The Pigskin Prognosticator Reviews Mike Leach’s Debut And LSU’s Decline, K-State Owns OU & Other Observations
That didn’t take long.
LSU, coming off of a dream season, proved that last year was indeed a Coach O fluke, and the Tigers will “geaux” significantly backward in 2020.
When a team gives up 623 – six hundred and twenty-three! – passing yards, then it’s not going to have a good defensive season. LSU and Coach O proved it and he is no Alabama and Nick Saban in that both are unable to replace players to the NFL and coaches to other teams and keep on winning.
But that, which was Mike Leach’s debut at Mississippi State, are only two of the many story lines from what was the real opening weekend of the college football season. It’s the real opening weekend because it marked the return of the SEC.
In a new PubClub.com feature, the Pigskin Prognosticator is doing this college football review, a look at the highlights and lowlights of the weekend’s biggest games, moments and performances.
Kansas State 38, Oklahoma 35. K-State has OU’s number. But here’s what will happen the rest of the season. Due to the overall weakness of the conference and no defenses, the Boomers will run the table again, get tons of underserving media coverage due to putting up ridiculous passing numbers and into the College Football Playoff. It will then get blown out in the semifinal. This will, again, leave people saying “okay, NEXT year Oklahoma should not be allowed in the playoffs.” It would be nice if the fans, media and committee would look at this game because before gushing over the Sooners because OU played the fourth quarter as if it were in the semifinals.
Texas 63, Texas Tech 56 (OT). Texas is back! Back to being horrible on defense with poor angles and an incredible ability to miss tackles. Keep this up and with OU’s performance then the Big-12 is making a case to let a Pac-12 team into the playoffs with only an eight-game schedule. Oregon, are you paying attention here?
Auburn 29, Kentucky 13. Could this be another year of miracles and incredible luck, which are becoming too common for this program it’s hard to call it a fluke. Only Auburn could have a clear touchdown against it not count. Forget the targeting play on the 100-yard INT return; that play should not have happened because the Cats clawed their way to a TD, only to have the refs say they blew the play dead – while the running back was still grinding his legs. There hasn’t been a whistle that quick in college since a wet t-shirt contest started during Spring Break.
Florida 51, Mississippi 35. Kyle was up to the Trask, leaving Gator fans chomping for more and thinking SEC title and playoffs. But this was just one game, and against a defense that looked as if had been spending the pregame replacing the “Hotty Toddies” on the Grove. The Kiffin Crew did show some offensive capabilities, tho, so they might make a few games interesting before the season is done.
Georgia 37, Arkansas 10. This team has QB problems. Arkansas, of course, as all sorts of problems.
Alabama 38, Missouri 19. Saban has a little ranting room to give to his guys for taking it easy after building a 35-3 lead just after halftime. But fully focused, this could be one of the coach’s best teams.
Texas A&M 17, Vandy 12. Clearly, the Cadets were looking ahead to Bama but will the media please quit proclaiming Kellen Mond as a superstar? He’s a slightly above average QB who gets easily rattled and pulls a few plays out of his britches with his running ability.
Miami 52, Florida State 10: Good grief, Florida State, you’re as bad as the teams you used to beat 52-10.