It's early but the NCAA rules committee has seemingly gotten it right with the new timing rules.
Through the first weekend, teams are averaging 68.6 plays per game, down only 3.3375 plays per team from last season (6.6675 total per game). That's tolerable because the loss of plays is minimal and, despite that, scoring is up.
Again, it's early but teams are averaging 30.84 points per game. If it holds up that would break last season's record of
28.38 points per team.
The big difference is in length of game. So far games have lasted only 3 hours, 8 minutes on average. That's down
from 3:22 last season. I've taken my shots at the rules committee in the past as being too meddling. So far its
"fixes" have worked. After covering two games I haven't noticed the quality or the pace of the game being disturbed.
embarrassing losses by Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Louisville and Syracuse. Yes, Louisville and Syracuse. The Cardinals
losing to Kentucky is no surprise but being run out of its own building is disgraceful. A lot of us thought the
Orange would show better against Northwestern but Syracuse lost by 20.
Quoting comedian Jay Mohr: "Is that a football conference or France?"
Six of the seven teams in action this week are favored (Tennessee Tech-Louisville is off the board but we're still
assuming the Cardinals as a favorite):
Upset alerts: Watch for West Virginia (-8) going to East Carolina and Pittsburgh (-13) at home against Buffalo.
Also watch for Cincinnati (+21 1/2) traveling to Oklahoma. Bearcats coach Brian Kelly says this game is a measuring stick for the Big East
season. Don't be surprised if the Bearcats play this one a lot closer than anticipated.
getting a little fat." That's Fresno State quarterback Tom Brandstater to The Sporting News after beating Rutgers.
Not sure if Rutgers qualifies yet was one of the big guys getting fat but the quote works for me.
• That was Fresno's 13th victory since 2001 over a BCS conference school.
• Iowa State used 11 true freshmen in its season-opening win against South Dakota State. Not a big deal until you
consider that the 11 accounted for 26 of the Cyclones' 44 points.