The first two weeks of college football have been unusually interesting this year and as conference play gets underway, the likelihood of one of those clunker weekends where every game is a blowout is fading fast.
In fact, there are quite a few good matchups this weekend. Of particular interest to me is Notre Dame vs Georgia Tech. and Stanford vs USC. In the former, I want to see the Irish lose (basically like every other time I watch them play) but in the latter a Stanford win would provide instant credibility for the Big Ten thanks to Northwestern’s earlier upset. Go Cardinal!
MSU RETURNS TO NORMAL: There’s a lot of chatter on the webs about the Spartans hosting Air Force and while I’m as pessimistic as the next MSU fan, I just don’t see the reason to hit the “UPSET ALERT” button.
As someone who follows the Falcons reasonably closely, their triple-option offense can often pile of yards but it is both time-consuming and spatially limited. Once the cadets start to fall behind it is almost impossible for them to catch up. The loss of their starting QB is of little consequence as (like all the service academies) they rely on a system rather than players.
At the same time the Spartans are under a little less pressure at the moment, going from bright lights and a national audience to a sedate noon kickoff. In fact this is MSU’s first daytime game of the season (crazy, that).
Far from being a let-up, I think the players will be more relaxed and play with greater confidence. Additionally the weather will be wet which makes option football a little trickier. MSU’s power running game, on the other hand, should dominate.
Spartans down Falcons, 35-17.
MEANWHILE, IN THE ARMPIT OF THE STATE: If you thought the excitement over last week’s third-rate PAC 12 opponent was out of control, wait until the Shouting Harbaughs take on a third-rate Mountain West team!
UNLV lost its starting quarterback in the first quarter of its rout by UCLA and even with him back, they still will be overmastered and undermanned.
The trailer-park-dwelling minions of the Skunk Bear nations will rise up from their naugahyde couches, cheering on Big Blue as it vanquishes yet another cupcake and the story line of MICHIGAN IS BACK! will resonate from Roseville to Flat Rock.
Shouting Harbaughs 24, Running Rebels 6.