Week 3 Final Thoughts: Matt Zemek

Posted Sep 14, 2012

Final thoughts and musings before Week 3 kicks off.

Final Thoughts
- Pete Fiutak
- Richard Cirminiello
- Terry Johnson
- Phil Harrison
- Matt Zemek

By Matt Zemek

WAKE FOREST-FLORIDA STATE: If Florida State wins by only one touchdown, let's not hasten to say that the Seminoles are a team in crisis. If Florida State wins by 50 points, let's not hasten to say that the Seminoles are back. This is FSU's season opener, as you know. (It's not, but it is… you know what we mean, jellybean.)

CALIFORNIA-OHIO STATE: Jeff Tedford takes a team to the Eastern time zone for a noon kick. Kevin Riley and the Maryland Terrapins could tell you how this game will unfold.

VIRGINIA TECH-PITTSBURGH: A misfiring, inconsistent and unproven Logan Thomas is easily the superior quarterback in this game. Bud Foster is licking his chops. Enjoy this ACC preview, Panthers.

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE/OKLAHOMA STATE: How many points will the Ragin' Cajuns, guided by "it coach" Mark Hudspeth, ring up on the Cowboys' Swiss-cheese defense? Enough to make this game interesting for a half, at the very least.

LOUISIANA-MONROE/AUBURN: Arkansas was looking ahead to Alabama… but how much did ULM's pluck matter in that game? We'll find some answers against Auburn. The Tigers are playing poorly at the moment, but ULM's win at Arkansas should give Auburn the sense of urgency it desperately needs.

CONNECTICUT-MARYLAND: Since this is the "Randy Edsall Bowl," a lot of fans will seek to transfer out of Byrd Stadium before this game is over. They'll retain their eligibility for future games per NCAA regulations.

ALABAMA-ARKANSAS: Few would dispute the supremacy of Alabama in this matchup, but a wounded Hog at home will offer more resistance than many might think.

NORTH CAROLINA-LOUISVILLE: Last year's UNC-Louisville game was less fun than a root canal. If Teddy Bridgewater flourishes in this contest, he will offer definitive proof that he is a different quarterback from the one who was overwhelmed in Chapel Hill in 2011.

VIRGINIA-GEORGIA TECH: Losing is not an option for these teams… at least if they want to pass Virginia Tech in the three-team ACC Coastal race (a three-team race because North Carolina is not eligible for the postseason). We're still waiting for Georgia Tech's triple-option offense to click on all cylinders under quarterback Tevin Washington.

NAVY-PENN STATE: If Navy loses this game, the Midshipmen will be staring at the distinct possibility of a second consecutive bowl-free season.

FLORIDA-TENNESSEE: Whatever you do, don't go overboard in your assessments of these teams when the clock hits triple-zero at Neyland Stadium. Beating this Florida team – as opposed to the 1996 Florida team – would not signal a full-fledged resurgence for the Children of the Checkerboard. Beating this Tennessee squad – as opposed to the 2001 Vols – would not offer irrefutable evidence that the Gators are once again an elite force in the SEC East.

OHIO-MARSHALL: This is a landmine for the Bobcats. How they handle it will either give coach Frank Solich a teaching tool… or ample reason to believe that his team is climbing to a higher plateau in the sport.

ARIZONA STATE-MISSOURI: Will Gary Pinkel ice his own field goal kicker this time?

USC-STANFORD: Each of the last two years, Stanford was a clear favorite at kickoff time but needed a late rally to escape the Trojans' grasp. Now, USC is the favorite… not a 2007-level favorite, but a clear choice. This series has taken several fascinating turns over the past five seasons. Will an unexpected plot twist emerge this Saturday on The Farm? This is a compelling view, more so than Notre Dame-Michigan State in the same time slot.

NOTRE DAME-MICHIGAN STATE: One question posed to two quarterbacks: Whatcha got, Everett Golson and Andrew Maxwell? 'Nuff said.

UTAH STATE-WISCONSIN: This game, played at Camp Randall Stadium in nighttime hours, is not a lock for the Badgers. Did I really just write that sentence and believe it? Yes, yes I did.

TEXAS-OLE MISS: This game is televised? Clearly, the September slates have not been impressive through the first three weeks of the season. Then again, no one thought that Louisiana-Monroe versus Arkansas would turn into a barnburner, either. (Texas should roll, though.)

BYU-UTAH: My, my, my, how things have changed so drastically for these programs in the span of a year. Another road beatdown awaits in the Beehive State's holy war… with the Cougars dishing out the punishment this time.