We have some real games to watch this weekend:
Pac-12 starts chewing on itselfThe conference is solid from top to bottom, which means upsets are inevitable. The Pac-12 starts its first full week of conference play Saturday with tricky games for Arizona State (hosting wounded USC), No. 5 Stanford going to Pullman and Arizona at No. 16 Washington. Should be a fun weekend.
How good is Baylor?The Bears have scored at least 69 points in all three games, though they are knocking out bums (Wofford, Buffalo and Louisiana-Monroe) at home. Running back Lache Seastrunk is averaging 11 yards per carry. They have four receivers averaging more than 21.5 yards per catch. They get a national TV game this week (Fox Sports 1) against a West Virginia team that was shutout 37-0 at Maryland last week.
The players may be onto somethingLast week was the first time a few college players wrote “APU” on their wristband tape during a game. That stands for “All Player United” and could be the weekend we point to in a year and say, “That’s when it started.” The players are beginning to organize and become less afraid of protesting against the NCAA. With the ease of communication through technology, you’d expect the message to spread.
On the road again, and again, and againNorthern Illinois is receiving top-25 votes, mostly because of quarterback Jordan Lynch. The Huskies were pushing a Heisman campaign around Lynch because of his dual-threat ability. He ran for 189 yards last week and threw for 235. It was his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game (he ran for 1,815 yards last year). The home fans could enjoy it, if the Huskies were ever there. Northern Illinois is at Purdue this week for one of seven road games. Five of their first six games are on the road.
This will be a better weekendMuch of last Saturday was nothing short of ridiculous. Florida International gained 30 yards against Louisville. Not on the opening drive. For the game. It lost 72-0. Equally embarrassing was Washington’s game against Idaho State, which left Bengals coach Mike Kramer saying afterward losing 56-0 was one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship he’s seen. He was serious and thankful the score was so low. What do his kids get out of a game like that? Just bruises. Mental and physical.