and will be one of the players to keep an eye on.

and will be one of the players to keep an eye on.

2017-03-11 15:16

Only one victory in three games has activated the alarm in teams like Cincinnati, Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech, among others.

Still suffering the effects of a new coach and the inevitable transition of ideas and concepts are being a setback for Cincinnati, a team that is just adapting to Butch Jones’ orders. Greater things are expected from them, not just because they are the defending East champions, but also because of their talented squad.

Although right now he has to coexist with tedious comparisons -since his predecessor, Brian Kelly, won two consecutive Big East titles- from the media and fans, Jones can take a deep breath and feel confident about his players’ conditions to revalidate the title. It is, we could say, just a matter of time for his system to click in.

Another positive aspect is that in conference play their record is still 0-0, so the possibilities of wining that third Big East championship are still open. Things haven’t really changed much since the past season in this division, and the Bearcats still have time to revert this situation.

Their next game is against the Oklahoma Sooners -a team with a perfect record this season- that on their last game defeated the Air Force Falcons 27-24 for their third win in a row. DeMarco Murray played a great game with 148 yards and 3 touchdowns, and will be one of the players to keep an eye on.

The Fighting Irish are also struggling with the first games of the season, and have suffered two defeats in a row. Coach Brian Kelly’s debut victory against Perdue for 23-12 has been quickly forgotten, and the only thing that goes through his mind right now is how to solve those mistakes ?last second touchdown against Michigan State and an overtime fake field goal versus Michigan State- that cost Notre Dame two victories that slipped through their hands.

The home game on Saturday against Stanford is the first of a series of three, where they will be facing the toughest opponents of their schedule. Stanford won their last game 68-24 against Wake Forest, where they displayed all of their artillery from beginning to end.

Finding themselves 0-0 in the ACC play doesn’t take off the pressure from Virginia State of having lost their first two games of the season: first against Boise State 33-30 and later on to James Madison 21-16. These results were really unexpected taking into consideration the general poor level the division these teams come from.

Signs of recovery where clearly seen this past Saturday when they defeated East Carolina 49-27 at Lane Stadium. The only negative notes on that game was Ryan William’s injury ?right hamstring- and that Darren Evans is still far from his best level.

The Hokies will face the Eagles on September 25 looking forward to continue with their improvement. Boston College comes from a win over Kent State 26-13, thanks to the wonderful performance from their linebacker Luke Kuechly with 10 tackles and 3.5 TFLs. Those numbers added to his past appearances earned him the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week recognition.

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