We are entering week 3 and so quickly it goes by. It seems like yesterday we were just watching Miami/Florida. Now though we have plenty of things to wet our whistle with in the betting markets from a stat perspective. I wanted to throw out a couple tidbits to remember and know 3 weeks in…
-6 rushing yards. That’s where this mighty Michigan State run defense stands so far after 2 weeks. They’ve played Tulsa and Western Michigan and this schedule is going to get much tougher as they head into the Big Ten calendar. They will get a test this week from Arizona States star back Eno Benjamin, but i have concerns for the Sun Devils, they have to run the ball with a freshman QB. Not gonna be easy against this d. Just ask Tulsa, in that game they finished with NEGATIVE 73 rushing yards.
436 passing yards per game. That’s what Arizona has given up over the first 2 weeks of the season. They played Hawaii on the island which makes sense, but what was the excuse against the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona? They have also during these 2 games given up 86 points. The past few seasons this group has been a mess defensively and it doesn’t seem like much has changed. Week 3 won’t get easier as Texas Tech comes to town, a team that’s never been shy to score points. I’m genuinely worried about the Cats defense and its only week 3.
The only team in the country that’s 2-0 ATS as an UNDERDOG? The new look UNC Tarheels. Mack Brown was an interesting hire to me, I hoped that he’d go out and get capable coordinators. He sure did that with Phil Longo who excelled offensively at Ole Miss and Jay Bateman, a tough defensive mind at Army. This team has seen the defense improve and freshman QB Sam Howell looks comfortable and no stage has been too big so far. Oh by the way the two wins were against an ACC and SEC team and in week 3 there’s another ACC road tilt with Wake and you guessed it, as a dog.
Talk about a NEW ERA of football in Morgantown. West Virginia knew it be different with Neal Brown, but this offense has been hard to watch. Through two games, they have been one of the worst offenses in the country. They have been in the RED ZONE only ONE time and failed to score points. They also have gained just 3.72 yards per play. The country roads have not been kind for the former Troy coach so far.
A hard offense to watch also has been GA Southern, they normally never have a passing game and the option has STRUGGLED to say the least. Through 2 games, they have converted just 4 first downs in 25 attempts and have just 2 OFFENSIVE TD’S. It would be understandable if they were playing 2 power 5 teams, but one of the opponents was Maine. Could be a long year for the Eagles. Oh also, this week they have to head up and take on a B10 opponent in Minnesota. Sorry Eagles.