FootballScoop's thoughts on "Top 25" games

Just some very quick thoughts from the games played thus far this weekend...

#9 South Carolina 17 at Vanderbilt 13 -  South Carolina played well enough to win; but so did Vandy. South Carolina's passing game was a non-factor. 

#13 Michigan State 17 - #24 Boise State 13 - Michigan State's defense was excellent throughout. Their running back Le'Veon Bell was a workhorse. 

#21 Stanford 20 - San Jose State 17 - Stanford opened up a lead; only to see San Jose State fight back to tie it. Stanford's defense held strong and their offense had enough to win the game.

#1 USC 49 - Hawaii 10 - USC looked good right off the bat; but could definitely improve over this performance. SC is going to be tough to beat if they remain healthy. 

#2 Alabama 41 - #8 Michigan 14 - Alabama looked very strong.

#3 LSU 41 - North Texas 14 - LSU played a solid; but not great game. The offensive line did open some huge holes for the running game. Defense while very effective seemed to miss the spark that #7 provided. [Important side note: The Tigers are now undefeated (1-0) in games my one year old has attended!]

#4 Oklahoma 24 at UTEP 7 - First takeaway...what was UTEP wearing??? Second takeaway, Oklahoma struggled and didn't play a very good game. They got the W with a better second half; but I'm thinking the team got a talking to from Bob after the game. Special teams were less than great.

#10 Arkansas 49 - Jacksonville State 24 - Jacksonville State had the lead 14-7 early in the second quarter...and then Arkansas put up four straight touchdowns. I didn't see any of this game; but am told that Arkansas' offense looked good (had 400 yards passing and 164 rushing...12 yards per pass attempt and nearly 5 yards per rush). 

#7 Florida State 69 - Murray State 3 - Florida State averaged 7 yards / rush, Murray State averaged 1. Florida State handled a team they should handle at home. 

#5 Oregon 57 - Arkansas State 34 - Chip Kelly's team played a very, very good first half...scoring points left and right and with ease. It was 50-10 at halftime and Chip called off the dogs. We saw this note from former Oregon QB Nate Costa:

#6 Georgia 45 - Buffalo 23 - Freshman running back Todd Gurley had a productive day with a 100 yard kickoff return and 100 yards rushing including electrifying TD runs of 55 and 10 yards. Buffalo put up a valiant fight in the first half; but the Dawgs pulled away in the second half.

#11 West Virginia 69 - Marshall 34 - Holgorsen's offense, led by Geno Smith, is playing at a very high level. 

#12 Wisconsin 26 - Northern Iowa 21 - Northern Iowa showed great heart fighting back from a 26-7 hole in the 4th quarter; but the Badgers held on for the win. Wisconsin didn't play that poorly, Northern Iowa really played well when they needed to. Bielema says his players touched a hot stove

#14 Clemson 26 vs. Auburn 19 (in Atlanta) - I didn't get to watch any of this one; but sounds like a typical Clemson / Auburn battle. Clemson scored enough to win and had a heck of a run by tailback Andre Ellington (watch below). 

#15 Texas 37 - Wyoming 17 - Texas won at home; but didn't dominate.

#17 Nebraska 49 - Southern Miss 20 - Nebraska's offense was very effective.

#18 Ohio State 56 - Miami (OH) 10 - Ohio State dominated this game. 

#19 Oklahoma State 84 - Savannah State 0 - Completely irrelevant game.

#22 Kansas State 51 - Missouri State 9 - I saw the halftime score (9-6 K-State) and was shocked. 35 points in the 4th quarter for K-State helped the final look better; but clearly this one didn't go as planned in Manhattan. 

#23 Florida 27 - Bowling Green 14 - A win is a win; but this one wasn't exciting for Florida. Florida got just enough explosive plays from their running backs and receivers to win what otherwise was a pretty close game. 


The video Dana showed his team before rolling Marshall

Yesterday Dana Holgorsen's West Virginia team put up 69 on in state rival Marshall. 

Here's the video they watched pre-game...It worked!

D-III offense puts on a passing clinic

Eureka College (IL) and Knox College (IL) put together an offense display yesterday, but in the end it was Eureka quarterback Sam Durley and the offensive staff that stole the show.

When it was all said and done, Durley went 34 of 52 for an impressive 736 yards, and engineered the game winning touchdown with under 20 seconds left in their 62-55 win over Knox.

The passing yardage sets a single game NCAA record, surpassing the mark of 731 set in 2000 during another D-III contest.

Durley's passing yards were more offensive yards than top 10 teams Michigan and Alabama combined for during their game. Even in yesterday's most lopsided victory, Oklahoma State only put up 682 yards of total offense against Savannah State (an 84-0 landslide), still 54 yards short of Durley's passing yardage.

With time running out, the offensive staff decided to put the ball in Durley's hands for the win, and here's how it played out.

Obviously still "in the zone" afterwards, Durley noted that he thought that he was hovering around the "high 300's" when the final horn blew. 

Bielema: "This was one of the most beneficial teaching tools"

Bret Bielema is hoping that the Badgers narrow 26-21 victory over FCS opponent Northern Iowa will teach them more than if they had blown someone out to start off the season.

"You've got to touch a hot stove once. Once you get burned, you're not going to do it again. And hopefully our guys learn, hey, you've got to put people away when we can." he explained afterwards.

"To me, we get a lot better out of this than a 42-0 blowout. I don't see what that gets. I know our fans, it kept them in their seats."

Northern Iowa has been an FCS power during recent years, winning at least 7 games every year dating back to 2003, including a ten win season last year. Back in 2009, the Panthers lost to Iowa and Iowa State by only a point each.

The Wisconsin defense played well for most of the night, up until the last part of the third quarter. Up until that point, the Badgers hadn't allowed UNI to cross midfield but in the fourth quarter, the Panther offense put together a few long touchdown passes to close the gap and make the last possession count.

"I told our guys any win is a good win, but this was one of the most beneficial teaching tools we could secure.

"Wisconsin football may not be the prettiest thing to watch, but we get W's" Bielema noted.




In state action - Sunday TV

Some solid in state college football action today, including Kentucky and Louisville and SMU at Baylor.

Eastern time listed.


No games


Bethune-Cookman vs Alabama State - 12 - ESPN

Kentucky at Louisville - 3:30 - ESPN

Southern Methodist at Baylor - 6:30 - Fox Sports Net

High School:

Miramar (FL) vs Manatee (FL) - 2 - ESPN2

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