1. Florida State (1-0)
LAST WEEK: Defeated Murray State 69-3. FSU had their way with Murray State after a sluggish first quarter and a half. The bench was cleared as the entire roster had an opportunity to play. E.J. Manuel was 16 for 22 for 188 yards and running back James Wilder broke a long run and had his first 100 yard rushing day for the 'Noles.
Situation of the Week: FSU emptied the bench on Saturday, but there was one noticeable omission: DE Mario Edwards. Jimbo Fisher said after the game that the superstar recruit will red-shirt along with fellow DE Chris Casher.
NEXT WEEK: vs. Savannah State. 6:00 on ESPN3. Expect more of the same for FSU as SSU was shut-out 84-0 by Oklahoma State last week. This will be the final tune-up before FSU jumps into the ACC schedule with Wake Forest and Clemson coming to town.
LAST WEEK: Defeated Bowling Green 27-14. It was not always pretty in the Swamp on Saturday, but BGSU is better than many people think. Frankie Hammond made the big play and Mike Gillislie showed that he is ready to carry the load. The defense was solid as expected. Will Muschamp made a statement about 'media speculation' by having both Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett on the field for the first play of the game.
Situation of the Week: The lack of play-makers is alarming in Gainesville. Sure Hammond made a play, but the young QBs need several other wide-outs to step up. It does not get easier in terms of competition.
NEXT WEEK: at Texas A&M. 3:30 on ESPN. AM did not have the luxury of playing a Week One game(cancelled due to Hurricane Isaac), so they are a complete unknown at this time. UF will need to play better on both sides of the ball to win this week. UF does have the more talented team here and Muschamp has named Driskel as the starter.
3. Miami (1-0)
LAST WEEK: Defeated Boston College 41-32. It was a tale of two sides of the football with the offense showing signs of life and the defense giving up too many big plays. Freshmen Duke Johnson announced his arrival with a pair of jaw-dropping runs and Stephen Morris was very solid all afternoon. The lack of pressure on Chase Rettig allowed the senior to carve up the Miami secondary. Miami played a bunch of players and it is clear that many are fighting for jobs week to week.
Situation of the Week: Can Miami blitz? They are going to have to if some defensive linemen do not step up with some pressure. Yes it is a young and inexperience defense, but there will be some long afternoons if Saturday's performance is the standard. Can't be vanilla with no pressure.
NEXT WEEK: at Kansas State. 12:00 on FX. The second road test in a row, like BC, Miami will be trying to avenge a 2011 defeat. Last year K-State QB Colin Klein killed Miami, do the 'Canes have an answer in 2012?
4. South Florida (1-0)
LAST WEEK: Defeated Chattanooga 34-13. Senior QB B.J. Daniels tossed three TD passes and spread the ball around to a plethora of wide receivers. The defense held Chattanooga to 151 total yards. One issue was that USF did not get the running game going with Demetris Murray leading the way with just 55 yards on 16 carries.
Situation of the Week: While it was a generally positive day for the Bull's, they lost the turnover battle (2-0) and that will need to change. This is a more veteran team and there are plenty of play-makers on both sides of the ball.
NEXT WEEK: at Nevada. 3:30 on CBSSN. Nevada has been quietly building a quality program over the past decade and showed it again last week with a win over Cal. This will be a tough, early road test for the Bull's.
5. UCF (1-0)
LAST WEEK: Defeated Akron 56-14. A 28 point second quarter put this one away for the Golden Knight's. Blake Bortles was his usual efficient self going 13 of 16 for 168 yards and 3 TDs and a host of wide receivers got in on the action. Latavius Murray went for over 100 yards on just 14 carries.
Situation of the Week: The defense had some issues giving up over 300 total yards to an offensively inept Akron team.
NEXT WEEK: at Ohio State. 12:00 on ESPN2. Tough test for UCF as they are double digit 'dogs to Urban Meyer's OSU team. Offensively UCF seems poised to compete, can the defense hold up against the versatile Braxton Miller.
6. FIU (0-1)
LAST WEEK: Lost to Duke 46-26. A disastrous second quarter (Duke scored 30 points) did in the Panthers in what can only be seen as a very disappointing loss. Former Dade County player Connor Vernon torched FIU with 10 catches for 180 yards.
NEXT WEEK: Akron. No TV. FIU had closed the gap considerably with UCF last year, and the Golden Knight's easily dispatched of Akron in week one. FIU should be able to get a 'W' here at home.
7. FAU (1-0)
LAST WEEK: Defeated Wagner 7-3. The Owl's needed a 4th quarter TD to win this one as it was tough sledding for the offense. The defense was light's out against this over-matched opponent.
Situation of the Week: Is there no speed on this roster? Who can make a play? Might be a long year w/o much offensive firepower.
NEXT WEEK: at MTSU. 7:00 on ESPN3. There is not any time for FAU to get things in order as they open conference play on the road. MTSU lost to McNeese State last week so their house is not exactly in order either.