The Next Six

We still don’t know about how good the Gators are, but we have maybe a little better understanding on how the next six teams look on the schedule after week one. Here is a look at each of the next six teams on the schedule.

Morgan State 28 @ Eastern Michigan 31

I don’t know how many know it, but their game was also delayed because of weather for 57 minutes during the fourth quarter. On the night the EMU Eagles struggled on defense giving up 479 total yards to Morgan State, something the Gators should be licking their chops at. In return they ran a no-huddle fast paced offense for a solid 391 yards and outstanding 292 on the ground.

STOCK ANALYSIS: This is probably close to what would have been expected from the Eagles. STOCK EVEN.

Tennessee Martin 14 @ Kentucky 59

Kentucky played a heck of a game and was actually sloppy to start it off before getting on a roll. They were expected to win big, but I think this was a little more lopsided than anyone was thinking it would be. The Wildcats racked up 658 yards of offense with their version of the hurry-up. Kentucky junior running back Braylon Heard led the Wildcats with 116 yards rushing on just two carries racing 73 yards and 43 yards for touchdowns. Quarterback Patrick Towles was 20-29 for 377 yards and a touchdown through the air and on the ground. On defense, junior college transfer A.J. Stamps emerged with an interception and flying all over the field. The two INT’s in the game is only one off the season total for Kentucky from last year.

STOCK ANALYSIS: Despite UTM being a FCS opponent, Kentucky looked much more prepared and talented as a team than they did a year ago. STOCK UP.

This game was probably a little tougher than most expected. However, giving Dana Holgorsen all off-season to prepare for any defense is likely to turn into a point fest. It wasn’t exactly that, but the Crimson Tide did have some soft spots in their passing defense and it was enough to make it a very tight game for three quarters. They have had their injury and defection issues on defense, and it caught up with them a little bit. On offense, they were pretty efficient and balanced, running up 538 yards and a balanced 250 passing and 288 rushing. Quarterback Blake Sims went 24 of 33 for the 250 yards and an interception. His biggest target by far is Amari Cooper who grabbed 12 catches for 120 yards. T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry combined for 239 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Still, the West Virginia defense wasn’t expected to be stellar.

STOCK ANALYSIS: This was a very tight game and Alabama has to work on special teams a bit giving up a 100 yard kickoff return. In all, the Mountaineers scored 16 of their 23 points via special teams with three field goals as well. A bevy of dropped passes that would have gone for big gains also marred the contest for WVU and Alabama would have given up a bit more. They still did what they had to do, but not as pretty as anyone thought. STOCK SLIGHTLY DOWN.

Utah State 7 @ Tennessee 38

Tennessee, aided by a short field turnover on special teams that led to a quick second touchdown got off to a 17-0 lead by half time of a game that was supposed to be much closer and a game that many thought could go in favor of the Aggies who have had a habit of upsetting some major teams in the past few years. Tennessee was having none of it. They settled in on quarterback Justin Worley who was a solid 27 of 38 for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Worley hit 10 different receivers on the night. The offensive production was good even as the rushing game struggled hitting just 110 yards on 38 carries for a 2.8 yard average. Turnovers doomed the Aggies who threw two interceptions and the fumble on the kickoff return. They netted just 244 total yards on the night.

STOCK ANALYSIS: Tennessee had their bumps and bruises in the game with regards to consistency, but overall these should have been fairly evenly matched teams given recent history. Taking that into consideration, this was a good win for the Vols. STOCK UP.

Wisconsin 24 vs. LSU 28

LSU probably should have lost this game and it looked that way for most of the contest. Wisconsin led 24-13 going into the 4th quarter before LSU shut them down on defense and won the final quarter 15-0 to take the win. LSU only completed 9 of 21 passes on the night, but still managed 239 yards for a whopping 26.0 yards per reception average. Travin Dural was a big newcomer as the sophomore caught three passes for 151 yards including an 80 yarder. Despite all the early scoring for Wisconsin they managed just 318 yards of offense and 268 of that came on the ground going 8 of 24 for 50 yards against a stingy LSU pass defense. Still, the run game was potent and helped control the game for three quarters.

STOCK ANALYSIS: These were two evenly matched teams in terms of the polls. Although away from home, LSU was much closer, but Wisconsin travels well, so not much of a home field advantage there. LSU couldn’t make a tackle in the early part of the game giving up a lot and then made up for it. Still, the running game averaging 2.8 yards per carry has to be a worry at this point. STOCK DOWN.

South Dakota State 14 @ Missouri 38

The Tigers hit a big 44 yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the game and kind of coasted to win over the Jackrabbits. Sophomore Maty Mauk had a solid but not spectacular game hitting on 13 of 21 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns. The Missouri ground game was really solid with 215 yards and a 5.5 yard average led by Russell Hansbrough with 126 yards and a touchdown. But this was an FCS team that the Tigers should have dominated and only led 21-10 at half. The Tiger defense was most suspect in the passing game where the Jackrabbits went 23 of 32 for 246 yards, but the Tigers did land two interceptions. The Tigers gave up a broken play 75 yard run, but after that first series run, the Jackrabbits ground game only accounted for 44 yards the rest of the day.

STOCK ANALYSIS: This was an FCS opponent and Missouri won the turnover battle 3-0, it should have been a much more lopsided game. They never got into any flow with the new parts they are putting on the field right now. STOCK SLIGHTLY DOWN.

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