Scooby’s Scoop: 2014, Week 2

Let’s be real. Nothing is decided in the first week, although no one can gauge much by the way some of the top teams (Florida State, Alabama, Ohio State) performed, which will probably not evoke much confidence in their lofty preseason rankings.

Meanwhile, Oregon and Oklahoma paid teams to visit their home stadiums to take beatdowns and Oklahoma, for some insane reason, actually wanted people to pay almost 40 bucks to watch it on television.

Overreactions are commonplace especially in college football, where every fan base will complain if their team doesn’t win by seven touchdowns. Relax, relate, release, college football fans.  If you don’t know what that phrase means, Google it.

This week, I want to introduce readers to Julia Joseph, who will use her beauty and football knowledge to school those who think they know about college football. You can follow her here. Special shootout to Carlo as well.

In one of two games featuring ranked teams this week, Michigan State will take its vaunted defense to the Pacific Northwest to challenge Oregon’s offense; a prolific juggernaut that scores so fast it forces spectators to delay going to the bathroom.

The Spartans are led by game-manager Connor Cook (well, that’s what he is) and Michigan State can not afford to behind early or this game is a wrap by halftime. Yep, that’s it for analysis.

Awards time:

Winners: Todd Gurley, running back, Georgia: Most national media have already handed him the Heisman and branded him a first-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft. Might as well jump on the bandwagon now too.

Kenny “Trill” Hill, quarterback, Texas A&M:  Another Week 1 Heisman Trophy winner, after setting school records of 44 completions and 511 yards in the Aggies’ absolute destruction of South Carolina.

Losers: Miami, (Ohio)….Again. Arkansas…..again.
Eastern Michigan’s field entrance skills.
And Baylor‘s…..
And New Mexico‘s…

By the numbers:

3: FBS 500 yard passers last week (Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky (569); Connor Halliday, Washington State (532); Kenny Hill, Texas A&M (511).

7: Turnovers committed by Vanderbilt last week against Temple.

16: Points scored by Louisiana Tech against Oklahoma. No other FBS team scored less in Week 1.

45: Games in a row Missouri has forced a turnover. That is the nation’s longest streak.

787: Yards given up UNLV’s defense last week.

Now to the games: (rankings are from the Associated Press Top 25, betting lines subject to change)

Week 2

Citadel (0-1) at #1 Florida State (1-0)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: The week’s glorified practice.
Florida State 52, Citadel 6.

Florida Atlantic (0-1) at #2 Alabama (1-0)
The Line: Alabama by 40.
The scoop: Alabama won the two schools only other meeting 40-7 in 2012.
Alabama 40, Florida Atlantic 7.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is at the top of most pundits Heisman Trophy lists. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has a chance to put his name up front in the Heisman race. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)


#7 Michigan State (1-0) at #3 Oregon (1-0)
The Line: Oregon by 12.5.
The scoop: This is the fifth meeting between the schools. The home team has won the previous four.
Oregon 33, Michigan St. 20.





#4 Oklahoma (1-0) at Tulsa (1-0)
The Line: Oklahoma by 24.5.
The scoop: Oklahoma has won the last seven meetings by an average of 37.3 points.
Oklahoma 48, Tulsa 25.

San Jose State (1-0) at #5 Auburn (1-0)
The Line: Auburn by 31.
The scoop: San Jose State hasn’t started 2-0 since 1987…That is all.
Auburn 55, San Jose State 17.

Virginia Tech (1-0) at #8 Ohio State (1-0)
The Line: Ohio State by 12.
The scoop: Win by two touchdowns, drop in the polls. This is Ohio State in 2014.
Ohio State 31, Virginia Tech 17.

Lamar (1-0) at #9 Texas A&M (1-0)
The Line: No Line
The scoop: The week’s glorified practice….part 2
Texas A&M 60, Lamar 17.

Northwestern State (0-1) at #10 Baylor (1-0)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: The week’s glorified practice…part 3
Baylor 65, NW State 6.

Memphis (1-0) at #11 UCLA (1-0)
The Line: UCLA by 24.
The scoop: Memphis’ football team will visit California for only the third time in its history.
UCLA 44, Memphis 13.

Sam Houston (1-1) at #12 LSU (1-0)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: The week’s glorified practice…part 4
LSU 42, Sam Houston 10.

#14 USC (1-0) at #13 Stanford (1-0)
The Line: Stanford by 2.5.
The scoop: Stanford has a 17-game home winning streak, the nation’s longest.
Stanford 24, USC 20.

#15 Ole Miss (1-0) at Vanderbilt (0-1)
The Line: Ole Miss by 20.
The scoop: Let’s hope that Vanderbilt’s “Anchor Down” refers to them stopping someone on defense and not turning the ball over.
Ole Miss 33, Vanderbilt 21.

Michigan (1-0) at #16 Notre Dame (1-0)
The Line: Notre Dame by 3.5.
The scoop: This is the last game in this storied rivalry for the foreseeable future.
Notre Dame 30, Michigan 24.

#17 Arizona State (1-0) at New Mexico (0-1)
The Line: Arizona State by 25.
The scoop: The school’s first meeting in 37 years.
Arizona State 42, New Mexico 27.

Western Illinois (1-0) at #18 Wisconsin (0-1)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: Hand the ball off to Melvin Gordon 15 times and call it a day.
Wisconsin 58, Western Illinois 10.

McNeese State at #19 Nebraska (1-0)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: You see where this is going, right?
Nebraska 55, McNeese State 13.

#20 Kansas State (1-0) at Iowa State (0-1)
The Line: Kansas State by 12.
The scoop: The way Iowa State looked in the first week, they might not win another game this season.
Kansas State 35, Iowa State 13.

San Diego State (1-0) at #21 North Carolina (1-0)
The Line: North Carolina by 15.5.
The scoop: San Diego State has only traveled to the Eastern Time Zone 12 times since 1969. They are 2-10 in those games.
North Carolina 37, San Diego State 14.

East Carolina (1-0) at #21 South Carolina (0-1)
The Line: South Carolina by 16.5.
The scoop: South Carolina’s defense gave up 680 yards to Texas A&M. East Carolina rolled up 582 yards of offense, albeit against NC Central.
South Carolina 34, East Carolina 24.

South Carolina State (1-0) at #23 Clemson (0-1)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: The week’s glorified practice….part 5
Clemson 40, S. Carolina State 3.

#24 Missouri (1-0) at Toledo (1-0)
The Line: Missouri by 3.5.
The scoop: This has trap game written all over it.
Missouri 30, Toledo 27.

Murray State (1-0) at #25 Louisville (1-0)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: The week’s glorified practice….part 6
Louisville 42, Murray State 14.

Here are Julia’s picks for the top 5 games of the week.

Missouri vs. Toledo
Missouri goes on the road to visit Gary Pinkel’s old stomping grounds at Toledo. They may not like him as much when he brings the bigger, faster boys to town. Missouri’s defense needs to improve from last week to make sure this doesn’t end up going Toledo’s way.
Mizzou 24, Toledo 17

Virginia Tech vs. Ohio State
Frank Beamer never wins the big ones, and Urban Meyer doesn’t lose at home.
Ohio State 20, Virginia Tech 14

Michigan vs. Notre Dame
Both Devin Gardner and Everett Golson looked like stars in week 1. But can they play the same way against legitimate defenses? I give Notre Dame the slight edge at home in South Bend.
Notre Dame 37, Michigan 35

USC vs. Stanford
Stanford is methodical and stingy, while USC is explosive and somewhat unpredictable. I think the Trojans will surprise Stanford again.
USC 28, Stanford 27

Michigan State vs. Oregon
The rose bowl of 2014 regular season! High octane offense against a stone wall defense. For some odd reason, I smell an upset for Heisman hopeful Mariota.
Michigan State 23, Oregon 20

Idle: #6 Georgia (1-0)

Last week:
Straight up: 20-1
Against the spread: 7-8


~ by Scooby Axson on September 4, 2014.

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