Week 1 CFB – What We Learned
Tennessee is nowhere near ready to be a presence in the SEC this season. Georgia State went into Knoxville and manhandled the Vols. The Panthers finished the game with 213 rushing yards while the Vols could only muster 93 yards on the ground. Never mind that this Panther team hails from the Sun Belt Conference, they also only won 2 games last season. The Volunteer defense were gashed repeatedly by the panther rushing attack and they couldn’t get off the field on 3rd down. This loss is probably the worst defeat in the Tennessee Volunteer history of college football. Sorry Vols fans, this is going to be another very long season. I did want to say congratulations to the Georgia State fans as this is their best win in a program that only started in 2010. Georgia State showed a toughness and resilience that other teams could learn from.
The Boise State and Florida State game was a very entertaining game to watch. To sum it up, Florida State started off the game very well and wore down as the game went along. In contrast to that, the Broncos continually got stronger throughout the game and applied constant pressure in the second half. This game was tailor made for the Seminoles to win due to so many obstacles facing the Broncos. First off, the game was moved from Jacksonville to Tallahassee and also switched from a night game, to a game that was played at 10 AM Mountain Time, the body-clock time for the Broncos. Add in that the Broncos had to deal with the sweltering Florida humidity, something that cannot be replicated in Idaho. Oh, and let us not forget that Boise State was starting a true freshman QB for the first time since 1996. Hank Bachmeier threw for over 400 yards against a Seminole defense that provided constant pressure all game. He has the look of a quarterback who could be a Day 1 or Day 2 pick in the NFL Draft.
Ohio State and their shiny new quarterback, Justin Fields, look like they will terrorize Big Ten defenses this year. Fields went 18-25 while throwing for 234 yards and 4 touchdowns. Keep in mind that he also ran 12 times for 61 yards and an additional touchdown. The Buckeye offense as a whole ran for 237 yards while they averaged 4.9 YPC. It wasn’t a perfect game as running back J.K. Dobbins and Fields both lost a fumble but the concerns about Fields at the quarterback position have been slightly diminished. We should be able to find out more next week as he will play a stronger Cincinnati Bearcat defense. Penn State dominated Idaho and the other Big Ten powers played well, but at this stage the Buckeyes are the team to beat in the Big Ten.
Nebraska, who started out the season ranked 24th, were supposed to take a big step this season and be a dominant force in the Big Ten. They so not look like a Scott Frost team at all and struggled to put away the South Alabama Jaguar team that traveled to Lincoln to face them. Last season, quarterback Adrian Martinez carried the entire team on his back while the defense struggled. Yesterday, the defense is the only reason the team won. The offense was only able to manage 276 total yards while committing 3 turnovers. The Husker defense returned an interception and a fumble for touchdowns. Add in that J.D. Spielman returned a punt 76 yards for the touchdown and that is 21 points that propelled the Cornhuskers to an ugly win. The final score was 35-21 but it was a much closer gamer than that. If the Huskers are to turn it around, they are going to need much more from their offense. Where it stands right now, Nebraska is not a top 25 team.
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa had an amazing game against Duke and well outperformed Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence. Tagovailoa finished with 26 of 31 for 336 yards and 4 scores. The connection that he has with WR Jerry Jeudy is absolutely incredible. Jeudy caught 10 balls for 137 yards and a touchdown. There isn’t a more potent QB/WR combo than these two in all the NCAA. On the other hand, Lawrence struggled mightily throughout the game. He finished 13 of 23 for 168 yards while throwing 1 touchdown to 2 interceptions. He added another touchdown and 24 yards on the ground but was carried by Travis Etienne who ran for 205 yards on just 12 touches. Etienne, who had 3 touchdowns, set a Clemson record for longest touchdown run, 90 yards, and was a major catalyst in the win over Georgia Tech. I still expect these two teams to meet again in the National Championship but one offense definitely looked better than the other in this first week.
College Football is back!!! It was an outstanding first week and here are a few other headlines to look at after this first week is coming to a close.
Auburn Tigers True Freshman QB Bo Nix led his team from a come behind win to beat the 11th ranked Oregon Ducks in Dallas. https://bit.ly/2UmgKDh
The University of Michigan beat Middle Tennessee as the Wolverines unveil a new offense. Plenty of highs and lows for the Wolverines. https://bit.ly/2Ljr76V
University of North Carolina Head Coach, Mack Brown, came out of retirement and shocked South Carolina in his first game. https://bit.ly/32jgS9n
Washington Huskies QB Jacob Eason led his team to a dominant win over FCS Foe Eastern Washington. https://yhoo.it/2Pyyhta
Winners and Losers
The Virginia Cavaliers highlight the USA Today picks for CFB Week 1 Winners and Losers. https://bit.ly/2zG0yDk