A look at what the competition did this weekend
Washington 21 - San Diego St. 12
The Northwest Dawgs out-gained the Aztecs by only a single yard, but 3 SDSt. turnovers, including one fumble returned for TD late that would become the winning score kept the Huskies from a stunning upset. Rocky Long's crazy idea to go for 2 every time is all that prevented this one from being closer. The Dawg fans are happy with their D-Back play, but both lines need serious improvement.
Idaho 3 - (1-AA) Eastern Washington 20
Rob Akey's Trail of Sorrow is off to a nightmare start. A blowout loss at home to a local 1-AA power. Idaho didn't have a lot of penalties or turnovers, they just couldn't stop what little of an offense that EWU presented.
Auburn 19 - Clemson 26
In a back and forth game, Auburn had regained the lead in the 4th, only to see Clemson pull away in the end. Even though Clemson had far out-gained The Plainsmen, it was turnovers and a failure to convert on red zone trips that ultimately doomed the Auburn-without-a-lake. Giving up over 300 yds rushing didn't help much either.
(1-AA) Towson 21 - Kent St. 41
Nobody watches a MAC rent-a-win, but everyone has seen the punt returned the wrong way. Towson out-gained Kent St. but 6 turnovers killed any hope they had of victory. For what it's worth, Towson only fell to 13th in the 1-AA T25.
Florida 27 - Bowling Green 14
The Gators went in with a pair of starting QBs and are now down to one as Jeff Driskel had a nice and easy 10/16, 114 yard day in a game that was decently close until the end. Mike Gillislee shined as the featured back. There is some concern about their pass defense that gave up 226 yards to a MAC team , but the Florida fans are not worried.
South Carolina 17 - Vanderbilt 13
It went down to the wire and was affected by that legendary SEC officiating, but SCar was able to hold on for the victory on opening night. It was funny seeing Darth Visor resort to a bruising running game behind Marcus Latimore, but with Connor Shaw's severe shoulder injury, the OBC did what he had to do to win. For Vandy, the struggle for relevance continues.
Texas A&M @ La Tech in Shreveport
Alabama 41 - Michigan 14
Despite all the hype for Denard Robinson, Bama went to Dallas and did what all SEC teams should do in OOC games. A complete blowout that was 31-0 at one point in the 2nd Qtr, Alabama is every bit the defending national champion. McCarron had 200yds through the air with 2 TDs and no picks while the ground game was led by a breakout performance from TJ Yeldon who had 11 carries for 111yds. Michigan was held to under 100yds rushing, which forced Robinson to the air for 200yds and 2 picks, one for a TD
Mississippi State 56 - (1-AA) Jackson State 9
Despite stumbling out of the gate, the Bulldogs walloped their rent-a-win as expected. The stat sheet shows a balanced 194 rushing and 183 passing, their D had 2 pick sixes. Starting QB Tyler Russell only played a half, and their kickers missed 2 field goals.
Ole Miss 49 - (1-AA) Central Arkansas 27
My section had a lot of fun laughing at Ole Miss during the game as they trailed 20-14 at the half. But then halftime was over and Ole Miss decided they were going to play football this year after all. The ReBears scored 5 straight TDs en route to racking up over 550 yds of offense, most of it from Bo Wallace, who was the lead passer and rusher on the night. His backup Brunetti wasn't that bad in a limited role either. Giving up almost 250 yds passing isn't going to get it done against non-Southland teams, though.
Arkansas 49 - (1-AA) Jacksonville St 24
Another 1-AA scare for the SEC West, but it certainly isn't expected from a team that's supposed to contend for the division. JVSt. hung around for far too long, but in the end couldn't stand up to 367 yds through the air from Tyler Wilson. In his return, Knile Davis had 70 yards on 18 carries. The locals were not amused by the Razorback's defensive performance.