Winners: Wake over Nebraska, Miami over Oklahoma, LSU
If Greg Robinson isn’t already on the hot seat following Syracuse’s fourth consecutive opening game defeat, then he might be when he wakes up Sunday morning. That’s because the Orange, who were the only Big East team to lose its opener last week, now must take their pitiful offense on the road to play Iowa, who might have one of the strongest defenses in the Big Ten.
It’s going to be a long season for the Orange, but it might be much shorter for Robinson.
Cincinnati should find out where they stand when they host Oregon State tonight. The Bearcats put a beating on Southeast Missouri State last week, but you can expect the Beavers to be a much a tougher challenge. This is a team that is coming off a year in which it took down USC and won a bowl game.
Upset Watch: Navy 27 – Rutgers 24
Game of the Week: South Florida vs. No. 17 Auburn
Well, that was an interesting weekend. Like i said, things pretty much unfurled as they were supposed to, with a bunch of big name schools beating a bunch of not-big-name schools. I probably got a little greedy picking UAB over Michigan State or Northern Illinois over Iowa, but I did call Minnesota losing to Bowling Green. [Editor's note: Nobody likes a braggart. Except, in this case, me.]
The two rebuilding programs (Minnesota and Illinois) may have a little bit further to go than they thought (both were close but not quite. I won't ramble on about the Debacle in the Big House, because I already did.
This coming week, things just start warming up. Minnesota will take another crack at the MAC, with Miami (OH) coming to town, while the team that squeaked by them (Bowling Green) will pay a visit to the potent Michigan State offense featuring the always-fun-to-pronounce Jehuu Caulcrick.
Michigan will have to sober up fast to face the uniformly challenged Oregon Ducks, whom the Wolverines are hoping haven't noticed the gaping maw that is their interior defense. Penn State will stay home to host a Notre Dame squad that got pantsed by Georgia Tech last week. Iowa gets what should be an equally easy game against a rather sorry Syracuse squad.