Thursday night was a fun, entertaining night of college football to start the season.
- Northwestern won a really exciting game at Purdue. Clayton Thorson started at QB, despite doubts around his health coming back from a torn ACL.
- UCF rolled over Uconn to keep the Civil CONFLict trophy in Orlando. The problem for the defending champs is everyone they plays stinks. I want to see McKenzie Milton be challenged and I think the lack of challenges and the AAC as a whole will have a great impact on a potential Heisman campaign. Their OOC schedule includes @ North Carolina and home vs FAU. While FAU has an exciting offense, take the over in that game and trust Milton to do his thing. October 13th, at home against Memphis is the game to circle if you want to see UCF get tested
- UAB and Louisiana Monroe both won last night, putting them each at 5 wins away from bowl eligibility in an attempt to win their first bowl game in school history
Three Stars of the Night
- Northwestern had questions about how they would replace legendary RB Justin Jackson? Well, Jeremy Larkin answered that question emphatically, running for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns.
- On a personal note, Larkin is from Cincinanti and was a finalist to win Mr. Ohio a couple of years ago. Being from Cincinnati, his preference was to stay home, however than-coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats Tommy Tuberville decided he wasn’t worth pursuing, never made a visit, never made an offer, nor did anyone on his staff. Watching the sophomore back run for the next three years is going to suck for Bearcats fans, but will be awesome for the rest of the country
- Purdue has a real superstar on their roster – freshman Rondale Moore. No clue how the rest of this country let him get away but Moore debuted with 313 all-purpose yards (109 receiving, 79 rushing, 125 returning)
- Freshman WR Sage Surratt was awesome for Wake Forest, hauling in 11 catches for 150 yards.
What Were They Thinking?
- Who on Purdue’s coaching staff thought Elijah Sindelar should start over David Blough? Yuck. Sindelar threw 3 interceptions and really hurt the Boilermakers
- Tulane….ugggh Tulane. They continuously had opportunity after opportunity in Wake Forest territory but could never take advantage. Senior QB Jonathan Banks played like a hybrid of Mike Vick’s running ability and Nathan Peterman’s passing ability. Just total polar opposites. It also seemed like any time the Wake DL got penetration, he would run backwards for 20 yards and than chuck the ball away
Favorite Moment of the Night
While Tulane’s offense was holding them back, the defense debuted a new look – not just the awesome light blue jerseys which seem odd for a team named Green Wave – the turnover beads! I love this. The beads are representative of Mardi Gras, of course, and play off of Miami’s 2017 gimmick of the turnover chain. Gimmicks are great. Having fun is great.
The action continues Friday with 8 more games!
Check out what to watch for in Saturday’s full schedule