As the Holiday song goes, ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year.’ Only it’s not Christmas it’s the opening weekend of College Football. From 9am PST until 11pm PST there were football games to be watched.
What did we learn from the 1st weekend? Here’s a breakdown:
-ACC: This conference could be in more trouble than the Big East. While the Big East had no teams ranked in the Top 25 to start the season the ACC has only 1 win against an FBS school.
-BIG 10: Wisconsin, Iowa, and Ohio State all escaped embarrassing home losses while Illinois gets run out of the building by Missouri. Minnesota got a nice OT road win and Purdue gained some confidence going into Eugene next weekend to play the wounded Duck. The upside is that Penn St and Michigan both looked great.
-SEC: Bama got a hard fought win against Va. Tech and everyone else won the games they were suppose to win including Tennessee who after 2 turnovers on the first two possessions hung 63 on Western Kentucky. Georgia took a good kick in the butt at Oklahoma State that shouldn’t have been all that unexpected if you know you’re stuff.
-PAC -10: Washington showed a lot heart against LSU and nearly pulled off the upset of the day. Oregon looks to be a mediocre team after getting dominated by Boise St. on Thursday and SC and CAL lived up to their billing.
-BIG 12: Overall a good day other than the loss by Oklahoma and the loss of Heisman QB Sam Bradford. Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Texas Tech, and A&M all roll. K-St has some issues but we already knew that and Oklahoma St and Baylor both get huge wins on the opening weekend against tough opponents (Georgia and Wake Forest).
BIG EAST: I’m not even addressing this….
WAC & Mountain West: Respect to be paid. BYU upsets Oklahoma in Dallas, Boise St. beats up Oregon, and UTAH holds off Utah St. Fresno St. smacked around UC Davis, UNLV turned it on against Sac. St. On the down side Nevada got run @ Notre Dame, Hawaii barley beat Central Arkansas and San Jose St had no answers for USC. TCU, probably the best team in these 2 conferences, opens up next weekend at Virginia and drops into Death Valley to play Clemson in a few weeks.