Best game of the week? There are several worthy candidates, Fresno edging Rutgers 52-51 in OT was a wild ride. Ole Miss breaking the hearts of Vandy fans was a classic. Utah holding off Utah State 30-26 was entertaining throughout, and Auburn holding off Washington State was a good one too. But, how about Clemson edging Georgia 38-35? Two contenders slugging it out in the great atmosphere at Clemson, It is always great to see old rivalries renewed as well. There will be, of course those that now dismiss Georgia, but this was not an SEC game, and Georgia has lots of time to rise up the polls. But, the Dawgs have South Carolina up next, and LSU two weeks after that, so the pressure is on high for Georgia.
In other notable games, The media will over hype Bama slamming Va Tech, but remember two things. Bama’s offense did not look so great, the defense gave them a TD and their special teams gave them two. Also, they beat Virginia Tech, who usually loses games against better opponents.
This week had upsets too. K-State got upset by North Dakota State, and Oregon State and their new unis got beaten at home by Eastern Washington, and Towson, whipped UConn 33-18. Iowa State also felt the FCS wrath losing to Northern Iowa. And do not forget Illinois struggled to hold off Southern Illinois, another FCS school. And West Virginia? They had to rally to beat yet another FCS school William and Mary! Six FCS schools beating FBS schools is a shock. And Nebraska barely escaped against Wyoming. Maybe parity is here?
In other games, Florida stymied Toledo, Northwestern escaped Cal with a win, Boise Stare was obliterated by Washington, while LSU bested a tough TCU squad. Cincy was impressive pounding Purdue, or maybe Purdue is just that bad? UCLA looked impressive while dismantling Nevada. Oh yeah, Virginia edged BYU in a snoozer, and Penn State edged Syracuse. And we cannot overlook Texas Tech whipping SMU 41-23
And, yes, I missed OU, and Wisconsin, and Michigan, and the Buckeyes, and Texas, and others but since big schools ripping apart small schools is expected, and boring……….well.
Oh one more thing, do not look for Hesiman predictions, or bowl projections. It is week one people, calm down!