Sherman posted a pedestrian 25-25 overall record in 4 years at College Station while Sumlin 35-17 in the same time span at Houston. Sumlin, a former Texas A&M assistant under R.C. Slocum in 2001 and 2002, led the Cougars to a 12-0 record in 2012 before falling to Southern Miss in the Conference USA Championship game. His team also lost in the 2009 CUSA championship game to East Carolina.
The Tigers opened with a 62-10 rout of FCS member Southeastern Louisiana last Saturday while Texas A&M's date with Louisiana Tech in Shreveport was postponed until October 13 due to Hurricane Isaac. Florida was an uninspiring 27-14 home winner over Bowling Green while Georgia surrendered 347 yards and 23 points to Buffalo in a 45-23 win in Athens.
OTHER TOP GAMES
Utah and Utah State renew their rivalry in Logan on Friday with the Utes projected as 10.28-point winners after the rivalry took the last 2 years off. Utah has won the last dozen meetings.
Notre Dame returns from its trip across the pond to host Purdue on Saturday. The computer likes the Irish by 10.37, yet I wouldn't be shocked by a Boilermaker upset given the effect on the players of the time zone changes and travel. A Purdue win would snap a four-game losing streak in the series, its longest since dropping 11 straight from 1986-1996.
The Air Force Academy invades Michigan on Saturday as the Wolverines are expected to rebound from an embarrassing 41-14 loss to Alabama on Saturday with a 28.37-point win this week. Starting running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and back-up defensive end Frank Clark have been reinstated by head coach Brady Hoke after serving one-game suspensions for separate incidents. Toussaint has pled guilty to a lesser charge of operating a vehicle while visually impaired instead of the initial intoxication charge. Clark faces a felony second-degree home invasion charge and is scheduled to be in court on September 11th.
Speaking of Alabama, the Tide get Western Kentucky at home as a surprisingly low 12.52-point computer pick over the Sun Belt's Hilltoppers. Oddsmakers installed the Tide as a 37-point favorite and bettors had forced that spread to rise to 40 by Wednesday.
Auburn doesn't catch a break after dropping its Chick-fil-A Kickoff game to Clemson. Can the War Eagle be resurrected this week at Mississippi State? The computer says "yes" as it makes Auburn the favorite by 4.58 points in a minor upset.
It will be interesting to see how Houston will respond to last week's 30-13 stunning loss at home to FBS upstart Texas State. Head coach Tony Levine's response on Monday was to accept the resignation of offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt and put Travis Bush in charge of calling plays. Ironically, Bush was co-offensive coordinator at Texas State for 3 years before coming to Houston this season. Houston was a 26.87-point favorite last week, meaning the Bobcats turned that projection upside down by over 43 points. Houston clings to a 0.07-point computer advantage this week over a Louisiana Tech squad that is playing its season-opener after last week's scheduled game in Shreveport against Texas A∧M was postponed by Hurricane Isaac.
Other games to watch include N.C. State-UConn, East Carolina-South Carolina, Iowa State-Iowa, Miami (Fla.)-Kansas State, Washington-LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette at Troy, Maryland-Temple, UTEP-Mississippi, Nebraska-UCLA, USF-Nevada, North Carolina-Wake Forest, Vanderbilt-Northwestern, UCF-Ohio State, Penn State-Virginia and Toledo-Wyoming.
FBS vs. FCS:
This year, 101 FBS teams play a total of 108 games against FCS foes. UTSA is in its first year of transitioning from the FCS and plays 4 such schools. Cincinnati, Florida State, Pittsburgh and Texas A&M each play two such games.
27 FBS-FCS matchups take place this week.
FBS teams were 91-6 (.938) vs. FCS programs in 2011. The 6 teams that fell victim to FCS teams a year ago were Minnesota, New Mexico, UNLV, Western Kentucky, Duke and Oregon State
Here are the results of the FBS losses to FCS schools this season:
Northern Illinois - 9-game win streak was halted in 18-17 loss to Iowa at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday. The Huskies still own streaks of 8 straight conference wins and 15 straight home wins. Hosts FCS member Tennessee-Martin on Saturday. UT-Martin won 20-17 last week at Memphis.
LSU - 18-game home winning streak. Hosts Washington on Saturday.
Arkansas State - 8-game conference win streak. Lost 57-34 at Oregon on Saturday. Hosts Memphis on Saturday.
Virginia Tech - 13 straight wins in true road games (at opponents' venue). Hosts FCS member Austin Peay on Saturday.
Kansas - Snapped 10-game losing streak with a 31-17 home win over FCS member South Dakota St. on Saturday. Still owns losing streak of 10 straight FBS games. Hosts Rice on Saturday.
Tulane - 11 straight losses overall. Visits Tulsa on Saturday.
Akron - 9 straight losses overall, 20 straight road losses. Visits FIU on Saturday.
New Mexico - 22 straight road losses. Visits Texas on Saturday.
Mississippi - 14 straight conference losses. Hosts UTEP on Saturday.
Here are the this week's games for each new head coach: