "experts."

  • Syracuse short yardage offense - Well, Syracuse had a chance to win a huge game, at home, against a top 25 team. In double overtime, down by 7, Syracuse needed a touchdown. They had 8 chances to score from the 5 yard line or closer. You heard right! A pass interference gave them 4 more plays after being stopped previously. I know Syracuse doesn't have a good offense, but this was a great opportunity and they couldn't get one yard. That hurts.

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