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We mentioned last week that the waiver wire is the deepest after Week One.  Last week’s names included:  Ameer Abdullah, Beau Blankenship, LaDarius Perkins, David Oku, Marcus Sales, Jaime Wilson, Davante Adams, Austin Hill, and Dan Buckner.  As previously stated in last week’s Waiver article, finding consistent fantasy production only gets tougher as the season progresses.  Don’t wait another week if anyone on this list is still available in your league.

Post-Week 2's Best Pickups

Brett Hundley, QB-UCLA

Hundley should be able to do more than just hold his own once the Bruins get into their conference schedule.

Connor Halliday, QB-Washington State

Starter Jeff Tuel left last week’s game with a knee injury, so Halliday should get his shot in Mike Leach’s ‘Air-Raid’ attack.

Rolandan Finch, RB-Boston College

Finch returned from injury and ran for 90 yards on 17 carries.  Expect a heavier workload next week at Northwestern.

Cody Getz, RB-Air Force

Getz proved that Week One was not a fluke by rushing for 130 yards and three touchdowns at Michigan.

Damien Williams, RB-Oklahoma

Even though Williams has only 19 carries in two weeks, his 13.7 yards-per-carry and five touchdowns cannot be ignored.

Leighton Settle, RB-Northern Illinois

Settle’s numbers have not been overly impressive, but defenses will start focusing their attention on quarterback Jordan Lynch.

Todd Gurley, RB-Georgia

The freshman running back has been too productive not to be given a bigger role as the season progresses.

Venric Mark, RB-Northwestern

Mark has given the Wildcats’ offense some stability at a position that was in question leading up to the season.

Alex Neutz, WR-Buffalo

If you picked up and started Neutz after we posted him onto our Emergency Starters list last Friday, you were rewarded with four touchdowns and 154 yards receiving against Morgan State.

Isaiah Burse, WR-Fresno State

Burse was another receiver that was in our Emergency Starters piece last week.  He and Davante Adams have clearly become WR#1 and WR#2 options for quarterback Derek Carr.

Austin Franklin, WR-New Mexico State

We were hesitant to pull the trigger after Franklin’s 200-yard, two touchdown game against Sacramento State to open the season, but he posted respectable numbers (5-72-1) against better competition (Ohio) in Week Two.

Jamison Crowder, WR-Duke

Crowder has posted at least six catches and 100 yards receiving in the first two weeks of the season. 

by Joe DiSalvo

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<p> College Fantasy Football: Post-Week 2 Waiver Wire Report</p>
Post date: Monday, September 10, 2012 - 05:51
Path: /college-football/big-12-post-week-2-power-rankings

After going undefeated in Week 1, the Big 12 wasn't so lucky in Week 2. Oklahoma State fell on the road to Arizona, while Kansas suffered a surprising defeat to Rice. Oklahoma and Texas had easy victories over bad competition, and TCU opened a renovated stadium with an easy victory over Grambling. Iowa State moved to 2-0 with an ugly, but crucial 9-6 victory over Iowa.

Big 12 Post-Week 2 Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia – The Mountaineers were off in Week 2, but Smith still ranks No. 1 after throwing for 323 yards and four scores in Week 1.

2. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State – Klein has picked up where he left off last season, recording 504 yards and six touchdowns through two weeks.

3. Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State – Randle didn’t reach the endzone against Arizona but managed 193 overall yards on 31 touches.

Big 12 Post-Week 2 Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State – Brown came up big against his former school (Miami) recording 10 tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery. Brown has 15 tackles through two weeks.

2. Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State – Knott recorded only six tackles against the Hawkeyes but came up with arguably the biggest play of the game, picking off James Vandenberg with less than two minutes to go to seal the win.

3. Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas – Jeffcoat has been steady through the first two weeks, recording 14 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and one sack.

Big 12 Post-Week 2 Coach of the Year Standings

1. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State – The Cyclones will have to scrap to get to another bowl, but once again, Rhoads has this team in good position after two weeks.

2. Bill Snyder, Kansas State – The schedule will get tougher over the next few weeks, but Kansas State seems to be loaded for another run at 10 victories.

3. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – The Mountaineers were off in Week 2 but had an impressive debut in Week 1 against Marshall.

Post-Week 2 Big 12 Power Rankings

1. Oklahoma (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Last Week:
Week 2 result: Beat Florida A&M 69-13
As expected, the Sooners had no trouble cruising to a 69-13 victory over Florida A&M in Week 2. Oklahoma hasn’t posted huge passing totals, but quarterback Landry Jones completed 19 of 28 passes for 252 yards in the win over the Rattlers. The rushing attack was a concern going into the season, but junior college recruit Damien Williams has been impressive through the first two games. One cause for concern: The offensive line. Oklahoma has allowed three sacks against two mediocre opponents. The Sooners have a bye this Saturday and return to action on Sept. 22 against Kansas State.
Next Game: Kansas State (Sept. 22)

2. Texas (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Last Week:
Week 2 result: Beat New Mexico 45-0
So far, so good for the Longhorns. The passing attack still needs some work, but quarterback David Ash has thrown for 377 yards and two scores (without an interception) through the first two weeks. The biggest tests are still to come, but Texas has to be encouraged with Ash’s performance so far. As expected, the Longhorns have been strong on defense and rank eighth nationally in points allowed through two weeks.
Next Game: at Ole Miss

3. West Virginia (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Last Week:
Week 2 result: Did not play
After an impressive debut against Marshall, the Mountaineers had a bye in Week 2. West Virginia will return to action this Saturday, traveling to Maryland for a neutral site matchup against James Madison in Landover. The Mountaineers seem to have the offense firing on all cylinders, but the defense allowed 545 yards in the opener against the Thundering Herd. Expect West Virginia to get better on defense as the year progresses, especially as the two new co-coordinators and scheme mixes with the personnel.
Next Game: James Madison

4. TCU (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Last Week:
Week 2 result: Beat Grambling 56-0
The Horned Frogs christened a renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium with an impressive 56-0 rout over Grambling. Sure, the blowout was expected, but TCU quarterbacks did not throw an incompletion, while a revamped defense allowed only 70 yards. The Horned Frogs have another milestone ahead this Saturday, as they play their first game as Big 12 members against Kansas. TCU’s offense should have no trouble moving the ball against the Jayhawks, but this will be a better test for its retooled defense.
Next Game: at Kansas

5. Kansas State (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Last Week:
Week 2 result: Beat Miami 52-13
The Wildcats needed a last-second defensive stand to beat Miami last season, but the 2012 matchup was a one-sided affair. Kansas State jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Quarterback Collin Klein completed 9 of 11 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown, while adding 71 yards and three scores on the ground. After allowing 418 yards to Missouri State in Week 1, Kansas State’s defense held the Hurricanes to 277 yards and forced three turnovers. Linebacker Arthur Brown had a huge game against his former team, recording 10 tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery.
Next Game: North Texas

6. Oklahoma State (1-1, 0-0 Big 12)
Last Week:
Week 2 result: Lost to Arizona 59-38
Despite jumping out to a 14-0 lead against Arizona, the Cowboys were unable to capitalize on the momentum and suffered a 59-38 defeat. Oklahoma State outgained the Wildcats 636 to 501 but committed a ridiculous 15 penalties and lost four turnovers. Although he threw three interceptions, the Cowboys have to be pleased with freshman quarterback Wes Lunt’s performance. He threw for 436 yards and four touchdowns and certainly wasn’t the reason Oklahoma State lost. The Cowboys take on upset-minded Louisiana-Lafayette in Week 3 and open Big 12 play on Sept. 29 against Texas.
Next Game: UL Lafayette

7. Baylor (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Last Week:
Week 2 result: Did not play
The Bears had their first of two bye weeks this season and did not play on Saturday. Baylor cruised to an easy 59-24 victory over SMU in Week 1 and should move to 2-0 with a favorable matchup against Sam Houston State next Saturday. The Bears have two more non-conference games before Big 12 play begins, which provides this team a few chances to work on the defense and get Nick Florence comfortable as the full-time starter.
Next Game: Sam Houston State

8. Iowa State (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Last Week:
Week 2 result: Beat Iowa 9-6
It’s a clear sign of the Big 12’s depth when Iowa State ranks eighth after two weeks. The Cyclones have scored two impressive victories so far, beating one of the frontrunners for the Conference USA title (Tulsa), while knocking off in-state rival Iowa in Week 2. Quarterback Steele Jantz has been steady through the first two weeks, and the defense has made a few timely plays and forced five turnovers. Although the Cyclones have earned two tough wins to begin the season, it won’t get any easier with Big 12 play starting on Sept. 29.
Next Game: Western Illinois

9. Texas Tech (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Last Week:
Week 2 result: Beat Texas State 58-10
The competition hasn’t been elite, but the Red Raiders are showing signs last season’s collapse is behind them. Texas Tech quickly dispatched any hopes Texas State had of an upset on Saturday, scoring 21 points in the first quarter and taking a 38-10 lead into halftime. Quarterback Seth Doege led the way against the Bobcats by throwing for 319 yards and five touchdowns, while the rushing attack generated 186 overall yards. The defense was a sore spot but has allowed just 16 points through two games. Bigger tests are ahead, but Texas Tech is off to a good start and should be 3-0 when it travels to Iowa State on Sept. 29.
Next Game: New Mexico

10. Kansas (1-1, 0-0 Big 12)
Last Week:
Week 2 result: Lost 25-24 to Rice
The Jayhawks opened up the Charlie Weis era with a victory over South Dakota State but took a step back with Saturday’s loss to Rice. Kansas was outgained by the Owls (403 to 339) and also had three turnovers. Quarterback Dayne Crist had an off performance too, completing 16 of 28 throws for 144 yards. As Saturday’s performance showed, Weis still has a lot of work to do in order to make the Jayhawks a competitive Big 12 team, and the road ahead won’t get any easier with TCU coming up next Saturday.
Next Game: TCU

by Steven Lassan


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Post date: Monday, September 10, 2012 - 05:49
Path: /college-football/missouri-and-texas-am-5-things-watch-sec

Missouri and Texas A&M technically joined the SEC on July 1, 2012, but Saturday will be the official introduction for both programs into their new conference home. While it won’t be easy to win championships in the SEC, it’s a conference with more stability and neither program will have to worry about a home in future realignment.

Both teams have the necessary resources to win division titles and compete for BCS bowls, but there will be a transition period to the SEC. Texas A&M made one of the top hires of the offseason, pulling Kevin Sumlin away from Houston to lead the charge into the SEC. Missouri is better equipped to win right away, especially with the return of quarterback James Franklin and the arrival of No. 1 recruit Dorial Green-Beckham.

What should Missouri and Texas A&M expect on Saturday and into the future with the move to the SEC? There’s no doubt the competition will be tougher, but both teams will also have to adapt to a different style of play.

Here are five things to watch as Missouri and Texas A&M kickoff their SEC openers:

1. Increased Competition
The Big 12 is no slouch when it comes to competition, as it is arguably the No. 2 conference in college football. However, Missouri and Texas A&M move from a conference with just 10 teams to one with 14. The SEC had nine bowl-eligible teams last season, including LSU and Alabama – the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation. In the final BCS standings released last year, the SEC had four teams in the top 10, while the Big 12 had two. Recruiting is a key part of any successful program, but it’s an even bigger deal in the SEC. Thirty-four of the top 100 recruits in Athlon’s 2012 Consensus 100 signed with an SEC school. It may sound cliché, but the best recruits want to play in the No. 1 conference and that only adds to the pressure of coaching staffs to reel in the top talent. The Big 12 is a tough conference, but the SEC is the best of the best.

2. Different Style of Play
In the Big 12, it’s all about offense. Seven Big 12 teams ranked in the top 35 of scoring offense last season, each averaging at least 31 points a game. There are a few exceptions (Texas, Kansas State, Iowa State), but most of the teams in the Big 12 base its offense around a pass-first approach. The SEC had four offenses in the top 35, with Arkansas leading the way with an average of 36.8 points a game. However, only two teams (Arkansas and Tennessee) had more rushing attempts than passing attempts last season. While spread offenses like the ones Missouri and Texas A&M will be running can work in the SEC, the conference places more emphasis on the rushing attack and winning the battle at the line of scrimmage. The Tigers and Aggies will both see more 3-4 and 4-3 looks from SEC defenses, as opposed to the 4-2-5 alignments some Big 12 teams have been using. 

3. Tougher Defenses
This aspect relates to the style of play, as the SEC is home to some of the best defenses in the nation. Alabama swept the four main defensive categories last year, while LSU allowed just 11.3 points per game. The defense didn’t end with those two teams, as only three SEC teams ranked outside of the top 50 in scoring defense. One of the reasons for the SEC's dominance on defense is the depth and talent in the front seven. For instance, LSU could have five players drafted from its defensive line over the next couple of seasons. That type of depth in the trenches just wasn’t there in the Big 12. Instead of recruiting skill players to run four- and five-wide sets, the SEC places a heavy emphasis on speed and depth on defense. Missouri and Texas A&M are bringing in a variation of a spread offense and while both options can work in the SEC, expect the Tigers and Aggies to find less room to maneuver on offense this year.

4. The Week-to-Week Grind
Just as we mentioned with the increase in competition, the SEC will present a tougher week-to-week grind for Missouri and Texas A&M. It won’t be a huge difference, but there are no easy games in conference play. In a six-game stretch of conference games in late September-October, the Aggies play four games on the road, including matchups against Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State. Even though Ole Miss is down, the Rebels are capable of pulling an upset. The Big 12 was tough, but the SEC’s week-to-week grind and a slight disadvantage in depth will be something to watch for Texas A&M and Missouri. 

5. The SEC…Its Just Different
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin had the perfect analogy to describe just how important the SEC is. “There are three conferences that matter in football, the AFC, NFC and the SEC.” It’s difficult to describe, but life in the SEC is just different than it is in other conferences. The fan support and commitment to facilities and winning is the best in college football. And we can’t forget the message boards either. The SEC is home to most of college football’s most rabid fanbases, and the conference will only kick that up a notch with Missouri and Texas A&M coming into the fold.

Georgia at Missouri – One Key Matchup to Watch

Can Missouri’s offensive line block Georgia’s defensive front?
The Tigers have suffered a few injuries on the offensive line since fall camp, so this unit has had to do a little shuffling. The tackle spots are set with Elvis Fisher and Justin Britt, but the interior of the line will be under attack from Georgia’s massive tackle duo of John Jenkins (358 pounds) and Kwame Geathers (355 pounds). Center Mitch Morse has only one career start, right guard Max Copeland is a former walk-on and also has only one start in his career, while true freshman Evan Bohem is expected to start at left guard. Jenkins and Geathers aren’t just difficult to move as both players are active against the run and can wreck havoc in opposing backfields. In addition to finding ways to slow down Georgia’s defensive line, the Tigers will need to keep tabs on linebacker Jarvis Jones, one of the nation’s top pass rushers. With an inexperienced offensive line, expect the Bulldogs to throw a few different looks at Missouri to create pre-snap confusion.

Florida at Texas A&M – One Key Matchup to Watch

Can Florida take advantage of Texas A&M’s young cornerbacks?
The Gators struggled to establish any consistency on offense last week, recording only 145 yards through the air and 27 points against Bowling Green. Florida has settled on Jeff Driskel as its starting quarterback and he should have an opportunity to take advantage of Texas A&M’s young cornerbacks. True freshman De’Vante Harris will start on one side, while sophomore Deshazor Everett will man the other spot. Driskel showed he has a long ways to go as a passer, but he should be able to exploit an Aggies’ secondary that allowed 276.3 passing yards per game last year. The Gators can’t blame Driskel for all of their struggles through the air, especially with inconsistent play from the receiving corps and offensive line. Expect Texas A&M to counter with pressure to help protect the cornerbacks, especially linebacker Sean Porter who led the team with 9.5 sacks last year.

by Steven Lassan


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<p> Missouri and Texas A&amp;M: 5 Things to Watch in the SEC</p>
Post date: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 09:16
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Week 2 of the college football season doesn't feature many marquee matchups, but there's plenty of intrigue around the nation this Saturday. The SEC welcomes Texas A&M and Missouri, while a handful of non-conference games should help compensate for the lack of matchups between top 25 teams.

Top Storylines for Week 2

1. A New Era in the SEC
Saturday represents a new era in the SEC. Gone is the 12-team format and in comes Missouri and Texas A&M. The Tigers cruised in Week 1, while the Aggies had their game canceled due to Hurricane Isaac. Both teams bring new markets to the conference, which in the age of big television deals, landing teams near St. Louis/Kansas City and Houston is huge. Both Missouri and Texas A&M are expecting a sellout crowd, and momentum will be on their sideline with this being the first SEC game. The Tigers need to win on Saturday to have any shot at contending in the East. The Aggies have a tough schedule, so there’s not much room for error when it comes to getting bowl eligible. Even if both teams lose, it’s a new era in the SEC, and it will be interesting to see how Missouri and Texas A&M transition into the conference over the next couple of seasons.

2. Jetlag in South Bend?
Notre Dame had one of the most interesting Week 1 road games, defeating Navy 50-10 in Dublin, Ireland. While the Irish have had almost a week to recover, there’s definitely an adjustment period after spending a couple of days overseas. Will it cost Notre Dame a victory on Saturday? History suggests it won’t be that big of a deal, especially since the Irish had no bye week after playing in Dublin in 1996 and defeated Boston College 48-21 the following Saturday. Purdue is a dangerous team but as long as Notre Dame doesn’t come out flat, the Irish should move to 2-0.

3. SEC West Intrigue
Since winning the 2010 national title, Auburn is a mediocre 8-6 in its last 14 games. Outside of beating Ole Miss, Mississippi State has not won a game against a team from the SEC West since Nov. 22, 2008 against Arkansas. Although Dan Mullen has led the Bulldogs to back-to-back bowl games, he needs to produce more victories against teams from the West. Saturday’s matchup between Auburn and Mississippi State is an under-the-radar game but could be one of the most intriguing matchups of Week 2. The last two games between these two teams were decided by a combined 10 points, so another close contest can be expected this week. With both teams breaking in a new starting quarterback, whichever squad wins the turnover battle and can establish the run will come out on top. Considering Mississippi State’s lack of wins against SEC West teams, and Auburn’s recent record, this is an important game for both teams to build some momentum for the rest of 2012. 

4. Will Nevada make it two in a row over BCS teams?
With a 31-24 win over California in Week 1, Nevada should be getting some consideration for a spot among the top 25 teams in the nation. And a matchup against South Florida could be all that stands between Nevada and an undefeated record until the season finale against Boise State. The Wolf Pack got a strong performance from quarterback Cody Fajardo and running back Stefphon Jefferson last week and both need to deliver for Nevada to win on Saturday. South Florida’s rush defense – which ranked No. 15 nationally last season – won’t be pushed around by the Wolf Pack on Saturday. Nevada recorded 450 yards on offense last week, while the defense held the Golden Bears to 24 points. Nevada knocked off the last BCS team to visit Reno (California in 2011) and with a win this week, Chris Ault’s team can realistically look at an 11-0 record before the Nov. 24 showdown against Boise State.

5. Bragging Rights in Iowa
It’s never a good idea to take everything that happened in Week 1 at face value. Case in point: Iowa. The Hawkeyes never got their offense on track, but the defense held Northern Illinois to 201 yards. It’s a safe bet Iowa was saving some of its new offense for Iowa State and the upcoming slate of Big Ten games, and it will be needed against Iowa State this Saturday. The Cyclones knocked off Iowa last season and won 38-23 in their opener against Tulsa. Iowa State quarterback Steele Jantz was solid against the Golden Hurricane, but will be tested by a Hawkeye secondary that allowed just 54 yards to Northern Illinois. Jantz struggled with turnovers last year but looked more comfortable in the pocket against Tulsa last Saturday. Iowa is a slight favorite at home and this game should go down to the wire, especially as the Hawkeyes hope to regain control of the Cy-Hawk Trophy.

6. Should LSU be worried about Washington?
Considering Washington is a huge underdog (24 points by the good folks in Vegas), most expect LSU to win easily on Saturday. However, there may be cause for concern in Baton Rouge, especially now that offensive tackle Chris Faulk is out for the year due to a knee injury. The Huskies should test the Tigers’ secondary, which has two freshmen seeing significant snaps at one corner spot. Washington’s Keith Price is one of the Pac-12’s top quarterbacks but needs help from his offensive line and rushing attack to have any shot at winning this game. LSU is deep and talented on the defensive line, which includes two potential All-Americans in Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo. If the Huskies can give Price time to throw, he could take advantage of the Tigers’ youth in the secondary. However, even if Washington’s offense can move the ball, its defense will have trouble slowing down LSU’s rushing attack. The Huskies should keep it closer than the spread set by Vegas, but it's hard to see Washington winning in Baton Rouge.

7. Five Quarterbacks Under Pressure

Kiehl Frazier, Auburn (at Mississippi State)
Frazier’s first start was average, as he threw for 194 yards on 11 completions. Even though the coaching staff wants to implement a pro-style attack, Frazier’s mobility should be used more in the coming weeks.

Perry Hills, Maryland (at Temple)
Hills is learning on the job after being thrown into the fire as a true freshman. He threw three picks last week and needs to give Maryland’s offense a spark this Saturday.

Andrew Maxwell, Michigan State (at Central Michigan)
Maxwell had a so-so debut, throwing for 248 yards but also tossing three picks. The junior should post better numbers against the Chippewas this Saturday.

Josh Nunes, Stanford (Duke)
Replacing Andrew Luck is no easy task, but Nunes was unimpressive in a 20-17 win over San Jose State, completing 16 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown.

Tyler Russell, Mississippi State (Auburn)
Russell passed his first test as a starter, completing 15 of 24 throws for 185 yards and two scores against Jackson State. However, it’s a tougher test on tap this Saturday, as the Bulldogs take on Auburn.

8. Five Players to Watch

Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame – Golson wasn’t spectacular against Navy, but he completed 12 of 18 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown. Look for the redshirt freshman quarterback to take another step in his development with a solid game against Purdue.

Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska – With Rex Burkhead likely out, the Cornhuskers will have to lean a little more on Martinez, who was impressive in the Week 1 victory over Southern Miss.

T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama – Yeldon rushed for 111 yards and one touchdown against Michigan. Will he eventually surpass Eddie Lacy as the team’s No. 1 running back?

Brandon Mitchell, WR, Arkansas – This converted quarterback was a favorite target for quarterback Tyler Wilson against Jacksonville State, catching four passes for 122 yards. With Alabama up next, look for Wilson and Mitchell to work on their timing this Saturday against UL Monroe.

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee – Da’Rick Rogers wasn’t missed by Tennessee’s offense, thanks to Patterson’s emergence against NC State. He caught six passes for 93 yards and one score, while rushing for 72 yards and one touchdown.

9. Teams Looking to Bounce Back

California – Opening a renovated stadium with a loss to Nevada certainly won’t help Jeff Tedford move off the hot seat. The Golden Bears shouldn’t have much trouble this Saturday, as FCS opponent Southern Utah visits Berkeley. It’s important for California to work out some of the kinks on both sides of the ball this Saturday, especially with road dates in the next two weeks at USC and Ohio State.

Michigan – After getting trounced by Alabama, the Wolverines have a difficult task to get ready for Air Force this Saturday. The Falcons cruised in their opener, and the triple-option offense won’t be easy to prepare for.

NC State – The Wolfpack don’t have much time to lick their wounds from the loss to Tennessee last Friday. Connecticut is a dangerous Week 2 opponent, especially now its offense seems to have found a quarterback in Chandler Whitmer. The Huskies are strong on defense, which will be a tough matchup for quarterback Mike Glennon.

Penn State – Although the Nittany Lions were able to ride the early momentum to a lead against Ohio, it wasn’t enough to hold off the Bobcats in the second half. However, Virginia won’t be an easy opponent to rebound against, and Penn State is facing its first 0-2 start since 2001.

Washington State – The much-anticipated return of Mike Leach to the sidelines was a dud. The Cougars scored only six points and managed only 224 yards of total offense. Leach should be able to unleash his aerial attack on Eastern Washington this Saturday, a FCS team that beat Idaho last week and gave Washington all it could handle last year. With Pac-12 play approaching, Washington State needs to find the right mix on offense, especially on a line that struggled to block BYU last Thursday.

10. Upset Watch

Note: Teams must be underdogs by Vegas spreads to be considered for the upset watch.

Nebraska at UCLA (+6)
Jim Mora opened his tenure at UCLA with a successful 49-24 victory over Rice. The Cornhuskers will provide a tougher test but could also be without running back Rex Burkhead.

Florida (+1.5) at Texas A&M
Both teams are a mystery, but the Gators defense will be a tough matchup for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Iowa State (+5) at Iowa
The Cyclones looked good in their season opener against Tulsa, while the Hawkeyes struggled against Northern Illinois. This one is a tossup and there’s no question Iowa should be on upset alert.

UL Lafayette (+3) at Troy
It’s somewhat of a surprise to see the Ragin’ Cajuns listed as an underdog. Louisiana was the better team last season and should win at Troy on Saturday.

Utah at Utah State (+7)  (Friday)
The Aggies’ last victory against Utah came in 1997, so this one is a longshot on Friday night. Utah State has a solid offense but that will be tested by a Utes’ defense that allowed just 114 yards in the opener.

UTEP (+7) at Ole Miss
The Miners gave Oklahoma all it could handle last week. Can UTEP push Ole Miss this Saturday?

11. Key Injuries to Watch

Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan – Robinson was banged up in the loss to Alabama but should be in the lineup for Michigan’s game against Air Force.

Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois – Scheelhaase suffered an ankle injury in the win over Western Michigan and will probably be a gametime decision. If he cannot go, sophomore Reilly O’Toole will get the start.

Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina – Shaw briefly left last Thursday’s game against Vanderbilt with a bruised shoulder. The Gamecocks still have Marcus Lattimore and a tough defense, so if Shaw is sidelined, they should be fine against East Carolina.

Bill Belton, RB, Penn State – The Nittany Lions are already shorthanded on offense and could be without Belton’s services (sprained ankle) against Virginia.

Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina – Bernard left last week’s game against Elon with a knee injury but all signs point to a full workload this Saturday.

Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska – Burkhead suffered a sprained MCL in the win over Southern Miss and is not expected to play against UCLA.

Orleans Darkwa, RB, Tulane – Darkwa is dealing with a high-ankle sprain and will likely be out of action until Sept. 22.

Nathan Jeffery, RB, UTEP – Jeffery carried the Miners’ offense against Oklahoma and needs to be healthy for UTEP to have any shot at an upset against Ole Miss.

Montel Harris, RB, Temple – Knee injuries limited Harris at Boston College since 2010, but his return to the lineup was a short one in his Temple debut. A hamstring injury has Harris questionable for Saturday’s game against Maryland.

Chris Nwoke, RB, Colorado State – Nwoke is one of the Mountain West’s top running backs, but he is sidelined this week against North Dakota State with an ankle injury.

Chris Faulk, OL, LSU – Faulk suffered a knee injury in practice and will miss the rest of the year. Considering Faulk is one of the top linemen in the nation, he will be missed in Week 2.

12. Welcome to the 2012 season

These five teams did not play in Week 1:

Army – The Black Knights open the 2012 season with a trip to San Diego State.

Louisiana Tech – The Bulldogs’ first game was rescheduled due to Hurricane Isaac and will play at Houston this Saturday.

Oregon State – After the opener with Nicholls State was canceled, the Beavers take on Wisconsin this Saturday.

Texas A&M – With the opener against Louisiana Tech postponed, the Aggies won’t have any time to prep for SEC play with Florida coming to College Station this week.

TCU – The Horned Frogs had an off date in Week 1 and host FCS opponent Grambling this Saturday.


by Steven Lassan


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<p> College Football Week 2 Preview: Match-Ups, Upset Picks and Storylines to Watch</p>
Post date: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 06:14
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If you checked-in with us at the end of last week, you were handed a few fantasy gems.  In fact, our emergency running backs list posted more points per player than our top ten running backs (21.5 vs. 20.7).  The quarterbacks list (19.3) offered tremendous value late in the week, while our receivers (8.7) did little to help your cause.  Our favorite combination this week:  QB-Gillett, RB-Alexander, WR-Amidon.

Emergency Starters—Week 2

Joe DiSalvo: (@theCFFsite on Twitter)


Alex Gillett-Eastern Michigan vs Illinois St

MarQueis Gray-Minnesota vs New Hampshire

Tre Roberson-Indiana at UMass

Matt Schilz-Bowling Green vs Idaho

Zac Dysert-Miami (OH) vs Southern Illinois

Last week’s list (points/player)—19.3

Running Backs

Trey Watts-Tulsa vs Tulane

Walter Kazee-San Diego St vs Army

Travon Van-Marshall vs Western Carolina

David Oku-Arkansas St vs Memphis

Donnell Alexander-Colorado St vs North Dakota St

Tony Pierson-Kansas vs Rice

Jeremy Wright-Louisville vs Missouri St

CJ Anderson-Cal vs Southern Utah

Last week’s list (points/player)—21.5


Robert Herron-Wyoming vs Toledo

Alex Nuetz-Buffalo vs Morgan St

Davante Adams at Oregon

Isaiah Burse at Oregon

Jaime Wilson-Western Michigan vs Eastern Illinois

Alex Amidon-Boston College vs Maine                 

Last week’s list (points/player)—8.7

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)


Rakeem Cato, Marshall vs. Western Carolina

Garrett Gilbert, SMU vs. Stephen F. Austin

Taylor McHargue, Rice at Kansas

Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt at Northwestern

Eric Soza, UTSA vs. Texas A&M-Commerce

Bo Wallace, Ole Miss vs. UTEP

Running Backs

Beau Blankenship, Ohio vs. New Mexico State

Tim Cornett, UNLV vs. Northern Arizona

De'Leon Eskridge, SJSU vs. UC Davis

Raymond Maples, Army vs. San Diego State

Damien Williams, Oklahoma vs. Florida A&M

Wide Receivers

Ryan Burbrink, Bowling Green vs. Idaho

Brandon Coleman, Rutgers vs. Howard

Bennie Fowler, Michigan State at Central Michigan

La'Rod King, Kentucky vs. Kent State

Chip Reeves, Troy vs. UL Lafayette

by Joe DiSalvo

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<p> College Fantasy Football: Week 2 Emergency Starters</p>
Post date: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 04:23
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It's a big week in the SEC, as Missouri and Texas A&M open conference play with huge matchups. The Tigers begin their debut season in the SEC with a key showdown against Georgia, while the Aggies host Florida. Washington travels to LSU for an interesting non-conference matchup, while Auburn and Mississippi State square off in an important SEC West showdown.

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SEC's Top Storylines to Watch in Week 2

1. Texas A&M starts a sophomore and a redshirt freshman at cornerback: Can Florida take advantage?
Some have maintained that Florida played it close to the vest offensively in its Week 1 win over Bowling Green. That may be true, but we still saw nothing from this team that would suggest its offensive problems from a year ago have been solved. Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett combined to connect on 13-of-21 for 145 yards, with only one completion going for more than 18 yards. To have success this weekend in College Station, Florida will have to take advantage of a suspect A&M secondary that is especially green at the corners. It’s time for guys like Quinton Dunbar and Franklie Hammond Jr., or even true freshman Latroy Pittman, to emerge as playmakers.

2. LSU’s defense vs. the tight end
The plan for LSU this week is simple: Contain tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Washington’s 6-6, 266-pound sophomore is among the best players at his position in the nation. He caught nine passes for 82 yards in the Huskies’ 21–9 win over San Diego State and is one of few proven playmakers on the UW offense. Washington figures to have a tough time running the ball against the LSU front seven — especially now that junior Jesse Callier is out with a torn ACL — so the Huskies will lean heavily on the passing attack. Sophomore receiver Kasen Williams is a potential All-Pac-12 talent, but Seferian-Jenkins is emerging as Keith Price’s favorite target. If the Tigers can shut him down, the UW offense will struggle to move the ball with consistency.

3. Georgia is road tested
It’s one of the most highly anticipated games in the history of Missouri football. The crowd at Faurot Field will be at a fever pitch on Saturday afternoon when the Tigers play their first-ever SEC game. But don’t expect Georgia to be spooked by the atmosphere. This is a program that has made a habit of winning in the most difficult environments in the nation under Mark Richt. The numbers are staggering: Georgia is 30–8 in true SEC road games (doesn’t include the Florida games in Jacksonville) the past 11 years, and three of those losses came in one season (2010). “I like away games,” Richt said earlier this week. “I enjoy the travel with the team, and I enjoy the single purpose of the mission. There really aren’t a lot of distractions on the road — at least when it comes to travel, and the night before, and the time before the game. Now when the game kicks off, there is distraction with the crowd noise, but other than that I enjoy away games.”

4. David Yost vs. Todd Grantham
It is, as the saying goes, about the jimmy’s and joe’s, but the X’s and O’s also matter, especially in college football. And we have an intriguing matchup this week of David Yost’s spread offense at Missouri vs. Georgia’s 3-4 defense coordinated by Todd Grantham. “It’s fun to game-plan against good defenses,” Yost said in Wednesday’s Columbia (Mo.) Tribune. “It's fun to game-plan against good defensive coordinators that you know are going to keep bringing stuff at you. You know what you see on the first drive isn’t what you’re going to see all game. They’re going to keep pulling stuff out, so you’ve got to constantly be on your toes.” Georgia ranked fourth nationally in total defense last season — Grantham’s second at the school — and was equally stout against the run and the pass. The Dawgs feature playmakers at all three levels of the defense, highlighted by All-America outside linebacker Jarvis Jones. Missouri will counter with a dual-threat quarterback in James Franklin, who threw for 2,865 yards and rushed for 981 in 2011, his first season as the starter.

5. Vanderbilt’s offense vs. Northwestern’s defense
One week after struggling to move the ball with consistency against South Carolina, Vanderbilt hopes to flex its muscles against a Northwestern defense that gave up 596 yards in a win at Syracuse. The Wildcats allowed 23 plays of 10 yards or more, seven of 20 yards or more and four of 30 yards or more. The NU defensive backs struggled to play the ball and were whistled three times for pass interference and once for defensive holding. Look for Vanderbilt to take advantage of some favorable matchups on the outside with big receivers Chris Boyd (6-5) and Jordan Matthews (6-4). And if the Commodores have success in the passing game, tailback Zac Stacy should be productive running the ball. It could be a big night for the Vanderbilt offense.

6. Can Auburn stop the run in Starkville?
Auburn gave up 320 yards rushing in its 26–19 loss to Clemson in Atlanta in Week 1. The Tigers allowed nine runs of at least 10 yards, including two of at least 40 yards. Gene Chizik and his staff were disappointed with the play of the defensive tackles (failed to get much push) and the safeties (missed too many tackles). Mississippi State isn’t as talented offensively as Clemson, but the Bulldogs have been a very good running team under Dan Mullen, ranking fifth, second and first in the SEC in rushing the last three seasons. Auburn is staring at an 0–2 start if it doesn’t make some significant improvements against the run.

7. Can South Carolina beat East Carolina without Connor Shaw?
Shaw is questionable for Saturday’s home opener after suffering a bruise to his left (non-throwing) shoulder against Vanderbilt. If Shaw can’t go, sophomore Dylan Thompson would be the next man up. The South Carolina offense sputtered with Thompson in the game last Thursday. He went 0-of-3 (and didn’t come close) and was sacked twice. “We’re trying to get his confidence up,” coach Steve Spurrier said on Tuesday. “It’s a struggle. He works at it. He works hard. Sometimes too hard. We have to loosen him up a bit.” That doesn’t sound like a coach who has much confidence in his backup quarterback. If Thompson is forced to start, expect to see a heavy dose of tailback Marcus Lattimore, who looked good in his first game back from a serious knee injury. Despite being favored by more than three touchdowns, the Gamecocks could be in for a serious fight on Saturday if Shaw is not in the lineup.

8. Can Ole Miss avoid an upset?
Ole Miss won in Hugh Freeze’s debut as the head coach, but there were some anxious moments in Oxford. Central Arkansas led 20–14 until midway through the third quarter before the Rebels seized control by scoring twice in a three-minute period. This week, Ole Miss hosts a UTEP team that went toe-to-toe with Oklahoma into the fourth quarter before losing 24–7. The key to avoiding the upset for Ole Miss will be slowing down tailback Nathan Jeffery, who rushed for 177 yards on 21 carries vs. Oklahoma. Last season, Ole Miss allowed at least one 100-yard rusher in 10 of 12 games (and that doesn’t include the LSU game in which five Tigers rushed for at least 50 yards).

9. How many Alabama tailbacks will run for 100 yards vs. Western Kentucky?
Alabama’s tailback rotation, for now, goes four deep, and all four figure to get plenty of carries this week against Western Kentucky. True freshman T.J. Yeldon, the most physically gifted of the group, rushed for 111 yards on 11 carries in the opener against Michigan. Jalston Fowler, Eddie Lacy and Dee Hart all received at least eight carries vs. the Wolverines. Don’t be surprised if three of the four run for at least 100 yards against the Hilltoppers.

10. Can Maxwell Smith continue to shine?
Lost in Kentucky’s disappointing loss at Louisville on Sunday was an outstanding performance by sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith. The California native completed 35-of-50 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Obviously, the UK staff doesn’t want to have its quarterback throw the ball 50 times, but offensive coordinator Randy Sanders would love to have Smith keep his completion percentage up in the 60 percent range and not turn the ball over. Kent State clearly won’t present the type of resistance Smith will face once the Cats enter SEC play, but the Golden Flashes are one of the better defensive teams in the MAC. It would be another positive sign if Smith played well once again this weekend.

Week 2 SEC Predictions

SEC David Fox Braden Gall Steven Lassan Mitch Light
Auburn at Miss. State (-3) Auburn 14-10 Miss. State 24-20 Miss. State 24-20 Auburn 24-21
E. Carolina at S. Carolina (-22.5) South Carolina 38-6 South Carolina 34-13 South Carolina 34-10 South Carolina 28-10
Florida at Texas A&M TAMU 21-17 TAMU 20-17 Florida 24-20 TAMU 17-14
W. Kentucky at Alabama (-40) Alabama 52-10 Alabama 42-6 Alabama 45-10 Alabama 44-10
Georgia State at Tennessee Tennessee 42-7 Tennessee 38-10 Tennessee 51-7 Tennessee 51-0
UTEP at Ole Miss (-7.5) UTEP 17-13 Ole Miss 28-20 Ole Miss 31-20 Ole Miss 17-14
Washington at LSU (-23.5) LSU 28-14 LSU 38-20 LSU 34-13 LSU 30-17
UL Monroe at Arkansas (-30.5) Arkansas 38-10 Arkansas 42-14 Arkansas 45-17 Arkansas 38-14
Kent State at Kentucky (-7) Kentucky 17-14 Kentucky 30-23 Kentucky 31-17 Kentucky 24-14
Georgia (-2.5) at Missouri Georgia 31-28 Georgia 27-14 Georgia 27-24 Georgia 27-21
Vanderbilt(-3) at Northwestern Vanderbilt 38-35 Vanderbilt 41-38 Vanderbilt 34-27 Vanderbilt 34-24
Season Record 11-1 12-0 11-1 12-0

by Mitch Light


<p> SEC Week 2 Preview and Predictions</p>
Post date: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 05:55
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The ACC didn’t quite capitalize on its opportunity to earn national respect last week, but the conference did pickup a key victory with Clemson knocking off Auburn. Florida State easily handled Murray State, while Virginia Tech took an early lead in the race to win the Coastal Division with an overtime victory over Georgia Tech. Week 2 in the ACC features only one conference game, but some intriguing non-conference matchups, including Miami-Kansas State and NC State-Connecticut.

Other Week 2 conference storylines

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1. Will NC State bounce back?
There’s no shame in losing to Tennessee, but the Wolfpack did not play their best game on Friday night. Quarterback Mike Glennon tossed a career-high four interceptions, while cornerback David Amerson had an uncharacteristic performance, giving up two long touchdowns to Tennessee receivers. NC State doesn’t have much time to dwell on the loss, especially with a trip to Storrs to take on Connecticut this Saturday. The Huskies suffocated UMass’ offense in Week 1, allowing only 59 yards and pitching a shutout. Moving the ball against Connecticut’s defense will be tough, so it’s important for NC State to eliminate the turnovers that plagued the offense last week. When the Huskies have the ball, the Wolfpack needs to stop the run and force quarterback Chandler Whitmer to win this one through the air. Whitmer was solid in his first start (15 of 25, 219 yards) but this will be his first test against a BCS defense. 

2. Can Maryland slow down Temple’s rushing attack?
With a true freshman starting at quarterback, it’s going to take Maryland’s offense a few games to find its rhythm. Perry Hills threw for only 145 yards in the win over William & Mary but also tossed three picks. The Terrapins have little margin for error once again in Week 2, as they travel to Philadelphia to take on Temple. The Owls recorded 47 rushing attempts in their opener against Villanova, while quarterback Chris Coyer attempted only 11 passes. Even with Montel Harris dealing with a hamstring injury, Temple has capable backs in Matt Brown and Kenny Harper, along with quarterback Chris Coyer to test the Maryland rush defense. With the Terrapins limited on offense, it’s important for the defense to limit Temple’s rushing attack, while creating a few turnovers to put Hills in a situation to get points. If Maryland’s defense can’t slow down Brown and Coyer on the ground, the Terrapins will need a big day from their young quarterback.

3. How will Florida State replace Brandon Jenkins?
Replacing a player of Jenkins’ caliber is never easy. However, thanks to some strong recruiting by Jimbo Fisher and his staff, Florida State has depth on the defensive line and should be able to maintain one of the nation’s top pass rushes without Jenkins. Bjoern Werner registered 37 tackles and seven sacks last season and recorded four sacks against Murray State in Week 1. He should be set on one side of the line, while senior Tank Carradine holds down the other spot. Werner and Carradine should be a solid duo, but the real question for Florida State will be depth. Redshirt freshman Giorgio Newberry and true freshmen Mario Edwards Jr. and Chris Casher will have to play significant snaps the rest of the year and could be forced to start if Werner or Carradine suffers an injury. Although Savannah State won’t provide much of a test, this is a good opportunity for Florida State to get some of the young linemen reps.

4. Can Virginia keep its momentum?
Mike London has Virginia rolling in the right direction and Saturday’s game against Penn State is an opportunity to score a solid non-conference victory. While the Nittany Lions are trending down, the Cavaliers best win outside of ACC play last season was against Indiana. Quarterback Michael Rocco was solid in Week 1, completing 25 of 37 passes for 311 yards and one touchdown. Rocco needs to continue playing mistake-free ball, while developing a rapport with his improving receiving corps. Penn State could be short handed on offense due to an injury to running back Bill Belton. The Nittany Lions still have a solid defense, but if the Cavaliers don’t give Penn State’s offense any help with turnovers, Virginia should win by at least a touchdown.

5. Can Miami upset Kansas State?
With a handful of young and inexperienced players stepping into playing time, Miami was a hard team to peg in the preseason. The Hurricanes showcased some of their promising talent in the first game, including freshman running back Duke Johnson. The victory against Boston College should give Miami some confidence this Saturday for its road trip to Kansas State. The Wildcats upset the Hurricanes last season, so there’s a revenge factor going for Al Golden's team. Kansas State’s pass defense is a question mark, which should allow quarterback Stephen Morris and the receivers to make some plays downfield. Although Miami should be able to score some points, it needs to find a way to slow down Wildcats’ quarterback Collin Klein. The Hurricanes had no answer for Klein last season, as he recorded 226 total yards and three touchdowns. It will take a perfect effort, but it's not out of the question for Miami can exit Manhattan with a 2-0 record.

6. Tuneups for Clemson, Florida State and Virginia Tech
The ACC’s top three contenders – Clemson, Florida State and Virginia Tech – should all have an easy outing in Week 2. Clemson hosts Ball State, Virginia Tech welcomes Austin Peay to Blacksburg, while Florida State takes on Savannah State. The Tigers have the toughest opponent out of that trio, but none of these teams should have to sweat much to win on Saturday. While there’s not a ton the coaching staffs at Virginia Tech and Florida State can take from one-sided non-conference games, it’s an opportunity to get reps for some of the younger players. The Hokies and Seminoles need their offensive lines to jell, while Clemson needs to develop depth on the defensive line. Although all three teams should win easily, the most important aspect for all of the coaching staffs will be to make it through without any injuries.

7. Battle for bragging rights in North Carolina
Larry Fedora had an impressive debut in Chapel Hill, as the Tar Heels easily handled Elon 62-0. Things get a little tougher for North Carolina this Saturday with a road trip to Wake Forest on the schedule. Running back Giovani Bernard left last week’s game with a knee injury but all signs point to a full workload for him in Week 2. The Demon Deacons struggled to beat Liberty in Week 1, but were they saving something for this matchup? The Tar Heels have the edge on offense and if they can jump out to an early lead, it will put extra pressure on Wake Forest’s young offense. North Carolina won’t be able to play in a bowl this year, but it looks like Fedora should have this team ready to play and motivated to make a run at nine victories.

8. Georgia Tech’s passing attack against Presbyterian
Even though the Yellow Jackets don’t throw it a ton, entering the year with a cast of unproven receivers was a concern for coach Paul Johnson. No Georgia Tech receiver on the roster has a career reception and all 10 catches against Virginia Tech went to running backs. The Yellow Jackets should have no trouble beating Presbyterian this Saturday, but expect the coaching staff to allow quarterback Tevin Washington to throw a little more than usual, especially as the offense looks to work in the receivers. Georgia Tech has some ground to make up in the Coastal Division and it’s important to develop a go-to receiver before playing Virginia next week.

9. Can Duke upset Stanford?
Despite having a handful of players out due to injuries, Duke easily handled FIU (46-26) last Saturday. The win was huge for the Blue Devils’ bowl hopes, but the competition only gets tougher in Week 2 with a long trip to Stanford. The Cardinal was unimpressive in a Week 1 victory against San Jose State and is still dealing with the transition from Andrew Luck to Josh Nunes at quarterback. The Blue Devils gave up 165 rushing yards last Saturday and will be challenged even more by Stanford’s physical offensive line. Duke was crushed by the Cardinal 44-14 last season, but this matchup should be much closer in 2012. An upset over Stanford would be a huge boost to the Blue Devils’ bowl hopes this year. 

Week 2 ACC Predictions

Games David Fox Braden Gall Steven Lassan Mitch Light
NC State (-5) at Connecticut NC State 21-10 NC State 31-20 NC State 27-20 UConn 27-24
Penn State at Virginia (-10) Virginia 27-10 Virginia 28-13 Virginia 27-17 Virginia 27-14
Maryland at Temple (-10) Temple 14-7 Maryland 14-10 Temple 24-20 Temple 17-14
Miami (Fla.) at Kansas State (-7) K-State 35-14 K-State 31-24 K-State 34-27 K-State 34-28
Ball State at Clemson (-27) Clemson 56-14 Clemson 41-10 Clemson 45-17 Clemson 51-24
Maine at Boston College BC 38-17 BC 27-10 BC 41-10 BC 34-10
Austin Peay at Virginia Tech Va Tech 42-10 Va Tech 34-3 Va Tech 62-3 Va Tech 61-0
UNC (-10) at Wake Forest UNC 21-17 UNC 30-13 UNC 31-23 UNC 34-21
Savannah State at Florida State FSU 70-3 FSU 56-7 FSU 70-0 FSU 58-0
Presbyterian at Georgia Tech Ga Tech 35-7 Ga Tech 34-7 Ga Tech 55-3 Ga Tech 50-10
Duke at Stanford (-15) Stanford 27-10 Stanford 28-14 Stanford 31-20 Stanford 27-17
Season Record 9-1 10-0 9-1 10-0

by Steven Lassan


<p> ACC Week 2 Preview and Predictions</p>
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The competition wasn't particularly impressive, but Big 12 teams finished Week 1 with a 9-0 record. Eight Big 12 teams are in action this Saturday, with Baylor and West Virginia on a bye week. Non-conference play continues in Week 2, but Iowa State, Kansas State and Oklahoma State have key tests against BCS foes.

Other Week 2 Previews and Predictions

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Big 12's Top Storylines to Watch in Week 2

1. Will Iowa State make it two in a row over Iowa?
The last time the Cyclones won back-to-back games against in-state rival Iowa was 2001-02. After last year’s 44-41 win in Ames and a solid opening week victory against Tulsa, Iowa State is in position to make it two in a row over the Hawkeyes. Even though it may seem simple, winning the turnover battle will be crucial to the Cyclones’ victory hopes on Saturday. Iowa State quarterback Steele Jantz struggled with interceptions last year but played well in the opener (281 yards, two touchdowns), but he will have a tough matchup against Iowa’s secondary. The Hawkeyes struggled to get their offense on track last week, but running back Damon Bullock will test an Iowa State rush defense that allowed 160 yards to Tulsa last week. Iowa has outscored the Cyclones 52-12 in the last two matchups in Iowa City. However, considering Iowa State had a solid performance in Week 1, look for Saturday’s game to be a lot closer than the recent matchups at Iowa.

2. How will Wes Lunt fare in his first road start?
So far, so good for Wes Lunt as Oklahoma State’s starting quarterback. Of course, the competition in Week 1 was pretty weak, so Saturday’s road test at Arizona will give everyone a better glimpse of Lunt’s ability. Against Savannah State last Saturday, he threw for 129 yards and completed all 11 passes. Although the coaching staff needs to get Lunt some work – especially before Big 12 play arrives – the Cowboys don’t have to lean on the true freshman to win this game. Expect a heavy dose of running back Joseph Randle, while Oklahoma State’s defense will look to continue its opportunistic ways from last season. The Cowboys defense has a tough challenge ahead as it tries to slow down Arizona quarterback Matt Scott (387 yards, two touchdowns against Toledo). Lunt doesn’t need to have a huge game for Oklahoma State to win, but this is his first big test as the starting quarterback.

3. Will Kansas State’s defense struggle to stop Miami?
Coming into the season, Miami was one of the biggest mystery teams in the nation. The Hurricanes returned only nine starters and featured a depth chart littered with youth and inexperience. Miami’s defense struggled to stop Boston College last week, but its offense recorded 415 yards and 41 points – a bad sign for a Kansas State defense that allowed 418 yards to FCS foe Missouri State. The Wildcats’ secondary was a question mark coming into the season and gave up 323 yards last week. Although Miami isn’t one of the nation’s best passing teams, it has a capable quarterback (Stephen Morris) and some receivers capable of making plays on the outside. Expect Kansas State’s defense to get a little help from its offense and quarterback Collin Klein, as the Wildcats should be able to move the ball on Miami’s defense. Kansas State should win this one but concerns about the defense may keep this one close deep into the fourth quarter.

4. Can Texas Tech continue to make progress on defense?
Even though the competition wasn’t the best last Saturday, it was a good sign for Texas Tech that its defense allowed only 84 yards and six points to Northwestern State. The Red Raiders were active around the line of scrimmage, recording nine tackles for a loss and registering one forced fumble. This unit will have another opportunity on Saturday against Texas State to show just how far it has come since last season. The Bobcats will present a tougher challenge, especially after rushing for 248 yards and two touchdowns against Houston last week. If Texas Tech’s defense turns in another stellar effort, it should give the coaching staff confidence they found the right answers in the offseason. The Red Raiders have plenty of firepower on offense but fixing the defense is crucial to get back to a bowl game.

5. Another tuneup for Oklahoma, Texas in Week 2
It’s still another month before Oklahoma and Texas matchup in Dallas, and both teams have a lot of work to do before the Red River Rivalry. The Sooners looked sluggish in the opener against UTEP, while Wyoming gave Texas all it could handle in the first quarter, but the Longhorns eventually pulled away for a 37-17 win. Oklahoma’s passing attack is under the microscope after looking out of rhythm against the Miners. Florida A&M should provide little resistance to the Sooners’ offense, which should allow this group to work out some of the kinks before Big 12 play arrives on Sept. 22. For Texas, this Saturday is all about building more confidence for quarterback David Ash, as well as developing a pecking order at running back. Expect freshman Johnathan Gray to see a bigger role this Saturday, but Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown will likely tote the bulk of the workload. New Mexico thrashed Southern last week but remains one of the worst FBS teams, so Texas should be able to cruise to a 2-0 start.

6. TCU finally kicks off its 2012 season
It’s been an interesting offseason in Fort Worth, from the drug arrests to the move to the Big 12 and a major stadium renovation. After a long offseason and a bye in Week 1, TCU finally kicks off its 2012 season with a matchup against Grambling this Saturday. The Horned Frogs shouldn’t run into much trouble against the Tigers, and this will be a good opportunity to get a look at a revamped offensive line and linebacking corps. TCU’s secondary was a concern last season, but it won’t be tested against a Grambling offense that threw for just 66 yards last week against Alcorn State. The Horned Frogs should cruise to an easy victory, but with Kansas coming up in Week 2, it’s important for some of the inexperienced players to get as many reps as possible.

7. Can Kansas win two games in a row?
Charlie Weis’ debut in Lawrence wasn’t overly impressive, but the Jayhawks snapped a 10-game losing streak by beating South Dakota State 31-17. Running backs Tony Pierson and Taylor Cox each rushed for over 100 yards, while quarterback Dayne Crist had a so-so debut by completing 17 of 36 passes for 169 yards and one score. A bigger issue is the defense, which allowed 411 total yards last week. Saturday’s game against Rice is no cupcake, as the Owls recorded 358 yards and 24 points against UCLA in Week 1. However, Rice’s defense was invisible against the Bruins, allowing a whopping 646 yards and 49 points. The Jayhawks should be able to move the ball at will against the Owls. However, can Kansas’ defense make enough key stops to allow Charlie Weis to begin his tenure in Lawrence at 2-0? 

Week 2 Big 12 Predictions

Big 12 Games David Fox Braden Gall Steven Lassan Mitch Light
Miami (Fla.) at K-State (-7) K-State 35-14 K-State 31-24 K-State 34-27 K-State 34-28
Rice at Kansas (-10) Kansas 28-10 Kansas 27-17 Kansas 41-24 Kansas 41-10
Iowa State at Iowa (-5) Iowa State 21-17 Iowa 27-21 Iowa 27-24 Iowa State 21-20
Tex Tech (-18) at Texas State Tex. Tech 31-24 Tex. Tech 38-10 Tex. Tech 38-17 Tex. Tech 31-17
Florida A&M at Oklahoma Oklahoma 56-10 Oklahoma 49-7 Oklahoma 59-7 Oklahoma 48-13
Grambling at TCU TCU 42-7 TCU 41-10 TCU 52-3 TCU 48-0
New Mexico at Texas (-38) Texas 31-10 Texas 37-7 Texas 48-3 Texas 41-3
Okla. State (-10.5) at Arizona Okla State 35-14 Okla State 34-31 Okla State 38-31 Okla State 34-20
Season Record 9-0 9-0 9-0 9-0


by Steven Lassan


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<p> Big 12 Week 2 Preview and Predictions</p>
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Week 2 of the 2012 college football season doesn’t feature many marquee matchups and with a handful of BCS teams heavily favored, there are few opportunities for upset picks. Athlon’s editors hit on Ohio’s win over Penn State last week but missed on Western Michigan beating Illinois and Indiana State knocking off Indiana.

College Football's Week 2 Upset Picks

Braden Gall (@BradenGall): Nebraska (-5.5) at UCLA
If Florida (+1.5) beats Texas A&M or South Florida (+1.5) defeats Nevada, no one will be shocked, but most would be startled if UCLA starts the year 2-0 with an upset win over Nebraska. Jim Mora Jr., has instilled some toughness along both lines of scrimmage and quarterback Brett Hundley has added some much-needed balance to the Bruins offense. Yes, it was Rice, but it was on the road and UCLA's offense looked fantastic. If the Bruins can hold their ground at the point of attack, they have a great chance to pull the upset at home. Especially, if the Cornhuskers are without their offensive heart and soul in star tailback Rex Burkhead. He is questionable with a sprained MCL.

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven): Florida (+1.5) at Texas A&M
With a spread of 1.5 points, this game is essentially a pick’em. Florida did not have a great showing in its Week 1 opener against Bowling Green, while Texas A&M’s game was canceled due to Hurricane Isaac. Although the Gators looked sluggish against the Falcons, their defense should create some problems for Aggies’ quarterback Johnny Manziel in his first start. If Florida can run the ball and keep quarterback Jeff Driskel out of third-and-long situations, I like the Gators to sneak out of College Station with a victory. Considering this is Texas A&M’s first SEC game, there should be a great crowd and a lot of momentum on the Aggies’ sideline. However, I think Florida finds a way to edge out Texas A&M for a 24-20 victory.

Mitch Light (@AthlonMitch): Iowa State (+4.5) at Iowa
Iowa State scored a total of 15 points en route to losing three straight to Iowa from 2008-10. Last year, however, the Cyclones erupted for 44 points in a three-point win in Ames. The ’12 season got off to good start offensively for Paul Rhoads’ club. The Clones, a surprising home underdog to Tulsa, rolled up 441 yards in a 38–23 win over the Golden Hurricane. Yards will be tougher to come by in Iowa City this weekend. Iowa gave up only 201 total yards (73 on one play) in an 18–17 win over Northern Illinois in Chicago. Take out that one big play — a run by NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch — and the Iowa defense gave up an average of 2.4 yards per play. Iowa State, however, has a few more weapons than Northern Illinois, which returned only three starters. Steel Jantz played well in the opener, and the Clones have some talented options at tailback.This rivalry game often doesn’t go as expected. This is just a hunch, but I like the Clones on the road. Iowa State 21, Iowa 20

Mark Ross: Louisiana-Lafayette (+3) over Troy
Both teams enter this Sun Belt clash 1-0 as Troy defeated C-USA representative UAB 39-29 on the road, while UL Lafayette shut out FCS member Lamar 40-0 at home last week. Even though the Trojans produced more total offense against seemingly tougher competition in its opener and will be the home team for this conference tilt, I think the Ragin' Cajuns are the more balanced team, which will be the difference in the end. Last season the Cajuns defeated the Trojans 31-17 even though Troy out-gained ULL in terms of total offense. This season's ULL offensive attack is even more potent with senior Blaine Gautier under center and it will be too much for Troy's defense to slow down.

Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman): Iowa State (+4.5) over Iowa
The Hawkeyes are coming off a fortuitous 18-17 win over Northern Illinois in Week 1, while the Cyclones had a solid 38-23 victory against Tulsa. ISU quarterback Steele Jantz threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns in the opener, while running back Shontrelle Johnson rushed for 120 yards on just 18 carries. They will face a much tougher defense this week versus Iowa, but I like the offensive balance the Paul Rhoads’ club showed against Tulsa. The Hawkeyes will look for another solid performance from tailback Damon Bullock, who totaled 150 yards and a touchdown versus NIU. The key to winning his year’s Cy-Hawk Trophy will be taking advantage of red-zone opportunities. The Cyclones have shown a penchant for winning as an underdog under Rhoads, and I’ll take Iowa State to make it two in a row over the Hawkeyes by the score of 24-23.

David Fox (@DavidFox615): Auburn (+3.5) at Mississippi State
This upset pick was too tantalizing given the recent history of the SEC West rivals: Auburn has won 10 of the last 11 meetings. Although Mississippi State has been within a touchdown or less in four of the last five seasons, Auburn hasn’t lost in Starkville since 2000. Auburn’s game last week wasn’t always pretty -- 528 yards allowed, two turnovers, 11 of 27 passing from Kiehl Frazier -- but Auburn led Clemson by a field goal in the fourth quarter. If Auburn can limit a Clemson offense to field goals for three quarters in a neutral site game, I can get on board with a road upset over Mississippi State. I realize Clemson was without Sammy Watkins, but do the Bulldogs have anyone to match Tajh Boyd or Andre Ellington? I doubt it.

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<p> College Football Week 2 Upset Picks</p>
Post date: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 05:05
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Fantasy, News
Path: /college-football/college-fantasy-football-using-vegas-odds-determine-best-week-2-plays

In the world of fantasy football, some team owners are relentless in their search for information that will give them a competitive edge over their competition.  Others just simply rely on projections from so-called experts, who try to convince everyone they have devised a computer program that accurately projects player stats by using a scientific formula so complicated that it makes the Drake equation seem elementary.  Eventually, those computer-driven computations prove no more accurate than an old-fashioned gut feeling.  However, in a quest to find a formula for fantasy success, one should just ask the question, “What are the odds?”

Quite simply, Vegas odds could give you all of the necessary insight to make smart roster decisions on a week-to-week basis.  In this weekly article, theCFFsite considers the point spreads and totals(over/under) in order to give our readers a unique perspective into some of the week’s most interesting fantasy matchups.

Week 2

Best Fantasy Matchups(Games with the most fantasy potential)

Fresno State at Oregon

Line:  Oregon -34(O/U-73.5)

Projected score based on point spread:  Oregon 54-20

Best plays:

Fresno State (QB-Derek Carr, RB-Robbie Rouse, WRs-Davante Adams, Isaiah Burse)

Oregon (QB-Marcus Mariota, RBs-Kenjon Barner, DeAnthony Thomas)

Also consider:

Fresno St (WR-Rashad Evans)

Oregon (WR-Josh Huff, TE-Colt Lyerla)

theCFFsite projects:  Oregon 52-28


Oklahoma State at Arizona

Line:  Oklahoma St -13.5(O/U-70)

Projected score based on point spread:  Oklahoma St 42-28

Best plays:

Oklahoma St (QB-Wes Lunt, RB-Joseph Randle, WRs-Tracy Moore, Charlie Moore, K-Quinn Sharp)

Arizona (QB-Matt Scott, RB-KaDeem Carey, WRs-Dan Buckner, Austin Hill)

Also consider:

Oklahoma St (RB-Jeremy Smith, WRs-Isaiah Anderson, Josh Stewart)

Arizona (WRs-Terrence Miller, Richard Morrison)

theCFFsite projects:  Oklahoma St 48-24


Louisiana at Troy

Line:  Troy -3(O/U-64.5)

Projected score based on point spread:  Troy 34-31

Best plays:

Louisiana (QB-Blaine Gautier, RB-Alonzo Harris, WR-Javone Lawson)

Troy (QB-Corey Robinson, RB-Shawn Southward, WR-Chip Reeves)

Also consider:

Louisiana (WR-Harry Peoples, TE-Jacob Maxwell, K-Brett Baer)

Troy (WR-Eric Thomas)

theCFFsite projects:  Louisiana 31-30

Toledo at Wyoming

Line:  Toledo -3.5(O/U-55.5)

Projected score based on point spread:  Toledo 30-26

Best plays:

Toledo (RB-David Fluellen, WR-Bernard Reedy)

Wyoming (QB-Brett Smith, RB-Brandon Miller, WR-Robert Herron)

Also consider:

Toledo (RB-Cassius McDowell, WR-Alonzo Russell)

Wyoming (WR-Dominic Rufran)

theCFFsite projects:  Toledo 31-28

One-Sided Matchups(Using the odds to find a dominating ‘D’)

Western Kentucky at Alabama

Line:  Alabama -40(O/U-53.5)

Projected score based on point spread:  Alabama 47-7

Stay away from:

Western Kentucky (RB-Antonio Andrews)

theCFFsite projects:  Alabama 48-10

LA-Monroe at Arkansas

Line:  Arkansas -30.5(O/U-57)

Projected score based on point spread:  Arkansas 44-14

Stay away from:

LA-Monroe (RB-Jyruss Edwards)

theCFFsite projects:  Arkansas 52-17


New Mexico at Texas

Line:  Texas -37.5(O/U-53.5)

Projected score based on point spread:  Texas 46-8

Stay away from:

New Mexico (RB-Demarcus Rogers)

theCFFsite projects:  Texas 45-7


Michigan State at Central Michigan

Line:  Michigan State -23.5(O/U-48)

Projected score based on point spread:  Michigan State 36-12

Stay away from:

Central Michigan (QB-Ryan Radcliff, RB-Zurlon Tipton, WR-Cody Wilson)

theCFFsite projects:  Michigan State 30-10


Must Watch Games(The games with the biggest headlines)

Georgia at Missouri

Line:  Georgia -3.5(O/U-55)

Projected score based on point spread:  Georgia 29-26

Outlook:  After last week’s performance against Buffalo, we’re not sure that the Bulldogs are ready to visit a team looking to prove they belong in the SEC.     

theCFFsite projects:  Missouri 30-27


Florida at Texas A&M

Line:  Texas A&M -2.5(O/U-53)

Projected score based on point spread:  Texas A&M 28-25

Outlook:  Florida’s advantage is that they have a game under their belt, but the fact that Bowling Green gave the Gators all they could handle makes this decision easy.

theCFFsite projects:  Texas A&M 37-24


theCFFsite in Must Watch games:

2012 Season:  Straight Up (4-0)  ATS: (3-1)

2011 Season:  Straight Up (40-9) ATS: (35-14)



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By:  Joe DiSalvo

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<p> College Fantasy Football: Using Vegas Odds to Determine Best Week 2 Plays</p>
Post date: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 04:07
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Fantasy, News
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Fantasy owners got burned last week when they decided to bench guys like Ryan Aplin, Jordan Lynch, Nathan Jeffery, and Branden Oliver.  Others got disappointing fantasy performances from preseason favorites like Cobi Hamilton, Cody Hoffman, Jeff Tuel, and David Piland.  Here’s your redemption:  Week 2. 

Week 2 College Fantasy Football Sit or Start


Colby Cameron, QB-LA Tech at Houston

Now that Boise State lost last week at Michigan State, the Bulldogs may have the best chance to bust the BCS, and Cameron has some weapons on the outside.

Derek Carr, QB-Fresno State at Oregon
If the Ducks race out to an early lead, expect Carr to put the ball in the air all night long.

Zac Dysert, QB-Miami, OH vs. Southern Illinois
Dysert put the ball in the air 53 times at Ohio St last week, but only threw for one score.  Expect fewer attempts this week, but the senior quarterback should account for at least two-to-three touchdowns.

Taylor McHargue, QB-Rice at Kansas
South Dakota State ran up 411 yards against Kansas’ defense last week, so we’re confident McHargue will at least duplicate his numbers from a week ago against UCLA.

Matt Brown, RB-Temple vs Maryland
As long as Montel Harris remains on the sideline with a hamstring injury, Brown is a solid fantasy performer.

Brandin Byrd, RB-North Texas vs Texas Southern
Byrd led all Mean Green running backs in rush attempts at LSU and will have a much easier time this week against Texas Southern.

Shawn Southward, RB-Troy vs Louisiana
Southward topped the 200-yard mark last week with 28 carries against UAB.  The Trojans will most likely call upon the junior running back to shoulder the load in what figures to be the biggest Sun Belt Conference matchup of the season.

Johnathan Franklin, RB-UCLA vs Nebraska
Franklin may not run for 200 yards again, but he should find some running room at home against the Huskers.

Ameer Abdullah, RB-Nebraska at UCLA
It is almost certain that Rex Burkhead will sit this one out, so look for the versatile sophomore to fill the void.

Tim Cornett, RB UNLV vs Northern Arizona
We have never recommended starting a UNLV running back in consecutive weeks, but Cornett should top the 100-yard mark again.

Tony Jones, RB-Colorado vs Sacramento State
The Buffaloes struggled to run the ball last week against Colorado State, but don’t give up on Jones just yet.

Nathan Jeffery, RB-UTEP at Ole Miss
After rushing for 177 yards against the Sooners last week, Jeffery could top 1,500 yards rushing this season if he stays healthy.

Noel Grigsby, WR-San Jose State vs UC-Davis
Grigsby’s inability to find the end zone last year kept him off of many fantasy rosters, so it was nice to see him score in Week 1 at Stanford.  We suggest rolling with the junior receiver in Week 2 vs UC-Davis.

Charlie Moore, WR-Oklahoma State @ Arizona
We did not learn anything about the Cowboys last week against Savannah State, but we still like Moore to emerge as a legitimate fantasy factor.

LaRod King, WR-Kentucky vs Kent State
King had 77 yards receiving on 8 catches against a solid Louisville defense in Week 1, so we’re looking for more against the Golden Flashes.


David Piland, QB-Houston vs LA Tech
The Cougars’ loss to Texas State was a shocker and we can promise things will not get any easier against Tech.

Kerwynn Williams, RB-Utah State vs Utah
Williams wasn’t even the leading rusher for the Aggies last week and they will face a stiff test when they host Utah Friday night.

Zurlon Tipton, RB-Central Michigan vs Michigan State
Tipton opened some eyes last week after running for 180 yards and three touchdowns against Southeast Missouri State, but the Chippewas step up in competition this week when they host Michigan State.

Storm Woods, RB-Oregon State vs Wisconsin
Woods may have been named the starter, but we should still see a lot of Malcolm Agnew against the Badgers.

Dominique Whaley, RB-Oklahoma vs Florida A&M
Whaley looked healthy last week, but Damien Williams was the more impressive Sooners running back and could steal more carries from the senior.  Plus, Whaley could exit early if the game gets out of hand against the Rattlers from Florida A&M.

Bishop Sankey, RB-Washington at LSU
Sankey assumed the role as full-time starter when fellow running back Jesse Callier was lost for the season with a torn ACL.  However, running room will be hard to find Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

Cameron Marshall, RB-Arizona State vs Illinois
We’re not quite sure Marshall is 100% and he’ll go against an Illinois defense that held Western Michigan to negative-6 yards rushing last week.

Rashad Greene vs Savannah State
We learned from the Oklahoma State-Savannah State game last week that Greene will be on the sidelines by halftime.  Can he generate a score or two before an early exit?


Joe DiSalvo

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<p> College Fantasy Football: Week 2 Sit or Start</p>
Post date: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 04:05
Path: /college-football/college-football-post-week-1-bowl-projections

College football's bowl season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to take a look at what the matchups might look like. With only one week of results in the books, it's hard to make long-term projections about teams. A team like Houston was expected to win Conference USA's West Division in the preseason but stumbled in the opener against Texas State. For now, the Cougars remain in our projections but that could change after Week 2.

With very little data to work with, the post-Week 1 bowl projections are a mixture between preseason projections and a small dose of the results so far this year. Expect more changes over the next few weeks, especially as we see how teams like Houston, UTEP, Miami (Fla.) and Texas Tech perform.

2012-2013 Post-Week 1 College Football Bowl Projections

Bowl Date Tie-In Projected Matchup
New Mexico Dec. 15 MWC vs. Pac-12 Arizona vs. Colorado State
Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 15 MAC vs. WAC Louisiana Tech vs. W. Michigan
Poinsettia Dec. 20 BYU vs. MWC BYU vs. Nevada
Beef 'O'Brady's Dec. 21 Big East vs. C-USA East Carolina vs. Cincinnati
New Orleans Dec. 22 Sun Belt vs. C-USA UL Lafayette vs. Southern Miss
Las Vegas Dec. 22 MWC vs. Pac-12 UCLA vs. Boise State
Hawaii Dec. 24 C-USA vs. MWC Fresno State vs. SMU
Little Caesars Dec. 26 Big Ten vs. MAC Purdue vs. Northern Illinois
Military Dec. 27 ACC vs. Army Marshall* vs. Mississippi State*
Belk Dec. 27 ACC vs. Big East Virginia vs. Pittsburgh
Holiday Dec. 27 Big 12 vs. Pac-12 Stanford vs. Baylor
Independence Dec. 28 ACC vs. SEC Miami vs. Texas A&M
Russell Athletic Dec. 28 ACC vs. Big East South Florida vs. Clemson
Meineke Car Care Dec. 28 Big Ten vs. Big 12 TCU vs. Northwestern
Armed Forces Dec. 29 C-USA vs. MWC Houston vs. Wyoming
Kraft Fight Hunger Dec. 29 Pac-12 vs. Navy Navy vs. California
Pinstripe Dec. 29 Big East vs. Big 12 Rutgers vs. Notre Dame
Alamo Dec. 29 Big 12 vs. Pac-12 Utah vs. Oklahoma State
Buffalo Wild Wings Dec. 29 Big Ten vs. Big 12 Kansas State vs. Illinois
Music City Dec. 31 SEC vs. ACC Auburn vs. Georgia Tech
Sun Dec. 31 ACC vs. Pac-12 NC State vs. Washington
Liberty Dec. 31 SEC vs. C-USA Tulsa vs. Missouri
Chick-fil-A Dec. 31 ACC vs. SEC Virginia Tech vs. Florida
TicketCity Jan. 1 Big Ten vs. C-USA Texas Tech* vs. UTEP Gator Jan. 1 SEC vs. Big Ten Tennessee vs. Iowa
Capital One Jan. 1 SEC vs. Big Ten Georgia vs. Wisconsin
Outback Jan. 1 SEC vs. Big Ten South Carolina vs. Michigan State
Cotton Jan. 4 Big 12 vs. SEC West Virginia vs. Arkansas
BBVA Compass Jan. 5 SEC vs. Big East Vanderbilt vs. Connecticut Jan. 6 MAC vs. Sun Belt Arkansas State vs. Ohio
BCS Bowls      
Rose Jan. 1 BCS vs. BCS Michigan vs. Oregon
Orange Jan. 1 BCS vs. BCS Florida State vs. Louisville
Sugar Jan. 2 BCS vs. BCS LSU vs. Texas
Fiesta Jan. 3 BCS vs. BCS Oklahoma vs. Nebraska
National Title Jan. 7 BCS vs. BCS USC vs. Alabama

by Steven Lassan


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@athlonsteven</a></strong></span></p>" target="_blank">College Football Week 1 Recap

<p> College Football Post-Week 1 Bowl Projections for 2012</p>
Post date: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 06:35
Path: /college-football/college-footballs-top-20-coaches-hot-seat-post-week-1-rankings

Week 1 of the college football season is in the books and plenty of coaches are feeling the pressure to win. Kentucky showed some progress in the season opener against Louisville, but Joker Phillips passes Boston College's Frank Spaziani as the No. 1 coach on the hot seat. Some new names have joined the top 20, including Houston's Tony Levine and Colorado's Jon Embree. 

College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat: Post-Week 1 Rankings

1. Joker Phillips, Kentucky
Last Week's Rank:
Record at Kentucky: 11-15 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 0-1
Losing handily to a rival is enough for Phillips to claim the top spot after Week 1. The Wildcats showed some signs of life on offense, but the defense had no answer for Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Kentucky should get into the win column against Kent State this Saturday, but Phillips needs to pickup a few wins in SEC play this year.

2. Frank Spaziani, Boston College
Last Week's Rank: 1
Record at Boston College: 20-20 (4th season)
2012 Record: 0-1
Spaziani moved down from the No. 1 to the No. 2 spot this week. Although Boston College lost to Miami, the team showed some progress on offense. Hiring Doug Martin as the coordinator seems to be the right answer to develop quarterback Chase Rettig, as he threw for 441 yards and two touchdowns in the opener. Spaziani’s specialty is on defense, which is where the Eagles struggled on Saturday and must improve for Boston College to have any shot at a bowl.

3. Rick Stockstill, MTSU
Last Week's Rank:
Record at MTSU: 35-41 (7th season)
2012 Record: 0-1
Stockstill makes a huge jump in the rankings after a Week 1 debacle against McNeese State. The Blue Raiders trailed the Cowboys 24-6 going into the fourth quarter and lost 27-21. MTSU has lost six consecutive season openers under Stockstill and enters Week 2 action with a seven-game losing streak.

4. David Bailiff, Rice
Last Week's Rank:
Record at Rice: 23-39 (6th season)
2012 Record: 0-1
Things never got on track for Rice in the season opener, as the Owls fell behind 19-0 to UCLA and did not score a point in the second half to lose 49-24. Rice’s defense did little to slow down the Bruins, allowing 646 yards and 49 points. Quarterback Taylor McHargue turned in a solid effort in a losing cause, but the Owls were simply overmatched. The road doesn’t get any easier for Rice, as they matchup against Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Marshall and Houston over the next few weeks.

5. Dan Enos, Central Michigan
Last Week: 7
Record at Central Michigan: 7-18 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 1-0
For a half, it appeared Central Michigan would fall victim to FCS foe Southeast Missouri State. However, the Chippewas rallied in the final two quarters to win 38-27 and remain unbeaten under Enos in season openers. Despite the victory, it was an overall lackluster showing for Central Michigan, and the schedule gets tougher in Week 2 against Michigan State.

6. Jeff Tedford, California
Last Week: 15
Record at California: 79-49 (11th season)
2012 Record: 0-1
Tedford makes a big jump in this week’s poll, climbing from No. 15 in the post-fall practice edition to No. 6 after Saturday’s loss to Nevada. Although the Wolf Pack are one of the top 50 teams in the nation, losing in the home debut after a major stadium renovation is a bad sign. Tedford has recorded a mediocre 12-14 record since 2010 and could be 1-3 after the first four weeks of the season. Tedford has had a successful run in Berkeley, but has the program gone stale?

7. Robb Akey, Idaho
Last Week:
Record at Idaho: 19-44 (6th season)
2012 Record: 0-1
Eastern Washington is one of the top FCS programs, so it’s really no surprise it won on the road at Idaho. However, it’s another black eye for the Vandals, a program struggling to stay on the FBS level. Idaho has lost 10 out of its last 11 games and it could be a while before it cracks the win column. With Bowling Green, LSU, Wyoming and North Carolina coming up, the Vandals’ best opportunity at a victory is on Oct. 6 against New Mexico State. Akey’s teams have regressed since winning eight contests in 2009, and it’s shaping up to be another long year in Idaho.

8. Randy Edsall, Maryland
Last Week:
Record at Maryland: 3-10 (2nd season)
2012 Record: 1-0
Edsall’s 2012 opener nearly ended with disaster. The Terrapins squeaked out a lackluster 7-6 victory over FCS opponent William & Mary. Freshman quarterback Perry Hills turned in a so-so debut, completing 16 of 24 passes for 145 yards and three interceptions. While the defense was solid, the offense clearly has some work to do over the next couple of weeks. Maryland’s schedule doesn’t get any easier, as it travels to Philadelphia take on Temple this Saturday.

9. Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech
Last Week:
Record at Texas Tech: 14-12 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 1-0
Texas Tech had a successful season opener, easily defeating Northwestern State 44-6. The offense gained 500 yards, while a much-maligned defense allowed only 84 yards and held the Demons to just six points. With matchups against Texas State and New Mexico in the next two weeks, Tuberville should slide down this list. However, Tuberville’s long-term future in Lubbock will be determined on what happens in Big 12 play.

10. Tony Levine, Houston
Last Week: Not ranked
Record at Houston: 1-1
2012 Record: 0-1
Disaster is the only word to describe Levine’s regular season debut at Houston. The Cougars high-powered offense was grounded, scoring only 13 points and managing 326 yards of total offense. The defense was shredded for 248 yards on the ground and forced only one turnover. Only adding to the uneasiness surrounding Levine was the departure of coordinator Mike Nesbitt on Monday. Athlon ranked Levine as one of the worst coaching hires this offseason, and he needs to get Houston pointed back in the right direction before Conference USA play begins. Levine isn't in danger of losing his job anytime during the season, but his tenure at Houston is off to an awful start. 

11. Bobby Hauck, UNLV
Last Week:
Record at UNLV: 4-22 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 0-1
After nearly beating Minnesota last Thursday, Hauck moves from No. 9 to No. 11 on this list. The Rebels gave the Golden Gophers all they can handle, giving hope that Hauck can surpass last season’s two wins. The Rebels should get into the win column against Northern Arizona this Saturday.

12. Doug Marrone, Syracuse
Last Week:
Record at Syracuse: 17-21 (4th season)
2012 Record: 0-1
Marrone has been on a steady climb in Athlon’s coach on the hot seat rankings since the end of last year. The Orange finished 2011 with a five-game losing streak and opened 2012 with a loss to Northwestern. With a move to the ACC on the horizon for 2013, Syracuse may not want to join a new conference with a coach on the hot seat. Marrone may need to make a bowl to save his job.

13. Jeff Quinn, Buffalo
Last Week’s Rank:
Record at Buffalo: 5-20 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 0-1
Quinn opened the season with a loss to Georgia, but the Bulls had a good showing in defeat. Although five wins in just over two years isn’t impressive, Quinn seems to be moving the program in the right direction.

14. George O'Leary, UCF
Last Week’s Rank:
Record at UCF: 51-51 (9th season)
2012 Record: 1-0
The Knights turned in one of the most dominating wins in Week 1, beating Akron 56-14. UCF has a tough road trip to Ohio State this Saturday but is a heavy favorite to win the Conference USA title. As long as the Knights reach a bowl game, O’Leary should be safe to return for 2013.

15. Jon Embree, Colorado
Last Week’s Rank:
Not ranked
Record at Colorado: 3-11 (2nd season)
2012 Record: 0-1
Embree didn’t inherit a great situation at Colorado, but the Buffaloes haven’t showed a whole lot of improvement in his tenure. Colorado did win two out of the last three from last season but opened 2012 with a disappointing loss to in-state rival Colorado State. Embree isn’t in any danger of losing his job this year, but this program can’t afford many more years of just three wins.

16. Derek Dooley, Tennessee
Last Week’s Rank:
Record at Tennessee: 12-14 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 1-0
Dooley is one of the biggest movers on this list, dropping from No. 3 to No. 16 after Friday’s win over NC State. The Volunteers were impressive against the Wolfpack and considering how Florida looked against Bowling Green, it’s not out of the question Tennessee could be 4-0 before playing at Georgia on Sept. 29. Dooley still has a lot to prove, but Friday night's win was a step in the right direction.

17. Bill Cubit, Western Michigan
Last Week’s Rank:
Record at Western Michigan: 47-40 (8th season)
2012 Record: 0-1
The Broncos were a trendy upset pick for Week 1 but fell 24-7 to Illinois. Western Michigan has two more shots at pulling off an upset against a BCS team, as it visits Minnesota on Sept. 15 and hosts Connecticut on Sept. 22. Despite the opening week disappointment, the Broncos are considered the favorites to win the MAC’s West Division.

18. Mike Price, UTEP
Last Week’s Rank:
Record at UTEP: 45-53 (9th season)
2012 Record: 0-1
Although it was a losing effort against Oklahoma, Price drops eight spots to No. 18 on the post-week 1 rankings. UTEP gave the Sooners all they could handle and has another shot at an upset against Ole Miss this Saturday. Considering Houston’s struggles against Texas State, the Miners have to be considered one of the favorites to win Conference USA’s West Division.

19. DeWayne Walker, New Mexico State
Last Week’s Rank:
Record at New Mexico State: 10-29 (4th season)
2012 Record: 1-0
The Aggies opened their season with a convincing 49-19 victory over Sacramento State. New Mexico State is a tough job, and the program faces an uncertain future at the FBS level. It’s clear Walker is making progress and would be a surprise if he doesn’t return to Las Cruces for 2013.

20. Dave Clawson, Bowling Green
Last Week’s Rank:
Record at Bowling Green: 14-24 (4th season)
2012 Record: 0-1
Clawson probably doesn’t deserve be on this list, especially after nearly leading Bowling Green to a win over Florida in the season opener. However, there are few candidates for this No. 20 ranking, and Clawson’s overall record is 14-24. The Falcons were picked by many to finish in the top three of the MAC East and assuming this team builds off Saturday’s performance, Clawson won’t be moving any higher on this list in 2012.

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Post date: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 06:30
All taxonomy terms: LSU Tigers, Washington Huskies, Pac 12, SEC, News
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Washington has a huge test ahead this Saturday, as it travels to LSU for a night game in Baton Rouge. Winning at LSU hasn't been easy for opposing teams in recent years, so it's no surprise the Huskies are preparing with some unusual tactics.

To help prepare for Saturday night's hostile atmosphere, Washington had a live tiger at practice on Tuesday. Yes, that's right - a live tiger. 

These pictures tweeted by @RyanDivish and @Curtis_Crabtree show the tiger during practice, which is certainly an interesting motivational tactic for Washington. There's no question this will be a tough game for the Huskies but bringing in a live tiger to watch over practice is certainly among the most interesting practice tactics in recent years.

<p> Washington Brings Live Tiger to Practice to Prep for LSU</p>
Post date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 15:46
All taxonomy terms: Texas A&M Aggies, SEC, News
Path: /news/texas-am-slams-florida-your-face-billboard

Texas A&M opens SEC play against Florida this Saturday, but the Aggies aren’t waiting long to introduce themselves to the rest of the conference.

This billboard popped up in Gainesville recently, featuring the phrase “You’ve been annexed by Aggie Nation.”

Needless to say, it’s pretty brash talk from Texas A&M – a school that has yet to play its first SEC contest. The billboard also features the phrase “Real Football. Real Tradition.”

And this gem: “The Cleanest Program in the SEC.”

In the conference of secondary violations, it's a nice way to welcome yourself to your new SEC foes.

The billboard is all fun and games and probably means nothing for Saturday’s game. However, it’s definitely a welcome to the SEC moment for Texas A&M – and the Aggies aren’t backing down from anyone.

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The 2012 college football season kicked off with South Carolina beating Vanderbilt on Thursday night. The Gamecocks weren't particularly impressive but did just enough to knock off the Commodores. Derek Dooley's seat got a little cooler in Knoxville after beating NC State on Friday night. Alabama was the most impressive team in Week 1, thrashing Michigan 41-14.

Post-Week 1 Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina — Making his first appearance since injuring his knee last fall, Lattimore ran for 110 yards and two scores on 23 carries against a solid run defense at Vanderbilt.

2. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee — It was quite a debut for the junior college transfer. He combined for 165 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns — one on a 41-yard toss from Tyler Bray and one on a 67-yard run from scrimmage.

3. Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee — The junior quarterback completed 27-of-41 passes for 333 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Vols’ win vs. NC State.


Post-Week 1 Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama — Milliner had four pass deflections and an interception to lead Alabama’s dominant defensive effort against Michigan.

2. Jadaveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina — The sophomore had four total tackles, including two for a loss (and one sack) in the Gamecocks’ 17-13 win at Vanderbilt.

3. Kenny Ladler, S, Vanderbilt — Ladler shined in a losing effort for Vanderbilt, recording nine tackles, one interception and a sack as the Commodores held South Carolina to 272 total yards. 


Post-Week 1 Coach of the Year Standings

1. Nick Saban, Alabama — The Crimson Tide completely dominated Michigan, a team that won 11 games in 2011.

2. Derek Dooley, Tennessee — His seat is a whole lot cooler after the Vols’ impressive win over NC State in Atlanta.

3. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina — He’s the only coach in the league with a 1-0 record in the SEC.


Post-Week 1 SEC Power Rankings

1. Alabama (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat Michigan 41-14
Alabama was perhaps the most impressive team in the nation in the opening week of the season. The Crimson Tide completely dominated both sides of the ball against a Michigan team ranked in the top 10 heading into the season. The Bama defense did a masterful job on Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, who completed only 11-of-26 passes and rushed for 27 yards on 10 attempts. True freshman T.J. Yeldon was the star on offense for the Tide, rushing for 111 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries. This was complete domination.
This Week: Western Kentucky

2. LSU (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat North Texas 41-14
The Tigers disposed of North Texas in predictable fashion, leaning on a rushing attack that churned out 316 yards on 46 carries for an impressive 6.9-yard average. Zach Mettenberger put up solid numbers in his debut at quarterback (19-of-26 for 192 yards with one TD and one INT), but he missed some throws that he will need to hit against better competition. Tailbacks Kenny Hilliard (141) and Alfred Blue (123) both went over the 100-yard mark, and Odell Beckham returned a punt 70 yards for a TD in the first quarter.
Next Game: Washington

3. Georgia (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat Buffalo 45-23
The result was never in doubt, but Georgia didn’t exactly dominate Buffalo (3–9 last season) as thoroughly as most Bulldog fans would have liked. There was a lot to like on offense — especially the 100 yards on eight carries from freshman tailback Todd Gurley — but Georgia couldn’t have been thrilled about giving up 347 total yards (199 on the ground). Tavarres King caught six passes for 117 yards to lead the Dawgs’ receiving corps.
Next Game: at Missouri

4. South Carolina (1-0, 1-0 SEC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat Vanderbilt 17-13
South Carolina managed only 272 yards of offense, including just 67 through the air, but it was good enough to escape Nashville with a 17-13 win over Vanderbilt. Marcus Lattimore ran for 110 yards and two scores on 23 attempts in his return from a torn ACL. He might not be 100 percent just yet, but Lattimore is ready to carry to the load for the Gamecocks’ offense. And with Connor Shaw’s injury — the junior quarterback is questionable this week with a left shoulder bruise — South Carolina will lean on Lattimore quite a bit in the ensuing weeks. It was clear on Thursday night that Dylan Thomas, the No. 2 quarterback, isn’t ready to get the job done against a quality defense.
Next Game: East Carolina

5. Arkansas (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat Jacksonville State 49-24
After a sluggish start — Arkansas trailed 14-7 early in the second quarter — the Razorbacks surged past Jacksonville State to claim a comfortable win in Fayetteville. Playing for the first time since the Sugar Bowl two years ago, tailback Knile Davis carried the ball 18 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Mitchell, the No. 2 quarterback last year, caught four passes for 122 yards in his debut at wide receiver, and tight end Chris Gragg caught seven passes for 110 yards and two scores.
Next Game: UL Monroe

6. Tennessee (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat NC State 35-21
Derek Dooley’s third season began with an impressive win over a quality ACC opponent. The Volunteers were terrific in the passing games and just good enough on the ground —  UT’s three tailbacks combined for 128 yards on 33 attempts — to keep the Wolfpack defense off balance. Quarterback Tyler Bray was sharp (333 yards and two touchdowns), but junior college transfer Cordarrelle Patterson was the story at the Georgia Dome. With Da’Rick Rogers now at Tennessee Tech, the Vols needed Patterson to live up to expectations — and he delivered by catching six passes for 93 yards and a TD and adding a 67-yard touchdown run.
Next Game: Georgia State

7. Missouri (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
Preseason Rank: 8
Week 1 Result: Beat SE Louisiana 62-10
The Tigers raced out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 62-10 win in a tune-up for their SEC opener on Saturday vs. Georgia. James Franklin, who underwent major shoulder surgery in the spring, completed 13-of-21 for 131 yards and one touchdown. He will have to play better this week against a ferocious Georgia defense that will force him to prove his shoulder is 100 percent.
Next Game: Georgia

8. Texas A&M (0-0, 0-0 SEC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Game with Louisiana Tech was postponed.
Next Game: Florida

9. Florida (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
Preseason Rank:

Week 1 Result: Beat Bowling Green 27-14
Florida fans hoping that the Gators’ offense, under new coordinator Brent Pease, would show dramatic improvement in Week 1 were sorely disappointed. The final numbers (365 yards and 27 points) weren’t terrible, but the Gators are going to struggle to move the ball once they get into league play. Jeff Driskel, who will start this week at Texas A&M, completed 10-of-16 for 114 yards and one touchdown. Florida had only one pass play that went for more than 18 yards.
Next Game: at Texas A&M

10. Auburn (0-1, 0-0 SEC)
Preseason Rank: 7
Week 1 Result: Lost to Clemson 26-19
Auburn’s defense remains a work in progress. The Tigers, who gave up an average 421.1 yards in 10 games vs. AQ conference opponents in 2011, struggled to stop Clemson — despite giving up only 26 points. The biggest issue was defending the run; Clemson’s Andre Ellington rushed for 231 yards on an 8.9-yard average. Kiehl Frazier, making his first start at quarterback for Auburn, completed only 11-of-27 passes for 194 yards. The Tigers, however, did run the ball well. Tre Mason and Onterio McCalebb combined for 188 yards on 26 carries.
Next Game: at Mississippi State

11. Vanderbilt (0-1, 0-1 SEC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Lost to South Carolina 17-13
The Commodores held a 13­-10 lead into the fourth quarterback but were unable to hold off South Carolina on Thursday night. Vanderbilt’s defense was strong, limiting the Gamecocks to 272 yards, but the offense didn’t make enough plays. The Dores came away with zero points on three drives that began in South Carolina territory, and they came away with a total of three points on two trips to the red zone.
Next Game: at Northwestern

12. Mississippi State (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat Jackson State 56-9
The Bulldogs barely broke a sweat in a win over in-state “rival” Jackson State. Mississippi State’s offense showed nice balance, with 202 yards rushing and 193 yards passing. We will learn far more about this team when Auburn visits on Saturday.
Next Game: Auburn

13. Kentucky (0-1, 0-0 SEC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Lost to Louisville 32-14
Joker Phillips didn’t need to win this game, but he needed his team to be competitive. Didn’t happen. The Cats had no answer for a balanced Louisville offense that moved the ball at will for the first two-and-a-half quarters. There were some positive signs. Sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith looked decent, completing 35-of-50 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns. Kentucky’s tailbacks also ran well, but the Cats were forced to abandon the running game after falling behind.
Next Game: Kent State

14. Ole Miss (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat Central Arkansas 49-27
Ole Miss averted disaster by seizing control of the game with a 35-point second half. The Rebels trailed 20-14 until midway through the third quarter before scoring twice in a three-minute period. Bo Wallace, who beat out Barry Brunetti for the start, completed 20-of-24 passes for 264 yards with two TDs and one interception. 
Next Game: UTEP

by Mitch Light


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The first weekend of action in the ACC was a mixed bag of results. NC State missed an opportunity to earn the conference national respect in Friday night’s loss to Tennessee, but Clemson picked up a key win over Auburn on Saturday. Florida State dominated as expected in the matchup against Murray State. Miami and Virginia Tech earned the only two victories in conference play in Week 1.

Post-Week 1 Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson – With a revamped offensive line, no one knew what to expect out of Clemson’s ground game in the opener. However, Ellington rushed for 228 yards on 25 attempts to lead the Tigers to a victory over Auburn.

2. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina – A knee injury ended Bernard’s day a little early, but he scored three times and recorded 203 yards of total offense.

3. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson – Hopkins, Tajh Boyd or Logan Thomas are all worthy of this spot. Hopkins shined in Clemson’s victory over Auburn, catching 13 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown.


Post-Week 1 Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State – With Brandon Jenkins sidelined for the rest of the year, Werner needs to take his play up another notch.

2. Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland – The Terrapins’ new 3-4 scheme didn’t slow down Vellano, as he recorded 11 tackles and one interception in the win over William & Mary.

3. Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina – There were few standout defensive performances in Week 1 in the ACC. Williams recorded two sacks in the Tar Heels’ victory over Elon.


Post-Week 1 Coach of the Year Standings

1. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State – The Seminoles were the preseason favorite to win the ACC and handled their business with a 69-3 thrashing of Murray State.

2. Dabo Swinney, Clemson – The defending ACC champs claimed a key non-conference victory with a 26-19 win over Auburn.

3. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech – Monday night’s win against Georgia Tech doesn’t guarantee a Coastal Division title, but it puts the Hokies in great shape after the first weekend of action.


Post-Week 1 ACC Power Rankings

1. Florida State (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat Murray State 69-3
The outcome of the Week 1 matchup against Murray State was never in doubt. Florida State cruised to a 69-3 victory and even though the game was a one-sided affair, the contest allowed the coaching staff to get a good look at the revamped offensive line. The front five did not allow a sack and led the way for rushers to record 285 yards on the ground. The biggest news coming out of the opener was the loss of end Brandon Jenkins to a season-ending foot injury. Florida State has one more tuneup before ACC play, taking on another FCS opponent (Savannah State) this Saturday.
This week: Savannah State

2. Clemson (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat Auburn 26-19
The Tigers had the most impressive victory among ACC teams in Week 1. Behind 266 total yards and one passing touchdown from quarterback Tajh Boyd, Clemson knocked off Auburn 26-19. The victory was huge for Clemson, but also the ACC as it looks to earn national respect. With star receiver Sammy Watkins suspended, DeAndre Hopkins emerged as the No. 1 target, catching 13 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown. Running back Andre Ellington was stellar, gashing Auburn for 231 yards on 26 attempts. The offensive line needs to work on pass protection but upcoming games against Furman and Ball State should allow the front five to jell before playing Florida State on Sept. 22.
This week: Ball State

3. Virginia Tech (1-0, 1-0 ACC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat Georgia Tech 20-17
The Hokies took an early lead in the battle to win the Coastal Division, edging Georgia Tech 20-17 in overtime. Virginia Tech’s offense struggled to get on track most of the night, with quarterback Logan Thomas making a few key plays late to send the game into overtime. The debut of running back Michael Holmes was solid, earning 54 yards on 12 carries. The Hokies have some time to work out the kinks on offense, as their next ACC game is Oct. 6 against North Carolina.
This week: Austin Peay

4. North Carolina (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat Elon 62-0
Larry Fedora’s debut in Chapel Hill was a success. The Tar Heels recorded 62 points (the most by a North Carolina team since 1995) and the first shutout since 1999. Running back Giovani Bernard left early due to a minor knee injury but finished with 93 yards on the ground and three overall scores. The defense held Elon to 170 yards and recorded two sacks. North Carolina opens ACC play this Saturday with a matchup against in-state rival Wake Forest.
This week: at Wake Forest

5. Georgia Tech (0-1, 0-1 ACC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Lost to Virginia Tech 20-17
The Yellow Jackets nearly escaped Blacksburg with a victory, but instead return home with a 0-1 record in ACC play. The Hokies kept Georgia Tech’s rushing attack in check for most of the night, but quarterback Tevin Washington made a few key plays through the air to give his team a chance to win. However, his interception in overtime ended any hopes the Yellow Jackets had of pulling off the upset. s also had some bright spots on defense but failed to stop Virginia Tech on the final drive in the fourth quarter. Although the season is far from over, this is a huge loss in the race to win the ACC Coastal.
This week: Presbyterian

6. Virginia (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Preseason Rank: 7
Week 1 Result: Beat Richmond 43-19
The Cavaliers continue to build momentum under coach Mike London, opening the 2012 season with a convincing 43-19 victory over Richmond. Michael Rocco edged Phillip Sims for the No. 1 quarterback spot in the fall and tightened his grip on the job, throwing for 311 yards and one touchdown on 25 completions. Running backs Kevin Parks and Perry Jones had a light workload but combined for 101 yards and three scores. The schedule gets a little tougher for Virginia this Saturday, as it hosts Penn State in the first meeting between these schools since 2002.
This week: Penn State

7. NC State (0-1, 0-0 ACC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Lost to Tennessee 35-21
Even though the result wasn’t that one-sided, the Wolfpack had to be the biggest disappointment in the ACC for Week 1. Quarterback Mike Glennon had a bad performance, tossing four picks on 46 attempts, while the rushing attack never really got on track. The secondary was expected to be among the best in the ACC but allowed 333 yards and two touchdowns to Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray. NC State looks to get back on track in Week 2 against Connecticut.
This Week: at Connecticut

8. Miami (1-0, 1-0 ACC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat Boston College 41-32
With a lot of youth and inexperience stepping into the starting lineup, Miami was a difficult team to get a read on in the preseason. The Hurricanes showed flashes of promise in the opener against Boston College, recording 415 yards and forcing three turnovers on defense. Quarterback Stephen Morris was a steady 28 of 45 for 207 yards, while freshman running back Duke Johnson was impressive, rushing for 135 yards on seven attempts. Miami’s defense struggled to stop the Eagles’ passing attack, which will be a concern against some of the teams in the ACC.
This week: at Kansas State

9. Duke (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat FIU 46-26
The Blue Devils No. 1 goal for 2012 is to get to a bowl game, and the team took a step in the right direction with a 46-26 victory over FIU on Saturday. The Blue Devils allowed 513 yards to the Golden Panthers but made timely plays, including a blocked field goal return for a score at the end of the first half. The rushing attack still needs work, but quarterback Sean Renfree is off to a good start after throwing for 290 yards against FIU. Duke has a difficult test ahead in Week 2, as it travels west to take on Stanford.
This week: at Stanford

10. Wake Forest (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat Liberty 20-17
There’s not much to say about the Demon Deacons’ Week 1 performance other than it was a victory. Squeaking by a FCS opponent is concerning, but Wake Forest’s Week 2 matchup against North Carolina will provide more insight into this team. Quarterback Tanner Price was steady in the opener, throwing for 195 yards and one score, while running back Josh Harris left early due to a concussion. The Demon Deacons allowed 363 yards to Liberty but recorded two sacks and generated two turnovers.
This week: North Carolina

11. Boston College (0-1, 0-1 ACC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Lost to Miami 41-32
There were positive signs for Boston College in the season opener against Miami but with a challenging schedule, the Eagles couldn’t afford to lose their first game. Quarterback Chase Rettig was missing two key players from the receiving corps but threw for 441 yards and two touchdowns. While Rettig’s play was a bright spot, Boston College’s defense had no answer for Miami. The Eagles allowed 41 points and 415 yards and gave up a few big plays to the Hurricanes’ offense. Boston College should get a victory in Week 2 against Maine, but the schedule doesn’t let up with Northwestern in Week 3 and Clemson in Week 5.
This week: Maine

12. Maryland (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat William & Mary 7-6
Ugly. That’s really the only way to describe the Terrapins’ opener against William & Mary. With quarterback C.J. Brown lost for the year with a torn ACL, true freshman Perry Hills took over as the starter. Hills completed 16 of 24 passes but tossed three picks. The offense managed only 236 yards but was bailed out by a defense that held the Tribe to just 229 yards and six points. With two new coordinators and a freshman quarterback, there will no doubt be growing pains for Maryland. However, the schedule only gets tougher from here, as the Terrapins visit Temple in Week 2.
This week: at Temple

by Steven Lassan


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Week 1 in the Big 12 was filled with non-conference games and some surprises. Oklahoma struggled in a 24-7 win at UTEP, while Texas Tech’s defense appears to be improved after a solid performance in the opener against Northwestern State. West Virginia was impressive against Marshall, while Baylor did not miss Robert Griffin against SMU.

Post-Week 1 Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia – Smith was nearly perfect in Saturday’s win over Marshall, as he threw only four incompletions and passed for 323 yards and four touchdowns.

2. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State – Klein didn’t have to do much with Kansas State in control in the second half against Missouri State, finishing with 223 total yards and two touchdowns.

3. Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State – Randle barely broke a sweat in Saturday’s win over Savannah State, rushing for 107 yards and two touchdowns on six attempts.

Post-Week 1 Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas – Jeffcoat didn’t have a spectacular debut, but he led the team with six tackles and recorded one quarterback hurry.

2. Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State – The Cyclones have one of the best linebacking corps in the nation, and Knott picked up where he left off last year. He recorded 11 tackles and one forced fumble in the win over Tulsa.

3. Isaiah Bruce, LB, West Virginia – Bruce turned in an impressive performance in the first game of his West Virginia career, recording 16 tackles, one tackle for a loss and one fumble recovery.

Post-Week 1 Coach of the Year Standings

1. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – The Mountaineers’ offense will be a handful for Big 12 defenses, but the defense has to get better if this team wants to win the conference championship.

2. Art Briles, Baylor – Robert Griffin will be missed, but Baylor has more depth than it has in years, and the defense showed improvement in Sunday’s win against SMU.

3. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – Beating Savannah State won’t win Gundy any coach of the year honors, but he should be in the mix for this award if the Cowboys push for the Big 12 title once again.

Post-Week 1 Big 12 Power Rankings

1. Oklahoma (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Preseason Rank: 1
Week 1 Result: Beat UTEP 24-7
It wasn’t pretty, but the Sooners left El Paso with a 24-7 victory over UTEP. The offseason concerns about the offense continued in Saturday’s win, as Landry Jones was sacked three times, and this unit never seemed to find its rhythm. Dominique Whaley returned to the lineup after missing the final five games of last season with a significant ankle injury and rushed for 54 yards on 11 attempts. The rush defense struggled to slow down the Miners, especially with Casey Walker and Stacy McGee missing the game. Week 1 was a less than perfect effort, but the Sooners still have plenty of time to find the right answers.
This week: Florida A&M

2. Texas (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Preseason Rank: 2
Week 1 Result: Beat Wyoming 37-17
The Longhorns weren’t particularly impressive in the season opener but turned in an overall solid effort. The rushing attack generated 280 yards and four touchdowns, while quarterback David Ash was an efficient 20 of 27 for 156 yards and one touchdown. Texas’ defense allowed Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith to throw for 276 yards but held the Cowboys’ offense to just eight points in the second half. The Longhorns will get another tuneup in Week 2 with New Mexico visiting Austin.
This week: New Mexico

3. West Virginia (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Last Week’s Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat Marshall 69-34
The Mountaineers’ offense picked up where it left off in the Orange Bowl, scoring 69 points to easily defeat Marshall. Quarterback Geno Smith was unstoppable, throwing for 323 yards and four touchdowns on 32 completions. He added 65 yards and one score on the ground. The offense wasn’t just about the pass, as Shawne Alston added 123 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The Mountaineers’ new 3-4 defense still needs some work, but the offense should score plenty of points in 2012.
Next Game: James Madison (9/15)

4. Oklahoma State (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Preseason Rank: 4
Week 1 Result: Beat Savannah State 84-0
Savannah State was one of the worst FCS teams last season, so it’s hard to takeaway much for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys easily cruised to an 84-0 victory and was able to play a ton of players thanks to the blowout. True freshman quarterback Wes Lunt was perfect in his first start, completing all 11 of his passes for 129 yards. Running back Joseph Randle was also effective in limited work, rushing for 107 yards and two touchdowns on six attempts. The road gets tougher for Oklahoma State this Saturday, as it travels to Tucson to take on Arizona. The Cowboys beat the Wildcats 37-14 last year, but this will be a huge test for Lunt in his first road start.
This week: at Arizona

5. TCU (0-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Preseason Rank: 5
Week 1 Result: Did not play
The Horned Frogs had the rare Week 1 bye, so they will have to wait until this Saturday to play their first game as a Big 12 member. TCU will open a newly renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium with FCS opponent Grambling, a team that lost 22-21 to Alcorn State in Week 1. The Horned Frogs should have no trouble opening up the 2012 season with a victory, but the coaching staff will be eager to see how much a revamped offensive line and linebacking corps will perform.
This week: Grambling

6. Kansas State (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Preseason Rank: 6
Week 1 Result: Beat Missouri State 51-9
Bill Snyder kept things basic in the Wildcats’ 51-9 blowout win over Missouri State. Kansas State led only 9-6 at halftime but scored 42 points in the second half to cruise to the victory. Quarterback Collin Klein threw for 169 yards and two scores, while adding 54 yards on the ground. The Wildcats’ secondary was tested by FBS transfer quarterback Ashton Glaser, as he threw for 257 yards on 22 completions. Expect Kansas State to pickup the intensity in Week 2, as it hosts Miami this Saturday.
This week: Miami (Fla.)

7. Baylor (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Preseason Rank:
Week 1 Result: Beat SMU 59-24
Robert who? Nick Florence showed Baylor’s offense still has plenty of firepower, throwing for 342 yards and four touchdowns in the 59-24 rout over SMU. The senior quarterback also completed 70 percent of his throws and did not toss an interception. Florence had plenty of help from his receiving corps, and a rushing attack that was led by Jarred Salubi. Baylor’s defense allowed over 500 yards but showed signs of improvement after struggling in 2011. The Bears do not play in Week 2 and will return to action in Week 3 against Sam Houston State.
This week: Sam Houston State (9/15)

8. Iowa State (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Preseason Rank: 9
Week 1 Result: Beat Tulsa 38-23
The Cyclones weren’t given much respect going into the Week 1 matchup against Tulsa, as the folks in Vegas listed Iowa State as a home underdog. However, the Cyclones rallied from a 16-7 deficit after the first quarter to win 38-23. Steele Jantz won a close competition with Jared Barnett for the starting quarterback spot, and he responded with 281 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Shontrelle Johnson showed no ill-effects from a neck injury that sidelined him most of last year, rushing for 120 yards and one score on 18 attempts. Beating Tulsa is just one victory, but with a difficult schedule, Iowa State needed this one to have any shot at making a bowl.
This week: at Iowa

9. Texas Tech (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Preseason Rank: 8
Week 1 Result: Beat Northwestern State 44-6
Northwestern State wasn’t the toughest of Week 1 tests, but Texas Tech has to be pleased with its performance. The defense did not allow a touchdown and limited the Demons to just 84 yards. After struggling on defense the last two years, Saturday’s performance was a welcomed sight for coach Tommy Tuberville. The other good sign was the return of running back Eric Stephens. After suffering a significant knee injury last season, Stephens looked ready for Big 12 play by rushing for 58 yards and two touchdowns on 16 attempts.
This week: at Texas State

10. Kansas (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Preseason Rank: 10
Week 1 Result: Beat South Dakota State 31-17
The Jayhawks opened up the Charlie Weis era with a much-needed 31-17 victory over South Dakota State. The win snapped a 10-game losing streak and should help this team build some confidence. Quarterback Dayne Crist completed 17 of 36 throws for 169 yards and one touchdown in his Kansas debut, while running back Tony Pierson chipped in 124 yards and two scores. The defense was awful last season, and there’s still plenty of work to be done after allowing 411 yards in the opener.
This week: Rice

by Steven Lassan


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We’re not afraid to admit that we swing and miss on quite a few players leading up to Week 1.  The college game does not have a preseason, and as a result, many players slip under the radar and burst onto the scene during the opening weekend.  Take advantage of the players available because the waiver wire will become shorter and shorter as the season progresses.  If you do not have a lot of confidence in your roster after Week 1, this is the perfect time to start rebuilding.  If you feel great about you team right now, grab some depth and play keep-away from your league adversaries.  

College Fantasy Football's Best Pickups Post-Week 1

Taylor McHargue, QB-Rice

UCLA’s defense is a lot better than those in C-USA and McHargue threw two TD passes and ran for another score, while carrying the ball 22 times for 95 yards against the Bruins.

Jeremy Wright, RB-Louisville

Wright took advantage of teammate Dominique’s Brown pre-game injury by running for 105 yards and three scores against Kentucky.  If Brown does not return this week, Wright should do even more damage against Missouri State in Week 2.

Jarred Salubi, RB-Baylor

We rolled the dice with Seastrunk on draft day.  We were wrong.  Salubi got the nod in Week 1 and ran for 91 yards and a score on only 13 carries against SMU.

Ameer Abdullah, RB-Nebraska

Abdullah filled in nicely for starter Rex Burkhead, who sprained his MCL in the first half against Southern Miss.  If Burkhead cannot go in Week 2, Abdullah is more than capable of shouldering the load at UCLA.

Shawn Southward, RB-Troy

Southward was on our radar leading up to the season, but little did we know he was going to carry the ball 28 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns against UAB.

Beau Blankenship, RB-Ohio

Blankenship proved to be a workhorse against Penn State by toting the rock 31 times for 109 yards and the schedule should only get easier.

Trey Watts, RB-Tulsa

We liked Watts during the preseason because of his versatility, and he didn’t disappoint by running for 125 yards and adding another 31 yards on three receptions against Iowa State in Week 1.

Duke Johnson, RB-Miami

Some were wise to scoop up the freshman on draft day, but Johnson may have gone undrafted in some leagues.  Two scoring runs of 50-plus yards against Boston College in Week 1 only fueled the preseason hype.

Damon Bullock, RB-Iowa

We listed Bullock on our Emergency Starters list Friday and he responded by running for 150 yards and a score on 30 carries against Northern Illinois. 

Deandre Martin, RB-Wake Forest

Starting running back Josh Harris left in the first quarter with an injury, which seems to be a recurring theme.  Freshman Deandre Martin filled in nicely by running for 74 yards and a touchdown.  Maybe it’s time to move on from the oft-injured Harris.

Kenny Hilliard, RB-LSU

We had Hilliard rated the highest of all LSU running backs leading up to draft day.  The sophomore is making us look good after running for 141 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1.

LaDarius Perkins, RB-Mississippi State

The fantasy potential is there in the Bulldogs’ spread attack.  Perkins has the ability to duplicate Vick Ballard’s numbers from a year ago.

David Oku, RB-Arkansas State

We jumped on Oku in every draft this season, especially after Auburn transfer Michael Dyer was denied immediate eligibility and was eventually booted from the program.  He looks to be the second-best fantasy back in the Sun Belt behind FIU’s Kendrick Rhodes.

Lanear Sampson, WR-Baylor

We debated Sampson or Tevin Reese as Baylor’s WR#2 in the preseason.  After Week 1, we think the speedy senior has more fantasy potential.

Jackie Williams, WR-UAB

Williams was one of our under-the-radar receivers in the preseason.  After catching 6 passes for 157 yards against Troy in Week 1, Williams should be owned in every league.

Demetrius Fields, WR-Northwestern

While all of the preseason attention was focused on quarterback Kain Colter, Fields has quietly emerged as Jeremy Ebert’s replacement at the inside receiver position.

Marcus Sales, WR-Syracuse

While fellow receiver Alec Lemon missed Week 1 with an injury, Sales caught 11 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, and showed why we were so high on him in 2011 before his season-long suspension.

Jaime Wilson, WR-Western Michigan

We were wondering who Alex Carder’s favorite target would be this season.  After Week 1, Wilson had as many catches as Eric Monette and Josh Schaffer combined. 

Davante Adams, WR-Fresno State

We all know that the Fresno State offense revolves around running back Robbie Rouse, but Adams emerged as the big-play receiver quarterback Derek Carr needs.

Austin Hill and Dan Buckner, WRs-Arizona

The Wildcats are going to put the ball in the air often, especially in Rich Rodriguez’s spread attack.  In Week 1, Buckner led the team in receptions (10), and Hill led the team in receiving yards (139).  Neither may be a WR#1 or WR#2, but either could be a legitimate fantasy WR#3.

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Post date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 05:17
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Florida State cruised to an easy 69-3 victory over Murray State in Week 1, but the win came at a heavy price. Senior defensive end Brandon Jenkins suffered a season-ending foot injury, which is a huge blow to one of the nation’s best defenses.

In his first three seasons in Tallahassee, Jenkins recorded 21.5 sacks and 36.5 tackles for a loss. He also forced two fumbles and registered 116 tackles.

Even though Florida State has depth on the defensive line, losing a player of Jenkins’ caliber will hurt its chances of making a run at the national title. And it's the second departure on the Seminoles' defense, as Greg Reid was dismissed from the team in the preseason.

Junior Bjoern Werner is an underrated performer on one side of the line, and he will be forced to pickup more of the pass rush the rest of the season. Werner had five tackles for a loss and four sacks in Saturday’s victory over Murray State. With Jenkins out, look for Werner to see more attention from opposing offensive lines the rest of the year.

While losing Jenkins doesn’t eliminate or knock out Florida State from the national title picture, it definitely hurts its chances. The Seminoles still have one of college football’s top defenses, but with an offense that’s finding its footing, the defense needs to carry this team early in the year.

Werner is clearly locked into one spot, but the other end position will be watched closely the rest of the season. The Seminoles listed redshirt freshman Giorgio Newberry as Jenkins’ backup for the opener against Murray State, but senior Cornellius Carradine is expected to slide into the starting role. Newberry ranked as one of the top 100 prospects coming out of high school and recorded two tackles in the opener. Carradine was a huge junior college recruit and played in all 13 contests last year, registering 38 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

Considering it usually takes a year for junior college recruits to adjust to FBS play, Carradine’s performance in 2011 was impressive. And he continued to build on that performance with nine tackles and one sack in the season opener against Murray State. Carradine could be an All-ACC player for Florida State this season, but the Seminoles should be concerned about the depth.

With Carradine sliding into a starting role, senior Toshmon Stevens and true freshman Mario Edwards Jr. will have to see a few more snaps each week. Edwards was one of the top recruits in the country and was expected to redshirt before Jenkins’ injury. Although Edwards is talented, it may take him a couple of weeks to get acclimated to FBS play.

Even though Florida State is equipped to handle the loss of Jenkins, an injury to Werner or Carradine would be devastating.

Jenkins has a redshirt season available, so he could return to the team in 2013. However, he was expected to be a top defensive prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft and may not decide to return to Tallahassee.

Jenkins was one of the nation’s top returning defenders, as he ranked as Athlon’s No. 9 defensive end for 2012 and the No. 6 overall player in the ACC. He was also a third-team Athlon Sports All-American for 2012 and a first-team All-ACC selection.

by Steven Lassan


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Post date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 05:07
All taxonomy terms: Nebraska Cornhuskers, Big Ten, News
Path: /news/nebraskas-rex-burkhead-suffers-knee-injury-against-southern-miss

Nebraska's offense suffered a huge loss during Saturday's game against Southern Miss. Running back Rex Burkhead suffered a sprained MCL in the first half against the Golden Eagles and was ruled out for the remainder of the opener.

During his limited work against Southern Miss, Burkhead rushed for 68 yards and one touchdown on three attempts.

Without Burkhead, Nebraska will have to lean on Ameer Abdullah and Mike Marrow to carry the workload on the ground. 

Burkhead is one of the nation's top running backs after rushing for 1,357 yards and 15 scores last season. He is expected to be one of the Big Ten's top performers in 2012 and his status will be something to watch over the next couple of days.

With a road trip to UCLA coming up in Week 2, Nebraska has to be concerned about Burkhead's health. If he can't go against the Bruins, quarterback Taylor Martinez will have to shoulder more of the load on offense.

And there's the possibility that Burkhead could be out even longer than Week 2 with a knee injury. However, Nebraska's first Big Ten game isn't until Sept. 29, which should give plenty of time for Burkhead to heal if the injury is one that could keep him out a few weeks.

<p> Nebraska's Rex Burkhead Suffers Knee Injury Against Southern Miss</p>
Post date: Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 17:03
Path: /news/ohio-states-devin-smith-makes-ridiculous-catch-against-miami-ohio

It's only Week 1 of the 2012 college football season, but Ohio State's Devin Smith might have made one of the best plays we will see all season. 

Smith grabbed this one-handed catch from quarterback Braxton Miller in the second quarter of Saturday's game against Miami (Ohio). 

One of the biggest questions facing Ohio State's offense was the receiving corps, but Smith should become a bigger weapon if he continues to make catches like this one.

<p> Ohio State's Devin Smith Makes a Ridiculous Catch Against Miami (Ohio)</p>
Post date: Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 13:29
Path: /college-football/college-football-week-1-preview-match-ups-upset-picks-and-storylines-watch

Week 1 of the college football season features several interesting matchups, storylines and new faces stepping into playing time. Athlon gets you ready for the opening Saturday of action with an in-depth look at Week 1.

Top Storylines to Watch for Week 1

1. Two of the weekend’s most intriguing games take place in Atlanta, starting with NC State-Tennessee on Friday night. The Wolfpack are a popular sleeper pick in the ACC, while the Volunteers look to get back on track after a disappointing 5-7 record last season. Even though receiver Da’Rick Rogers was a head case, his departure will impact Tennessee’s offense. Without Rogers, NC State can shift All-American cornerback David Amerson to Hunter, leaving talented, but unproven junior college recruit Cordarrelle Patterson as the Volunteers’ No. 2 receiver. Tennessee’s Tyler Bray and NC State’s Mike Glennon are two of the top 15 quarterbacks in the nation, but whichever offense can establish the run (and some balance) will likely come out on top. The ACC’s needs marquee non-conference wins, and NC State could give the conference one on Friday night.

2. Even with significant personnel losses, Boise State will be in the mix for a BCS bowl in 2012. However, the Broncos have a huge opening week test at Michigan State. The Spartans will be breaking in a new quarterback (Andrew Maxwell), but the defense could be the best in the Big Ten. Michigan State will test Boise State in the trenches, especially on defense where the Broncos are replacing all four starters from last year. The Broncos have never lost an opener under coach Chris Petersen. However, that record will be put to the test against a talented and deep Michigan State roster. Considering the new faces stepping into playing time, could we see Boise State pull out a few trick plays to keep the Spartans on their toes?

3. Saturday’s matchup between Ohio State and Miami (Ohio) should be a one-sided affair. However, it’s a big day in Columbus, as the Buckeyes open up play under new coach Urban Meyer. A postseason ban has left Ohio State with nothing to play for, but this team should contend for the Big Ten’s best overall record. This game will be the first opportunity to see how the Buckeyes’ new spread offense looks and how much quarterback Braxton Miller has improved over the offseason. In addition to Miller’s improvement, Ohio State has a core of young players expected to see significant snaps, while the offensive line was a question mark after spring practice. It’s a long ways away from thinking about 2013. However, if the Buckeyes improve as expected, this team could be in the top five when next year’s preseason polls are released.

4. The second of the ACC-SEC Week 1 clashes in Atlanta features a Clemson team hoping to rebound after a disappointing end to 2011, while Auburn looks to get back on track after an 8-5 record last year. Both teams will be without key players, as Clemson’s Sammy Watkins is facing a two-game suspension, while starting center Reese Dismukes is suspended for Auburn. Even with Watkins suspended, Clemson has plenty of firepower to win this game. However, the key battle to watch will be in the trenches, as Clemson’s offensive line is a question mark, and Auburn’s defensive line could be one of the best in the SEC. Getting pressure on quarterback Tajh Boyd is Auburn’s best chance to win, but Clemson will counter with a quick-strike passing attack. Just like NC State matching up against Tennessee, this game represents an opportunity for Clemson to earn a key win for the ACC.

5. Speaking of conferences and key victories, the Big Ten has an opportunity to earn a huge non-conference win against the SEC on Saturday night. Michigan faces an uphill battle to beat Alabama, but a win by the Wolverines would help bolster the Big Ten’s reputation and place them squarely in the mix as a national title contender. However, the Crimson Tide’s strengths (offensive and defensive lines) are also where Michigan has question marks. Winning the battle in the trenches will be crucial to the Wolverines’ chances at an upset bid.

6. It’s been a long offseason in Happy Valley, so Saturday’s game against Ohio can’t get here fast enough for Penn State. There’s some momentum with a new coaching staff, but the Nittany Lions need to find weapons on offense, while finding a way to slow down Bobcats’ quarterback Tyler Tettleton. New coach Bill O’Brien will have his work cut out for him over the next couple of years, and if the offense struggles to find its footing, Ohio will have a chance to exit Happy Valley with a victory.

7. With Texas being a heavy favorite against Wyoming, it’s hard to glean much from the Longhorns opener. However, this game will be a good opportunity for quarterback David Ash to show he’s clearly the No. 1 quarterback over Case McCoy. Ash doesn’t need to throw 30-40 times every game, but he has to stretch the field and give Texas some balance. If the sophomore can cut down on his mistakes, the Longhorns will push for the Big 12 title. If Ash struggles on Saturday, the door will be open for McCoy to steal snaps away for Week 2.

8. Quarterbacks Making Their First Start

Brett Hundley, UCLA – Hundley shined in his debut against Rice, recording over 300 yards of total offense and four touchdowns. The Owls weren’t exactly the toughest competition, but Hundley looked poised and in control.

Kiehl Frazier, Auburn – Frazier played in all 13 games last season but was recruited to run Gus Malzahn’s up-tempo offense. How will the sophomore transition to a pro-style offense? His first test won’t be easy, as Auburn takes on Clemson Saturday night in Atlanta.

Everett Golson, Notre Dame – Golson has yet to take a snap on the FBS level, but there’s a lot of confidence in him going into Saturday’s game against Navy. The dual-threat quarterback should thrive in Brian Kelly’s offense.

Wes Lunt, Oklahoma State – Repeating as Big 12 champs won’t be easy, but the Cowboys should be in good hands with Lunt under center.

Marcus Mariota, Oregon – The Hawaii native is a perfect fit for Chip Kelly’s offense and should have a monster debut against Arkansas State.

Andrew Maxwell, Michigan State – Not only was Kirk Cousins one of the Big Ten’s top quarterbacks, but he was a valuable leader for this team. Maxwell has very little experience but can lean on a solid rushing attack and offensive line.

Zach Mettenberger, LSU – After watching Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee struggle to stretch the field last season, Mettenberger appears to be the missing piece for LSU’s passing attack.

Josh Nunes, Stanford – Nunes has some of the biggest shoes to fill in college football as he looks to replace Andrew Luck.

Joe Southwick, Boise State – There’s really no way Boise State can replace Kellen Moore in 2012. Southwick will be making his first start this season and drew a tough opener on the road against Michigan State.

David Piland, Houston – Case Keenum is gone, but Houston’s high-powered offense shouldn’t drop too far with Piland at the controls.

Perry Hills, Maryland – With C.J. Brown out for the year due to a torn ACL, Hills (a true freshman) will get the controls to Maryland’s offense. After a disappointing 2-10 season last year, there’s a lot of pressure on the Terrapins to turn things around in 2012.

Bo Wallace, Ole Miss – New Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze coached Wallace at Arkansas State, and the sophomore edged Barry Brunetti for the starting nod this fall.

9. 6 Potential Upsets

Ohio at Penn State
It’s a new era at Penn State, but the Nittany Lions lost a handful of key players after the NCAA sanctions were handed down. An offense that struggled to move the ball last season will have some trouble adjusting to a new scheme, especially with the departure of running back Silas Redd. The Bobcats won 10 games last year and bring back quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who threw for 3,302 yards and 28 scores last year.
My pick: Ohio 24-20

Western Michigan at Illinois
Another Big Ten-MAC matchup ranks high on the list of possible upsets for Week 1. The Broncos are led by senior quarterback Alex Carder, but the Fighting Illini will counter with a defense that led the Big Ten in pass defense last season. Keep a close watch on Illinois’ offense. There’s some talent returning, but a new scheme could provide for some headaches early.
My pick: Illinois 27-24

FIU at Duke
The Blue Devils are dealing with a handful of injuries, including a couple to key contributors on defense. FIU nearly knocked off Duke last season, losing 31-27 in early October. The Golden Panthers return 17 starters and should give the Blue Devils all they can handle.
My pick: Duke 31-28

Indiana State at Indiana
The Sycamores were one of the worst teams in FCS play from 2005-2008, winning just one game during that span. Indiana State has improved under coach Trent Miles and could give its in-state rivals trouble on Saturday. The Hoosiers struggled in their first season under coach Kevin Wilson but should be improved in 2012.
My pick: Indiana 34-20

Toledo at Arizona
Expect a lot of points in this Week 1 battle. The Rockets no longer have Eric Page catching passes, but the offense returns two proven quarterbacks and a breakout player at running back in David Fluellen. The Wildcats may need some time to adjust to their new schemes but should find a way to edge Toledo on Saturday.
My pick: Arizona 37-30

NC State vs. Tennessee (Atlanta)
No one would really be surprised if Tennessee lost this game, but the Volunteers are the favorite. Without Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee needs a big performance from receiver Justin Hunter, who is coming off a torn ACL.
My pick: NC State 31-27

10. Notable player absences

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – Watkins is the biggest absence for Week 1. The sophomore is suspended for the first two games of the season due to an offseason arrest, and there’s no question he will be missed. Clemson has depth at receiver, but it won’t be easy replacing an All-American.

Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh? – Graham hasn’t been officially ruled out, but all signs point to him sitting out the opener. The Panthers have capable backups in Isaac Bennett and Rushel Shell.

Tommy Rees, QB, Notre Dame – Rees is suspended for the first game of the year due to an off-the-field incident in early May. Barring a complete collapse by Everett Golson, Rees may not start again for Notre Dame this season.

Cierre Wood, RB, Notre Dame – Wood is suspended for the first two games, which leaves a gaping hole in the Notre Dame backfield. USC transfer Amir Carlisle is not ready to play, leaving Theo Riddick and George Atkinson III as the top two backs.

Fitzgerald Toussaint, RB, Michigan? – Brady Hoke has not decided whether or not Toussaint will sit out Saturday night’s game against Alabama. If Toussaint does not play, look for Thomas Rawls, Vincent Smith and Justice Hayes to carry the Wolverines’ ground attack.

Georgia suspensions – Cornerback Sanders Commings is suspended for the first two games, but the coaching staff has yet to announce any penalties for linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Bacarri Rambo for offseason incidents.

James Sims, RB, Kansas – Sims is suspended for the opener due to an off-the-field incident. Tony Pierson will fill in as Kansas’ No. 1 back.

Jeff Scott, RB, Ole Miss – One of the few offensive playmakers for the Rebels will miss the season opener against Central Arkansas due to a back injury.

Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami – Henderson has been a bust since coming to Miami and will sit out the opener after missing practices in August.

11. Three Mystery Teams to Watch in Week 1

1. Florida - Is it Jacoby Brissett or Jeff Driskel at quarterback? Also, do the Gators have any playmakers at wide receiver or running back?

2. Iowa – The Hawkeyes have a new offensive coordinator (Greg Davis) and several new faces in the front four on defense.

3. Miami – The Hurricanes have a lot of youth stepping into key roles on both sides of the ball and there’s a NCAA investigation still hanging over the program. It’s not crazy to think the opener against Boston College could decide whether or not Miami gets to a bowl game.

12. First-year coaches who should start off with a bang

1. Urban Meyer, Ohio State (vs. Miami (Ohio)
Buckeyes shouldn’t have much trouble with Miami (Ohio).

2. Paul Chryst, Pittsburgh (vs. Youngstown State)
Look for the Panthers to allow quarterback Tino Sunseri to build some confidence, as he should throw early and often against Youngstown State.

3. Larry Fedora, North Carolina (vs. Elon)
The Tar Heels are ineligible to play for the conference title or in a bowl game, but Fedora’s up-tempo offense should be fun to watch in Chapel Hill in 2012.

4. John L. Smith, Arkansas (vs. Jacksonville State)
After a tumultuous offseason, the Razorbacks will be glad to see the 2012 season begin.

5. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss (vs. Central Arkansas)
Victories will be tough for the Rebels to find this year, but Freeze should get his tenure in Oxford off to a good start with an easy win over Central Arkansas.

13. Familiar faces, new places

Dayne Crist, QB, Kansas (from Colorado) vs. South Dakota State
Crist is a key piece in the rebuilding efforts at Kansas. The senior knows Charlie Weis’ system and should give the Jayhawks a spark on offense. Kansas has lost 10 consecutive games, but that streak will end on Saturday night with Crist under center.

Garrett Gilbert, QB, SMU (from Texas) vs. Baylor
Gilbert returns to the Big 12 with a non-conference matchup against Baylor. The Bears struggled on defense last season, but the Mustangs could struggle to exploit those question marks with a rebuilt offensive line.

Cody Green, QB, Tulsa (from Nebraska) vs. Iowa State
In a bit of a surprise, Tulsa is a slight favorite against Iowa State on Saturday. Green should be a good fit as G.J. Kinne’s replacement under center and certainly won’t be intimated after playing at Nebraska.

Montel Harris, RB, Temple (from Boston College) vs. Villanova
With Bernard Pierce moving onto the NFL, Harris is the perfect complement to Matt Brown in the backfield. Harris has battled knee injuries the last two seasons and will get a chance to show he is 100 percent on Friday night against the Wildcats.

Ryan Katz, QB, San Diego State (from Oregon State) vs. Washington
Katz struggled last year after a promising 2010 season. If he can get back on track, the Aztecs will test Washington’s defense and new coordinator Justin Wilcox.

Danny O’Brien, QB, Wisconsin (from Maryland) vs. Northern Iowa
The Badgers hope another transfer from the ACC is the answer under center. O’Brien won’t match Russell Wilson’s effectiveness, but he should be a solid option for Wisconsin this season. Expect O’Brien to get off to a good start in the opener against Northern Iowa.

Silas Redd, RB, USC (from Penn State) vs. Hawaii
Redd is the highest-profile name on the list and will play a key role in USC’s run at a national title. The Trojans are heavy favorites against Hawaii, so the junior probably won’t see a heavy workload. However, it will be interesting to see how Redd and Curtis McNeal share carries on Saturday.

Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor (from Oregon) vs. SMU
Yes, Robert Griffin will be missed, but the cupboard isn’t bare in Waco. Seastrunk’s big-play ability will help Baylor’s offense overcome the absence of the Heisman Trophy winner. Seastrunk did not play at Oregon but was one of the nation’s top recruits in 2010. SMU’s run defense allowed 118.3 yards per game last season but that will be tested by the Texas native on Sunday.

Jordan Webb, QB, Colorado (from Kansas) vs. Colorado State
Webb edged Texas transfer Connor Wood for the starting job in the fall. In two years as Kansas’ quarterback, he threw for 3,079 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Week 1 Predictions

Alabama 31, Michigan 13
Arizona 37, Toledo 30
Arkansas 52, Jacksonville State 13
Baylor 38, SMU 24
California 31, Nevada 27
Clemson 27, Auburn 24
Colorado 27, Colorado State 20
Duke 31, FIU 28
Florida 37, Bowling Green 17
Florida State 48, Murray State 10
Georgia 49, Buffalo 13
Illinois 27, Western Michigan 24
Indiana 34, Indiana State 20
Iowa 27, Northern Illinois 20
Iowa State 30, Tulsa 27
Kansas 38, South Dakota State 13
Kansas State 45, Missouri State 7
Louisville 27, Kentucky 17
LSU 51, North Texas 10
Maryland 34, William & Mary 14
Miami 24, Boston College 20
Michigan State 27, Boise State 17
Mississippi State 40, Jackson State 10
Missouri 45, SE Louisiana 7
NC State 31, Tennessee 27
Nebraska 38, Southern Miss 13
North Carolina 45, Elon 10
Northwestern 31, Syracuse 27
Ohio 24, Penn State 20
Ohio State 45, Miami (Ohio) 13
Oklahoma 45, UTEP 10
Oklahoma State 55, Savannah State 3
Ole Miss 38, Central Arkansas 10
Oregon 51, Arkansas State 20
Pittsburgh 41, Youngstown State 13
Purdue 41, Eastern Kentucky 10
Rutgers 38, Tulane 13
South Florida 45, Chattanooga 7
Stanford 44, San Jose State 7
Temple 40, Villanova 10
Texas 38, Wyoming 10
Texas Tech 52, Northwestern State 7
USC 55, Hawaii 10
Virginia 38, Richmond 7
Virginia Tech 31, Georgia Tech 24
Wake Forest 38, Liberty 13
Washington 40, San Diego State 17
West Virginia 44, Marshall 20
Wisconsin 45, Northern Iowa 7

by Steven Lassan



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<p> College Football Week 1 Preview: Match-Ups, Upset Picks and Storylines to Watch</p>
Post date: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 07:15
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Kent State linebacker Andre Parker made the news for all of the wrong reasons on Thursday night. In a game Kent State had clear control of, Parker picked up a muffed punt in the first half and returned it the wrong way. 

It's the first week of the season, so mistakes are going to be made. However, it's hard to understand why Parker never realized he was headed the wrong way.

The ball was technically dead after Parker touched it, but the referees did not blow the whistle, which allowed one of the strangest plays we might see all year to occur.

An underrated part of the video is Parker appears to get up after the run and talk trash to the Towson defenders. 

Needless to say, this is a play Parker would probably like to forget.

<p> Kent State's Andre Parker Pulls a Jim Marshall With Fumble Return Against Towson</p>
Post date: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 07:00
Path: /college-football/sec-week-1-preview-and-predictions-2012

The first week of action in the SEC features an interesting slate of games. South Carolina-Vanderbilt open conference play on Thursday night, while Auburn and Alabama have a chance to earn key non-conference victories on Saturday. Tennessee takes on NC State on Friday night, and Kentucky travels to in-state rival Louisville on Sunday. 

SEC's Top Storylines to Watch in Week 1

1. What can Alabama do to slow down Denard Robinson?
Robinson will be the most dangerous offensive player Alabama will face this season. But Michigan’s senior quarterback has struggled throwing the ball against elite defenses — he completed 9-of-24 against Michigan State and 9-of-21 against Virginia Tech last season — and Alabama will make the man called Shoelace prove that can he move the ball by throwing it downfield. I would expect Nick Saban, Kirby Smart & Co. will make it very difficult for Robinson to pick up large chunks of yards on ground. Sure, Robinson will make some plays scrambling out of the pocket, but I’d be surprised if he has much success on designed running plays.

2. Can Tennessee get its ground game going?
Recently, much has been made about the dismissal of All-SEC wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers, but the focus for Tennessee has to be on the running game. Last season, the Vols ranked last in the SEC in rushing and averaged an anemic 2.3 yards per carry vs. conference foes. That simply has to improve. It’s very difficult to beat good teams if you can’t run the ball — no matter how potent you might be in the passing game. There is talent on the offensive line, but the group has underachieved in recent years. New position coach Sam Pittman, formerly of North Carolina, must get his linemen to play with more physicality if the Vols are to show significant improvement in the running game.

3. Kiehl Frazier makes his first start for Auburn
Frazier was hand-picked by former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn to run Malzahn’s no-huddle attack. Well, Malzahn is now the head coach at Arkansas State, and Scot Loefler — who runs a pro-style offense — is calling the plays at Auburn. Frazier played in every game last year but was used almost exclusively as a runner. He attempted only five passes (completing two) while running the ball 76 times for 327 yards. It will be interesting to see how much Frazier is asked to do Saturday night vs. Clemson at the Georgia Dome.

4. Florida’s quarterback derby
Will Muschamp announced earlier this week that both quarterbacks — Jacoby Brisett and Jeff Driskel — will play Saturday vs. Bowling Green. One will play the first quarter and the other will play in the second quarter. At the half, Muschamp and offensive coordinator Brent Pease will decide who plays the rest of the way. This doesn’t sound promising, but don’t forget that Alabama was in a similar situation last season. AJ McCarron and Philip Sims both played against Kent State in the opener, allowing the staff to get a look at each quarterback in game situations. McCarron was tabbed the starter for Week 2 and went on to enjoy an outstanding season. Could it happen in Gainesville?

5. James Franklin’s right shoulder
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has assured us that Franklin, his standout junior quarterback, will be completely recovered from surgery on his throwing shoulder in the spring. Franklin has looked good in preseason camp and is said to be making all the throws. Still, he needs to prove he can get it done in a real game, so it’s important that Franklin plays well Saturday night against Southeastern Louisiana. Missouri will no doubt win the game and roll up a ton of yards, but keep an eye on Franklin. If he is truly 100 percent, the Tigers will have an opportunity to knock off Georgia in the program’s first-ever SEC game in Week 2.

6. Kentucky’s rushing yards
How important is it for Kentucky to run the ball well vs. Louisville? Well consider the following: The team that has won the rushing battle has won the last 13 Kentucky-Louisville games. Also, the Wildcats are 8–0 under Joker Phillips when rushing for 200-plus yards. UK ranked 90th in the nation and 11th in the SEC in rushing last season, but the coaching staff believes the 2012 Cats will be much-improved on the ground thanks to the return of veterans CoShik Williams, Raymond Sanders and Jonathan George.

7. Zach Mettenberger’s first start
When he signed with Georgia as a 4-star recruit in 2009, Mettenberger probably didn’t think it would be four years before he would be starting his first game in the FBS ranks. But that is the reality for the 6-5, 230-pound fourth-year junior who arrived at LSU after a stop at Butler (Kan.) Community College. The strong-armed Mettenberger could be the missing link on an offense that struggled to throw the ball against quality competition last season. The Tigers boast one of the nation’s top offensive lines, are loaded at tailback, and feature some quality young weapons at wide receiver. If Mettenberger plays well, this offense will be very difficult to stop.  

8. Georgia starting a true freshman at right tackle
The Bulldogs are the popular pick to repeat in the SEC East, but this still a team with some issues heading into the 2012 season. The biggest concern could be on the offensive line, where Georgia must replace three seniors. This weekend, all eyes will be on John Theus, a true freshman who will get the start at right tackle. There will obviously be more difficult tests down the road, but Buffalo features some decent talent on defense, especially on its front seven. It’s a safe bet that UB defensive coordinator Lou Tepper — yes, the former Illinois head coach is still around — will try to confuse Theus and the Dawgs’ offensive line. 

Week 1 SEC Predictions

Week 1 SEC PredictionsDavid FoxBraden GallSteven LassanMitch Light
South Carolina (-8) at VanderbiltSouth Carolina 28-14South Carolina 31-21South Carolina 27-24South Carolina 28-24
Tennessee (-3) vs. NC State (Atlanta)NC State 17-14Tennessee 34-31NC State 31-27Tennessee 34-27
Buffalo at Georgia (-38)Georgia 42-7Georgia 49-10Georgia 49-13Georgia 41-10
Bowling Green at Florida (-29)Florida 28-7Florida 24-0Florida 37-17Florida 31-14
SE Louisiana at MissouriMissouri 42-3Missouri 41-13Missouri 45-7Missouri 51-6
Jacksonville State at ArkansasArkansas 35-7Arkansas 45-7Arkansas 52-13Arkansas 38-14
Clemson (-3) vs. Auburn (Atlanta)Clemson 31-24Clemson 31-27Clemson 27-24Clemson 30-20
North Texas at LSU (-43)LSU 42-10LSU 52-7LSU 51-10LSU 44-14
Central Arkansas at Ole MissOle Miss 24-13Ole Miss 24-7Ole Miss 38-10Ole Miss 30-7
Jackson State at Mississippi StateMississippi State 28-10Mississippi State 35-10Mississippi State 40-10Mississippi State 41-10
Michigan vs. Alabama (-13.5) (Arlington)Alabama 28-21Alabama 31-17Alabama 31-13Alabama 27-13
Kentucky at Louisville (-13)Louisville 31-14Louisville 24-13Louisville 27-17Louisville 30-20

by Mitch Light


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