At Tennessee, they're bummed-out about going perpetually sideways, because a Florida receiver got beyond a Tennessee safety on a last-play bomb.
As the Longhorns traveled west last week for a date with the University of Southern California on Saturday night, the rest of the Big 12 continued its out-of-conference slate in the final week before Big 12 play. Hicks amassed almost 1,500 total yards and scored 14 touchdowns as a junior last season. They outscored SMU 28-14 in the second half to run away with a 56-36 victory. Baker Mayfield looks extremely focused this season, and the defense has been surprisingly good so far.
The 20-point margin represents Notre Dame's largest victory over Michigan State since a 36-14 whipping on September 18, 1993 and the largest win by either team since a 45-23 Spartans win on September 12, 1998.
The two teams enter conference play with unblemished records and will be looking for a signature win early in the season. Why are the Tigers only second?
"Going into the year, we felt good about the group we have, and they're competitive", Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. The Huskies returned a solid team from last years playoff squad, and I expect that they will be able to pull out a win in this one. Regardless of ranking, they're both in the Top 4, which is all that matters at this point. They look mortal. Their defense got gassed just like anybody would, and Rudolph isn't the same quarterback when he's under pressure. He says the toughest offenses to stop are the ones that spread the ball around. Yes, because a trip to play the Hawkeyes isn't easy.
Don't expect the Washington-Colorado game to be as lopsided as it was previous year, when the Huskies won 41-10 in the Pac-12 championship game. Penn State is the better team but Iowa is always underrated. Disclosure: Colorado State is not a bad team. And they have skill on special teams. But this just wasn't an impressive win to me. Well, hell yeah I'd like to have it back. Don't get me wrong: the Wolverines belong in the top 10. Georgia FR Jake Fromm was the more efficient QB, going 9-of-12 for 201 yards and that included a couple of drops. It's happened before and we won a game. Near the end of the season's first month, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have separated themselves but their margins could quickly evaporate as the schedule unspools.
If Rudolph hasn't been electric enough on offense by himself, a trio of the Cowboys receivers - James Washington, Marcell Ateman and Jalen McCleskey - each have caught three touchdowns already this season. Rudolph torched the Pitt defense last week for 497 yards and 5 touchdowns in an nearly flawless performance. Only those addled with college football tend to know the name. The Horned Frogs rank 15th nationally in total defense, allowing just 265 yards per game. That means even the woeful Cardinals defense can keep Kent State in check and Jackson likely will be chilling on the sideline before the fourth quarter begins.
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