It feels good to have football back. I think I speak for everyone when I say that. There weren't that many notable games in the first weekend due to excessive cupcake consumption, but there were a couple dandies. I'll only go over the notable games, so if you're looking for a game and I don't mention it here, it's safe to assume that the big school dismembered the smaller one.
Final Score: Baylor 50 - TCU 48
If you haven't acquainted yourself with Baylor's Robert Griffin III, then you probably should. RG3 threw for over 300 yards and five touchdowns, and absolutely shredded a TCU defense that everyone thought was one of the best units in the country. For the Horned Frogs, it's tough to find to many positives in a game where you lost to Baylor. They came back to take the lead briefly in the second half, but a team with the pedigree of TCU should not have been in that position in the first place.
Kent State Golden Flashes 0-1 (0-0) @ (2) Alabama Crimson Tide 1-0 (0-0)
Final Score: Alabama 48 - KSU 7
A couple things to take from Bama's game. First off, A.J. McCarron firmly grabbed a hold of the starting quarterback job, even if Alabama coaches aren't saying so. Trent Richardson didn't have a great day, yardage-wise, but he did punch in three touchdowns. Alabama's defense looked absolutely frightening, as they held Kent to 90 yards of total offense, and -9 rushing. Granted, it was against overmatched competition, but that defense is the real deal. Penn State's not going to come by many easy yards next week, but we already knew that.
Final Score: LSU 40 - Oregon 27
Turnovers cost the Ducks dearly, as several directly led to LSU touchdowns. The Tigers were able to contain Oregon's ground game for the most part, which made Oregon pass more than they wanted. 54 attempts by Darron Thomas is simply too many for that offense to be effective. Both Michael Ford and Spencer Ware had over 90 yards rushing for LSU, which helped cover for anything they may have lost by virtue of Jordan Jefferson's absence.
(5) Boise State Broncos 1-0 (0-0) vs. (19) Georgia Bulldogs 0-1 (0-0) (in Atlanta, GA)
Final Score: BSU 35 - UGA 21
Boise was the better team, and it wasn't really close. Georgia doesn't have time to sit around and feel bad about themselves, as South Carolina comes to Athens next week. If the Bulldogs can't bounce back, Mark Richt is in very deep trouble. Also, even without his two NFL-bound receivers, Kellen Moore is still Kellen Moore, and Boise is still Boise.
Final Score: USF 23 - ND 20
Maybe Notre Dame was just trying to be a gracious host, but I'm not sure turning the ball over five times is the best way to go about it. This was a weird game with two lengthy weather delays, but give South Florida credit. They pounced on Notre Dame early and took advantage of mistakes. The Bulls are a good team.
Final Score: AU 42 - USU 38
Yes, Auburn came back and won, but if you watched any of this game you saw just how vulnerable Auburn is. It's really unavoidable when a team loses as many starters as the Tigers did, but almost losing to Utah State at home is not a banner start to the season.
BYU Cougars 1-0 @ Ole Miss Rebels 0-1 (0-0)
Final Score: BYU 14 - UM 13
THEY SUPPOSED TO BE SEC! Nobody thought that Ole Miss was going to be great this year, but losing at home to BYU is one of the Houston Nutt-iest things ever. He's truly outdone himself this year. Also, I would really have liked to see these two fan bases interact before the game. I'm confident that just walking through the Grove may be some kind of honor code violation.
Final Score: UMD 32 - UM 24
Miami was missing a lot of starters due to suspension, and it showed on defense. Maryland was able to move the ball fairly easily, but did have problems converting red zone appearances into touchdowns. Offensively for the Canes, Lamar Miller is a stud at running back and Stephen Morris may be the starter for longer than just week one. Oh, and this happened.
Hand me the jug of eyebleach when you get the chance, okay? But let's not forget the most important thing about this game: It gave us the most joyous event in sport - the fat guy touchdown.
Sacramento State 29 - Oregon State 28 (OT). Yikes, you guys.
Richmond 23 - Duke 21. I'm not even sure if this is an upset, but anytime a FBS team loses to a FCS team it's worth noting.