Scooby’s Scoop: Week 2

SEC still rules the roost….for now.

The debate about which Power Five conference is the best is at the very least exhaustive, silly and only matters to those who want to get into pissing matches about such a thing.

The truth is the on-field performance in Week 1 had nothing to do with how the playoff picture will shake out four months from now. But for the sake of argument, let’s break down what happened last week.

Winners: SEC West.

Yes, we have seen this movie before, where Texas A&M impresses in the first week and Alabama, of course, dominated in its annual cushy prime-time season opener.

Losers: Pac-12, Kansas

Washington State, Stanford, Colorado…and to a lesser degree Oregon. The first three lost and the Ducks gave up 42 points and 549 yards to Eastern Washington. Then again, Oregon rolled up 739 yards of total offense themselves in the 18-point victory.

There isn’t much to say about the Jayhawks, who solidified their status as the worst Power Five FBS team on Saturday. Kansas has more opportunity to embarrass themselves next week against surprising Memphis.

By the numbers:

233: Punt return yards by Maryland cornerback William Likely’s in a win against Richmond, setting a Big Ten single-game record.

48: FBS-FCS scheduled matchups last weekend (LSU’s game against McNeese State was cancelled due to weather)

12: Points scored by Utah State against Southern Utah, the lowest point total by any FBS victor.

10: Teams from the Southeastern Conference in this week’s AP Top 25 poll, a record.

10.48: Yards per play given up by the SMU defense against Baylor, who rolled up 723 yards of total offense on 69 offensive plays.

1: SEC teams that lost last weekend. Thanks, Vanderbilt.

0: FBS teams that were shut out in Week 1. Akron, Texas, and Kent State scored a measly three points each.

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

Week 2

Friday, Sept. 11

Utah State (1-0) at #24 Utah (1-0)
The Line: Utah by 12.
The scoop: The Utes have beaten Utah State in 13 of the last 14 meetings.
Utah 31, Utah State 17.

Saturday, Sept. 12

Hawaii (1-0) at #1 Ohio State (1-0)
The Line: Ohio State by 41.
The scoop: The Buckeyes third-stringers could probably beat Hawaii by five touchdowns.
Ohio State 58, Hawaii 13.

Middle Tennessee (1-0) at #2 Alabama (1-0)
The Line: Alabama by 35.5.
The scoop: Under Saban, Alabama is 8-0 in home openers.
Alabama 42, MTSU 6

Stephen F. Austin (0-1) at #3 TCU (1-0)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: Safe to say, TCU will score more than 23 points this week.
TCU 60, SFA 21.

Lamar (1-0) at #4 Baylor (1-0)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: The Bears have won 16 in a row at home, tied for nation’s longest streak.
Baylor 65, Lamar 10.

#7 Oregon (1-0) at #5 Michigan State (1-0)
The Line: Michigan State by 3.5.
The scoop: Sparty’s chance for revenge after last season’s loss.
Michigan State 38, Oregon 31.

Jacksonville State (1-0) at #6 Auburn (1-0)
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: This week’s glorified scrimmage.
Auburn 60, Jacksonville State 16.

Idaho (0-1) at #8 USC (1-0)
The Line: USC by 43.
The scoop: This week’s glorified scrimmage, Part 2.
USC 55, Idaho 9.

#9 Notre Dame (1-0) at Virginia (0-1)
The Line: Notre Dame by 12.
The scoop: Mike London’s hot seat has reached beyond the boiling point.
Notre Dame 38, Virginia 20.

#10 Georgia (1-0) at Vanderbilt
The Line: Georgia by 20.5.
The scoop: Vanderbilt lost to Western Kentucky last week. That is all.
Georgia 42, Vanderbilt 14.

South Florida (1-0) at #11 Florida State (1-0)
The Line: Florida State by 28.
The scoop: Look for the Seminoles to continue to concentrate on the running game.
Florida State 37, South Florida 14.

Appalachian State (1-0) at #12 Clemson (1-0)
The Line: Clemson by 17.
The scoop: No Michigan style upset here for the Mountaineers.
Clemson 45, Appalachian State 20.

#13 UCLA (1-0) at UNLV (0-1)
The Line: UCLA by 30.
The scoop: The Josh Rosen show rolls along.
UCLA 44, UNLV 10.

#14 LSU at #25 Mississippi State (1-0)
The Line: LSU by 4.5.
The scoop: Early test for both teams in the SEC West.
Mississippi State 24, LSU 17.

Tulane (0-1) at #15 Georgia Tech (1-0)
The Line: Georgia Tech by 29.
The scoop: The Rambling Wreck might run for 600 yards.
Georgia Tech 54, Tulane 14.

Ball State (1-0) at #16 Texas A&M (1-0)
The Line: Texas A&M by 30.
The scoop: Aggies avoid a big letdown here.
Texas A&M 55, Ball State 17.

Fresno State (1-0) at #17 Ole Miss (1-0)
The Line: Ole Miss by 30.
The scoop: Fresno has lost 19 straight to ranked opponents; Ole Miss gets Alabama next week.
Ole Miss 44, Fresno State 9.

Toledo at #18 Arkansas (1-0)
The Line: Arkansas by 21.
The scoop: Toledo’s season opener was canceled due to bad weather.
Arkansas 42, Toledo 16.

#19 Oklahoma (1-0) at #23 Tennessee (1-0)
The Line: Tennessee by 1.
The scoop: Tennessee is 1-27 in its last 28 games against ranked opponents.
Tennessee 30, Oklahoma 24.

#20 Boise State (1-0) at BYU (1-0)
The Line: Boise State by 3.
The scoop: Boise lost the last time they visited Provo in 2013.
Boise State 27, BYU 23.

#21 Missouri (1-0) at Arkansas State (0-1)
The Line: Missouri by 11.
The scoop: The Tigers aim for their 11th straight road win.
Missouri 37, Arkansas State 21.

#22 Arizona (1-0) at Nevada (1-0)
The Line: Arizona by 11.5.
The scoop: The Wildcats won last year’s meeting 35-28.
Arizona 40, Nevada 24.

Last week:
Straight up: 22-2
Against the spread: 9-9


~ by Scooby Axson on September 11, 2015.

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