First quarter shockers vs the HG in college football
We’ve reached the end of the first quarter of college football and while most everything has gone to script in the first four weeks, there have been some shockers and there always will be.
Today we look at what those shockers are as we have eight teams who have defied the odds and gotten off to either a hot start or a flat tire on their seasons. This doesn’t include first year coaching blunders out of Kevin Sumlin, Chip Kelly, Joe Moorhead, Willie Taggart and others.
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Let’s take a look at those eight teams who have defied the odds so far.
Cincinnati - current record, 4-0. Hour Glass projection at this point: 2-2
The Bearcats of Cincinnati are off to a hot start with wins over UCLA on the road and Ohio among others. The Cats we new had recruited at a much higher rate the last three years and we had them 8-4 on the year as Luke Fickell has done a nice job with this program. The Bearcats are averaging 36 points per game and giving up only 14; also they are getting great production from quarterback Desmond Ridder, who is completing 64 percent of his passes and has only turned the ball over once this year.
Syracuse - current record, 4-0. Hour Glass projection at this point: 2-2
What in the sam hill is going on with Syracuse? This was supposed to be the end for head coach Dino Babers, but the Cuse are flat rolling i 2018. So how is a team that is a bottom end recruiter in the ACC and a below average coach doing this? Defense and great quarterback play. Eric Dungey, who was rated a mid level conference quarterback on our ratings has thrown nine touchdowns and only one interception and he’s scored four more on the ground. It’s amazing what great quarterback play can do for a team and this will be a theme on teams that are surprising.
Duke - current record, 4-0. Hour Glass projection at this point: 2-2
Here come’s David Cutcliffe and Duke again, doing well with marginal ACC talent, and precision quarterback play. Daniel Jones is completing 74 percent of his passes and has yet to throw an interception. On top of that, their second quarterback Quentin Harris has a touchdown to interception ratio of 6-0.
Duke takes on Virginia Tech this weekend, with a chance to make a statement in the ACC.
Nebraska - current record, 0-4. Hour Glass projection at this point: 3-1
Things are worse than we thought at Nebraska and it’s just going to take some time for Scott Frost. The Huskers are giving up dang near 40 points per game on defense and their offense can only muster 19 points per game. Those numbers can only be fixed with better recruiting and culture change over time.
North Texas - current record, 4-0. Hour Glass projection at this point:2-2
We figured North Texas quarterback Mason Fine would have a good year, as he was rated our 5th best G5 quarterback in the country back in April, but he is having a monster year, completing 65 percent of his passes and has torched defenses with a 10-1 touchdown to interception ratio.
On top of that, North Texas is playing great defense, giving up only 16 points per game, making this team a legitimate CUSA contender, from where we had them finishing, at 7-5.
Buffalo - current record, 4-0. Hour Glass projection at this point 2-2
Buffalo coach Lance Leipold isn’t great, and the Buffs haven’t had a winning season since 2013, but one thing they have is an NFL type quarterback in Tyree Jackson. Jackson, who was a three star talent in the class of 2014 is crushing it in 2018 throwing for 1052 yards and 15 touchdowns. Jackson, who stands 6-7 and weighs around 250 pounds is one of the great stories in 2018 and he makes Buffalo a MAC contender this year.
Hawaii - current record 4-1. Hour Glass projection at this point 2-3
Quarterback play, quarterback play, quarterback play - seems familiar doesn’t it? Cole McDonald - who nobody knew who he was has tossed 20 touchdowns so far this year and only one interception as he has the Rainbow Warriors raining points each weekend.
When Dru Brown left for Oklahoma State, nobody saw the two star, 2258th best player in the country raking it in on the Islands, but he is doing that (Cole McDonald), and gives them a shot every week.
Kentucky - current record 4-0. Hour Glass projection at this point 2-2.
Kentucky and head football coach Mark Stoops are undefeated and what a story this is in the SEC. The Cats are playing great defense, holding opponents to just 13 points per game and running the football behind future NFL back Benny Snell. The Cats broke a 31 year drought against Florida two weeks ago and just this past weekend, they made Mississippi State look god awful, blowing out the Bulldogs in the second half.
Kentucky is no Georgia, but they may be the second best team in the SEC East.