Five Thoughts on NCAA Football Opening Night Games

Pete MisthaufenAnalyst ISeptember 4, 2009

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 3:  LaGarrette Blount #9 of the Oregon Ducks watches the clock as it winds downs and the Boise State defeat Oregon 19-8 on September 3, 2009 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Blount punched a Boise State Broncos player after the game causing quite a commotion and talk of him being arrested. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Just five quick thoughts on five of last night's season openers.


Carolina Duel

The SEC again proved its domination over the ACC in this defensive battle.  Better luck in Atlanta, but I am not sure I see it. 

But how come Steve Spurrier cannot find offense?  Shocking. 

Given the hype going into the season over a Wolfpack team that has average for most of this decade, nice to see that the Gamecocks could shut that talk up. 

The Wolfpack, whose next two games are against FCS schools, hoped to use this game as a platform to a top 25 ranking.  Oh, well.

The Old Ball Coach looks to have another average season, going 7-5 or so.  If only he had some offense....


Sun Belt vs MAC mayhem

Sun Belt bottom-feeder North Texas defeats MAC power Ball State on the road?   Must be a sign of the end of the world.

Over-hyped Troy loses to MAC contender Bowling Green?  Look for a new leader for the Belt.

The Dodge father-son team is for real.  We finally see why North Texas hired a high school coach.  Look for the Mean Green to win more games this year than the last three combined.

Ball State is done.  Their success left with their coach to sunny San Diego.  Well, it was nice for a year.

Bowling Green is a contender, not a pretender. 


Ute Domination?

Not quite the Utah team from the Sugar Bowl.

Better work on that run defense.  Giving a 96-yard touchdown run is just bad.

Cain is able.  Able to win against bad WAC teams that is.  We'll see what he does against Oregon.

Asiata looks good.  But he needs to be, if Utah has any chance.

Look for Utah State to continue its stay with Idaho and New Mexico State on the Bottom Ten.


Oregon is a BCS team?

How many first downs in the first half for one of last year's best offenses?  Zero?  Wow, impressive.

I though Blount could run the ball, but at least we learned he knows how to throw a punch.

The white uniforms need to go back to drawing board.  Oregon is not Penn State.

Chip Kelly needs a do-over.  Then again, he might not last long at Oregon if he turns this Pac-10 contender into a doormat.

I thought Masoli was supposed to be one of the Pac-10's best QBs?


Boise is for real

Dominating performance on the SmurfTurf.  Good look scheduling any BCS team to come again.

Looks like Boise State took their bowl loss to heart and stole TCU's defense.  Wow, just awesome job, Bronocs.

It was the biggest crowd at Boise ever and had less than 35,000 fans? 

Lucky for Oregon that Boise kept missing field goals and losing the ball, of this one could have been 42-8.

Boise deserves to be in the top ten and especially above any team that finished unranked.  Why is it that BCS teams get the benefit of the doubt with regards to preseason polls, but that the teams like Boise, TCU, and Utah have to earn their way back to the top ten?


Temple still sucks!