By Steven Weldon
The people involved in making the schedules for FBS schools could not have made better selections this past Saturday night.
There were only two games on the schedule, but both were very entertaining non-conference battles that could be considered rivalries if the teams played in the same conference. The Florida Gators squared off against the Miami Hurricanes at Camping World Stadium in Orlando in a prime-time game, with the later game 4,640 miles west in Aloha Stadium, the Arizona Wildcats took on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.
FLORIDA 24 MIAMI(FL) 20
A tightly contested game that came down to the final quarter, the 'Canes took the lead on a Deejay Dallas 50-yard run, giving them the 20-17 advantage early in the fourth, but Gators quarterback Felepie Franks made a short run for a touchdown midway through the quarter that would end up being the final score.
Franks was largely inconsistent, but the Gators defense held on and made it work. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes will need to learn how to stop quarterbacks like Franks from picking them apart.
HAWAII 45 ARIZONA 38
Expect a shootout whenever Hawaii steps onto the field. Expect a shootout whenever Arizona steps on the field. This game was quintessential college football, Hawaii took a double-digit lead; lost said lead, came back and won the game at 0:00 by stopping Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate at the 1 yard line on a long run, preventing him from tying the game.
Khalil Tate put the 'Cats on his back, leading them in rushing and obviously passing. Sadly, his two interceptions were most likely a catalyst in allowing the Rainbow Warriors to score. On the flip side, Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald threw four touchdowns and four interceptions, so it was only expected for this game to end on a surprising rush stopped at the one-yard line. These two teams are going to have issues against really talented teams, but I'd watch this kind of game all the time.
I'll be posting my reactions to a few college games every weekend. Be sure to follow me on twitter, @Airweldon.