Well the first week of college football has just about ended. The Miami/Maryland game is slated for this evening and it will be interesting to see if the Hurricanes are distracted by the ridiculous off the field problems. One just has to wonder if any of the HC's, athletic director(s), and or Donna Shalala have been complicit in the wrong doing. I can't believe that Shannon or Coker had a hand in this. Shalala? Don't know. There is something just smarmy there. Time will tell I suppose.
At this point in the season I am 14-5 in predictions with the final one being decided this evening in the aforementioned game.
I was a bit surprised that some of the east coast IAA schools did not make a better showing against the D1 ACC crowd. Appalachian State was blown out and JMU along with William and Mary just did not show well. Richmond did pull one out of the hat over the Blue Devils but Duke football ain't Duke roundball . Often the East Coast IAA teams are near as good as many of those that compete in the Big East or the ACC.
The Aggies took the Mustangs to the woodshed but I do not believe that the Aggies are going to be a factor in the hunt for the national crown. Probably not even in the hunt in the Big Twelve. Tannehill does look to be a pretty good QB though. SMU did not have Padron in and that probably hurt their chances a great deal. A win is a win though and the Aggies are 1-0. I am still scratching my head a bit at this SEC thing that those in College Station are dead set on. How often do they think they will compete there?
The PAC 12 looks to be again a weak sister. The only squad that appears real dangerous is the one that has Luck behind center. Perhaps the Utes will make some noise nationally. Oregon is done in the hunt for national honors. Perhaps a decent bowl for the Duck's but no BCS game likely. Most of the rest of the conference appears to be of no account. Cal did win against Pat Hill and CO. Almost forgot about that one.
WVU kicked off their season with a good win over Marshall. I am looking for WVU to be a dark horse in the hunt for a national championship.
TCU has fallen way off. Still a good team but a rebuilding year is in store for the Frogs. The loss to Baylor won't be the only one suffered this season.
The Big Ten is the Big Ten. Wisconsin and Nebraska look like they are for real. Ohio State, PSU, Iowa, Northwestern, and Michigan? The jury is still out. Some will fall by the wayside very soon.
I am looking forward to the game tonight and I think that Edsall will have his team ready to take on the 'Canes. Al Golden will have wished he stayed in Philadelphia before long I wager.
Have a good week.