By: Ben Jenkins
After a wild first week of college football, I’ll take a look back at some of the best and the worst from the weekend and the games that I’m looking forward to for next week.
Teams that disappointed:
Florida State- Let’s look no further than the last game of the weekend, where the Seminoles came out flatter than that Coke can you left open in the fridge for a week. The Noles looked ill prepared to face a Virginia Tech team that didn’t look overly impressive themselves. Anytime you commit five turnovers in a game it’s going to be an uphill battle and it was one that the Noles were unable to recover from. On the brightside, the new uniforms looked fresh under the lights.
Miami- Might as well keep it in the Sunshine State when discussing teams that laid an egg this weekend. Miami looked strong for the first 5 minutes of the game, but after that stretch they looked lost and overpowered. LSU outplayed expectations, but the Canes did not resemble a top 25 team, let alone the #8 team in the country.
Texas- “Texas is back folks” will be the recurring joke until the Longhorns are back and this weekend proved that they were nowhere near that. The Longhorns weren’t dominated like Florida State and Miami, but they lost an opponent with inferior talent and an interim coach that is attempting to guide a program through allegation after allegation. Shout-out to those few national analysts that put Texas in the playoff though.
Teams that impressed:
LSU- LSU dominated Miami and proved all those that doubted their #25 ranking wrong. The defense was stout, the running game looked solid even without a superstar tailback, and they may have finally found themselves a solid quarterback in Joe Burrow. The Tigers may end up making a little more noise in the West this year than anyone predicted.
Notre Dame- Notre Dame tried to give away the game in the last few minutes, but for the most part, controlled the entire game against Michigan. The rest of their schedule appears to be manageable, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Irish in the College Football Playoff conversation at the end of the year.
Alabama- Not that this was ever in doubt, but the Tide came out and executed everything to perfection. The defense was dominant, special teams was crisp, and Tua might be the Heisman favorite. Just don’t ask Nick Saban about whether he should start or not.
Nosebleed Offensive Player of the Week-
I’ll have to say, Will Grier may have read my season predictions post because he sure looked like a Heisman front runner to me. Grier went 25-34 (73.5%!) for 429 yards and 5 touchdowns with no turnovers. He was sacked twice but looked poised and much more in control in the pocket. Albeit it was against Tennessee, but that may be one of the better defenses Grier faces all year. I’m looking forward to seeing him continue to tear it up as the season goes along.
Nosebleed Defensive Player of the Week-
Auburn defensive lineman Nick Coe did all against Washington. He was a constant force in the middle, holding up well against the run and commanding double teams in passing situations. He also had two tackles for loss, one sack, and a fumble recovery against one of the better offenses in the country.
Record through Week 1:
Games we’re looking forward to in Week 2:
Texas A&M vs. Clemson
South Carolina vs. Georgia
Florida vs. Kentucky
Stanford vs. So. Cal.
Arizona State vs. Michigan State