NCAAF Early Game Recap
Miami 21, (12) Florida 16 The Gators outgained Miami 413-212, and the Hurricanes were 1-11 on third down. So, how did Miami win? Turnovers. Florida turned it over 5 times, 3 fumbles and 2 interceptions. The last two were the killers. An interception with under 7 minutes left at the Miami 17 ended a potential scoring drive, then a fumble deep in their own territory gave Miami the short field they needed to score what would be the winning touchdown. It wasn't pretty for the 'Canes, but it's a nice win that shows the program is slowly coming back. It's also another good win for the ACC against the SEC. As for Florida, they have some offensive issues to address.
Illinois 45, Cincinnati 17 After Illinois barely beat the Salkuis of Southern Illinois, no one really gave them a chance against Cincinnati, even at home. Well, the Illini proved everyone wrong by going out and whooping Cincinnati. Illinois raced out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back. It's not a good sign for the American Athletic Conference, as Cincinnati was considered potentially its second best team. It's not good for Louisville's future strength of schedule either. Adding injury to insult for the Bearcats, quarterback Munchie Legaux suffered a scary looking injury and left the game.
Tennessee 52, Western Kentucky 20 A couple of pundits touted Western Kentucky as a possible upset pick. That dream ended real quick when the Hilltoppers committed 5 turnovers in 6 plays.
Michigan State 14, South Florida 6 (4th quarter) This one isn't over yet, but note that after South Florida was embarrassed last week by McNeese State, they are playing better here. That, or Michigan State isn't very good.
The Expected Blowouts
There's no need to spend much time on these games. These ranked teams pounded their designated cupcakes.
(4) Clemson 52, South Carolina State 13
(8) Louisville 44, Eastern Kentucky 7 (Teddy Bridgewater: 23/32, 397 yards, 4 TD)
(13) Oklahoma State 56, UTSA 35 (4 of UTSA's touchdown came in the 4th quarter)
(21) Wisconsin 48, Tennessee Tech 0
(24) TCU 38, SE Louisiana 17 (OK, this one was a little closer than you'd want)