Saturday, September 10, 2011

Observations From Today's Finals

By Scott Bilo

We have some finals today, and several more games are in action. Let's take a look at where we are so far...

Michigan State 44, Florida Atlantic 0
This game was over by the half, and Sparty abused the Owls much like Florida did a week ago. The Spartans were highly efficient, with Kirk Cousins completing 16/20 passes on the day. Baker and Bell both looked solid.
FAU is now averaging 1.5 points per game.

Illinois 56, South Dakota State 3
The Illini rushed for 6 TDs, including 2 by Nathan Scheelhasse, and they jumped to a 35-3 lead at the half in a laugher over the FCS Jackrabbits. Illinois has not played anyone of any significence, so we still don't know what to take from this.

Kentucky 27, Central Michigan 13
The Wildcats finally found an offense in the second half after trailing 13-6 at the half. Morgan Newton is not a good QB, as he only completed 9 passes on the game. That will not be getting it done in the SEC.

Ohio State 27, Toledo 22
The Rockets outgained the Buckeyes 345-302, but the Buckeyes held Toledo off late to stave off the upset. OSU was probably looking forward to playing Miami in Cheater Bowl 2011 next week. Eric Page was huge for Toledo, catching12 passes for 145 yards. A lack of a running game probably killed Toledo.

Wisconsin 35, Oregon State 0
The Badgers were not challeneged again this week, and you have to start to wonder if Mike Riley isn't in some kind of trouble at Oregon State, who now looks worse than Washington State in the Pac-12 North.

Iowa State 44, Iowa 41 (3OT)
The Hawkeyes were not really impressive last week, but neither was ISU in a one point win over Northern Iowa. Both teams were exposed for their flaws today, but only the Cyclones are 2-0.

San Diego State 23, Army 20
You may not think it, but this is a very big win for the Aztecs on the road. Ryan Lindley struggled, but Ronnie Hillman was solid and scored twice. SDSU moves to 2-0, as they are trying to push forward without Brady Hoke.
Army is floating back to the bottom after two bad losses. They need more than just Trent Steelman, who scored 3 TDs.

Auburn 41, Mississippi State 34
The Tigers stopped Chris Relf on the 1 foot line as time expired. The Auburn defense is a wreck, and they will get massacred as the schedule toughens up. I give them credit for pulling it out today, as I seriously thought that they would lose.

North Carolina 24, Rutgers 22
The Tarheels are surviving, and they are now 2-0 after a hard fought win over the Scarlet Knights. Bryn Renner will have to start throwing the ball to the right team for the success to continue, as he was picked 3 times. Giovani Bernard offset that by rushing for 2 scores for UNC. Rutgers wasted a huge game by Mohammed Sanu.

West Virginia 55, Norfolk State 12
The Mountaineers are 2-0 against patsies this season. They have to play someone at some point.

Pittsburgh 35, Maine 29
The Panthers barely survived a determined Maine squad. Pitt struggled against Buffalo last week as well, so should we be worried? Panthers gave up 334 yards and passing and 3 scores to Bears QB Warren Smith. Not good.

Eastern Michigan 14, Alabama State 7
The Eagles were aware that they were playing Alabama State, right? Wow...just wow.

Colorado State 33, Northern Colorado 14
UNC has yet to play a fellow FCS opponent. They are 0-2. CSU is now 2-0, but the schedule gets tough with Colorado coming up in Denver. By the way, Northern Colorado fans, your message boards beat on me because I said that you hired a bad coach on the cheap. You lost to FUCKING LINDENWOD last week. Who's laughing now?

Clemson 35, Wofford 27
Pretty much the short and sweet of it...Clemson sucks. Yeah, they suck. They will get crushed i ACC play. I pretty much gurantee it. Dabo Swinney, the Dead Pool is getting ever closer.

Northwestern 42, Eastern Illinois 21
The Wildcats coasted after the half, and they are now out to a 2-0 start. EIU drops to 1-1.

Stanford 44, Duke 14
The Cardinal struggled early and may have been taking the Devils a bit lightly. By the end, there was no doubt who was in control here, and Luck got to rest up in the 4th.

Alabama 27, Penn State 11
Paterno is not coaching Penn State. He was sitting in the box, with no headsets, not talking to anyone. The figurehead got beat by Saban again, and it's time for JoePa to go.

TCU 35, Air Force 19
The Frogs coasted against the Falcons, who struggled greatly in the home loss and MWC opener. Casey Pachall completed 80% of his passes in the win for TCU. Both teams go to 1-1.

Wake Forest 34, NC State 27
NC State was exposed in a win over Liberty for having severe problems. Wake Forest blew a huge lead in a loss to Syracuse. Both teams repeated last week, without Wake entirely losing the lead, but they blew a big one.

Virginia Tech 17, East Carolina 10
When your QB is sucking the big one, go to the run. Tech did that and won.

Rice 24, Purdue 22
Purdue loses on the road to the Owls, and Danny Hope's life vest has just sprung a leak in the dead pool. Start treading water!

Oregon 69, Nevada 20
The Ducks scored 41  by halftime, and they kept on scoring. Nevada never had a chance against the pissed off Ducks. Darron Thomas tossed 6 TD passes on the day. That's right...6.

New Mexico State 28, Minnesota 21
The Aggies march into Minneapolis and make it their bitch. Wow...just wow.

Washington 40, Hawaii 32
Hawaii tried to make a game of it, but they cannot win away from the Islands. Damn shame, as the Huskies were vulnerable.

Tennessee 45, Cincinnati 23
If the Bearcats were one of the better programs in the Big Least, I would certainly hate to see the worst. Tennessee cruised early at home. Taylor BRay was huge, with 405 yards passing and 4 scores for the Vols.

Tulsa 31, Tulane 3
The beginning of the end came today for Tulane coach Bob Toledo. Bill Blankenship got his first win as Tulsa coach today.

More later as games go final throughout the evening!

FCS Finals

North Carolina Central 42, Central State 3
The Eagles have posted easy wins over D2 teams to start the season 2-0. They are not learning much about themselves at this point.

Old Dominion 40, Georgia State 17
The Monarchs pulled away from a close game early to blow away the Panthers in Atlanta. Colby Goodwin rushed for 196 yards in the win for ODU, while Thomas DeMarco shook off a bad passing day by rushing for 2 scores.

New Hampshire 48, Lehigh 41 (OT)
The Wildcats came away with a thrilling win in a battle between two of the better prgrams in the Northeast. Kevin Decker hit Joey Orlando from 25 out to give the Cats the win. Chris Lum passed for 401 yards for Lehigh, but he was picked 3 times.

Holy Cross 37, Colgate 7
The Crusaders bounced back from a tough loss against UMass last week by pounding the Red Raiders at home. The Crusaders held Nate Eachus under 100 yards (96) in the win. Ryan Taggert passed for 2 scores and rushed for another in the win.

Bryant 27, American International 16
The Bulldogs woke up in the second half after trailing AIC by 3 at the half to get the win. Jordan Brown caught 2 TD  passes for Bryant in the win.

Campbell 72, Newport News 0
The Camels got a huge win against the unaffiliated NNC. CJ Oates rushed for 139 yards in the win.

Duquesne 22, Dayton 13
The Dukes picked up a huge win over the Flyers on the road, and they got a big game from QB Sean Patterson, who passed for 254 yards on the day. Will Bardo only completed 13/31 passes for the losing Flyers.

William & Mary 24, VMI 7
It was not pretty, but the Tribe picked up a much needed win to avoid starting 0-2. The Tribe rushed for 216 yards in the grind it out win.

Presbyterian 38, North Greenville 21
Lance Byrd rushed for 153 yards in the win over the D2 Crusaders for the Blue Hose. The Hose harrassed NGU QB Willie Korn, the Clemson/Marshall transfer, holding him to just 11/30 passing.

McMurry 24, UT-San Antonio 21
The Roadrunners lose to a team that Stephen F. Austin had beaten by 76 points last week. Oh, to be a new program.

Indiana State 48, Butler 34
Ronnie Fouch completed 15/18 passes for ISU, and Brock Lough rushed for 131 yards in a shoot out win over the Bulldogs at home. ISU was bouncing back from a big loss to Penn State last week.

Southern Utah 35, Sacramento State 14
The T-Birds scored 20 in the 2nd, and they rolled past the Hornets just a week after they had upset FBS Oregon State. SUU makes a statement as they prepare to join the Big Sky next fall.

Montana State 38, UC-Davis 14
MSU came off of a tough performance in a loss to Utah to dominate the Aggies at home. MSU looks ready to make another run at the Big Sky title.

Montana 37, Cal Poly 23
The Grizzlies came off of a decent game at Tennessee in a loss last week, and they drop the Mustangs to 0-2. The Grizz outscored Poly 23-6 in the second half in the win to come back from an early deficit.

Appalchian State 58, North Carolina A&T 6
ASU rolls after getting crushed by Virginia Tech last week. ASU scored 37 points in the second half after a bumpy start.

Youngstown State 77, Valporaiso 13
The Penguins jumped out to a 63-6 lead at the half against the worst FCS program in the country. No effort needed.

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