Processing all the Information from Labor Day Weekend
If you were anything like me, you had your ideas of what teams will do what in their first games. Hopefully your prognostications were better than mine. The week started in Starksville where LSU had a little slow start offensively, but their defense looks as fast as ever. In the end they took took it to the Bulldogs and will set up next week's showdown with the Hokies.
Moving to Virginia Tech, they won the game but in my opinion the game was the secondary aspect to what was going on with the memorials. The Hokies won and surprisingly they did it with Sean Glennon having to put the offense on his shoulders. They are going to need him to have a mistake free game if the Hokies have a chance to knock off LSU. The speed defensively for both teams are going to be a lot for the signal callers to handle.
How can I have written two paragraphs without mentioning probably the biggest upset in recent history? That's because I am still speechless. I had the Wolverines winning the Big Ten and going to a BCS bowl, but right now it is hard for me to believe that the prediction I made last week on the podcast will be true. I hope for Michigan's sake they just took the Mountaineers too lightly, because they have 3 tough weeks coming up with the Ducks, Irish, and Nittany Lions all coming to Ann Arbor. It'll be up to the captains and Chad Henne to get this team focused on the future and to forget about the past.
We all thought that Notre Dame was not going to be as good as last year, but their offensive line look absolutely terrible. I didn't matter which QB was in, the line would just let 1 or 2 people come in free to the quarterback. I am sure Tom Bradley watched that tape closely and the Irish have a lot of work to do before their game this week against Penn State. Speaking of Penn State, I know they were only playing Florida International, but this is the fastest team on defense I have ever seen in my 20 plus years of watching the Nittany Lions. It will be interesting to see if Charlie Weis gives Freshman Jimmy Claussen his first ever start next week in hostile Beaver Stadium in front of 110,000 screaming fans.
California made me eat my words. Led by DeSean Jackson, their skill players had moves I haven't seen since Michael Jackson in this Billie Jean music video. The Vols defense was left grasping for air while going for tackles. USC better keep a close eye on the Bears because they seem focused and determined to knock USC off the top of the Pac 10.
Other teams that impressed me this week are Georgia, Kansas State (even in the loss), Boston College, Nebraska, and UCLA.