In other conference races, we saw a couple of conference games in Week 1. There was an ACC conference opener, along with an conference opener in the Sun Belt in Week 1.
- Miami-FL @ Maryland was a great game, with the Terps winning 32-24 over the Hurricane, in the first games for new head coaches at both schools. Maryland's Randy Edsall beat Miami-FL's Al Golden in College Park, as both coaches began their respective eras as head coaches.
- North Texas @ FIU was a blowout. FIU beat North Texas and coach Dan McCarney's debut, with a 41-16 win in Miami. McCarney's first game in Denton will be in Week 2, as Houston (1-0) comes to town on the heals of a 38-34 home win over UCLA (0-1)
In Week 2 - There are some monster in-conference openers:
- In the ACC, North Carolina State (1-0) @ Wake Forest (0-1)
- In the C-USA, Southern Miss (1-0) @ Marshall (0-1); Tulsa (0-1) @ Tulane (1-0); and UTEP (1-0) @ SMU (0-1)
- In the MAC, Temple (1-0) @ Akron (0-1)
- In the MWC, TCU (0-1) @ Air Force (1-0)
- In the Pac 12, California (1-0) @ Colorado; Utah (1-0) @ #21 USC, as both newcomers of the new Pac 12 open conference play for the first time in their new conferences.
- In the SEC, #16 Mississippi State @ #25 Auburn; #14 South Carolina @ Georgia
Again, we are thankful, the Big Ten remains in the out of conference heading into Week 2. It should be an interesting Week 2.
Thursday, September 8Th
Arizona at #9 Oklahoma State, 7:00 p.m. on ESPN (HD) (3D) / espn3
- Do we really expect coach Mike Stoops and the Arizona Wildcats to upset the #9 team on their home field in Stillwater? Not really, but we sure hope the former Hawkeye football player can lead his Wildcats to victory.