There’s nothing like being a couch zombie for twelve hours. Aside from Georgia-Arizona State, here are my impressions from what I got to see yesterday:
- East Carolina at NC State. There’s a reason non-BCS conference teams generally have trouble holding up against tough scheduling over time. It’s called lack of depth. Injuries on defense clearly hurt ECU, which yielded 384 yards to a team that had been an offensive basketcase to date.
- Mississippi State at Georgia Tech. I don’t want to take anything away from Georgia Tech, which racked up 500 yards on what was a supposedly salty MSU defense (and did it mostly with a second string QB), but, Mother of God, why does Woody McCorvey still have a job? If anything, the Bulldogs look even worse on offense than they did last year. No offense combined with a minus-four turnover margin is an excellent formula for getting your ass kicked. Ugly, ugly football team.
- Iowa at Pittsburgh. This one’s destined to wind up on the list of the ten most forgettable games of 2008, if anyone remembers to compile it.
- Virginia Tech at North Carolina. And you think Georgia has problems with penalties.
- Wake Forest at Florida State. No touchdowns, less than five hundred yards total offense and nine turnovers between the two teams. Ladies and gentlemen, this is your ACC.
- Florida at Tennessee. Man, what a train wreck. If there ever were a game where the final yardage totals told little about the actual game story, this was it. I’ll never feel sorry for Fulmer, but there’s no denying the pain he was in on the sideline as everything blew up around him. This just isn’t the same team without Cutcliffe on the staff.
- Alabama at Arkansas. That’s what things look like when you make Casey Dick the centerpiece of the offense.
- LSU at Auburn. I can’t fight this anymore. I like Les Miles as a head coach. The guy still has the biggest pair in the conference and he’s not afraid to use ’em. The onside kick was just a hint of things to come, but the message it sent to Tuberville was clear: you’d better believe I’m just as crazy as I was last year. And I’ve still got no idea how Jarrett Lee got off that good a pass to Chris Mitchell for that first touchdown. Just a great game to watch from beginning to end.
- Rice at Texas. I know the ‘Horns haven’t played anybody yet, but neither has Oklahoma, when you think about it. Colt McCoy is playing great ball right now (77.8% completion ratio!) and nobody’s really paying attention to him or his team. Texas looks as good as anyone right now.