By Josh Kramer
The glamour and the glitz of what was a mediocre first weekend in the College Football stratosphere is complete and we want some more. Well there is plenty of more where that came from as we get set for the second week of College Football.
Here are the marquee matchups:
Alabama at Penn State: Crimson Tide by 17
Headline: Let the Trent Richardson Heisman campaign begin.
-So Alabama dropped a spot in the rankings following a dominating Week 1 performance against Kent State. No harm no foul. Alabama will get their shot at a very good LSU team come November 5th. Meanwhile, the Tide rolls on to Happy Valley to take on a solid Nittany Lions team. Many are saying that this game will not be nearly as lopsided as last year’s 24-3 whooping. I am not so sure. Penn State is tough. Alabama has question marks at the quarterback position. And the home field advantage will most definitely help Paterno’s Nittany Lions, but this Alabama team is every bit as good, if not better, than last year’s squad. Trent Richardson, is not even ranked in the top two of the Crimson Tides top rushers in terms of yards. That will change this week. Paterno and the Nittany Lions will be begging for Big Ten football after getting a heavy dose of Trent Richardson and a very talented Bama squad.
Nevada at Oregon: Ducks by 21
Headline: LaMichael James and the Ducks “quack” their way to victory number one a week later than expected.
-Many of you are probably asking why this game is a marquee matchup. Nevada plays in the WAC and Oregon has not won a game yet. Well these are two very good teams. Oregon will probably only lose one more game the rest of the season (Stanford) and Nevada is a team coming off of a year in which they won 13 games, including victories over Boise State and a solid Boston College team. Now I realize that the Wolf Pack no longer have star quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but they are still a dangerous team. Sadly for them, they are opening up a year versus a very determined Oregon team that cannot be happy after a very lackluster Week 1 performance. In addition, this game will be played Nike Central. Expect LaMichael James, Darron Thomas, and Co. to really vent their frustrations on the WAC power.
South Carolina at Georgia: Gamecocks by 3
Headline: Lattimore and Jeffery are no treat for the Bulldogs.
-Many, including myself, were highly disappointed with the effort put up by the Georgia Bulldogs last week. I fully expected the traditional SEC power to handle business against a very good Boise State team. I guess I overestimated Richt’s team. Well this week, a very good Gamecocks squad makes a trip to the Georgia Dome. I consider this team to be just as good, or even better, than the Boise State team that visited a week ago. Richt though, is the longest tenured coach in football’s best conference for a reason. Despite the Gamecocks possessing the more talented squad, I expect Georgia to put up a major fight as Richt fights for his job.
Notre Dame at Michigan: Fighting Irish by 7
Headline: Brian Kelly does not turn red as the Fighting Irish take advantage of opportunities in the red zone.
-Last week, Notre Dame thoroughly outplayed a very good South Florida Bulls team and lost. Despite doubling their opponents total yardage (508 to 254 total yards) last Saturday, Notre Dame lost a heartbreaker at home 23-20. The name of the game was turnovers. Brian Kelly traditionally has a track record of coaching teams that do a very sound job of taking care of the ball. That was not the case in the opener, a wild five turnover affair. Michigan on the other hand really handled business to begin the Brady Hoke era. They did play a weak opponent out of the MAC Conference though. And though I feel Michigan is much improved, I fully expect Notre Dame to cut down on the turnovers and steal one under the lights in the Big House behind a lethal offensive attack.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.