College Football Breakdown:9/6/22

The Lincoln Riley Era started off in fine fashion…even for those who missed it. (Photo by Duane Barker, Mid Valley Sports)

By Joe Torosian

Notes: “Oh Bryce Young, What Will You Leave Us This Time?
You’ll only being playing for the Tide for a short while.”

Do you get the feeling it’s Bryce Young’s world and we’re all just living in it?

I’ve seen more of Young in commercials this season than I have on the field.

People are going to complain I’ve got nothing about the USC game. Sorry, but the PAC 12 Network denied me access…but the BIG 10 seems a lot cooler.

Love the new playoff format, but why are they waiting until 2026?

Dumbest take by a professional sportswriter?

“This college playoff thing is just a money-grab!”

The fat one this coming week is Alabama at Texas. There’s little mystery on the outcome, but I’ll give my prediction at the start of the third.

I have to admit App State and Texas A&M interests me. So does Kentucky at Florida.

Last Add USC: I like Stanford’s Tanner McKee, but I don’t know if I like the Cardinal over the Trojans this Saturday.

College Football (Games seen)
Northwestern 31, Nebraska 28—When I was growing up, we used the word “Frost” as a pejorative. As in, “That really frosts me!” Or “It’s enough to just frost your (fill in expletive of your choice).”

Penn St. 35, Purdue 31—As a Boilermaker fan, I always feel like Michael Corleone when he discovers that his brother betrayed him. “I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart.”

Indiana 23, Illinois 20—At a certain point, doesn’t an Illini fan have to walk away?

Georgia 49, Oregon 3—If the Ducks thought they were auditioning for the Big 10, they need to rethink how they present themselves. And I “was” a Bo Nix fan.

Ohio St. 21, Notre Dame 10—Things end differently if C.J. Stroud doesn’t make a couple of critical throws (big-time NFL-type throws) along the sideline.

Florida St. 24, LSU 23—If any game made you think of gamblers, fixers, and point-shavers…it was this one. Take a couple of knees at the goal line, burn LSU’s timeouts, and then take a shot at the end zone. Instead, the Seminoles run a pitch-play?

Clemson 24, Georgia Tech 10—I really like the Yellow Jackets blue jerseys…but thought the Tigers should have worked them a little more.

The Joe T. Top 14:
(Strictly Based on Games I’ve seen.)
1—Georgia (1-0): The Bulldogs never excite me.
2—Ohio St. (1-0): I’d sooner root for Moscow Tech.
3—Penn St. (1-0): Sean Clifford is the John C. Reilly of QBs.
4—Clemson (1-0): Just going to call their QB, “Chuck.”
5—Notre Dame (0-1): Still want to see the less talented, but more proficient, Drew Pyne.
6—Florida St. (2-0): I root for anybody still doing the tomahawk chop.
7—LSU (0-1): I believe Jayden Daniels is wonderfully—alright.
8—Northwestern (1-0): Worth the watch.
9—Indiana (1-0): They beat Illinois which is like beating the Angels in baseball.
10—Purdue (0-1): Maybe they can pull something for Len Dawson.
11—Georgia Tech (0-1): How long has it been since 1990.
12—Nebraska (1-1): Frank Solich & Bo Pelini are looking really good…in the rearview mirror.
13—Oregon (0-1): All that Phil Knight money and this is the best team Oregon can buy?
14—Illinois (1-1): I have a lot of Illini people in my life…who provide me a lot of comedy when football season rolls around.


Tangent Dreams

Tangent Dreams: A High School Football Novel (Available thru Amazon–click on pic)

Quarterbacks: Unofficial rankings. I need another couple weeks to decide on these guys.
C.J. Stroud (Ohio St.)
Stetson Bennett (Georgia)
Aidan O’Connell (Purdue)
Sean Clifford (Penn St.)
D.J. Uiagalelei (Clemson)
Tyler Buchner (Notre Dame)
Jordan Travis (Florida St.)
Jayden Daniels (LSU)
Casey Thompson (Nebraska)
Ryan Hilinski (Northwestern)
Tommy Devito (Illinois)
Connor Bazelak (Indiana)
Bo Nix (Oregon)
Jeff Sims (Georgia Tech)

Joe T. is the author of “Sin Virus”…“Tangent Dreams: A High School Football Novel” … “Temple City & The Company of The Ages” … “The Dead Bug Tales” … “The Dark Norm” & “FaithViews for Storm Riders”…all six available through
Follow Joe on Twitter @joet13b
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