Teams With A Few Black Eyes after Labor Day
North Carolina, you owe him a big apology. An eight point win against a FCS school is nothing to be proud of, but luckily for Tar Heel fans, Virginia Tech got beat and did not look good at all against East Carolina. I find it pretty ironic that it has been their special teams that have been lauded over the years, and it was a blocked punt for a TD by the Pirates that beat them.
I bought into the hype and was bitten badly, but can you really see one thing the Clemson Tigers did right against Alabama? They have two of the best running backs in the country and they carried the ball a combined 8 times for 20 yards. Someone wake up Tommy Bowden!!
North Carolina State couldn't muster a point against South Carolina, in what was one of the most boring first halves I have ever seen. The Wolfpack are in for a looooong season.
I didn't expect Virginia to beat USC, but to get thrashed 52-7 at home was just embarrassing. Southern California looked great, and they might replace Ohio State in my eyes as the #1 team in the Nation. I hope Beanie Wells is ready and healthy for September 13, because I think that is going to be one heck of a game.
Runner up to the ACC in terms of looking bad is the Big East. If you heard a crash and bang sometime around 3:30 pm EST on Saturday, that was the sound of everyone jumping off the Pitt Panthers' bandwagon. I try to temper myself with the critism of Pitt since I am a Penn State fan, but I never bought into the hype. The Panthers did beat WVU last year, but the Mountaineers were without Pat White for most of the game. Dave Wannstedt is a heck of a recruiter, but he severely lacks as a game day coach, and you know what else lacks for Pitt? Their offensive line.
The Syracuse Orange lost to Northwestern by 20 points. I don't think I need to say anymore.
For the second year in a row Kentucky beat Louisville. It is pretty bad for Louisville who was once an offensive juggernaut to not even score an offensive point against Kentucky, who most think will be a SEC cellar dweller. I am not going to pile on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights too much because they did play and lose to a quality Fresno State team. But to lose at home, and by the score of 24-7 is not good. Rutgers blew a ton of early chances where they were in the Bulldogs zone for most of the first half.
The state of Michigan is licking their wounds as both Michigan and Michigan State lost on Saturday. The Wolverines played about as well as I expected on offense, but I thought their defense would be a bit tougher. It still looks like they are baffled against the spread. The Spartans just took too long to get going against Cal.
If you turned the Tennessee and UCLA game off before the 4th quarter, shame on you. What a great 4th quarter and overtime. UCLA really showed a lot, and defensively they did a good job. Great win for UCLA and Tennessee should think twice about starting the year on the west coast after back to back losses to Cal and UCLA.
I am going to throw one last comment out about my beloved Penn State Nittany Lions. They should be utterly humiliated for scheduling Coastal Carolina. How are the coaches or players suppose to get anything out of that game, besides gate revenue. Coastal Carolina had linemen that weighed 230 lbs, and couldn't stop the Nittany Lions' 3rd team. They should be embarrassed they charged full price for that game.
There were no monumental upsets, like last year's upset of Appalachian State over Michigan, but quite a few teams and conferences took some major hits over the weekend.
First we start with the entire ACC Conference. If there are any Tar Heel fans out there that told my friend Adam Nettina that he was a moron for even thinking that McNeese State had a chance against