Last Thursday Boston College defeated Ball State 19-11
Athlon Sports predicted that BC would be a BCS team this year despite the fact that BC lost its top running back and its offensive line.
What are they smoking at Athlon?
Against Ball State, BC's problems showed up aplenty. Their 205 net yards rushing is deceptive. After Whitworth went out with an injury, the Eagles were often stuffed at the line for little or no gain. The passing game wasn't much better. If not for a 96 yard touchdown return by Will Blackmon, BC could easily have lost this contest.
The one strong positive for the Eagles was their defensive line which held Ball State to 64 yards rushing and put constant pressure on their QB's.
BC plays Penn State next.
Virginia clobbered Temple 44-14
With Virginia up 30-0 at half time, network TV shifted coverage to another game. Good thing. Temple was stinking the place out so badly that the ushers were handing out gas masks. The Owls have no offensive line, no defensive line, their running backs can't get to the outside, their corners can't cover and so on and so on and so on.
They are awful...except for QB Walter Washington who can play the game.
If he only had a team around him.
Temple plays No. 22 Maryland (1-0) next week. Ouch!
Connecticut defeated Murray State 52-14
I didn't get to see this game but it was all tied at 14-14 at half time. UConn must have had a very good second half.
The courageous Huskies continue their brutal out of conference schedule with a scintillating match up against Duke (0-1) next week.
West Virginia crushed East Carolina 56-23
If you have any doubt about the Mountaineers ability to replace Quincy Wilson, forget it. Kay Jay Harris rushed for 337 yards and a Big East record.
WVU dominated this game and don't tell me about the 23 points that East Carolina scored. The Pirates' last 14 points came in garbage time. Overall, the Mountaineers cruised so easily that it leaves questions about their passing game. Rasheed Marshall hardly had to throw the ball. He connected on only 6 passes to three receivers.
It'll take a couple more contests to determine if WVU is really as good as advertised.
West Virginia plays UCF (0-1) next week.
Purdue destroyed Syracuse 51-0
Syracuse was not as bad as the final score suggests. They weren't especially good either. As expected the Orange have little on offense and Purdue both keyed on and stopped Walter Reyes (31 rushing yards for the game) from becoming a factor. SU has a better defense than the score suggests. They have some good athletes and move well to the ball. They are not great on "D" but they have more talent than the final score implies.
The Orange may have found a solid quarterback in Perry Patterson who was impressive in relief of Joe Fields. Patterson is clearly the superior QB. He has an excellent arm with a quick, accurate delivery. He should start in upcoming contests. Fields, on the other hand, showed little in the opening game which would justify keeping him as a starter.
Now, all Syracuse has to do is find some receivers to throw to.
Syracuse's next game against Buffalo (0-1) should be interesting.
Pittsburgh's game against South Florida was postponed due
A flimsy excuse if I ever heard one.
Out of conference opponents
New Hampshire is for real. They defeated defending national div 1AA champions Delaware 24-21. UNH's starting QB (New Jersey native) Mike Granieri was lost for the season when he tore an ACL on a running play. His back up, Ricky Santos, hit 10 for 11 for 146 yards and no interceptions. Santos, however, unlike Granieri is not a threat to run with the ball.
Next up is Rutgers
Kent State was crushed by No. 19 Iowa by a score of 39-7.
Kent State's only score came on a 100 yard interception return. The Golden Flashes didn't cross mid field until the third quarter. Kent State was held to 27 total rushing yards in the game.
Kent plays Liberty next week at home.
Vanderbilt lost to South Carolina 31-6
This was supposed to be a climax year for the senior laden Commodores. The season hasn't started out that way.
The Gamecocks dominated time of possession and totaled 453 yards total offense. Vanderbilt coughed up four turnovers, including one returned 98 yards for a TD. The Commodores could not establish a ground game and relied on on air attack to try to get back in the game. The bright spot for Vandy? QB Jay Cutler was an impressive 24 for 38 for 270 yards. But without a running game Cutler's effort went for naught.
Next up for the Commodores is (0-1) Mississippi.
Navy defeated Duke 27-12
New Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco was 8 of 9 for 129 yards passing while rushing 147 yards on 23 attempts. Reliable Kyle Eckel added 100 more rushing yards. The Middies had 430 yards in total offense.
Next up for Navy is Northeastern
games Penn State throttled Akron
48-10. PSU fans feel that this will be a resurrection year for the
Next week they play (1-0) Boston College.
Notre Dame lost to BYU 20-17. I watched the game until it put me to sleep. The Irish are pathetic. Next week they play (1-0) Michigan. Tyrone Willingham has suggested that the Irish faithful dedicate themselves to devout prayer.
impressive game I saw this weekend (other than the Rutgers game) was
Louisville / Kentucky. Louisville looked
terrific in their 28-0 shutout of the Wildcats. The Cardinals
have excellent speed on both offense and defense and two outstanding
quarterbacks in Stefan Lefors and true freshman Brian Brohm.
Running back Lionel Gates averaged over 8 yards per carry and six
receivers for the Cards had 2 or more receptions.
UL has a mid season contest coming up with the Miami Hurricanes. If Louisville continues to play like this don't be surprised if they give the Hurricanes a tussle.
If you want to see an impressive scatback, tune into any UNLV game. Tailback Dominique Dorsey gives a whole new meaning to the word "acceleration". Dorsey is only 5-7, 165 but he accelerates like he's being shot out of a cannon. Despite Tennessee's weekend domination of the Runnin' Rebels, Dorsey gained 126 yards on 18 carries (7.0 ypc) often faking Volunteer defensive players right out of their jocks. The kid is fun to watch.
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