Fox Sports reacts to B1G Week 1
Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel put out a lengthy article this morning regarding Week 1 in college football. Here are his takeaways from the Big Ten:
Panic-inducing nightmare, LSU
“It’s not just that Les Miles’ team lost 16-14 to Wisconsin,” he said. “The Tigers’ offense appears to have made zero progress from last November, when their ineptness in the passing game very nearly got Miles fired. It can’t possibly get more maddening for LSU fans than watching the Badgers seal the game on a brutal Brandon Harris interception.
“Even with an exceptional defense, LSU is not likely to contend for the SEC or national titles, which means Miles’ eight-month reprieve is now in jeopardy.”
It didn’t take long for Mandel to talk about the Wisconsin-LSU upset. It was the first game he talked about, and rightfully so.
Ohio State will be fine at running back
“For those wondering how Urban Meyer would cope with losing Ezekiel Elliott, who himself succeeded Carlos Hyde, here’s how: With two really fast dudes,” Mandel said. “Curtis Samuel and Mike Weber combined for 220 yards on 32 carries against Bowling Green. Not to be outdone, rival Michigan unveiled true freshman Chris Evans, who turned eight carries against Hawaii into 112 yards and two scores.”
Getting over 200 yards of rushing from two backs will certainly get the job done, as will 77 points. Next, Mandel talks about a game people should look forward to in Week 2.
Penn State at Pittsburgh (Saturday, Noon ET)
“The rivalry is back after a needless 16-year hiatus,” Mandel said. “Panthers star James Conner is back after a knee injury and battle with cancer. Penn State coach James Franklin could really use a win.”
Penn State got off to a solid start to 2016 with its 33-13 victory over Kent State. Getting a win over a good, but not great Pittsburgh team would only help the Nittany Lions in the long run.
Mandel’s entire article can be read here.