Sunday, September 4, 2016
Week 1 Pass/Fail Report
2016 Week 1 Pass/Fail Report
It wasn't a great week for favorites in the opening week of the 2016 College Football season. Several favorites went down, and if you followed my lead and linked up on the betting line with the dogs, you made some decent money this week. Houston was the biggest winner of the week, dominating 3rd ranked Oklahoma in the second half to get a huge win. LSU dropped a big egg in Green Bay against Wisconsin as a 5th ranked team, and lost Leonard Fournette to an ankle injury, which he has been dealing with all throughout fall camp. Notre Dame joined the implosion crew, falling at unranked Texas in Austin in OT. UCLA, ranked 16th, lost to unranked Texas A&M.
There were four FCS wins over FBS programs of note as well, as Northern Iowa, Richmond, Albany, and Eastern Washington all claimed FBS victims in this opening week.
Week one was a wacky ride for certain, and so without further ado, here is my look at who received a passing grade this week, and who failed...
Tulane: Defense was much improved, offense was a mess, but covered at +17.
Houston: Cougars made a statement with win over OU, and Ward did through the air.
Navy: Middies rush for 376 yards and 6 scores, Will North does credible job at QB.
East Carolina: Phillip Nelson has solid debut at QB, Pirates rough up Western Carolina.
USF: Quinton Flowers accounts for 4 TDs, Bulls roll over FCS Towson
SMU: Mustangs jump out to 17-0 lead on North Texas, never look back in opener.
UCF: Knights have won 8 of last nine season openers. Held SC State to 82 yards rushing on 35 carries.
Memphis: Tigers jumped to 22-0 on SE Missouri, Riley Ferguson tosses 3 TDs in college debut.
Tulsa: DeAngelo Brewer runs for 164 yards, 3 TDs, Tulsa holds San Jose State to 53 yards rushing.
Louisville: Lamar Jackson passes for 6 TDs, runs for 2 more in 70-14 win over Charlotte.
NC State: Matthew Dayes rushes for 2 TDs, Pack converts on 10/15 3rd downs.
Syracuse: Eric Dungy completes 34/40 passes and 2 TDs, Orange beat Colgate.
Clemson: Mike Williams catches 9 passes for 174 yards after missing almost all of 2015.
Georgia Tech: Dedrick Miles, a true freshman, brings Tech back with game winning TD over BC.
Virginia Tech: Jerod Evans passes for 4 TDs as Justin Fuente wins his coaching debut over Liberty.
Pittsburgh: James Conner beats cancer, then runs for 2 TDs in a win over Villanova.
Miami: Canes score 42 points in 3rd on the way to 70-3 rout of Florida A&M.
Duke: Daniel Jones passes for 2 scores, rushes for another, Duke scores all 49 in 1st half.
Texas: Horns use a high octane offense to rush for 5 TDs, 3 by QB Tyrone Swoops, upset Notre Dame.
Baylor: Seth Russell tosses 4 TDs, Bears roll up 48 points at half against FCS Northwestern State.
Oklahoma State: Cowboys recover 4 fumbles, use 38-0 1st to roll up on SE Louisiana.
Kansas: Three QBs combine to toss 6 TD passes in 55-6 blowout over Rhode Island.
Texas Tech: Pat Mahomes III passes for 483 yards and 4 TDs, and runs for 2 more in blowout win.
Indiana: Defense holds FIU to 63 rushing yards, offense rushes for 243 in 3rd straight road win.
Minnesota: Rodney Smith uses speed to rush for 2 scores, 125 yards, Gophers hold off Oregon State.
Wisconsin: Badgers get a late FG, and INT in final minute seals upset of LSU at Green Bay.
Ohio State: JT Barrett passes for 6 TDs, runs for another, breaks school record for TDs in a single game.
Michigan: Wilton Speight tosses 3 TD passes, Wolverines get 2 pick 6 plays in 63-3 rout of Hawaii.
Iowa: Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels each rush for 2 TDs, Iowa now 15-1 in last 16 season openers.
Maryland: 6 Terp rushers score TDs, Maryland routs FCS Howard.
Purdue: David Blough passes for 2 TDs, and runs for 2 more in win over Eastern Kentucky.
Penn State: Trace McSorley passes for 2 TDs, defense shuts out Kent State in 2nd half of 33-13 win.
Illinois: Wes Lunt passes for 3 TDs, Illini pick up 515 yards of offense, holding Murray State to 165.
Nebraska: Run game proves strong, as Huskers rush for 5 TDs in blowout win over Fresno State.
Old Dominion: Ray Lawry picked up 185 total yards, Monarchs dominate Hampton.
Western Kentucky: Mike White passes for 517 yards and 3 TDs in blowout win over Rice.
Middle Tennessee: Brent Stockstill passes for 329 yards and 5 TDs, Blue Raiders roll 55-0.
Southern Miss: Eagles come back from 18 down to beat Kentucky on the road, blank Cats in 2nd half.
UTEP: Aaron Jones runs for 249 yards and 2 TDs in win over rival New Mexico State.
Central Michigan: Chippewas use 35-0 2nd half to pull away from Presbyterian.
Eastern Michigan: Shaq Vann rushes for 156 yards on 20 carries, Eagles rout Mississippi Valley State.
Ball State: James Gilbert rushes for 160 yards, 2 TDs in mild upset at Georgia State.
Toledo: Logan Whiteside passes for 371 yards and 3 TDs, Rockets get first win for Jason Candle.
Western Michigan: Jamauri Bogan TD run with just over 5 minutes left seals upset of Northwestern.
Akron: Thomas Woodson passes for 6 scores, an Akron record, Zips pull away with 21-0 4th to beat VMI.
Utah State: Devante Mays rushes for 208 yards and 3 TDs, Aggies rot Weber State 45-6.
New Mexico: Teriyon Gibson rushes for 181 yards on just 8 carries in win over South Dakota.
UNLV: Devonte Boyd catches 3 TD passes, Rebels use 42 point 1st half to crush Jackson State.
Boise State: Brent Rypien passes for 347 yards and 2 TDs in easy road win over UL-Lafayette.
Air Force: Falcons rush for a team 407 yards in easy win over Abilene Christian, now 21-0 vs. FCS.
San Diego State: Mikah Holder catches 4-160-2, D holds New Hampshire to 0/14 on 3rd downs.
Wyoming: Josh Allen passes for 2 TDs, runs for game winner in 3OT to beat Northern Illinois.
Stanford: Ryan Burns completes 1st 9 passes, McCaffrey rushes for 126 yards and 2 TDs.
Colorado: Sefo Liufau becomes all-time passing leader for CU, rolls up 384 yards of offense.
Washington: Jake Browning passes for 3 TDs, Huskies jump on Rutgers early in win.
Oregon: Dakota Prukop passes for 3 TDs, runs for another in win over UC Davis.
Arizona State: Manny Wilkins passes for 180 yards, rushes for 89 in win over N. Arizona.
South Carolina: Defense shuts out Vandy in 2nd half, Gamecocks come back from 10 down to win.
Alabama: Jalen Hurts passes for 2 TDs, runs for 2 more, Bama crushes USC 52-6.
Texas A&M: Trevor Knight passes for 1 TD, runs for 2 more, including game winner to beat UCLA.
Georgia: Nick Chubb dominates with 222 yards rushing and 2 TDs to beat North Carolina.
South Alabama: Dallas Davis passes for 285 yards and 2 TDs, outscore Mississippi State 14-0 in 4th.
Texas State: Tyler Jones passes for 418 yards and 4 TDs, runs for 1, receives another in upset of Ohio.
Troy: Jordan Chunn rushes for 161 yards and Troy dominates Austin Peay.
Georgia Southern: Fabian Upshaw passes for 2 TDs, runs for 2 more, Eagles roll up over 600 yards.
UL-Monroe: Garrett Smith passes for 208 yards, runs for 150 in win over Southern.
Army: Cadets rush for 329 yards and 4 TDs in shocking 15 point win over Temple on the road.
Coastal Carolina: DeAngelo Henderson rushes for 158 yards and 2 TDs to help beat Lamar.
BYU: Cougars get much needed Power 5 win against Arizona to further attract Big 12.
Wake Forest: Deacons held to just 74 yards rushing by Tulane, but somehow still win.
Cincinnati: Despite 28-7 win over UT-Martin, UC trailed FCS Skyhawks at the half.
Connecticut: Needed a late FG to defeat Maine, one of weakest teams in FCS CAA.
Temple: After breakout 2015 season, Owls have lifeless performance against Army at home.
North Carolina: Heels now 0-3 against last 3 ranked opponents, reputation crumbling.
Boston College: New QB, same offensive ineptitude, Eagles held to just 14 points in loss to GT.
Virginia: Mendenhall era begins with a thud, Cavs lose to Richmond by 17.
Kansas State: Wildcats held to just 92 yards rushing in road loss to Stanford.
Oklahoma: If not for a late fumble Houston, Sooners could have been blown out as 3rd ranked team.
TCU: Needed 59 points to hold off FCS South Dakota State. Defense looks to be a mess.
West Virginia: Defense gives up 462 yards to Missouri, but Mountaineers win messy.
Iowa State: Penalties (9), and turnovers doom Cyclones in loss to FCS Northern Iowa.
Michigan State: Led FCS Furman by just 8 heading into 4th quarter. Uninspired.
Rutgers: Knights were down 24-0 before getting off the bus, now 1-6 against PAC-12 all time.
Northwestern: 2nd straight season with slow start on offense, this time a loss to Western Michigan.
Charlotte: Failure to tackle or defend in any way leads to 56 point loss to Louisville.
FIU: Outscored 22-0 by Indiana in a game that was tight until that point. Turnovers were a plague.
Rice: Owls held to just 293 yards of offense in opening game loss in CUSA play.
Louisiana Tech: Bulldogs lose upset bid over Arkansas, only rush for 79 yards, held to under 300 yards.
FAU: Had to fight off late rally by FCS Southern Illinois to claim a 38-30 win. Not a good look.
North Texas: Eagles give up 572 yards of offense in loss at home to SMU.
UTSA: Roadrunners gave up the football 4 times to FCS Alabama State in uninspiring win.
Buffalo: Bulls QBs tossed 3 picks in loss to FCS Albany, giving Great Danes biggest win ever.
Bowling Green: Falcons gave up over 700 yards to Ohio State in debut for Mike Jinks.
Miami (Ohio): Despite decent game by Bohl at QB, Miami trailed 28-7 at half to Iowa.
Kent State: Despite out rushing Penn State, Flash offense disintegrated in 2nd half.
Ohio: Bobcats needed 22 points to come back in 4th, fall short in OT upset loss to Texas State.
Northern Illinois: Huskies missed a FG in OT, fall to 10-11 all time against Mountain West.
Colorado State: Rams QBs held to just 63 yards passing in blowout loss to rival Colorado.
Nevada: Pack needs a TD in OT to beat FCS Cal Poly, a bottom tier Big Sky foe.
Hawaii: After giving up 51 to Cal, the Rainbows give up 63 to Michigan on the road.
San Jose State: Spartans rush for just 53 yards in blowout loss to Tulsa.
Fresno State: Bulldogs held to just 31 yards rushing at Nebraska. DeRuyter’s seat is getting hotter.
Utah: Utes offense uninspired in 24-0 win over FCS Southern Utah. Looking ahead to BYU?
Oregon State: Beavers blow upset chance by getting outscored 13-0 in 4th in loss to Minnesota.
USC: Trojans suffer worst loss in 50 years in 52-6 drubbing by Alabama.
UCLA: Rosen tosses 3 picks, Bruins blow it on two straight plays from Aggie 5 in OT to lose.
Washington State: Cougars lose 5th straight opener, 2nd straight to FCS school in E. Washington loss.
Arizona: Anu Solomon fails to find end zone, offense fails to deliver in narrow loss to BYU.
Tennessee: Nobody was luckier to win than Vols, who trailed to Appalachian State most of the night.
Vanderbilt: Offense failed once again, Commodores blow 10-0 lead to lose to South Carolina.
Auburn: Tigers had Clemson on ropes late, but offense is just bad.
LSU: Brandon Harris has to do too much, Fournette gets hurt, LSU falls as 5th ranked team in nation.
Florida: Gators need 14-0 run in 4th to beat hapless U Mass 24-7 at home.
Missouri: Despite 462 yards of offense, Tigers are held to 11 points. That’s nonsense.
Mississippi State: Bulldogs needed a 28 yard FG to beat South Alabama, missed it. Horrible loss.
Arkansas: 26 point favorite Razorbacks needed a late TD to beat La. Tech by 1.
Appalachian State: Blew 13-3 lead against Tennessee, lose on freak play in OT.
Idaho: Staved off late rally to barely hold on to beat Montana State.
Georgia State: 10 point loss at home to Ball State should make Panther fans worry.
Arkansas State: Wolves were favored against Toledo, never got out of the locker room in 21 point loss.
UL-Lafayette: Got blasted by Boise State in 35 point loss, D Coordinator was fired next day.
New Mexico State: Aggies give up over 500 yards of offense to rival UTEP, gave up early.
Notre Dame: Irish could not play defense, could not stop high speed Texas attack, lose in OT.
U Mass: Held Florida tight in swamp, could not come up with big plays when needed.