Previewing Games of Saturday, September 12, 2015

Oregon (1-0) at Michigan State (1-0)
Oregon’s fast and shifty running backs, led by Royce Freeman, will challenge a Michigan State front seven that led the nation in rushing defense a year ago.  Oregon QB Vernon Adams will throw the ball to 6’5″ Dwayne Stanford, who will enjoy a significant size advantage over the Spartan defensive backs. Mobile QB Connor Cook could also have a big day for State, so this could turn into a fun,
high-scoring contest.

Louisiana State (0-0) at Mississippi State (1-0)
Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott didn’t look real good for three quarters last week against woeful Southern Mississippi but led the Bulldogs to the clinching touchdown in the fourth.  L.S.U.’s
Brandon Harris didn’t look anything, as the Tigers’ game vs. McNeese State lasted only a few plays before lightning cancelled it.

Oklahoma (1-0) at Tennessee (1-0)
Oklahoma’s defense performed a whole lot better (3 points allowed) against its opening week MAC opponent (Akron) than Tennessee’s defense did (30 points allowed) against its (Bowling Green).  So, we could see a lot of Baker Mayfield-to-Sterling Shepard for the Sooners.  But the Vols’ offense with
QB Josh Dobbs, running backs Alvin Kamara and Jalen Hurd and wide receiver MarQuez North will present Oklahoma with a challenge far greater than the Zips could muster.  This should be another shootout.

Boise State (1-0) at Brigham Young (1-0)
Boise state was unimpressive last week against Washington and could be ripe for an upset if Taysom Hill’s replacement, Tanner Mangum, can get it6 done at quarterback.  Or even if he can just manage the game.


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