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HEISMAN WATCH….WEEK 6

HEISMAN WATCH….WEEK 6

“The outstanding college football player whose
performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence.”
by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
We are now separating the best from the rest but only if their teams continue to win. We see that after Oregon’s huge upset to Arizona last week, Marcus Mariota dropped down and may have trouble climbing back up. Nick Marshall, Auburn’s QB, has his team playing exceptional and will have something to say this week as they play Mississippi St. Speaking of Mississippi St, Dak Prescott has produced back to back wins against LSU and Texas A&M and if he’s dominant this week against Auburn, he could move into the top spot. Note that this is the first player from Mississippi St to be in this type of informal poll for the Heisman Trophy. On the opposite end of winning and trying to stay in the chase, Wisconsin’s great running back, Melvin Gordon rushed for 259 yards in a great individual effort but his team came up short and lost to Northwestern 20-14. Jameis Winston’s antics off the field have tarnished his name and is eliminated from my “straw poll.”
1) Todd Gurley, Georgia (RB)
2) Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (QB)
3) Nick Marshall, Auburn (QB)
4) Marcus Mariota, Oregon (QB)
5) Amari Cooper, Alabama (WR)
6) Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (RB)
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REMEMBER THESE NAMES FOR THE “STIFF ARM” TROPHY
Everett Golson, Notre Dame (QB)
Bryce Petty, Baylor (QB)
Johnny “Thrill” Hill, Texas A&M (QB)
J.T. Barrett, Ohio St (QB)
Ameer “Ameer-acle” Abdullah, Nebraska (RB)
Wayne Root

 

 

COLLEGE TOP 10 FOR WEEK 6

 

COLLEGE TOP 10 FOR WEEK 6
by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
The games finally get better. The college “preseason” is behind us. Now the Top 25 teams begin to play each other in the all-important conference games. This week begins the homestretch with some great key match-ups. Who wouldn’t want to bet the Texas A&M vs Miss St game, or Stanford vs Notre Dame? Even the Primetime Nebraska vs Michigan St game is intriguing from a pointspread point of view. Top ranked Oklahoma will be tested at TCU and a fan favorite is the Bama vs Mississippi battle. Put on your TV’s and crack open a beverage and get ready to WIN WITH WAYNE!!
1) OKLAHOMA—The Sooners are gaining momentum heading into the Big 12 Conference play. They had a bye week to enjoy their huge road win over West Virginia 45-33.QB Trickett passed for 376 and looked great. The replacement for injured RB Ford was better than most thought would be. RB Perine rushed for 242 yards, so it was more reloading instead of replacing as his results were up to Sooner standards.This week they play #25 TCU. OU opened up 5 and this is one of the most important pointspread numbers to follow. Stay tuned!
2) OREGON—The Ducks have had 2 weeks to let it sink in that they almost lost a game, as they squeaked by Washington St (on the road) 38-31. Marcus Mariota needs to take charge of this team as the season only gets more difficult. They host Arizona this week and are a huge favorite. This Thursday Night game can be a national statement game as it is the featured game of ESPN. The Ducks are 4th in scoring at 48 ppg so it’s time to put up and blowout the Wildcats if they are to be relevant on a national level.
3) ALABAMA—The Tide is coming off a bye week after beating Florida 42-21. Over-all they are #9 allowing points at 14 ppg and are ranked 16th in scoring at 42 ppg. This week the Tide travels to play #11 Ole Miss. It will be interesting to see how Bama QB Sims performs on the road against a good defense; ranked 3rd at 8 ppg. The way for Bama to win is by rushing RB Henry. Ole Miss is ranked #75 and Bama rushes for 258 ypg. The Crimson opened up at
- 6.
4) FLORIDA ST—The Seminoles had to use a 2nd half rally to pull away and win 56-41 against a below average NC State team. They may be winning but it’s hard to believe that this team is still #1 in many polls. An upset is in their future unless things change from the lockerroom to the field. The cupcake schedule continues. Again, they play a nobody as they host Wake Forest; a 39 point underdog.
5) AUBURN—Who knew that this may be the best team in the state of Alabama. They are 4-0 and off a blowout of Louisiana Tech 45-17. Their only weakness may be the passing of QB Marshall or maybe the conservative play calling of their OC. They are the typical SEC team as they love to rush the ball and play a stout defense. This week they entertain LSU as an 8 point favorite. The question answered this weekend is can they score enough points?
6) TEXAS A&M—This team can score! They are ranked #2 at 51 points per game. They had a nail biter last week as they were fortunate enough to win in overtime against Arkansas 35-28. This week they play Mississippi St; 2 weeks removed from their biggest upset in a long time as they defeated LSU on the road. Miss State as lucky to enjoy an off week, so the emotions are disseminated from that game and have had time to focus on this Aggie team. A&M’s defense is also top-notch allowing just 15 ppg. The Bulldogs opened up as a tiny 1.5 chalk.
7) BAYLOR—In what many thought would be a closer game, Baylor crushed Iowa Sate 49-28 on the road last week. What an incredible outcome considering they play Texas this week. There was no “look ahead” on the field. This team is ranked 1st in scoring and 8th in defense. Defensively you don’t know to play the run (#24) or the pass (#4) so that’s the formula for their 57 point per game average. This week it’s time to shine and take care of business in Austin as a -16 point road favorite.
8) UCLA—The Bru-Crew crushed Arizona St 62-27 last week in a much needed blowout. UCLA (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) won its first three games by a combined 18 points against non-ranked opponents, raising questions about just how good the Bruins are this season. QB Brett Hundley threw for 355 yards and 4 TD’s on 18 of 23 passing. The downside for the Bruins was the defense. Arizona State ran a staggering 105 plays and gained 626 yards against the young Bruins’ defense. The Bruins play Utah this week at home and are a double digit favorite.
9) NOTRE DAME—The Fighting Irish were impressive blowing out Syracuse last week to a tune of 31-15. Once again it was their #4 ranked defense that held their team together. They don’t score a ton of points and are lower than average at running the ball at 158 ypg and ranked 77th. It’s just solid football and “D”. This week they may have to score a few more points as they play #14 Stanford. The oddsmakers have this game around even so once again, Wayne Root will be following the money and seeing where it leads.
10) MICHIGAN ST—The Spartans have scored 129 points in their last 2 games since losing to Oregon. That’s how to impress the pollsters and rebuild their resume. This week we find Sparty playing at home with #19 Nebraska. The Cornhuskers come in at 5-0 so expect some fireworks as Michigan St gets another test. They opened up at – 8.5 and is a National TV game for ABC.

 

 

 

 

WEEK 5 COLLEGE TOP 10

WEEK 5 COLLEGE TOP 10

by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
Florida St, most analyst’s choice as college football’s top team, is struggling on both sides of the ball. I think they will stub their toe down the road, as they are still celebrating last year’s Championship and QB Jameis Winston is acting like an immature teenager (of course, that’s exactly what he is). Oklahoma won and covered on the road at a very dangerous venue (playing at Morgantown, West Virginia). Washington State proved you can pass against Oregon. And Alabama was better than the score last week, as they handed Florida 21 points before ruining Coach Will Muschamp’s resume.
1) OKLAHOMA—Even with star running back Ford out, QB Trickett and company defeated and covered at West Virginia 45-33. It was Ford’s replacement, RB Perine that rushed for 242 yards. That was no surprise to the experts. QB Tricket looked good and settled down and threw for 376 yards. The Sooners get the week off before playing TCU in 2 weeks.
2) OREGON—The Ducks did get the road win at Washington State, but by just a small margin of 7 points as they left town with a 38-31 win. Oregon’s secondary allowed Halliday to pass for 436 yards. Not good for a Number 2 ranked team. Maybe that’s why they usually have difficulties with Stanford QB’s. Their next big game is Thursday, Oct 2, against an improving Arizona squad.
3) ALABAMA—The Crimson is playing well and are just a few days removed from last Saturday’s rout of Florida 42-21. This contest was no contest. Florida showed how bad they really are and may be looking for a new coach. This week is a bye week for the Tide and it follows in 2 weeks with a match-up at Mississippi.
4) FLORIDA ST—The Noles may have the best talent on both sides of the field in the entire NCAA. But it may be all for naught, if they don’t begin to focus about this team, this year and find their chemistry. They squeaked by Clemson 23-17. Maguire was able to pass for 304 yards against their ex-vaunted defense. Thru 3 games of preseason, FSU is ranked 65th in point average and 111th in rushing. Their “D” is only #30 so as stated, this is not the same team (at this point) that they were last season. They are visiting undefeated NC State this week and the Oddsmakers show them 21.5 favorite at Carter-Finley Stadium.
5) TEXAS A&M—The Aggies continue to pad their numbers and cover the spread as they destroyed SMU 58-6 as a 31 point favorite. I guess all the Aggie fans have to love a coach that runs up the score. They are ranked #2 with a 55 point average and #4 with 405 yards passing, so I guess Hill has earned his trademark “Kenny Thrill.” This week, A&M entertains a fairly good upcoming team as the Razorbacks will be playing as a 9 point dog. The schedule gets more difficult as the Aggies enter the world of SEC Conference play.
6) AUBURN—The Tigers played last Thursday in a Primetime game, winning but not covering- a strong Wayne Root No Limit Club play (mentioned because Wayne Root is the best in the history of Thursday Night games- beginning each week with a winner is paramount to betting; a perfect 3-0 with top rated Thursday plays this season). They crawled away with a 20-14 final but the +8.5 points were just too much. This week they play a practice game against Louisiana Tech as a 33 point favorite, one week before heading to a road game against LSU.
7) BAYLOR—It’s been 2 weeks since the Bears took the field and defeated Buffalo 63-21. This week will find them on the road against a not so powerful Iowa State team. The oddsmakers think this game will result in a blowout as they were installed as a 21.5 road favorite. The public must have reminded them that the Bears are #1 in scoring at 59 ppg and will continue to back high scoring machines. But their “D” is not too shabby either, as the allow just 9 ppg with a 9 point average. This is a very balanced team heading into Big 12 play.
8) NOTRE DAME—It’s always special when the Fighting Irish are in anybody’s Top 10, as we place them #8 and looking to improve before their “Big Game” against Florida St onOctober 18th. But they have to get thru Syracuse this week at a neutral playing field in East Rutherford (and then they host Stanford). So first things first, as they had a bye week last week after defeating two Big 10 opponents in Michigan and Purdue. Can they lay 11 or 12 points on the road after a bye week?
9) MISSISSIPPI—Ole Miss really has not been tested this season with wins over Boise, Vandy and LA-Lafayette. This week is more of the same as they host the Memphis Tigers and are an 18.5 favorite. This could be a “look ahead” game for the Rebels as the following week is “The Game” against #3 ranked Alabama.
10) MICHIGAN STATE—The Spartans round out the Top 10 despite losing at Oregon (Wayne Root’s Blowout Game of the Year with Oregon as the winner) and last week’s 73 points they put up against Eastern Michigan. MSU plays for the love of the game this week as they host Wyoming. Most are glad it’s an early Saturday game and don’t have to get involved with two mismatched teams where the spread is 31 points. The following week is a different story as they are at home against #21 Nebraska.

 

WEEK 4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10

WEEK 4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10

by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
Looking ahead to this Saturday, there will be no rest for the Top 10 as some finally begin to play in conference. Note that the SEC has five (5) teams ranked in the Top 10, while the Pac 12 has just one (1) team- with Oregon. It’s always great to see Notre Dame relevant and Florida St not as great as the polls show. Their stats against some easy opponents would have me worried if I was Jimbo Fisher.
1) OKLAHOMA—The Sooners had no problems knocking off Tennessee last Saturday while covering the 21 pt. spread. They lose their top running back as Ford will be out for 2 to 3 weeks. He averaged 6 ypc and had 5 TD’s. Perine will replace him at running back when they take on West Virginia this week. They rely on a great defense to hang on to their #1 ranking by allowing just 11 points per contest.
2) OREGON—The Ducks crushed Wyoming 48-14. This game should have been by a wider margin, but we’ll give Oregon some slack as the game followed the Michigan St win from the previous week. Their 52 points per game keeps them in the Top 5 in scoring and they look to increase it this week against Washington St.
3) ALABAMA—The Crimson allowed just 4 field goals last week against Southern Miss in a 52-12 rout. What’s somewhat of a concern to Coach Sabin is thru his cupcake preseason (prior to conference play), Bama is only 33rd in rushing for 298 ypg. They meet Florida in their 4th home game in a row to begin the season this week so we’ll see if he or offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has made some obviously necessary adjustments.
4) FLORIDA ST.—The Seminoles play on the road this week at #22 Clemson in a much anticipated match-up for the home team. Florida St has not exactly looked like a Top 1 after three games. They are ranked 49th in “D” allowing 21 ppg. Even more worrisome should be their rushing yardage ranked 73rd with just 158 ypc. This road contest will present the ‘Noles with a crucial test.
5) TEXAS A&M—The Aggies beat up on winless Rice last week knocking them off in a 38-10 one-sided game. And that score is a far cry off from their 4th ranked 54 ppg average. QB Kenny Hill has applied for a “Kenny Thrill” trademarked name. He may have earned it thru 3 games by completing 81% of his passes for 1094 yards and 11 TD’s. He’ll certainly add to his totals against SMU this Saturday. But…will all this adulation and hype go to his head?
6) AUBURN—The Tigers were idle last week for added rest from week # 2′s battle with San Jose State. Who makes these schedules? This week they travel to take on Kansas State. There’s only 377 tickets left to sell so the Wildcats’ fans will be out in force (decked out in purple). K-St. is ranked #20 and may have the goods if Auburn doesn’t improve on their 91st ranked passing game. QB Johnson has completed 75% of his passes, but all were short throws and he’s only had 2 TD’s so far along with 277 total yards.
7) BAYLOR—aka Bear Meat. But Bear Meat must changed to Buffalo meat last week as the Baylor Bears mauled Buffalo on the road 63-21. This team has racked up some great stats as they have a #1 ranking in points scored and a #3 ranking in points allowed. But hold all bets!! They travel to play Iowa St, fresh off an outright win over rival Iowa as a 13 point underdog. The question is; letdown or confidence for Iowa State? Either way, this will be a nice test for the Bears.
8) LSU—The Tigers got out the white paint and their paintbrushes and whitewashed “powerhouse” UL Monroe as they ran up the score and put a 31-0 spanking on them. Although that word may have to be banned from football lingo after the terrible deed committed by Viking superstar running back Adrian Peterson. This week is another home game as LSU hosts Mississippi St. They better hope they don’t have to play catch-up with their cupcake low average of 91st in passing yardage against the Bulldogs this week.
9) NOTRE DAME—It’s always great when the Lakers make a run in the NBA Finals,or the NY Yankees are making an October World Series Championship run. The Fighting Irish are in the Top 10 and undefeated. The World of Sports makes the real world feel like it’s spinning on it’s axis correctly and all is normal. They get to rest this week and prepare for both Syracuse and Stanford. They followed up the 31-0 beating they put on Michigan with a 30-14 win against in-state Purdue rival. Go Irish!
10) MISSISSIPPI—Ole Miss is 3-0 after demolishing LA-Lafayette 56-15 last Saturday. They are off this week and prepare for big bad Memphis in two weeks. They need to get a rushing game as their 78th ranking will not cut it in the SEC. They play hard and are heading in the right direction, so beware the rest of the SEC.

 

WEEK 2 OF THE 2014 HEISMAN WATCH

2014 HEISMAN WATCH WEEK 2
by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
“Looking for the Best College Football Player”
1) MARCUS MARIOTA—QB; OREGON
In the best marquee match-up game last Saturday it was Mariota showing the nation and Michigan St. just how good he was. Down by 9 points in the 3rd quarter, he turned up the after burners and outscored the Spartens 28-0 on the way to a 46-27 huge Oregon win. Mariota ended the day with 318 yards passing and 3 TD’s. Added to his stats were 42 yards of rushing which not only makes him the top candidate for the Heisman, but also the best player in all of college football thru 2 weeks.
2) TODD GURLEY—RB; GEORGIA
Georgia was off last week so no updated stats to add for RB Todd Gurley. We are still in amazement of his week 1 performance against Clemson where he rushed for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns. His Heisman show hits the road this week as the Bulldogs travel to South Carolina.
3) KENNY HILL—QB; TEXAS A&M
Kenny Hill has 2 games under his belt with 1 quality win at South Carolina. His stats were skewed upwards last Saturday as A&M plummeted Lamar. But those numbers will be washed into the final totals as all teams get a few cupcakes during the season. After 2 games, we are impressed. He has thrown for 794 yards with 7 touchdown passes. He’s completed 71% of his passes and sat out the entire fourth quarter of last weeks game.
4) JAMEIS WINSTON—QB; FLORIDA ST.
Jameis Winston has 2 games so far under his belt and is piling up his stats. He has a test coming up this week against Clemson and will bring his 626 total passing yards thru week 2 with him. His downside are his 2 interceptions this year that almost match his 3 touchdowns. He will be just fine if he continues to complete 70% of his passes for the remainder of the season. Note that he had zero TD passes against Oklahoma St in one of his worst games ever and his 3 TD’s came against The Citadel last week.
5) EVERETT GOLSON—QB; NOTRE DAME
It’s time to give some love to the Irish after defeating Rice and then crushing Michigan in week 2. They followed their 48-17 win against Rice with a 31-0 shutout against Michigan in their final scheduled meeting between these 2 storied teams. Golson was awesome as he threw for 226 yards with 3 TD’s and 0 INTs in a well managed game. He has 5 TD throws on this years resume and will continue to build on those stats. Purdue is up next and we see no letdown in his immediate future.
6) BRYCE PETTY,QB; BAYLOR
Bryce Petty is putting up the numbers and his team is piling on the points despite a cracked vertebrae in his back…ouch! He is the perfect fit in Art Briles throw often offense and so far so good. He’ll continue to pad his stats as Baylor doesn’t play a noteworthy opponent until October. But if Baylor is smart, they should forget about a trip to the Big Apple in December and let him rest after those 28 point halftime leads.
7) BRETT HUNDLEY, QB; UCLA
Brett Hundley has had to open there first 2 weeks on the schedule behind a bad offensive line. He needs time to flow around the backfield and room to roam while looking downfield. His teams defense is on the field too long for him to get the ball enough times to pad his stats into Heisman numbers. He’s completed almost 70% of his passes with 3 TD’s and 1 INT on 638 yards of passing. He’s also been sacked 9 times in his first 2 games.

2014 College Football Top 10

2014 College Football Top 10
by Wayne Allyn Root
1) OKLAHOMA: The Sooners and Wayne Root are talking about this team playing for the national Championship. At least their road to the title game faces few obstacles. There’s plenty of reason for confidence. The fourth-ranked Sooners capped off a strong finish to last season with a win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl that energized the rabid fan base. OklahOhio State: Who needs Braxton Miller when you have Urban Meyer? So it’s a new era in quarterback JT Barrett at OSU. Maybe the wide receivers are there to make JT look great. The Buckeyes will likely try to get the ball in the hands of their speedsters (Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall and Devin Smith). Barrett is inexperienced, but the Buckeyes’ receivers should have benefited from having to practice against press coverage every day. Give Urban Meyer the benefit of the doubt that the team is loaded with blue chippers and that he can coach. A nice challenge to all. Besides, all they have to do is get past Michigan St this seasonoma now must back up the excitement it has generated, starting Saturday at home against Louisiana Tech. They start a sophomore in Trevor Knight who took down Bama last year. Last years QB, Blake Bell, has moved to tight end and Coach Stoops says to look for some razzle-dazzle plays involving him. One thing for sure is they should remain #1 after this week’s opener against Louisiana Tech, starting a new QB.
2) ALABAMA: When I think of Alabama, two things come to mind. First is their mantra, Roll Tide Roll, and then secondly, Re-Load. Coach Sabin has recruited a Florida St graduate transfer in Jacob Coker to go against fifth year senior Blake Sims at the quarterback position. Sabin will play both this week against West Virginia. He has until Sept 20th against Florida to figure things out.
3) OREGON: QB Marcus Mariota takes a lot of ribbing over his course load this semester: yoga and golf. The reality is that the quarterback for No. 3 Oregon finished his degree requirements in just three years.
His opponents should also take note that those easy A’s mean Mariota is going to be able to spend a lot more time focusing on football this season, being early in the treatment room, remaining healthy and doing recovery stuff, and along with that film work. That is the recipe for a Heisman Trophy. The Ducks open at home Saturday night against South Dakota.
4) UCLA: The worst thing about opening their season is not the west coast to east coast travel to meet Virginia but rather to have the game start at 9 am pac time. That means the Bruins will begin their day at 4:40 am with a wake up. Then it’s dress and breakfast. Arriving at the stadium by 6:30 am pacific time to prepare for the game. Their QB, Blake Hundley should be in the running for a look at the Heisman but they play in what many claim to be the toughest college conference in America and just a notch above the SEC.
5) FLORIDA STATE: The AP and the Coaches poll have the Seminoles ranked #1. They are certainly in the top 5 but not necessarily going to get thru their conference unblemished and end up #1. Jimbo Fisher is looking for an “attitude of dominance” in 2014, and the Seminoles would love nothing more than to exhibit that against an Oklahoma State roster that is rebuilding from its conference title-contending ways. Their offense is designed to run over everyone. With Winston under center behind five senior lineman, anything other than a double-digit win will raise eyebrows for the defending champs.
6) MICHIGAN STATE: What a season to be in the Big 10. With Michigan on the decline, Wisconsin not where they normally are and Ohio St’s QB Braxton Miller out for the season, it must be a great feeling knowing this could be a huge year for the Spartans. Before you hand them the Big 10 trophy, remember they finished 81st in offense last year. It was their 2nd place defense that received all of my attention. Their HUGE game of the season is against Oregon. In fact, that may be their game for the entire season….that really counts. It will be the Badgers vs the Spartans for the Title.
7) OHIO STATE: Who needs Braxton Miller when you have Urban Meyer? So it’s a new era in quarterback JT Barrett at OSU. Maybe the wide receivers are there to make JT look great. The Buckeyes will likely try to get the ball in the hands of their speedsters (Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall and Devin Smith). Barrett is inexperienced, but the Buckeyes’ receivers should have benefited from having to practice against press coverage every day. Give Urban Meyer the benefit of the doubt that the team is loaded with blue chippers and that he can coach. A nice challenge to all. Besides, all they have to do is get past Michigan St this season.
8) AUBURN: When your rivals are Alabama, LSU and even Arkansas, it is possible to be the #1 team in the Country named America’s Top “under-the radar” team. We all remember the “LUCK” they had winning some miracle games last year. This year they may have the best group of receivers in the Nation. It’s guaranteed that they will be show-cased this Saturday when they meet the razorbacks of Arkansas as a 3 touchdown favorite. Tigers QB, Nick Marshall, has everyone admiring his improved accuracy and combined with the WR, running backs, a great offensive line, opposing teams will have to put up 40+ to have any chance at winning.
9) BAYLOR: It’s neck and neck with the fan support. The brand new $250 Million McLane Stadium or this year’s team. Both are tremendous to the Baylor Bears football program. The Bears may be the only team to be able to match Oklahoma in Conference play. They have a lot to do to keep up with being last years Number 1 offensive team in the Country. QB Bryce Petty is still under center. Petty, who waited his turn behind Griffin III and a record-setting season by Nick Florence, threw for a Big 12-leading 4,200 yards with 32 touchdowns and only three interceptions when he finally got his chance last season. He also led the league with 14 rushing TDs. Speaking of RGIII, he’ll be attending the opener and taking part in the pre-game ceremony. On a final stadium note, It sits along side the Bravos River and many will be arriving by boat. Look for SMU to be their first victim for a trivia question 50 years from now.
10) STANFORD: This has to be my favorite team in America when everything is considered. Academics are foremost at the top. But look at their football’s past program and what they’ve had to do. While many predicted the program would fade, Stanford survived the departures of Toby Gerhart, Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck – and several other key contributors – by actually getting better. The Cardinal have captured back-to-back conference championships and won at least 11 games in four straight seasons, which all ended in BCS bowls. They may have a drop off this season. Stanford (11-3) will have to overcome the odds again if it wants to complete a threat-peat. The Cardinal lost 10 starters from last season and have one of the country’s most difficult road schedules. At least they’ll have one easy game; UC-Davis this Saturday