The Weekend: Ohio State Trumps Va-Tech; BIG TEN has a tough weekend; NEW AP RANKINGS
Opening Weekend turned out to be an exciting one for college football fans. We witnessed a Hail Mary game winning catch, an un-ranked team beat a top-25 team, and FCS school defeated an FBS school – which has become prominent during opening weekend in recent years.
Washington State were victims of the upset, losing to Portland State, 24-17. For me this wasn't much of an upset, only because Washington State hasn't had a relevant season since Ryan Leaf. Since 2012, the Cougars have only won 12 games, which doesn't make them that much better than a FBS such as Portland State.
Dropped from rankings: Arizona State 15, Wisconsin 20, Stanford 21
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 79, BYU 74, Northwestern 72, Arizona State 49, Oklahoma State 30, West Virginia 23, Temple 8, Florida 8, Cincinnati 7, Kansas State 7, Minnesota 5, NC State 4, Louisville 4, Western Kentucky 3, California 2, Stanford 1
1. Ohio State (1-0), W 42-24 @ Virginia Tech
2. TCU (1-0), W 24-17 @ Minnesota
3. Alabama (1-0), W 35-17 vs Wisconsin*
4. Baylor (1-0), W 56-21 @ SMU
5. Auburn (1-0), W 31-24 vs Louisville
6. Michigan State (1-0), W 37-24 @ Western Michigan
7. Florida State (1-0), W 59-16 vs Texas State
8. Oregon (1-0), W 61-42 vs Eastern Washington
9. Georgia (1-0), W 51-14 vs Louisiana-Monroe
10. UCLA (1-0), W 34-16 vs Virginia
11. USC (1-0), W 55-6 vs Arkansas State
12. Clemson (1-0), W 49-10 vs Wofford
13. Notre Dame (1-0), W 38-3 Texas
14. LSU (0-0), vs. McNesse State CANCELLED
15. Georgia Tech (1-0), 69-6 Alcorn State
- The first set of Fan-I Rankings are a little different from the AP Rankings. We have Florida State higher than ten because, even though they lost Jameis Winston, and some other key players, new starting QB, Everett Golson already has experience playing on a championship caliber team.
- Oregon allowed 42 points in their game against Eastern Washington, which worries me. The offense under new QB, Vernon James Jr. didn't miss a beat, over 700 total yards and less than 30-minutes possession time.
- The BIG Ten conference didn't have a good weekend, both Michigan and Minnesota losing on opening night. Against the other Power 5 conferences, the BIG Ten went 2-7, only victories coming from Northwestern over Stanford and Ohio State over Va-Tech. With the playoff system in place, and only 4-teams spots available, I think out-of-conference games will have more importance now.
Games to watch Next week:
- #19 Oklahoma @ #25 Tennessee
- #7 Oregon @ #5 Michigan State
- #23 Boise State @ BYU
In his first collegiate game, Josh Rosen threw for 351 yards and 3 Tds, completing 80% of his passes. The freshman did not play like one, carrying the Bruins to a 34-16 victory over Virginia. While others made their first start against cupcakes, Rosen started with a power 5 conference team, and played well.
- Marcus Marshall, RB Georgia Tech – 8 carries 184 yards 2 Tds vs Alcorn State
- William Likely, DB Maryland – 8 punt returns 233 yards 1 TD vs Richmond
- Derrick Henry, RB Alabama – 13 carries 147 yards 3 Tds vs Wisconsin
- Malik Zaire, QB Notre Dame - 19/22 313 yards 3 TDs vs Texas
The Buckeyes passed their first test of the season, revenging their 2014 home opener loss to the Hokies. Urban Meyer waited until the final to inform the world what we have all been; who will be the starting QB? Cardale Jones won the starting the job for the season opener and for the rest of the season. Jones played well, showing he could run an offense just as well as J.T. Barrett, who many think was the more suitable player to run this offense. No Matter who runs this offense though, they are going to put up points, especially with Braxton Miller on the field – possibly the most dynamic player in the country.
It was good to see College Football back on the screen but I don't the fun has begun yet. Opening Weekend had the excitement but the rankings didn't get shooken up. We found out how good a few teams are like Bama, Ohio State, and TCU but that is about it.
Even with TCU holding to defeat Minnesota, which I thought was an impressive win, but the offense wasn't as potent as I expected it to be. Luckily, their young defense stepped up at the right moments, containing the lead and not allowing the Gophers to prosper off of the Horned Frogs' missed opportunities.