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Week 2 Recap
Officially, Michigan State and FAU had 36,000 people at the game. Half of them must have been in the bathroom whenever the cameras showed the crowd, though. Eastern Michigan dropped a close one to Miami(NTM) 21-28, and so, like groundhog day, Toledo stays in Ohio for another year. Wisconsin did well against SJSU, but Tolzien was 15-22 passing, which must have hurt their numbers. The Cupcake award therefore posthumously goes to Maryland (!) for putting up 62 on Morgan State. And last but not least, Louisvile scored all 23 points in the second quarter to beat East Kentucky by 10.
Week 3 Preview
The "Torch and Pitchfork" Game of the Week is Virginia Tech versus East Carolina. VT needs a win, and ECU has scored 100 points in their first two games. Get ready for more schadenfreude from the Hokies.
The "Think of the Children" game this week is Boise State versus Wyoming. Boise needs to destroy everyone in their path, thanks to Virginia Tech, and Wyoming is coming off a 34-7 loss to Texas last week. I expect Boise State to score just under 100.
As I refuse to taunt the gods of I-AA, I won't put Michigan versus UMass in, and instead give Washington State versus SMU the "One Legged Man Ass-Kicking" award. WSU sqeaked out a win against Montana State, while SMU beat UAB 28-7. Plus, WSU has USC next week to look forward to, which is nice.
Now that cupcake week is mostly over, it's on to week 2. But first
Week 1 Recap
While Minnesota versus Middle Tennessee was bad, it wasn't Kansas v. North Dakota State bad. The Turner Gill era at Kansas does not start well. Your winning team had 163 yards of total offense and 13 penalties and won 6-3 in a three field-goal game. Wow. And, uh, so Arizona isn’t as bad as I thought, go figure.
Week 2 Lineup
Still not a lot of clarity about quality of competition after week one, so this week still won't have much focus on talent levels. This is a big week for Sparty, as Michigan State gets the “Good Seats Still Available” award for scheduling Florida Atlantic at Ford Field, for some reason. Florida Atlantic beat UAB by one last week, but State did a decent job against Western Michigan to take an early lead in the Michigan Directional School Cup. But still, expect lots of fans to come dressed as empty seats for this one.
In other Michigan directional school action, Eastern Michigan plays Miami (NTM) in what must be a rivalry game? Winner gets Toledo (the city, not the school) or something. Seems odd for two non-divisional MAC schools to play so early. EMU lost to Army on three turnovers, and Miami(NTM) wasn't exactly cannon-fodder to Florida, but since they both put up 212 yards of total offense, Florida wasn't its usual self either. Miama got intercepted four times, while Florida fumbled three.
Wisconsin gets the “Cupcake of the Week” award for playing a San Jose State team that got pounded by Alabama by 45 points last week (and SJ St. gets a “Glutton For Punishment/Cash” award). Wisconsin ran 50 times for 278 yards against UNLV, and expect more of the same. SJSU managed 7 first downs, one field goal, and 175 total yards of offense against Alabama. They almost tied on time of possession!
The “Somebody’s Gotta Win” game of the week is Louisville versus Eastern Kentucky. Louisville lost to Kentucky last week, while E. KY got a thorough drubbing by Missouri State. I'd expect a win from Louisville, but who knows at this point.
Apologies if this has already been posted (I'm pretty sure it hasn't, but you never know)
Yesterday the WSJ put up a gigantic statistical database of all D-1 FBS college football teams. You can filter by teams/conferences, and also filter by whatever category you want using the check boxes.
Basically, somebody put all this stuff from the NCAA database into excel and its realllllly pretty.
While Michigan's season doesn't start for another 2 days, I realized today that college football begins tonight (!). So now, I have begun to get pumped for just seeing college football on TV again, on top the pumped-ness of UM-UConn. What college football hype videos do you guys/gals know of for other schools? This one comes to mind, and it's pretty awesome.
Hooray, it's finally September! I've been jonesing for football so bad that I caught myself watching the second half of last year's Michigan/Illinois game. And I knew what the final score was going to be!
The early season games are difficult to pick for this column, since last year's usual suspects could very well improve, or someone decent could fall on their face. So, without further ado and very litle research, let's get down to it.
Bowl Recap: Wyoming and Freson State played an entertaining 2OT game, with Wyoming coming from behind to win 35-28. Minnesota and Iowa Stateclunked around, with Iowa State winning 14-13. So Congrats to Minnesota for finishing sub .500 even with a bowl game. South Florida beat the crap out of Northern Illinois 27-3. When you have almost as many yards punting (233) as total offense (238), the fans are in for a long night.
But we're going to put the past behind us, and look forward to a bright, shiny, new 2010 season. Minnesota manages to get noticed again, mostly for starting on the road against Middle Tennessee. Middle Tennessee was 10-3 in the SunBelt last year, so this is no cupcake for Minnesota, who struggled with the #109th best offense last season. Bonus: it's on Thursday on ESPNU.
Also on the road, Arizona travels to Toledo. Arizona is probably still smarting after getting hammered by a pissed-off Nebraska team in their bowl game, but Toledo had the #13th overall offense last year, despite finishing 5-7. Toledo knocked off Colorado, and should be looking to do the same to Arizona.
Colorado versus Colorado State in the Rocky Mountain Showdown is nothing if not entertaining. Last year, Colorado lost to CSU again. This is the same CSU team that finished 3-9 and lost their last nine in a row, including such powerhouses as Wyoming, UNLV and San Diego State. Colorado looks to counter Dan Hawkins with returning talent at RB, but nothing can counter Dan Hawkins.