Stony Brook: A lot is expected of Stony Brook this season. So far, so good for the Seawolves, who dropped the hammer on CCSU, 49-17, on Saturday night. Stony Brook’s rushing attack featuring Miguel Maysonet (16-171, 2 TDs) and Marcus Coker (19-75, 1 TD) ran all over Central Connecticut’s defense. Maysonet also caught a TD pass. Expect to see more of that this season from the Seawolves.
SEC: Auburn losing to Clemson on Saturday night ruined what would’ve been a perfect day for the country’s top football conference. That notwithstanding, you can’t ignore what the rest of the SEC did. Alabama destroyed a Michigan team some believed had the goods to challenge for a national title. Florida struggled a bit against Bowling Green, but LSU, Arkansas and Georgia coasted to easy wins.
Clemson: Beating Auburn was just what the doctor ordered for No. 14 Clemson. Clemson RB Andre Ellington ran for 231 yards to pace the Tigers defense. Clemson has a real shot at being the top dog in the ACC this season.
Ohio: Sure, the Bobcats faced a struggling Penn State program. But anytime a MAC school can get a win in State College it’s a plus. Ohio won 10 games last season and beating Penn State could really launch the Bobcats into the stratosphere.
Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State: Bell ran rampant over the Boise State defense, finishing with 210 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The 245-pound junior also caught six passes for 55 yards.
Ryan Nassib, Syracuse: The senior quarterback threw for 470 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-42 loss to Northwestern. The Wildcats defense isn’t exactly the Steel Curtain, but the performance could be what Syracuse needs.
Geno Smith, West Virginia: Smith threw for 323 yards and four touchdowns in the Mountaineers 69-34 win over Marshall. Smith also carried eight times for 65 yards and a touchdown. It was the highest scoring season-opening game for West Virginia. Smith set a school record in career completions and touchdown passes in the win.
BIG TEN: Michigan was poised to make a statement on national television. So much for that. Alabama showed Michigan what a real defense looks like in a 41-14 shellacking at Cowboy Stadium. Making matters worse, Wolverines all-everything QB Denard Robinson got hurt. He returned to the game, but he didn’t make his presence felt at all, completing 11 of 26 passes for 200 yards, 1 TD and two interceptions…Penn State: This one is pretty obvious. The Nittany Lions losing at home to Ohio is probably the last thing they needed. To be fair, the Bobcats return 15 starters from a team that won 10 games in 2011 and made a bowl game. No one expected a complete blowout, but Penn State’s offense came up woefully short in the second half of its 24-14 loss…Iowa didn’t look great in an 18-17 win over Northern Illinois…Wisconsin wasn’t great in a 26-21 win over Northern Iowa…Minnesota barely got by UNLV, 30-27…Indiana struggled in a 24-17 win over Indiana State.
Maryland: The Terrapins won, but they can’t be too happy. It took a fourth-quarter touchdown for Maryland to get a 7-6 win over William & Mary. It looks like it’s going to be a long season for Maryland.
Pittsburgh: Maybe the Panthers made a mistake leaving the Big East. Pittsburgh was terrible in a 31-17 home loss to Youngstown State. Youngstown State ran for 204 yards and threw for 177 against a shoddy Panthers defense.