Eddie Walls’ College Football Week 2 Betting Recap
I’ll start off by stating the obvious: Texas is probably not back, neither is Florida State, Miami, Nebraska, or Tennessee. Some of these shocking results we’ve seen have me numb after only two weeks.
Something very weird is happening. When we think PAC-12 we think high flying offenses and shootouts. It’s clear their are only three teams with this approach; maybe four if you count Utah’s seemingly increased tempo.
Washington got into a dog fight with California. Peterson has lost his way the last two seasons. He has become known as a pass defense specialist and DB recruiter. Somewhere lost in this is that Peterson was brought to UW from Boise State where his offenses always outproduced his defenses. In the last two seasons it’s become clear he is running a Wisconsin-type of offense. His defense is insanely young and he refuses to play with any tempo and remains completely predictable. I originally thought Washington was the only team that could beat Utah who has maybe the best overall run/pass rush unit in the country outside of Michigan State.
Colorado picked off maybe the worst coaching performance in college football on Saturday. A huge swing game for me saw Scott Frost try to sit on a 17-point lead with predictable offensive calls only to get burned. And Colorado head coach Mel Tucker might end up being a decent hire. Nebraska’s defense quit time and time again and committed foolish penalty after penalty. The Buffs are very young and could grow and gel to make some noise — though I said this same thing last year before they lost seven straight PAC-12 games.
Stanford has amazed me for years that they’re capable of winning games with so little offense and limited recruiting. I think after two weeks it’s clear that Shaw is what his offensive line allows him to be on offense. His pass defense might have the best cornerback in the PAC-12 in Paulson Adebo but both lines are young as can be. The Cardinal might be in serious trouble in 2019 if they have to trade punches.
Say what we want about USC’s Clay Helton and AD Lynn Swann but they have beat two teams I do not think they would have last season. Offensive coordinator Graham Harrell has a head coach job waiting for him and while I’m not sold on the Trojan defense they are producing on offense at a clip that has to be scary to their future schedule. It’s so odd for Helton to have success while having actually nothing to do with it.
Texas played it’s best game last night. I’m not kidding. That’s not a bad Longhorns team but they are woefully young on defense. However, the fact Tom Herman could open up the offense and score against the NFL-ish defense of LSU in the manner he did makes me think that Texas is very much live in the Big XII.
Kansas hired Les Miles…to lose to Coastal Carolina. At least the offense is a mirror of his last year at LSU.
West Virginia made a real good hire in Neal Brown but it’s clear losing four NFL players on offense and inheriting a defense with a lot of history of failure leaves the Mountaineers in midst of a rebuilding situation. I am most troubled by Brown’s lack of offensive production. Twenty-one points combined and only 170 total yards against a bad Missouri defense is a terrible sign even in the early going.
The Big Ten has four teams that have flat out been dominant. I’m not sold on Wisconsin’s opponents thus far but zero points allowed and it’s obvious they are out for statements.
Michigan State has the best defense in the nation. They only need some offense and after last season having 10 different offensive starters hurt this could be a year where even a formidable offense has them in the playoff talk.
Jim Harbaugh has some issues. Either play Dylan McCafrey or go with Shea Patterson but the play calling when they switch is predictable and I’m not sold on their run game. The defense is young; they are a wild card for me.
Minnesota’s PJ Fleck is a offensive mind but there have been times when the offense stalls and he loses his footing. If he plans on taking the next step he has to get better production from both sides of the ball. You can’t get into somewhat of a second half shootout with a pedestrian Fresno State offense.
Iowa looks like the same Iowa but with a lack of playmakers at the skill positions I wonder if at some point they run into a good offense and won’t have the firepower to trade blows.
I was hard on the SEC in Week 1, but outside of Kentucky, all teams bounced back.
I personally cannot believe Arkansas is losing without an offense. Chad Morris was brought in to reinvigorate the offense; you simply can’t be bad and boring. It’s a rule:)
Until next week. Best of luck to all as always, Eddie.