We are one week into the college football season and there is already plenty of collateral damage.
And that’s just with the announcers.
Mark Jones of ESPN was banned from doing Washington games because he tweeted out a burn on the Huskies. Braylon Edwards was suspended by the Big Ten Network for insulting some Michigan players on Twitter.
Can’t we all just get along?
And, of course, there were the message boards for any team that had a numbing opening day loss. The shrapnel is already flying in Ann Arbor, Tallahassee and Coral Gables.
This is college football, where tensions run high and social media is vicious. And we’re only one week in.
Dr. Football told you there would be a lot of overreacting after the first weekend of games. Everybody calm down. Miami is going to win its next four games. FSU can’t be as undisciplined as it looked. Can it?
The Heisman Trophy is still up for grabs. We still have no idea who will be in the college football playoff.
And pay no attention to the first week of The Picks.
It was a miserable 6-4 because, well, I’m old and I remember when there were three elite football programs in the state. So I got sucked in to picking a Sunshine Sweep. How’d that work out?
I promise to do better this week.
KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA: One prediction I feel pretty safe about — Kentucky will have more than three passing yards in the game. Mark Stoops said he had never seen that before. He obviously didn’t watch the Florida-Georgia Southern game in 2013. He knows what Dan Mullen likes to do, because Kentucky was Mississippi State’s crossover opponent during Mullen’s nine years there. And vice versa. I think we’ll know a lot more about the Gators after Saturday night. Florida, 26-21.
GEORGIA AT SOUTH CAROLINA: This series produced one of the greatest headlines in the history of print back in the 1960s. But we’re a family newspaper so you’ll have to ask me if you see me. I don’t think Gamecock fans are going to like Sunday’s headline. It’s one of the biggest games ever played at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Bulldogs know a little something about big games. Georgia, 31-14.
CLEMSON AT TEXAS A&M: The story isn’t that Clemson is going to play two quarterbacks. The story is that Clemson is going to play with four NFL defensive linemen. Clemson, 28-14.
USC AT STANFORD: Bryce Love looked more like Buddy Love in his debut. He’ll get it going this week. Stanford, 28-23.
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT KANSAS STATE: This is one of those games where you know K-State is going to play way above its talent level. And yet … Mississippi State, 35-24.
PENN STATE AT PITT: I was all in on Penn State until it had to pull out an overtime game against Appalachian State. Maybe the Nittanies were looking ahead. Penn State, 30-21.
MICHIGAN STATE AT ARIZONA STATE: Those of us who will be working late Saturday night really appreciate the Pac-12 After Dark. Nothing like waking up the family with a “you have to make that catch” yelp at 1 a.m. Michigan State, 23-21.
UCLA AT OKLAHOMA: Chip Kelly went to UCLA instead of Florida because he wanted to be at a place where there wasn’t as much attention to the win-loss record. He’s about to be 0-2. He got his wish. Oklahoma, 40-12.
GEORGIA TECH AT USF: The Bulls are going to need a lot of lower body massages and ice after all of the cut blocks they are about to endure. Tech, 38-31.
NEVADA AT VANDERBILT: One of the few games Vandy will play this year where it will have more fans than the opponent. Vandy, 23-13.
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