Scooby’s Scoop: Week 1

College football season finally is here…..There will still be plenty of talk about Penn State, conference realignment and schools still under the NCAA’s watchful eye. (North Carolina, Miami to name a few)

Some things to look out for….

22 teams in the FBS kick off the season on Thursday.  But don’t expect good football. Only four of those teams had winning records in 2011.

Rules changes:

  • Teams will kick off at the 35-yard line instead of the 30.
  • Touchbacks on free kicks will be moved to the 25-yard line instead of the 20. Touchbacks on other plays (example: punts/fumbles that go into the end zone) will remain at the 20-yard line.

SEC domination:  The last six BCS champions have come from the Southeastern Conference, but there are some serious contenders looking to break that streak.

Hostess watch: Five Top 25 teams went the cupcake route and scheduled FCS teams this week.

Now to the games: (rankings are from the Associated Press Top 25)

Hawaii at #1 Southern California                        The Line: USC by 40.
The scoop: USC is loaded on offense and will be looking to get back in the BCS hunt after a two-year bowl ban.
USC 52, Hawaii 6


#8 Michigan vs. #2 Alabama   played in Arlington, Texas
The Line: Alabama by 13.5.
The scoop: Alabama’s defense lost five starters to the NFL Draft; that unit led the nation last season in scoring, pass efficiency, rushing, and total defense.
Alabama 28, Michigan 13.


North Texas at #3 Louisiana State                      The Line: LSU by 43.
The scoop: North Texas’ non-conference slate also includes road games at Kansas State and Houston.  LSU will be looking for an upgrade at quarterback after the disaster in the BCS Championship Game.
LSU 45, North Texas 0.


#4 Oklahoma at Texas-El Paso                   The Line: Oklahoma by 31.
The scoop:  Oklahoma ran a total of 1,052 plays and averaged 512 yards of total offense per game last season.
Oklahoma 42, UTEP 20.


Arkansas State at #5 Oregon                    The Line: Oregon by 35.5.
The scoop: For the first time in years, Oregon’s offense has question marks, especially at wide receiver. The Gus Malzahn era at Arkansas State begins with a rude awakening with a trip to Autzen.
Oregon 47, Arkansas St. 21.


Buffalo at #6 Georgia                        The Line: Georgia by 38.
The scoop:  Buffalo has had one winning season in the past 15 years. That is all.
Georgia 55, Buffalo 13.


Murray State at #7 Florida State                            The Line: No Line
The scoop: Will the real, talented Florida State please stand up?
Florida St. 48, Murray St. 10.


#9 South Carolina at Vanderbilt               The Line:  South Carolina by 6.5.
The scoop: South Carolina won a school record 11 games last year and will bolstered by the return of running back Marcus Lattimore, who is coming off an ACL injury. Vanderbilt is returning 17 starters including QB Jordan Rodgers, whose older brother does some fine quarterbacking in Green Bay.
South Carolina 31, Vanderbilt 27.


Jacksonville St. at #10 Arkansas                          The Line: No Line
The scoop: Arkansas’ one-year John L. Smith post Bobby Petrino experiment begins, but Arkansas still has enough talent to content for a SEC title.  Jacksonville State is 4-14 all-time against FBS opponents. By the way, Jacksonville State is located in Alabama, not Florida.
Arkansas 55, Jacksonville St. 20.


Marshall at #11 West Virginia                          The Line: West Virginia by 25.
The scoop: Marshall is 0-9 all-time against the Mountaineers and there is nothing and no one on the Thundering Herd that’s going to change that.
West Virginia 37, Marshall 17.


Northern Iowa at #12 Wisconsin                     The Line: No Line
The scoop: The Badgers have won 14 straight season openers and 16 in a row at home. Wisconsin has brought in another graduate transfer, this time quarterback Danny O’Brien who last played for Maryland.
Wisconsin 49, Northern Iowa 3.


#24 Boise State at #13 Michigan State                         The Line:  Michigan St. by 7.
The scoop: For the fourth straight year, Boise opens the season playing a ranked opponent (won the previous three) and their 62 straight week streak of being ranked in the Top 25 is in jeopardy.
Michigan St. 30. Boise St. 20.


#14 Clemson at Auburn                                The Line: Clemson by 3.5.
The scoop: The last time Clemson took the field they were getting destroyed in the Orange Bowl by West Virginia by giving up 70 points and 589 yards. Former Oklahoma defensive assistant Brett Venables was brought in to stop the bleeding. Clemson won’t have the services of wideout Sammy Watkins who is suspended for the first two games.
Clemson 27, Auburn 21.


Wyoming at #15 Texas                              The Line: Texas by 29.5.
The scoop:  Texas is deep, talented and has mostly underachieved the past few seasons.  Led by arguably the best secondary in the nation, the Longhorns will challenge for the Big 12 title if their offense can get it together.  Texas beat Wyoming 34-7 in 2010.
Texas 37, Wyoming 7.


Georgia Tech at #16 Virginia Tech                       The Line: Virginia Tech by 7.5.
The scoop: Mediocrity has suddenly hit the Jackets, who are 15-14 the past three seasons. Virginia Tech will have eight new starters on offense.
Virginia Tech 35, Georgia Tech 21.


Southern Miss at #17 Nebraska                           The Line: Nebraska by 20.
The scoop: The last time Southern Miss visited Lincoln they left with a 21-17 victory in 2004. Nebraska has won its last 26 season openers, which leads the nation.
Nebraska 33, Southern Miss 20.


Miami, OH at #18 Ohio State                               The Line: Ohio St. by 23.
The scoop: No bowl game this year for the Buckeyes, but they play five of their first six games at home.
Ohio St. 35, Miami 9.


Savannah St. at #19 Oklahoma State                         The Line: No Line
The scoop: The Cowboys will start a true freshman Wes Lunt at quarterback and still put up 50 points.
Oklahoma St. 55, Savannah St. 10.


San Jose State at #21 Stanford                            The Line:  Stanford by 26.
The scoop: Junior quarterback Josh Nunes will replace the irreplaceable Andrew Luck for Stanford.  San Jose St. played football last year like it was Christmas, giving the ball away 32 times.
Stanford 44, San Jose St. 17.


Missouri State at #22 Kansas State                       The Line: No Line
The scoop:  Kansas St. might be this year’s fraud, especially if their offense (quarterback Collin Klein) has to shoulder the load for the team.
Kansas St. 48, Missouri St. 6.


Bowling Green at #23 Florida                          The Line: Florida by 29.
The scoop: Both defenses return 10 starters from last season’s squads, but the story here will be the Florida offense, which ranked 105th in the nation in 2011.
Florida 40, Bowling Green 7.


Kentucky at #25 Louisville                             The Line: Louisville by 13.
The scoop: Big things are expected from Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who threw for 2,129 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season as freshman. Kentucky averaged 16 points a game in 2011. Only three teams averaged fewer.
Louisville 37, Kentucky 14.

Idle: #20 TCU

Last season: Straight up 206-49; against the spread 112-120-4


~ by Scooby Axson on August 29, 2012.

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