The first full weekend of college football wrapped up last night with Virginia Tech’s 20-17 win over Georgia Tech in overtime. So it is time to look back and address some of the issues that happened during the inaugural weekend of the season.
The SEC just plays a different kind of football than the rest of the nation. Alabama’s 41-14 pasting of Michigan illustrates this. They were too big, too physical and too fast for their counterparts from the Big Ten. It seems like Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has an assembly line full of NFL caliber talent.
LSU is picked by many to defeat Alabama in the SEC West but until new Tiger quarterback Zach Mettenberg can develop into a top flight quarterback Alabama will have the advantage over the Tigers. Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron is a poised and confident quarterback that does not make stupid mistakes and that is a big advantage for Alabama.
USC flexed their muscles in a 49-14 win over Hawaii. Quarterback Matt Barkley hit Marquise Lee for a 75 yard touchdown on the opening play and Lee later returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. The Trojans have two top flight wide receivers with Lee and Robert Woods and along with Penn State transfer running back Silas Redd the Trojans will have a potent offense.
Ohio University went into State College and beat Penn State 24-14. The Nittany Lions led 14-3 at the half and allowed the Bobcats to shut them out in the second half for the victory. Penn State could still have a decent season. There was a lot pressure on the Penn State players coming into the game and Ohio University by the way won 10 games and a bowl last season and they had nothing to lose.
Urban Meyers’ debut for Ohio State was successful as the Buckeyes pounded Miami (Ohio) 56-10. Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller threw for 205 yards and rushed for another 161. The rest of the Big Ten should look out because most experts thought the Buckeyes defense would be good but the offense would struggle. If the offense can improve week to week the Buckeyes although ineligible for the Big Ten title will definitely determine who does win the title.
After week one there is no doubt the three best teams in the nation for the NCAAF are Alabama, USC, and LSU but it is a long season and rarely do the frontrunners go unscathed during the season. Also, there are always a few surprise teams that crop up to make the college football season one of the best in sports.