What we learned // College Football Week 1

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Week 1 in college football has come and gone.  There was some great games, great individual performances but for the most part, the week was filled with the likes of the Ohio St’s playing the Buffalo’s of the world.  Having said that, I’d still take it over another week of a Sportscenter Top 10 Plays being filled with only baseball highlights, no offense.

What we learned from week 1:

  • CLEMSON is for real this year.  I know it’s just one week, but Tahj Boyd looked nearly perfect in the Tigers’ win over one of the perennial top 5 teams in the nation, Georgia.  They don’t play another ranked opponent until mid-way through the year so it’s up to Boyd to keep this momentum going if the Tiger’s want to continue to dream big this year.
  • ALABAMA can beat you in more ways than one.  In a game where the offense failed to excite, the special teams, which included two Christion Jones TD returns, dominated.  Everyone in the college football world has their next matchup circled as they have a week off to prepare for their trip to College Station.
  • JOHNNY FOOTBALL is ready to take on the critics.  After sitting out the first half in a game against Rice, the Heisman winner came out looking to make up for lost time.  His game was highlighted by 3 passing TD’s, some great celebrations, and an unsportsmanlike penalty. Can anyone keep this kid under control?hi-res-7626938_crop_north
  • TEDDY BRIDGEWATER looked like the Heisman favorite.  He tore apart the Bobcat defense, not a tough task I know, and continued to impress everyone that has seen him play.  The only thing that might hold him back is the lack of a true defense on the schedule and in the conference.
  • JAMEIS WHO?  The redshirt freshman played a near perfect game completing all but two passes, which should have been one.  Maybe coaches should recruit every quarterback that Mack Brown doesn’t want.

What to watch in week 2:

  • Will GEORGIA start 0-2?  Week 1 against Clemson and Week 2 against South Carolina.  Coach Mark Richt may be one of the only coaches who doesn’t believe in playing cupcakes to open the season.  The Bulldogs aren’t out of the national title hunt yet, but a loss here would all but determine their fate.
  • The battle of THE SUNSHINE STATE.  The last time these two teams played, controversy arose after a Gators player claimed that they were “the new U” and coach Urban Meyer called for a field goal at the end of the game to beat the spread.  Miami is better now and is looking for vengeance against it’s in state rivals even if Meyer won’t be there for the game.Picture-12
  • The end of a RIVALRY? What has been a yearly battle between Michigan and Notre Dame has seemed to all but come to an immediate end with conference realignments. Next year will mark the last year based on current schedules the teams face, meaning winning the rivalry now will be all the more important.
  • A shootout in NORMAN?  Last season’s matchup against West Virginia featured a total of 99 points and over 1,400 yards.  The Mountaineers are without stud quarterback Geno Smith, but are still hoping to pull off the upset against conference foe OU.
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