Week 2 in college football, what to watch
Written by Curt Popejoy on 09/11/2009
How about that opening weekend of football huh? Crazy stuff going down. I learned a lot about the teams and myself. What I learned about myself is if I had to feed my family by betting on college games, they’d starve to death. What I learned about the teams is, don’t get wrapped up in rankings this early, because there is a lot to be geeked about. I have a big 4 pack for this week, my small school spotlight and a couple of quick hits. Read it. Live it. Love it.
Game of the week-BYU at Tulane. Wait what? No I that’s no misprint. BYU just came off the biggest win in school history and on September 16th they have Florida State coming to Provo. This is the trap game. If BYU wants to work toward a BCS Bowl, they can’t trip up. Later in the year, they get TCU and finish with Utah, both at home, but those games won’t matter if they look past the Green Wave. I don’t expect BYU to have any trouble with Tulane, but then again I didn’t have think Oklahoma would have any trouble with BYU either.
Next up is USC at Ohio State-I have to say this is my “don’t look at the rankings” game of the week. Ohio State didn’t look good at all last week, aside from Vince You…I mean Terrell Pryor. USC rolled a crappy San Jose State team, but they were supposed to. I just have a feeling the Trojans are going to roll into Columbus and tea bag the Buckeyes on their own field.
Moving on to Notre Dame versus Michigan-I didn’t include Notre Dame in my National Championship prediction, mainly because I didn’t think they could run the table and get far enough up in the polls. A game like this would be really big for them. No doubt Notre Dame’s offense is filthy. Clausen has the most loaded group of wide outs in the coutry and it’s bombs away. But Michigan has super freshman Tate Forcier. He looks to be a perfect fit for Rich Rodriguez’s offense. The Wolverine defense is also very good and the matchups between the Michigan D line and the Notre Dame offensive line will be one to watch.
Houston at Oklahoma State-Before you ask, no there’s not a gas leak. I don’t expect Houston to beat Oklahoma State, but if you love to see offense this matchup will be hard to pass by. Houston and their QB Case Keenum goes into video game mode on the field and just racks up yards and scores. Oklahoma State is able to run and throw with great efficiency and will rack up a ton of points as well. I’m not sure what Vegas is saying the total will be on this, but I’d take the over. Way over.
Small School Spotlight-Great football is great football no matter what level they play on. This weekend’s best game may be a mathcup between traditional powers in DII football. (4)Pittsburg State University(2-0) travels to Arrowhead Stadium to square off with (7)Northwest Missouri State(1-1). This is an annual battle between traditional powers in the MIAA conference. In recent years, Northwest has been a steamroller. They have had PSU’s number. 4 straight conference titles. But this year, PSU looks to be much better than the past few seasons. Make no mistake these two teams respect each other, but they don’t like each other. This should be an epic battle, and I encourage anyone in the KC area who loves football to get out there and watch. There’s nothing better than great college football and this is going to be just that. You even have brothers playing for the opposing teams. Can’t get much better than that.
Game to avoid-Texas and Wyoming. Seriously it’s cool Texas travels to play Wyoming and they’ll sell out, but this will be a beat down of epic proportions. Mack Brown will probably take his foot off the gas at halftime, but it’ll already be a blowout.
Player to watch-Bryce Brown, RB Tennessee-This kid is a special player no doubt about it. Much respect to senior Montario Hardesty but Brown is the future and the present of the Vols running game. Coach Kiffin is committed to getting the Freshman the football and that’s because he’s an incredibly gifted athlete. Keep an eye on Bryce Brown.
Last Edited: 03/05/2010