The Weekend: Bama Drowns Noles; Terps shock Longhorns; Baby Newton Debut

A great weekend to begin the season! A lot of great storylines blossomed from Saturday that included upsets and inspiring performances. It also had some surprising downfalls for new faces. And say hello to the first set of Fan-I rankings for the 2017 football season. 

AP Rankings 

1. Alabama (60) 
2. Ohio State (1)
3. Clemson
4. Penn State
5. Oklahoma
6. USC
7. Washington
8. Michigan
9. Wisconsin
10. Florida State
11. Oklahoma State
12. LSU
13. Auburn
14. Stanford
15. Georgia
16. Miami (FL)
17. Louisville
18. Virginia Tech
19. Kansas State
20. Washington State
21. South Florida
22. Florida
23. TCU
24. Notre Dame
25. Tennessee

Kendall's Fan-i 25 

  1. Alabama (1-0) W 24-7 #3 Florida State 
  2. Ohio State (1-0) W 49-21 @ Indiana 
  3. Clemson (1-0) W 56-3 v. Kent State 
  4. USC (1-0) W 49-21 v. Western Michigan 
  5. Penn State (1-0) W 49-0 Akron 
  6. Florida State (0-1) L 7-24 v. #1 Alabama 
  7. Oklahoma (1-0) W 56-7 v. UTEP 
  8. Washington (1-0) W 30-14 @ Rutgers 
  9. Michigan (1-0) W 33-17 v. #25 Florida 
  10. Wisconsin (1-0) W 59-10 v. Utah State 
  11. Oklahoma State (1-0) W 59-24 v. Tulsa 
  12. LSU (1-0) W 27-0 v. BYU 
  13. Auburn (1-0) W 41-7 v. Georgia Southern 
  14. Louisville (1-0) W 35-28 v. Purdue 
  15. Stanford (1-0) W 62-7 v. Rice 
  16. Georgia (1-0) W 31-10 v. Appalachian State 
  17. Miami (1-0) W 41-13 v. Bethune Cookman 
  18. South Florida (1-0) W 31-17 v. Stony Brook 
  19. Kansas State (1-0) W 55-19 v. Central Arkansas 
  20. Virginia Tech (1-0) W 31-24 v. West Virginia 
  21. Maryland (1-0) W 51-41 @ Texas 
  22. Tennessee (1-0) W 42-41 v. Georgia Tech 
  23. Washington State (1-0) W 31-0 Montana State 
  24. South Carolina (1-0) W 35-28 North Carolina 
  25. Florida (0-1) L 33-17 v. #9 Michigan 


Michael's Fan-i 25 

  1. Alabama (1-0) W 24-7 #3 Florida State 
  2. Ohio State (1-0) W 49-21 @ Indiana
  3. Florida State (0-1) L 7-24 v. #1 Alabama
  4. Michigan (1-0) W 33-17 v. #25 Florida
  5. Clemson (1-0) W 56-3 v. Kent State
  6. Penn State (1-0) W 49-0 Akron
  7. USC (1-0) W 49-21 v. Western Michigan
  8. Oklahoma (1-0) W 56-7 v. UTEP
  9. Washington (1-0) W 30-14 @ Rutgers
  10. Wisconsin (1-0) W 59-10 v. Utah State
  11. Oklahoma State (1-0) W 59-24 v. Tulsa
  12. Auburn (1-0) W 41-7 v. Georgia Southern
  13. LSU (1-0) W 27-0 v. BYU
  14. Stanford (1-0) W 62-7 v. Rice
  15. Georgia (1-0) W 31-10 v. Appalachian State 
  16. Louisville (1-0) W 35-28 v. Purdue
  17. Miami (1-0) W 41-13 v. Bethune Cookman
  18. Florida (0-1) L 33-17 v. #9 Michigan
  19. Kansas State (1-0) W 55-19 v. Central Arkansas
  20. South Florida (1-0) W 31-17 v. Stony Brook
  21. Virginia Tech (1-0) W 31-24 v. West Virginia 
  22. Maryland (1-0) W 51-41 @ Texas
  23. West Virgina (0-1) L 24-31 v. Virgina Tech 
  24. Washington State (1-0) W 31-0 Montana State
  25. Tennessee (1-0) W 42-41 v. Georgia Tech

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Alabama started the year with a dominating effort from their special teams and defense. Saban's unit only allowed 40 rushing yards, forced two turnovers, and blocked two kicks. Saban still thinks his squad can get better and he should, the offense didn't look great, which much credit should go to Florida State. Bama proved they can take drown a team in deep waters, even if the game is close. With a mediocre schedule, this Bama team is primed for a playoff spot. 

One of the biggest surprises from this weekend was the Maryland Terps, heading down to Austin and dropping 51 points on Texas. This was the third time in the last three seasons that Texas had allowed 51 points. The Terps deserve more praise than Texas deserve scrutiny. Terps ran for 263 total yards, and two quarterbacks rushed for touchdowns. Tyrell Pigrome finished with 239 total yards and 3 total touchdowns. Freshman backup - and Fan-I Favorite - Kasim Hill came in the fourth quarter and scored a crucial touchdown that stopped the Longhorns run and gave the Terps a 10-point lead. This win ended the Terps 17-game losing streak against ranked opponents and should put them in the rankings. 

The Howard Bisons pulled off the biggest point-spread upset against UNLV. Howard entered Las Vegas as 45-point underdogs and walked out 43-40 victors riding the back of Caylin Newton. Newton, the younger brother of Cam, put up 330 yards and three touchdowns in the upset. Newton has the talent to play at a Power 5 Conference but wanted chose to take his talents to an HBCU. Howard's win and Newton's talent will put a huge light on black colleges, one that has been missing. 

Player Of the Week 


Caylin Newton, QB Howard - 330 Total Yards 3 total Touchdowns @ UNLV

Honorable Mention

  • Josh Rosen, QB UCLA - 35/59 491 yards 4 TDs v. Texas A&M
  • Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville - 485 Total Yards 2 Passing TDs v. Purdue

This will go down as one of the most aspiring sports moments of the year. S/O to the USC coaching staff for believing in this young man and allowing him to prove that anything is possible. 

Tom Herman cam into the season as the hottest young coach on the college football scene. The high powers at Texas relinquished former coach of his duties, metioning the struggling defense as one of the reasons. Herman was supposed to be the one that bring life back into Austin and he ended being the highlight of the weekend for putting out a defense that allowed 51 points to a program that has loss 17 times to ranked opponents. Herman owned up to the struggles, saying that change was not going to be overnight but this is a step backwards. Last season, the Longhorns opened the season with a big double-overtime win over #10 Notre Dame squad. Herman has no choice but to make a quick turnaround or he may lose some supporters fast. 

Another coach in the state of Texas, Kevin Sumlin, is on the verge of losing his position as head coach of the Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies suffered one of the worst meltdowns in college football history, blowing a third quarter 44-10 lead to UCLA. This game isn't the only reason why Sumlin is on the hot seat though. Since the departure of Johnny Manziel, the Aggeies have been trending down. With Manziel, the Aggies were 1-1 and were only outscored 71-73; without Manziel they are 0-3 and have been outscored 133-37 (Bama averaging 44 points). The Aggies are also 1-2 in Bowl Games during that span and have zero appearances in the SEC Championship. Sumlin doesn't have much time and it doesn't look like he will be in College Station for much longer. 

Games to watch

#7 Oklahoma @ #2 Ohio State - The Buckeyes walked out of Norman last year with a convincing 45-24 victory. This time the Sooners will look to return the favor as the return to the Horshoe for the first time since 1977. 

#13 Auburn @ #3 Clemson - This will be the first test for the Tigers' new quarterback, Kris Bryant. Like the Sooners, Auburn will look to avenge a home loss they suffered last season. If they can take advantage of Clemson young QB, they will have a good chance. 

#16 Georgia @ Notre Dame - The Fighting Irish are 19-13 against SEC schools but are 0-1 against the Bulldogs. This will be the second meeting all-time between the two schools and both are looking to make a splash in the rankings. 

PITT @ #5 Penn State - Penn State are 22-point favorites in this game but it will be closer than that. Pitt knocked off the Nittany Lions last year, a game that effected PSU's playoff chances. Revenge will be on the mind of Penn State obviously but Pitt will still give them a tough battle. 

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