Upon further review
• After Saturday’s performance against Rice, in only one half thanks to a preposterous NCAA suspension, it’s clear Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is a one-man version of “The U.”
The sooner we – media, fans, ESPN talking heads – all realize that, the better. The only way to shut up Manziel is to shut him down. So far, not even Alabama has been able to do that.
• Butch Davis once he said he never should have trusted John Blake, the disgraced former assistant coach who was given a five-year “show cause” by the NCAA for his relationship with the late Gary Wichard.
After North Carolina’s 27-10 loss at South Carolina on Thursday, the Tar Heels could have used more of Blake’s recruits, especially on the defensive line.
Coach Larry Fedora’s team still has great parts on offense, but the defense was pushed around by the Gamecocks in a game that showed how much the talent gap has grown between UNC and the SEC since Blake’s last game (a 30-24 loss to Louisiana State in 2010).
• Virginia scheduled up after a 4-8 finish in 2012, and Mike London’s team started the season with a 19-16 home win against Brigham Young on Saturday.
Given the firepower on the schedule – Oregon next week, Clemson (Nov. 2) and road trips to Miami and North Carolina – the bowl hopes of the retooled Cavaliers could not afford a loss to the Cougars.
The addition of former N.C. State assistant Jon Tenuta is already paying dividends for London’s defense.
• Duke recorded its first shutout, 45-0 against N.C. Central, since 1989. Georgia Tech blanked Elon 70-0 for its first shutout since 2008, 27-0 against Duke.
The Yellow Jackets, whose defense is run by former Duke coach Ted Roof, won’t play again until Sept. 14 against Duke.
With hapless Memphis next on the schedule, we won’t know more about Duke’s defense, which was No. 107 nationally in scoring last season, until its trip to Atlanta.