College Football Preview - Week 2
Written by Curt Popejoy on 09/11/2010
This week's edition of the college football preview has me a little sad. Why? Because I never like picking against teams I like, especially my beloved Oklahoma Sooners. I had Sooner (and Pittsburgh Steeler) crib sheets for crying out loud. But this weekend, there's a big fat stack of premier matchups, I mean a big fat stack. For this week's preview, I am going to look at 4 games that I can't imagine any real college football fan missing.
May as well get this one over with. The Florida State Seminoles travel to Norman, Oklahoma to duke it out with the Sooners. In most years I would look at this game with cautious optimism. Still in the back of my mind, I know that at home the Sooners are a seriously tough out. But after watching what Utah State did to this young defense, I just shudder at the thought of what Christian Ponder will do to it. The good new is, Sooners WR Ryan Broyles and RB DeMarco Murray are superstars and can be effective in spite of Quarterback Landry Jones. I would love to think that the poor tackling and lack of fundamentals I saw in the Sooner defense last week will be corrected, but even if they make progress, I'm not sure it'll be enough against Ponder and the explosive Seminole offense. As I swallow this one down, I am calling for the upset and Florida State to come into Normaln and squeak out a tight win.
Ok, on to happier talk. The new look Notre Dame Fighting Irish are matched up with the new Governor of Michigan Denard Robinson. Biggest matchup of unranked teams of all time? Perhaps. I can't wait to see if Robinson can contend with a defense that is lightyears better than the Uconn Huskies from the previous week. If he can, when I do my new Heisman Top 5 on Sunday, he'll be near the top. But he's got to win. And I am not sure that Michigan has enough on defense to slow down Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist and all those weapons on offense. There is no team in college football more polarizing than Notre Dame, but the fact is, ND being good is good for college football. And they appear to be very good. Give me Notre Dame to pull away late, and Robinson to push it too far and have at least one crucial turnover.
Next on the menu are the University of Miami Hurricanes traveling to Columbus in a matchup against the Ohio State Buckeyes. This is the matchup of the two quarterbacks I consider the most overrated in the country. I get so many emails flaming me because I don't have Ohio State's Terrell Pryor and Miami's Jacory Harris as Heisman candidates. Sorry, but I'll pass. Both guys are so up and down, there's no chance either of them put together a season consistent enough for the Heisman. But which overrated QB do I like here? Pryor, but only because they are playing in Ohio. And because Lebron James is there. I think that Miami probably has more athletes all over the field, but there's just something about playing the Buckeyes at home that will bring out the interceptions in Harris. Give me the Buckeyes to pull away late.
No. 4 on this big weekend is Alabama inviting the Penn State Nittany Lions down to Bama. No Mark Ingram and no Marcel Dareus for the Crimson Tide. I'm not sure it'll matter. No, in fact I'm sure it won't. Ingram's backup Trent Richardson showed last weekend, the dropoff from Ingram to him is slight. And while Dareus is a dominant defensive lineman, the Crimson Tide D is stacked. There's very little to really like about Penn State this weekend, but I hope they keep it close. Roll Tide!
Train wreck game of the week? Georgia Tech at Kansas - After watching the Jayhawks lose to North Dakota State last weekend, I am frightened to think what the Tech option offense is going to do to them. I have friends who are Jayhawk fans and to them I say I'm sorry.
Battle of ranked teams I really don't care about? Georgia at South Carolina - I mean I'll watch it, and I'll break it down, but for whatever reason this game holds zero interest for me. This means it'll end up the most exciting game of the weekend. You watch.
A couple of prospects you don't want to miss:
Nick Foles QB Arizona - Love his skillset as it translates to the NFL, and against a suspect Citadel defense, he could really light things up.
Daniel Thomas RB Kansas State - I am going to pimp Thomas all year. He doesn't get the headlines like Ryan Williams of Virginia Tech or DeMarco Murray of Oklahoma but he may just be better than both.
Last Edited: 09/10/2010