By Marc Lawrence — Sure, it may be way too early, but it’s in our DNA to project future bowl games throughout the course of the season. And with it it’s welcome back, Big Ten. Following its schedule release on Saturday, the Big Ten secured an invitation to join the bowl projections party. That’s not the case for the Pac-12, however, and won’t be until there are games on the docket. With no news expected from the West Coast until at least Thursday about how the Pac-12 will proceed, a schedule release doesn’t appear to be imminent. Even with the Big Ten’s inclusion this week, it doesn’t mean bowl projections are much closer to their usual format. Until there is more clarity about what bowl season looks like, ESPN’s bowl projections will continue to only feature the New Year’s Six.
ESPN reports this is the 5th time the Raiders of Las Vegas have scored 30 points in each of their first 2 games, and first time since 2002 (lost in Super Bowl). They made it to the conference championship in each of the previous 4 instances.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: Odd but true: College football road dogs playing their third game of the season (Duke, North Texas and USF) are 0-9 SUATS since 1984 when facing a foe playing its first game of the season.