A new season has dawned in college football. Off-season storylines fade into the past as new storylines emerge on the field. All of the hype about who is the best without playing a game gets set aside now that we’re at full-contact and full-speed.
Some questions going into the season:
- Will Florida State maintain?
- Will the SEC continue its dominance?
- Can the Big 10 catch up with the SEC and ACC?
- Will a new coach at USC elevate the Pac-12’s stature?
- Will any non-P5 conference emerge as relevant?
- And, of course, what will be the impact of the new playoff?
San Diego State
State continues it’s climb. Our fans and program aren’t just interested in being competitive. We want to consistently be the best in the conference. We’d love to see ourselves as the replacement for Boise State. (Even thought State fans cringe at that comparison.)
We will see how close we are to that goal this weekend as the Aztecs travel to Chapel Hill to take on #25 North Carolina.
It was tough to tell how good we really are from last week’s game against Northern Arizona. We dominated them from the kickoff until the final whistle. It was bad enough where the aging, rusted haul of a stadium known as The Q was mostly empty by the middle of the third quarter. (We left at halftime with the score 24-0.)
But we moved the ball and we played decent enough defense. I think we have a chance to beat UNC if we find some strength at the linebacker position.
With all the pre-season drama I wasn’t sure what to expect against Rice. What we saw was an Everett Golson who isn’t just interested in a comeback for the Irish, but wants to collect the Heisman on his way to a return trip to the National Championship.
Big questions remain for the Irish. With Austin Collinsworth out at corner for a few weeks, the defenses quarterback, I expect them to struggle against Michigan. But I also fully expect the alma mater to be played at the end of the game. Really bummed to see this on-again-off-again rivalry go on hiatus. Reminds me of when Lou and Bo couldn’t get along and we took the last pause. The Wolverines will be back on our schedule in a President or two.
For those new to this football post, I make predictions for each week and tally them. I did pretty good in 2013.
Week Two Predictions
Michigan at Notre Dame – Notre Dame (in a squeaker) – CORRECT!
San Diego State at North Carlina – SDSU (coming out party!)
Mizzou at Toledo – Toledo
Buffalo at Army – Buffalo
Central Michigan at Purdue – Boilers
USC at Stanford – Cardinal
NIU at Northwestern – Cats
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt – Ole Miss – CORRECT!
Michigan State at Oregon – Sparty
BYU at Texas – Texas
Virginia Tech at OSU – Buckeyes
Air Force at Wyoming – Cowboys – CORRECT!
Colorado State at Boise State – Rams
SEASON RECORD: 3-10