Week 1 Roundup: DOWN GOES BRADFORD.


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You like what you see?: The Mormon Edition.
Didn’t see this one from the Stormin’ Mormons, but Max Hall played incredibly and BYU played better than you ever could have guessed. Pair that with Sam Bradford going down and it’s the perfect storm of disaster for a failed season in Norman. Yeah, people are acting like there’s a giant asteroid about to hit Oklahoma and Sam Bradford needs to throw 238 touchdowns to save the world. WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE! Oh look, a shiny rock.

Blaine Gabbert looks alright. Ok, he looks like HeyZeus and the Big 12 North is wide open.
Arrelious Benn and Jason Ford both went down in the first half and did not return for the Illini, but they couldn’t have made up a 28 point deficit the Tigers accumulated on Saturday. Gabbert absolutely rocked the Illinois’ defense off the field with 319 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air and a rushing tromp to the end zone as well. So who was talking about Mizzou rebuilding and not being able to compete in the Big 12 North? Kansas State barely beat I-AA UMass in Bill Snyder’s return to Manhattan. Cody Hawkins looked terrible, helping Colorado lose to in-state rival, Colorado State. Iowa State looked decent and Kansas and Nebraska rolled.

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Oklahoma State almost made me lose mind considering my lock of the week prediction.
A lot of people almost had to eat their words for an amazing OK State season, but the Cowboys came out of their shell in the second quarter to ease a lot of minds. For the Cowboys to truly be good in 2009, Dez Bryant needs to show up to away games like he does in Stillwater.

Alabama surprised the poo out of me with an important win in Atlanta.
Greg McElroy threw for 230 yards and the Alabama defense absolutely shut down the Virginia Tech offense, holding them to just 151 total yards on Saturday. The ACC was altogether terrible yesterday, going 0-4 to I-A opponents. That’s bad. Real bad.

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Notre Dame proved me wrong with a commanding win over Nevada.
A 35-0 win over a team that I said could be a surprise BCS party crasher? That looks bad on my part, I can admit that. I still don’t expect Lou Holtz’s prediction of the Fighting Irish competing in the National Championship. Jimmy Clauson put up some great numbers, going 15 for 18, racking up 315 yards and four touchdowns.

Navy almost took down Ohio State at the Horseshoe and Penn State failed to cover the spread. Navy was looking to tie it up with a 2-point conversion with less than three minutes left in the final quarter before Brian Rolle picked it off and ran it all the way to the house. Both teams played decently well but the Navy defense effectively held the OSU offense to just 3/12 third-down conversions. JoePa staggered back onto the field in State College, Pennsylvania and cheered his team to a 31-7 awesome match of suckitude over Akron and failed to cover the 27 point spread. Big 10 = overrated and you know it.

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Old Dominion kicked their way to their inaugural game win over Chowan, 36-21.
Someone told me to post about this game so I am. Drew Hareza kicked five field goals and Jamar Parham ran two into the endzone in the first collegiate football game in Norfolk, Virginia since 1940. The Monarch Butterfly’s quarterback went 27 for 48 and 293 yards. He may need to throw some more completions for ODU to rise.

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