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A portent of things to come, most likely.

Arlington Heights 29, at Brewer 14

at TCU 48, Samford 14

at #22 Nebraska 55, Florida Atlantic 7

at #2 Alabama 33, W. Virginia 23

at #12 Georgia 45, #16 Clemson 21

at #18 Ole Miss 35, Boise St. 13

at Dallas 3, Denver 27

I have to admit – this was a major (albeit pleasant) surprise.

Fort Worth Arlington Heights rode quarterback Deion Hair’Griffin’s three rushing touchdowns to a 29-6 victory Friday over White Settlement Brewer at Brewer Bears Stadium.

Hair’Griffin finished with 154 yards overall, with 95 coming through the air and another 59 on the ground. Hair’Griffin finished 8 for 18 through the air.

Someone changed the offense in Nebraska while I wasn’t looking.

That, plus the fact that it’s no longer Taylor Martinez fucking up the offense, plus the fact that they were playing Florida Atlantic, might have had something to do with it.

Ameer Abdullah and Tommy Armstrong Jr. had career games and Nebraska had its most productive offensive day in almost a quarter century.

Maybe there is something to this “Red Storm” nickname that the Cornhuskers’ offensive players came up with. Florida Atlantic was in the path Saturday, and the Huskers rolled to a 55-7 victory.

Abdullah, the nation’s top returning rusher, ran for a career-high 232 yards and a touchdown before leaving in the middle of the third quarter. Tommy Armstrong Jr. passed for a career-high 271 yards and two TDs before sitting down late in the third.

The Cornhuskers rushed for 498 of their 784 total yards and won their 29th straight opener, the longest streak in the nation. Nebraska’s offensive total was the fifth highest in program history and most since the Huskers gained 787 against Utah State in 1991.

“I know what this offense has the potential to do, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves now,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. “Our captains said we didn’t come into this season to beat Florida Atlantic. So we won a game we should have won. I do like the fashion we won it.”

So do I, Bo.  So do I.

This game was a nail-biter for a while.  Bama would score; the Mountaineers would come right back.  In fact, except for the last play of the first half (a Bama field goal), plus the third quarter, the teams played even-up.

Yeldon (126 yards rushing and two touchdowns), Henry (113 yards rushing and a score) and Cooper (12 catches for 130 yards) provided ample support. And Alabama needed all the offense it could get because West Virginia found plenty of soft spots in the Tide’s D.

The Mountaineers’ up-tempo spread gave Clint Trickett his pick of open receivers, and he took advantage with 365 yards passing.

But West Virginia didn’t take full advantage, dropping more than a half-dozen catchable passes, including one off the hands of Elijah Wellman near the goal line that would have been a sure TD early in the fourth quarter.

“Yeah, it’s frustrating,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said of the final result. “You play against a really good team and you’re in position in the fourth quarter to be able to win the game. I mean you don’t have those opportunities very often.”

Hmmm.  They’re not quite the same without Chrissi “Trick Play” Peterson…are they?

For much of the night, it was tough to watch. Mississippi hardly looked like the 18th-ranked team in the country. Boise State in no way resembled the program that used to beat the big boys with such regularity.

The Rebels finally came around in the fourth quarter, pulling away to beat Boise State 35-13 in a sloppy season opener Thursday.

Shaking off three first-half interceptions, Bo Wallace threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns — three of the scores coming on consecutive throws in the fourth quarter.

Trevone Boykin is still the starting quarterback at TCU.  This is not a good thing.

But at least for one night, it was enough.

Trevone Boykin passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third, leading TCU to a 48-14 victory over FCS Samford in the season opener for both teams on Saturday.

Boykin completed 29 of 41 passes for 320 yards. His touchdown passes covered 38 yards to Kolby Listenbee and 19 yards to David Porter. Boykin’s scoring run came from 1 yard.

Samford scored on a 2-yard touchdown run by Denzel Williams late in first half and a 55-yard interception return by Jamerson Blount with five minutes to play.

TCU piled up 555 total yards, including 200 by eight different rushers, while holding Samford to 143.

Yeah, it was the last preseason game.  But the Cowgirlz could  at least have tried a a little harder.

No one of any note played, and Denver’s scrubs were clearly better than Dallas’ scrubs.  Which should tell you all you need to know about Owner Jethro’s talent evaluation.

The problem is…how do we know this isn’t a harbinger of things to come?  It’s not out of the realm of possibility that this motley crew goes 0-16.  I mean, their defensive coordinator (Rod Marinelli) is  the only head coach to have accomplished that dubious feat, pulling an oh-fer with the Detroit Pussies a couple years back, right?

We’ll give them until 0-3, at which point we’ll switch our allegiances to whomever is playing them.  I’m not  gonna have them spoiling my PFWs every week.

This week:  6-0 (the Dallas loss is preseason, and doesn’t count).  Perfect Football Weekend™ achieved (1).  Overall:  6-0.

The PFW will return Friday, at which time I will laugh at the heterophobes for their foolishness.  (You do  know where this is going, right?)




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