- As disappointing as the RU offense looked on Thursday night, a number of similar results around the country from Saturday provide some measure of reassurance. Florida, Penn State, West Virginia, and USF all struggled to varying degrees against inferior opponents. Oklahoma had to sweat it out against Utah State. Kansas and Ole Miss actually lost to FCS teams, and Temple almost joined them. Only a year ago that Iowa squeaked by Northern Iowa in their opener, en route to a BCS season. It will be very alarming if the offense can't get anything going against FIU, but for now that remains more of a cause for concern than alarm.
- Likewise, it's too early to overreact to any Big East struggles. Every conference has its share of black eyes, and the Big East's stumbles are magnified because it only has eight teams. The Rutgers, USF, and WVU games are mostly meaningless. Syracuse looked relatively good, without much of a basis for comparison. Louisville is about as bad as expected. Pitt/Utah proved that the interior line and secondary are weaknesses for the Panthers, but there's no shame in a close road loss to a good opponent.