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Eddie’s Week 6 College Football Recap

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We all know Alabama is amazing but while the whole world watched them reach new levels of dominance many seemed to overlook the drumming Clemson put on a Wake Forest team that’s much better than Arkansas.

How impressive is Ian Book for Notre Dame? Well in his three starts he has looked more and more impressive in each and that Virginia Tech defense is probably the most complete of any team he will face for the remainder of the season. What was Brian Kelly having a QB competition for?

Bobby Petrino has one of the biggest buyouts in the nation. Kudos to that agent. Sorry Louisville fans, Jeff Brohm who you so desperately want isn’t interested I have a feeling.

Marshall who was a live dog to win the Conference USA this season has a serious quarterback injury. They got a top JUCO transfer and there were questions about his accuracy coming in. Middle Tennessee State is not a good pass defense and when you see a 50% completion rate they need to really consider going back to the grinding system that got them nine wins last season.

Staying in C-USA, 27-point favorites North Texas almost lost to lowly UTEP, who was starting their back-up quarterback. The dynamic up-tempo offense of 2017 is far from the same with a focus on playing better defense. They have sacrificed their edge so far in 2018. Mason Fine, a 4,000-yard passer last season has looked pedestrian at times which saddens me. Why change?

Another head scratcher is taking place in the state of Texas. SMU hired Sonny Dykes to continue the momentum and pace left by Chad Morris. He benches a 4,000-yard passer in Ben Hicks Week 1 and they are just awful on both sides of the ball. If you lose in shootouts that is excusable at SMU. He might want to get Hicks back in there immediately.

How does Randy Edsall still have a job? Serious question. They can’t score on Memphis and are the worst defense in the nation again.

Charlie Strong has lost his identity as well it seems. I know UMass has one of the most dynamic offenses of any non-Power 5 team, but when did a Strong defense start getting into 58-42 games? If USF plays games in this style the undefeated record will not be for long.

There are fewer teams in the nation that I am more lost on than Pitt. I have had a play involving them once all season and every time I think I have a beat on them they do something odd like score 40 points and win a shootout. If that’s their approach, good luck versus Notre Dame.

Well hello pass first offense Iowa. How do you like easily winning on the road? Keep it up and you’ll have your most fun 7 or 8-win season in 30 years.

Mark Dantonio is probably safe from being fired but his game planning is nauseating and the top five defensive predictions are a complete mirage currently. That being said, MSU has always been a live dog and a bad team to lay points with. If they can find a run offense (it’s not too late!) and get rid of the one-dimensional look they will have plenty of opportunities coming up.

Is Baylor back to being the shootout team of five years ago or does Matt Rhule have no defense? I have no idea but I won’t be quick to bet any Unders with them anytime soon.

Do they practice defense at Oklahoma? How can you recruit all the 4-star defensive players that they do and give up 48 to a bootleg play that was run ad nauseam?

Northern Illinois is undervalued for sure but they have an unbelievably bad head coach in Rod Carey. Up eight late in the fourth quarter, some near 40-year old man (ok it’s me) was getting that vibe of bad things happening as he watched Carey call three run plays up the middle to allow Ball State to use all of their timeouts. Four yards and a punt later it was clear Carey had no intention of actually getting a first down to ice the game. He relies on his defense to the point that it’s not if he will he cost them a win but when.

Akron is a lost cause. 250 yards a game is not going to win you games and this is two seasons in a row where the defense was good (possibly great) but we are going to see them on the field forever every week at this rate.

Eastern Michigan lost another 3-point game…shocking!

Toledo is lost on defense and relying on a freshman quarterback. That’s a recipe for serious disaster.

In the Pac-12 we saw what Stanford looks like without Bryce Love and we also saw a defense that appeared confused by a team who runs the identical offense they do. Yikes.

Arizona won a game where they were outgained by 200 yards. A Kevin Sumlin offense only got 250 total yards but Cal remains lost on the road in conference. Special teams and offensive turnovers doomed the Bears. I don’t think Arizona’s upcoming schedule will allow them to be so pedestrian on offense.

Until next week and may all the last-minute covers go in your favor.

Eddie Walls
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Specializes in small conference games and finds value in both sides and totals. Professional gambler who always gets the best of the numbers. Can give you a full strength and weakness report on all 130 college football teams, coaches, coordinators and players over a large sample size.