• Concern at OU? The Sooners didn't play well offensively, defensively or on special teams in their road opener at UTEP. Should OU fans be worried? I don't think there should be much cause for concern unless the subpar play carries over into Week 2 or longer. The offensive line should eventually be fine, the offense will get in a rhythm and Mike Stoops will bring back the swagger to the defense. Special teams, however, is the one phase that cannot be overlooked. It needs to be cleaned up, especially before the team gets into the meat of its Big 12 slate.
US PRESSWIREStanford QB Josh Nunes will look to improve from his starting debut.
• Nunes needs to play better, but...While new Stanford starting quarterback Josh Nunes does need to play better than he did in the team's opener against San Jose State, it's the Cardinal defense that really needs to clean up its act. Already with the burden of having two new starting safeties, the team's corners didn't play their best last Friday night. Poor tackling was plentiful in the secondary and the defensive front wasn't able to apply much pressure. Those were issues last year in losses to Oregon and Oklahoma State.
• Washington State head coach Mike Leach's Air Raid offense will be fine. BYU's defense is one of the most underrated in the nation, and it did an excellent job of keeping a Leach team out of the end zone for only the third time in his 10-plus-year coaching career.
• Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is the truth. And so is the Volunteers' defense, which forced NC State quarterback Mike Glennon into four interceptions. New DC Sal Sunseri learned from the best (Nick Saban).
• Le'Veon Bell is a beast. The Michigan State running back showed why after his 50-touch performance against Boise State. Wisconsin's Montee Ball may get more pub, but Bell will be huge for an offense that is still getting its feet wet.
• We'll see if UCLA can get improved play from its defense this fall, but Brett Hundley and Johnathan Franklin are going to be tough to stop on the ground all season in the Pac-12.
• Granted, it was against a UMass team making its FBS debut, but Connecticut's defense dominated the Minutemen last Thursday night. The Huskies held UMass to just 59 yards of offense and three first downs, as UMass did not have an offensive snap in UConn territory. If junior-college transfer Chandler Whitmer plays turnover-free and Lyle McCombs gives the team consistent efforts on the ground, the Huskies could be a player in a wide-open Big East.
• Justin Feunte has a tough rebuild job at Memphis, but I believe his energy will help on the recruiting trail.
• Georgia will be just fine without Isaiah Crowell. Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall will be plenty productive on the ground for the 'Dawgs.
• Imagine how good Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will be by the end of this season. And by the end of 2013.
• Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib could rise up NFL draft boards by the time this season comes to an end.
• Jeff Tedford, welcome to one of the hottest coaching seats in America.
• As tough as it may be to do, Pittsburgh has to immediately forget about its stunning loss to Youngstown State because the Panthers have a short week. They travel to Cincinnati for a Thursday night Big East matchup this week.
McNeese State, which rushed for 298 yards in its victory over Middle Tennessee 27-21 last Thursday night, the program's first win against an FBS school since 2001.
Eastern Washington quarterback Kyle Padron threw for 260 yards and a touchdown in a 20-3 victory against Idaho last Thursday night, as the former SMU starter began a new chapter to his career. The Eagles are hoping he could have similar success as former Mustang Bo Levi Mitchell, who led the Eagles to the FCS national championship in 2010 and won the Walter Payton Award as the division's top player last year. It was the Eagles' first victory against an FBS school since beating Idaho in 2003.
Carl Pelini won his debut as Florida Atlantic head coach when his squad beat Wagner 7-3 on Friday night. The former Nebraska defensive coordinator replaced the retired Howard Schnellenberger.
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