Northwestern 28, 10. Nebraska 25
7. Arkansas 44, 9. South Carolina 28
6. Oklahoma 41, Texas A&M 25
5. Boise State 48, UNLV 21
4. Stanford 38, Oregon State 13
3. Oklahoma State 52, Kansas State 45
1. LSU 9, Alabama 6 (OT)
Auburn 16, 10. South Carolina 13
The Tigers and Game Cocks exchanged scores in the first quarter, but a 1-yard run by Michael Dyer gave Auburn a 9-6 Halftime lead. Marcus Lattimore’s 15-yard run gave South Carolina the lead back, but for the most part he was pretty ineffective only rushing for 66 yards. With a minute and a half left in the game, Auburn drove down the field and completed the upset with a 9-yard pass from Barrett Trotter to Philip Lutzenkirchen. Stephen Garcia earned his self a seat next week after throwing 2 interceptions in the loss. South Carolina hosts Kentucky this week.
7. Wisconsin 48, 8. Nebraska 17
The Corn Huskers got a very rude introduction to the Big Ten Saturday Night in Madison. The combination of Russell Wilson and Montee Ball destroyed Nebraska to the tune of 486 total yards. Wilson continued to be effective through the air throwing for 255 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Ball ran for 151 yards and 4 scores. The Badgers have the week off before hosting Indiana next week, and Nebraska hosts Ohio State in prime time.
6. Stanford 45, UCLA 19
The Bruins were just another stepping stone on the path to the Heisman for Andrew Luck. He threw for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns in a rout of UCLA. The Cardinals will host Colorado this week.
5. Oklahoma State
4. Boise State 30, Nevada 10
The Wolf Pack did a tremendous job to contain Kellen Moore but the Broncos still found a way to win. Moore only threw for 142 yards but found the end zone twice. While the passing game struggled, Doug Martin demolished Nevada for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Broncos travel to Fresno State for a Friday night affair this week.
3. Alabama 38, Florida 10
Gator was on the menu at the Trent Richardson Show this week. He ran for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns as Florida was blown away by the Crimson Tide. The Alabama defense suffocated the Gator offense, allowing 15 rushing yards and forcing two turnovers. Alabama hosts Vanderbilt this week.
2. Oklahoma 62, Ball State 6
The Cardinals defense was decimated by Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles Saturday night. Jones threw for 425 yards and connected with Ryan Broyles for 2 scores. The Sooners will be tested this weekend as they battle Texas in the Red River Rivalry.
1. LSU 35, Kentucky 7
The Tigers manhandled Kentucky for 348 yards, in a game that was 28-0 at halftime. Jordan Jefferson returned from his suspension with a 1-yard touchdown run to get LSU on the board. Lee threw for 169 yards and the combination of Alfred Blue and Terrence Magee ran for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Tigers host Florida this week in Death Valley.
10. Oregon 56, Arizona 31
Oregon entered the Pac 12 season on a high note picking apart the Wildcats. LaMichael James ran all over the place for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns. This game was an absolute shootout with a combined 996 yards of total offense. Oregon takes Saturday off and prepares to host California in Thursday night battle.
9. Nebraska 38, Wyoming 14
Just when the Cowboys had the Nebraska offense controlled with Taylor Martinez, Rex Burkhead took over. Burkhead ran for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns. This week is the Cornhuskers introduction to the Big Ten, as they head to Camp Randall to battle Wisconsin in prime time.
7. Oklahoma State 30, 8. Texas A&M 29
This Big 12 battle lived up to expectations and came right down to the wire. The Aggies got the scoring started when Ryan Tannehill scored from 65 yards out and dominated the Cowboys to a 20-3 lead at the half. Brandon Weeden’s 438 yards and 2 touchdowns helped lead the Cowboys back as Oklahoma State outscored them 27-9 in the second half. Texas A&M has another test this week in Dallas against Arkansas and Oklahoma State has the weekend off to prepare for Kansas.
6. Wisconsin 59, South Dakota 10
Russell Wilson continues to shred secondaries as he threw for 345 yards and 3 touchdowns in a rout of South Dakota. The Badgers also demolished the Coyotes on the ground, with Montee Ball and James White running for 183 yards and 3 touchdowns. Wisconsin hosts Nebraska in a huge Big Ten battle Saturday night.
4. Boise St 41, Tulsa 21
Kellen Moore has found a new weapon to replace Young and Pettis, and his name is Tyler Shoemaker. He had 102 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns helping Kellen Moore throw for 279 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Broncos host Nevada this week on the smurf turf.
3. Alabama 38, Arkansas 14
The Trent Richardson Show had a special guest this week, his quarterback, A.J. McCarron. He threw for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns in a battle that the Crimson Tide “rolled” in. Richardson was solid running for 126 yards but never found the end zone. The Tide head to the Swamp for a crucial SEC battle Saturday night.
2. LSU 47, West Virginia 21
The crowd in Morgantown saw close to 900 yards of total offense, in a game the Mountaineers were competitive in for three quarters. West Virginia crept within a touchdown late in the third with a 1-yard run, but quickly allowed a 99-yard kickoff return to put the Tigers right back in the driver’s seat. Jarrett Lee only threw for 180 yards compared to Geno Smith’s 463, but found the end zone three times. Its get easier for LSU this week as they host Kentucky.
1. Oklahoma 38, Missouri 28
The score did not indicate how much the Sooners dominated the Tigers. Oklahoma had a commanding 31-14 lead through three quarters behind Landry Jones’s 448 yards and 3 touchdowns. Missouri scored twice in the fourth quarter behind 532 yards of total offense but still lost by ten. The Sooners will keep rolling this week as they host Ball State.
10. Nebraska 42, Fresno State 29
The Cornhuskers have yet to be tested so far this year. Taylor Martinez continued to terrorize defenses throwing for 219 yards and a touchdown and running for 166 yards and 2 scores. Nebraska finally gets a decent foe this week as they host Washington.
9. Oklahoma State 37, Arizona 14
The Brandon Weeden-Justin Blackmon combo just keeps getting better and better. Blackmon continues to prove weekly that he is the best receiver in the country, as he killed the Wildcats secondary for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Cowboys offense was unstoppable as Weeden threw for 397 yards and 2 touchdowns and Joseph Randle ran for 121 yards and found the end zone twice. Oklahoma State hit the road for the first time as they head to Tulsa this weekend.
8. Wisconsin 35, Oregon State 0
The people in Madison are pretty pumped that Russell Wilson decided to transfer from NC State. He continues to lead this offense to great things, as he threw for 189 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Beavers not only got beat in the air but on the ground as well, with Montee Ball running for 118 yards and 2 scores. Wisconsin takes on Northern Illinois in Solider Field this weekend.
7. Texas A&M
The Aggies had this past Saturday off and host Idaho this weekend.
6. Stanford 44, Duke 14
If Andrew Luck wins the Heisman, Duke should be thanked in his acceptance speech. Luck torched the Blue Devils for 290 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Cardinals open their Pac 12 conference schedule as they head to Arizona this weekend.
5. Florida State 62, Charleston Southern 10
Seminole fans are quickly forgetting Christian Ponder and embracing E.J. Manuel. Florida State compiled 647 total yards and 477 passing yards against Charleston Southern, while only allowing 84 yards from their opponent. Manuel continues to impress throwing 329 yards and 4 touchdowns. Things get real this week as they host the number 1 team in the land Oklahoma in prime time Saturday night.
4. Boise State
The Broncos leave the smurf turf to travel to Toledo for a Friday night affair.
3. Alabama 27, Penn State 11
Trent Richardson did not make it a very “Happy” Valley, as he ran through the Nittany Lion defense for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns. A.J. McCarron was not fantastic passing, but made some big throws when he needed to and threw a touchdown pass. The Crimson tide defense forced 3 Penn State turnovers.
2. LSU 49, Northwestern State 3
The Tigers have found themselves quite a combo in the backfield with Michael Ford and Alfred Blue. The two combined for 125 yard and 3 touchdowns on the ground in a demolition of Northwestern State. Jared Lee in his second game under center threw for 133 yards and 1 score. The SEC schedule begins for LSU this week as they travel to Starkville to take on Mississippi State Thursday night.
First major test for the Sooners as they travel to Tallahassee to take on the Seminoles.
The top ten teams in the country now have one game under their belt. I will take a look back at the week that was around the country.
10. Nebraska 40, Chattanooga 7
Taylor Martinez was not that effective in the air but was incredible on the ground, running 19 times for 135 yards and 3 touchdowns. Rex Burkhead also contributed to the offensive assault with 11 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown. The Cornhuskers will host Fresno State this week.
9. Oklahoma State 61, Louisiana Lafayette 34
The Ragin Cajuns had no answer for Brandon Weeden Saturday night in Stillwater, as he threw for 388 yards and 3 touchdowns. Oklahoma State was also effective on the ground with Joseph Randle running for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Arizona Wildcats head into town for a Thursday night primetime affair this week.
8. Texas A&M 46, SMU 14
SMU hung with Texas A&M in the first half until Ryan Tannehill hit Ryan Swope with a 28-yard touchdown pass and the Mustangs could never recover in the second half. Cyrus Gray had a big day running for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Aggies have an easy game this week as they host Idaho.
7. Stanford 57, San Jose State 3
The road to the Heisman for Andrew Luck had a great opening act, as he threw for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns and also ran for a 1 yard touchdown. Stepfan Taylor ran for 61 yards and 2 touchdowns and three different receivers caught touchdown passes in the rout. Stanford travels to Durham next weekend to battle Duke at 3:30.
6. Florida State 34, UL Monroe 0
E.J. Manuel threw for 252 yards and 2 touchdowns and three different receivers also found the end zone in this blowout. It was quite an impressive debut for Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops as his defense only allowed 191 total yards and 12 first downs in the shutout. The Seminoles continue their cupcake schedule as they host Charleston Southern this weekend.
5. Boise State 35, Georgia 21
Other than LSU and Oregon, probably the most tested team on the opening weekend. The Bulldogs shocked the Broncos getting the opening score, but it was all Boise State after that. Kellen Moore had his typical big game performance throwing for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns, even though he had to adjust to some new receivers. The Broncos stay on the road this weekend as they head to Toledo.
4. LSU 40, 3. Oregon 27
A somewhat boring first quarter with nine total points scored, the second quarter saw a scoring outburst with three touchdowns and LSU going to the half with a 16-13 lead. The second half belonged to the Tigers who outscored Oregon 24-14 behind Michael Ford and Spencer Ware combining for 195 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. LSU gets a scrimmage like game next in Northwestern State and Oregon will be tested a bit again at home against Nevada.
2. Alabama 48, Kent State 7
The Golden Flash were invited to join the audience of the Trent Richardson show in Tuscaloosa. He ran for only 37 yards but he did find the end zone 3 times. A.J McCarron was decent in his debut as Crimson Tide Quarterback throwing for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns. Alabama travels to Happy Valley to play Penn State in the second part of a home and home.
1. Oklahoma 47, Tulsa 14
Going into their Saturday night game, Dominique Whaley was a somewhat unknown name around the country and probably even to some Sooner fans. He will not slide under the radar after what he did to Tulsa this past Saturday, he ran for 131 yards and 4 touchdowns. Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles both had solid days as well , Jones threw for 375 yards and 1 touchdown and Broyles had 14 catches for 158 yards and a touchdown. Oklahoma has this week off to get ready for a huge showdown against Florida State in Tallahassee.
On Thursday night the 2011 NCAA football season kicks off another exciting year. Now we go inside the huddle and preview the top ten teams entering the 2011 season.
10. Nebraska – The favorite to win the Big Ten this season behind their option quarterback Taylor Martinez. Rex Burkehead has his work cut out for him replacing Roy Helu Jr, who had a monster year in their backfield last season. The defense will still be solid but losing Prince Amakamara leaves a huge hole in their secondary.
9. Oklahoma State – The combination of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon will be a nightmare for Big 12 secondaries. The Cowboy offense will be lethal but the defense needs to step up, the problem is only two of their front seven return this season.
8. Texas A&M – Ryan Tannehill, Jeff Fuller and Cyrus Gray lead an Aggie offense that will put up a ton of points. The linebacking corps which was such a strength last season loses first round pick Von Miller.
7. Stanford – Cardinals lose Jim Harbaugh to the NFL but return the Heisman front-runner Andrew Luck. Secondary will still be very strong with both safeties returning but they lose 11 starters on both sides of the ball.
6. Florida State – The Seminoles may have their best team since Bobby Bowden’s prime. E.J. Manuel takes over the reigns from Christian Ponder with plenty of play makers on offense. Mark Stoops, brother of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops will bring some new excitement to the defense.
5. Boise State – Kellen Moore returns for his senior season, but his offense is not nearly as explosive without receivers Austin Pettis and Titus Young. It’s not all bad though because basically the whole offensive line returns and they have a speedy tailback in Doug Martin. A good portion of the defense returns with Shea McClellin dominating on the defensive line and Byron Hout making tackles at linebacker.
4. LSU – Les Miles will have a really good football team, but will be without his starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson for their big showdown against Oregon Week 1. The offense returns almost everyone but the defense has some big holes in middle linebacker and cornerback after losing Kelvin Shepard and Patrick Peterson.
3. Oregon – Chip Kelly will have the Ducks hungry after being so close to a National Championship last year. Get your tracks shoes on with this offense because LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and Darron Thomas will put up a ton of points and do it quickly.
2. Alabama – Offense loses three key pieces in Mark Ingram, Julio Jones and Greg McElroy. Trent Richardson will step in for Ingram behind an offensive line loaded with talent. If they do not figure out the quarterback situation the Crimson Tide could struggle in the very competitive SEC.
1. Oklahoma – Sooners head into 2011 as the team to beat. The quarterback-receiver tandem of Landy Jones and Ryan Broyles could keep some Big 12 defensive coordinators up at night. Bob Stoops’s offense is lethal but the defense will make some noise as well with Travis Lewis at linebacker and Jamell Fleming at cornerback causing chaos all over the field.
Title Game and Conference Champion Predictions:
ACC – Florida State vs Virginia Tech
Big East – South Florida
Big Ten – Ohio State vs Nebraska
Big 12 – Oklahoma
Mountain West – Boise State
Pac 12 – Oregon vs Arizona State
SEC – South Carolina vs LSU
Heisman Winner – LaMichael James