The Weekend: Week 1
Opening weekend is officially in the books and it didn't disappoint. No big upsets happened but a couple teams faced some scares, mainly teams in the SEC. Even though none of the SEC powerhouses suffered a loss in non-conference play, they did not look too superior in their victories. Alabama only had a 3 point lead over West Virginia at halftime, Georgia only had a 3 point lead over Clemson going into the 4th quarter, and LSU didn't hold a lead against Wisconsin until the 4th quarter. All of them manage to pull it out in the 4th quarter but it wasn't pretty. I can't wait to see how the rest of the season will play out for the big bad SEC.
- Florida State (1-0) LW 1, W 37-31 Ok-State*
- Alabama (1-0) LW 2, W 33-23 West Virginia*
- Oregon (1-0) LW 3, W 62-13 Sourh Dakota
- Oklahoma (1-0) LW 4, W 48-16 Louisiana Tech
- Auburn (1-0) LW 5, W 45-21 Arkansas
- UCLA (1-0) LW 6, W 28-20 @ Virginia
- Michigan State (1-0) LW 7, W 45-7 Jacksonville State
- Ohio State (1-0) LW 8, W 34-17 Navy*
- Baylor (1-0) LW 9, W 45-0 SMU
- Georgia (1-0) LW 13, W 45-21 #16 Clemson
- LSU (1-0) LW 12, W 28-24 #15 Wisconsin*
- Stanford (1-0) LW 11, W 45-0 UC Davis
- USC (1-0) LW 14, W 52-13 Fresno State
- Notre Dame (1-0) LW 15, W 48-17 Rice
- Texas A&M (1-0) LW 25, W 52-28 @ #10 South Carolina
- Ole Miss(1-0) LW 18, W 35-13 Boise State*
- South Carolina (0-1) LW 10, L 28-52 #25 Texas A&M
- Arizona State (1-0) LW 19, W 45-14 Weber State
- Kansas State (1-0) LW 20, W 55-16 SF Austin
- Wisconsin (0-1) LW 15, L 24-28 #12 LSU
- Nebraska (1-0) LW 21, W 55-7 FIU
- Washington (1-0) LW 22, W 16-17 @ Hawaii
- Mizzou (1-0) LW 23, W 38-18 South Dakota State
- Clemson (0-1) LW 16, L 21-45 @ #13 Georgia
- Louisville (1-0) LW NR, W 31-13 #24 Miami
No big surprises in the rankings this week. Texas A&M, South Carolina, and Clemson are the only ones who made significant changes TAMU went on the road in a hostile environment and spanked the Gamecocks. Clemson loss on the road but gave up 24 unanswered points in the in the 2nd half. Kirk Herbstreit put Georgia in his top 4, even ahead of Florida State, because of their victory over Clemson but I wouldn't go that far, especially since they were home. I actually think its to early to start picking the top 4 teams, just like with the Heisman I think we should save that convo until week 8.
- Louisville defeated Miami in their home-opener and first game apart of the ACC, 31-13, with a late surge in the 4th quarter. Louisville's defense played exceptional in the 2nd half, holding the Hurricanes to 96 yards (10 in the 3rd quarter) while forcing two turnovers. The Hurricanes will have to find themselves a QB because that has been their main issue since Al Golden took over in 2011. I think it may be time for Al Golden to depart but lets see how the season plays out first. This is Golden's first season off of sanctions, which really hurt the Hurricanes program as far as recruiting goes. As for Louisville, they showed signs of being a threat to the reigning ACC-Champs with their defense and physical run game. We'll see how much of a threat they are October 30th, when the Noles visit Papa Johns Stadium on a Thursday night, can't wait.
Baller of the Week
QB Kenny Hill, Texas A&M - 44/60, 511 passing yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTS, 161.4 QB rating vs. South Carolina.
- RB Todd Gurley, Georgia - 15 carries, 198 rushing yards, 3 TDs, 100-yard Kickoff return TD vs. Clemson
- RB Marlon Mack, USF - 24 carries, 275 yards, 4 TDs vs Western Carolina
- QB Brandon Doughty, WKU - 46/59, 569 passing yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs, 202.9 QB rating vs Bowling Green
- WR Rashard Greene, FSU - 11 catches, 203 yards, TD
- WR Kevan Lucas, Tulsa - 13 catches 233 yards, 3 TD
Plays of the Week
Famous Jameis showed off his scrambling ability with 2 hurdles and a stop on a dime juke that would make Barry Sanders smile.
3 things I love about this play from Nebraska wideout Tommy Armstrong
- The Hand-eye coordination
- The catch
- The footwork
Now that's a block.
The Carolina Bulldog is what we like to call him and that's exactly what he is. In two career games against the Tigers, Gurley has rushed 352 yards and 5 TDs on only 31 carries. It's no question he is the best running back in the country and has the best chance to win the Heisman as a non-QB. I enjoy watching this kid run the ball because not only is he fast but he runs with such aggression and power. You have to appreciate backs like this in this era of football where running backs are not respected.
Penn State and UCF gave the natives of Ireland a phenomenal American Style football game with a lot of action and big plays. Penn State won every statistically category but only had a 10-3 lead at halftime. Neither team ran the ball, both combining for 81 yards rushing. Everything was in the air and both team's QBs aired it out. Even though he loss, UCF's Justin Holman looked very impressive. UCF came into the game with a little controversy at the QB spot but I think Holman ended that. Pete DiNovo started the game but was benched after going 3/8 in the first half. Holman showed his very strong arm, going 9/14, 204 passing yards, and 3 total TDs. Scouts will be looking at this kid, only a sophomore, but he has a cannon for an arm. Holman took the Knights down the field 75 yards to take the lead with 1:13 left in the game but the defense couldn't stop Christian Hackenberg and the Nittany Lions from driving down the field. Hackenberg throw for 454 yards but also threw 2 bad INTs.