Week 2 Rewind
September 10, 2013
By Brian Edwards
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On the night Michigan honored Heisman winner Tom Harmon, Devin Gardner wore the legendary quarterback’s No. 98 and led the Wolverines to a 41-30 win over Notre Dame in the final game (at least for now) of this storied rivalry.
Other than one bad play, an interception for a pick-six, Gardner was nothing short of sensational against the Irish. The junior QB threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 82 yards and one TD. Jeremy Gallon hauled in eight receptions for 184 yards and three TDs.
Brady Hoke’s team covered the spread as a five-point favorite, improving to 16-0 straight up and 10-5 against the spread in home games on his watch. The Wolverines will play host to Akron as an enormous favorite in Week 3.
Notre Dame fell to 4-2 ATS as a road underdog during Brian Kelly’s tenure. The Irish is back on the road again Saturday at Purdue.
Despite a dominant performance from its defense, Florida couldn’t overcome five turnovers and lost a 21-16 decision at Miami as a three-point ‘chalk.’ Both schools saw the ‘under’ improve to 2-0 when the 37 combined points never threatened the 47-point total.
Miami QB Stephen Morris threw a pair of first-quarter TD passes and Duke Johnson put the game on ice with a short scoring run late in the fourth quarter. The Hurricanes went to 4-0 ATS as home underdogs during Al Golden’s tenure.
UF has only itself to blame for the gut-wrenching defeat. The Gators committed three turnovers in the red zone and were also stopped on downs at the UM 17. They wasted a special performance from a defense that limited Miami to just 10 first downs and 212 yards of total offense.
Will Muschamp’s team has an open date before facing Tennessee at The Swamp.
Georgia avoided a 0-2 start and snapped a three-game losing streak against South Carolina by winning a 41-30 decision over the Gamecocks as a 3.5-point home favorite. Aaron Murray finally delivered against a top-10 opponent, throwing for 309 yards and four TDs without an interception.
UGA hooked up its supporters thanks to a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter. The 71 combined points soared ‘over’ the 56-point total, improving to 2-0 for the Bulldogs.
South Carolina fell to 14-10-1 ATS as a road underdog under Steve Spurrier. The Gamecocks can’t afford to look past Vanderbilt in Columbia this weekend.
Oregon has taken the cash in nine consecutive games as a road favorite after blasting Virginia 59-10 in Charlottesville. The Ducks covered as 26-point ‘chalk’ behind 321 yards (199 passing, 122 rushing) from sophomore QB Marcus Mariota, who opened the scoring on the initial drive with a 71-yard TD scamper.
BYU bounced back from a Week 1 loss at Virginia to spank Texas 41-20 as a seven-point home underdog. Taysom Hill rushed 17 times for 259 yards and three TDs, as the Cougars gashed the Longhorns for 549 yards on the ground.
After giving up 679 yards of total offense, Mack Brown reassigned defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and replaced him with Greg Robinson. As many bettors should recall, Robinson’s defenses at Michigan were a disaster when he served as Rich Rodriguez’s DC.
Brown isn’t the only coach feeling the heat. Lane Kiffin is rapidly losing support at USC after getting upset 10-7 by Washington St. The Trojans lost outright as 16-point home favorites, generating only 193 yards of total offense.
**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**
--Oklahoma will start Blake Bell at QB Saturday vs. Tulsa. The ‘Belldozer’ will replace redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, who is out 1-2 weeks with a knee injury. Knight completed only 21-of-48 (43.8%) passes for 205 yards and was intercepted three times in two games. The Sooners failed to cover the number in a 16-7 win over West Va.
--Cincinnati senior QB Munchie Legauz is ‘out’ for the season after suffering a severe knee injury in a blowout loss at Illinois.
--Cincy’s loss at Illinois doesn’t help Louisville’s chances of getting to Pasadena. The Cardinals sure could use a UFC win Saturday at Penn St.
--Texas Tech’s Baker Mayfield is the first player at a BCS school to ever start a season opener at QB as a walk-on true freshman. His numbers after two starts: 71.1 completion percentage, 780 passing yards, 7/0 TD-INT ratio and a team-high 82 rushing yards.
--BYU senior WR Cody Hoffman returned to make two receptions for 68 yards in his team’s win over Texas. Hoffman missed the Week 1 loss at UVA with a hamstring injury.
--Northwestern star RB Venric Mark sat out Saturday’s 48-27 win over Syracuse with a lower body injury. With home games vs. a horrible Western Michigan team and Maine looming, the Wildcats could conceivably allow Mark to sit out and get healthy in these next two games. Then they have an open date before hosting Ohio St. on Oct. 5.
**Five Games to Watch**
1-UCLA at Nebraska -- Nebraska gave up 601 yards of total offense in its 37-34 season-opening win over Wyoming. The Cornhuskers are 18-17 ATS as home favorites under Bo Pelini following Saturday’s 56-13 win over So. Miss as 28-point ‘chalk.’ Going back to last season, the ‘over’ is on a 6-1-1 run in Nebraska’s last eight games. UCLA had an open date after trouncing Nevada, 58-20, as a 20.5-point home favorite. Looking for a sleeper Heisman candidate? Feast your eyes on sophomore QB Brett Hundley, who had 337 yards (274 passing 63 rushing) and four TDs (two apiece rushing and passing) against the Wolf Pack. The ‘over’ has hit in seven of UCLA’s last eight games. Kickoff is scheduled for noon Eastern on ABC.
2-Ole Miss at Texas -- The Rebels are hoping to avenge a 66-31 loss to Texas in Oxford last season. They are 5-1 ATS in six road games under Hugh Freeze. The Longhorns might be without starting QB David Ash, who left the BYU game with a head injury. Texas will definitely be without WR Daje Johnson due to an ankle injury. Ole Miss won’t have its best offensive lineman (Aaron Morris) and leading returning tackler (Denzel Nkemdiche) due to injuries. I can’t believe that I’m not going to be able to watch this game because of the Longhorn Network.
3-Tennessee at Oregon – The Ducks dealt out a ruthless beating when they went to Neyland Stadium in 2010 and emerged with a 48-13 victory. Just like three years ago, the Volunteers are breaking in a new coach. Butch Jones has led UT to back-to-back wins, including a 52-20 triumph over Western Kentucky as a 13-point home favorite. Oregon senior WR Josh Huff is ‘questionable’ with a leg injury. ABC will have the telecast a 3:30 p.m. Eastern.
4-Wisconsin at Arizona St. -- ASU will be seeking revenge for a 20-19 loss at Camp Randall in 2010. The Sun Devils, who were favored by 5.5 as of late Monday night, are 5-1 ATS as home favorites under Todd Graham. The Badgers have 45-0 and 48-0 home wins over UMass and Tennessee Tech, respectively. New Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has a 13-2 spread record in his last 15 games going back to last season with Utah St.
5-Vanderbilt at South Carolina -- Vandy might be catching South Carolina in a good spot following its pivotal loss at Georgia. But the Commodores won’t have two of their best players in WR Chris Boyd (indefinite suspension) and LB Chase Garnham (leg). On the bright side, they have HC James Franklin and WR Jordan Matthews, who has 16 catches for 289 yards and two TDs. ESPN will have the telecast at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.