Are these undefeated college teams for real?

Are these undefeated college teams for real?

The Dash got on the Gophers’ rowboat early, predicting an 8-0 record heading into November. That’s still in play, but my goodness P.J. Fleck’s team has been shaky so far. Minnesota trailed the FCS Jackrabbits into the final half of the fourth quarter in the opener; needed a touchdown in the final minute of regulation to force overtime against Fresno State; and scored the game-winning touchdown with 13 seconds left against Georgia Southern. That’s simply not sustainable in Big Ten play — even in the West Division, which again looks like a tub of live bait. Next: at Purdue Sept. 28.’ data-reactid=”44″>The Dash got on the Gophers’ rowboat early, predicting an 8-0 record heading into November. That’s still in play, but my goodness P.J. Fleck’s team has been shaky so far. Minnesota trailed the FCS Jackrabbits into the final half of the fourth quarter in the opener; needed a touchdown in the final minute of regulation to force overtime against Fresno State; and scored the game-winning touchdown with 13 seconds left against Georgia Southern. That’s simply not sustainable in Big Ten play — even in the West Division, which again looks like a tub of live bait. Next: at Purdue Sept. 28.

Go ahead and circle Nov. 9 as the day the West is won — that’s when the Hawkeyes visit Wisconsin. Even with a largely rebuilt defense that lost its top four tacklers from 2018, Iowa is difficult to run against (15th nationally in rush yards allowed) and score against (10th in scoring defense). And after throwing 10 interceptions in an erratic junior season in 2018, quarterback Nate Stanley has yet to throw a pick in ’19. A plus-five turnover margin on the season to date is a very Kirk Ferentz stat. Next: Middle Tennessee in Iowa City on Sept. 28.

Look, give abundant credit to coach Justin Wilcox for pushing Cal football forward by remaking it into a physical, defense-first program. In 2016, the last year under Sonny Dykes, the Golden Bears gave up 42.6 points per game. Since then: 28.4 in 2017, 20.4 last year and 16.3 this year. And it’s a great thing to have Washington’s number, upsetting the Huskies this year and last. But if Cal wants to record its first winning Pac-12 record in a decade, it will have to figure out how to score some points. Ranking 99th nationally in total offense and yards per play isn’t going to cut it. Next: at Mississippi.

Are Herm Edwards’ Sun Devils good enough to win the Pac-12 South? We’re not sure yet. (USA Today)

The Horned Frogs have beaten an FCS team and a struggling Purdue team that was playing a freshman backup quarterback. That’s not enough to go on yet. The injury to Elijah Sindelar fed right into the hands of defensive mastermind Gary Patterson; Purdue mustered just 204 yards total offense. TCU is characteristically good on that side of the ball and has a formidable one-two running back punch — but does it have a quarterback? Freshman Max Duggan has been pedestrian thus far, and Kansas State transfer Alex Delton has similarly failed to inspire. The Frogs will need more from that position in the Big 12 shootouts to come. Next: SMU in Fort Worth.

So far Spencer Sanders and Oklahoma State have looked very on-brand for a Mike Gundy team. (Getty)

This looks like a very on-brand Mike Gundy team: unheralded preseason and now looking like a problem for the rest of the Big 12. Gundy has plugged in his latest productive quarterback — freshman Spencer Sanders — and let him distribute the ball to a pair of stud skill position players. Receiver Tylan Wallace (15 catches, 390 yards, six touchdowns) and running back Chuba Hubbard (521 rushing yards, seven TDs) lead the nation in rushing and receiving yards per game. Keep them healthy and the Cowboys will be difficult to stop. Next: at Texas Saturday in an early Big 12 biggie.

Scott Satterfield left new coach Eliah Drinkwitz a pretty loaded roster, especially on the offensive side of the ball: running back Darrynton Evans, quarterback Zac Thomas, plus a lot of experience at receiver and the offensive line. The App State defense hasn’t been great so far, but it hasn’t needed to be. Next: at North Carolina, in a game where the Tar Heels are on upset alert.



Source : Yahoo Sports Link

Follow 3-www.NET
Follow
e-News.US
  
Share
e-News.Us



Category Latest Posts