Football season is in full swing. We started the high school season two weeks and this was the official opening weekend of the college football season. No big upsets but we are in store for a great autumn season of football!
Clemson LW 1, W 52-14 v. Georgia
Alabama LW 2, W 42-3 v. Duke
Oklahoma LW 3, W 49-31 v. Houston
Georgia LW 4, W 30-6 @ Vanderbilt
Ohio State LW 5, 42-21 v. Florida Atlantic
Notre Dame LW 6,
Michigan LW 7, W 40-21 v. Middle Tennessee State
Auburn LW NR, W 27-21 v. #8 Oregon
Texas LW 9, W 45-14 v. Louisiana Tech
Texas A&M LW 10, W 41-7 v. Texas State
Florida LW 11, W 24-20 v. Miami
LSU LW 12, W 55-3 v. Georgia Southern
UCF LW 13, W 62-0 Florida A&M
Washington LW 14, W 47-14 v. Eastern Washington
Penn State LW 15, W 79-0 v. Idaho
Bubble Teams: Oregon (0-1), Utah (1-0), WIsconsin (1-0), Michigan State (1-0)
The only shake up in the rankings this week was Auburn replacing Oregon in the top ten. Auburn was not apart of the preseason Fan-I 15, but they werent far away from it. They get the big leap into the top ten not only for defeating the Ducks but no other team behind the Ducks play high-quality opponents to bump them up. Oregon and Auburn was the only game this weekend between AP ranked opponents, and for winning that battle, Auburn gets rewarded a top-ten position in the Fan-I 15.
First year stater Bo Nix, didn’t have a great game by the numbers but he did throw two touchdowns in the Tigers 19-0 run, including the game-winner. Nix was crowned Mr. Football in Alabama after becoming the state's all-time leader in total yards and touchdowns. His father, Patrick Nix, was also a quarterback at Auburn back in the early 90s.
Most of the headlines came from the unranked teams this weekend. Georgia State recieved a check to play the Volunteers as a “cupcake” non-conference and added a 38-30 victory to it (Vols scored with two seconds remaining). The Panthers scored 17-unanswered points in the fourth quarter. They even led 21-20 entering the fourth quarter. The most impressive stat of them all, 213 rushing yards on an SEC defense.
Boise State represented the Mountain West Conference in their road trip to Doak Campbell stadium. The Broncos scored 23 consecutive points on after the Seminoles gained a 31-13 second quarter lead. As a Noles fan I am comfortable saying Willie Taggert is officially on the Hot Seat. I can’t fully blame him. The situation to. Ring him here was wrong from the start. When Jimbo left for Texas A&M, he took some of Florida State's spirit with him. Jimbo was the successor to Bobby Bowden and everyone believed in him. Players, staff, faculty, student-body, and fans trusted Jimbo but Jimbo made a decision for himself that involved a $70 million contract. It the program back a couple years. Taggart coming to Florida State after pulling the same trick on Oregon, never made me feel like we were on track. Hiring Taggart seemed very sporadic and I understand why. Jimbo's decision to jump to the SEC was sporadic. School officials needed to make a move that would keep the morale at its peak but it’s done nothing but decline since. This will be a telling season for the Seminoles.
Florida win over Miami doesnt seem much like a win. Felipe Franks, who needs to have a remarkable year, started his 2019 campaign with two fourth quarter interceptions. He also threw go-ahead touchdown, going 3/3 on the drive and capping it with a three yard rush TD. The next drive he threw an interception on the first play with 4:20 remaining on the clock and a 24-20 lead. Luckily for him, the Canes couldn’t convert a 4th & 12, giving the ball back to the Gators with twelve seconds remaining in the game. People will gloss over this game the books say they won but when you dig a little deeper, the Gators are one of the most vulnerable teams in the Fan-I 15.
Player of The Weekend
Jalen Hurts 20/23 332 passing yards, 3 TDS, 17 carries 176 rush yards 3 TDs v. Houston
Jalen Hurts didn’t waste anytime igniting his Heisman campaign. 506 Total Yards and six touchdowns joins him with Johnny Manziel as the only players in the last 15 years to pass for 300+ yards 3+TDS, 150+ rush yards, and 3+ rush TDs. After the game, Hurts told the media, I’m back where I belong.
Travis Etienne RB, Clemson - 12 carries, 203 yards, 3 TDs
Nate Ritchie of Lone Peak High is our high school performer of the week. Ritchie put on one of the best All-Around Performance I’ve seen on a football field. He accounted for 22 of Lone Peak’s 41 points v. Narbonne who was a top-ten team in the country heading into this game.
Games to Watch Next Weekend
#22 Syracuse @ UMD - The Orangemen have won 10-games last season, defeating Florida State 30-7 and taking the Champs to the wire in 23-27 loss. Maryland is coming off a 79-point performance against Howard, Josh Jackson throwing for four touchdowns in the process.
#12 Texas A&M @ #1 Clemson - Texas A&M hosted the Tigers last season and suffered a 28-26 loss. The Aggies are young but so are the Tigers on defense. Trevor Lawrence didn’t have the best perfomance in the season-opener against Georgia Tech but Travis Etiene proved that he is the best back in the country.
San Diego State @ UCLA - The Bruins loss to Cincinnati for the second consecutive year in their home opener. Last season’s loss was the beginning of a 0-5 start. The Bruins can’t get caught looking ahead to Oklahoma or they could be entering that game 0-2, which isn’t a good for Chip Kelly.
#6 LSU @ #10 Texas - This game will be a turning point for both teams. Both programs are on fighting their way back into national prominence and a win for either will propel them into early playoff conversations.
Serra (CA) @ Calabasas (HSFB) - Serra and Calabasas are both ranked high in the California state rankings. Jaylon Armstead of Serra rushed for 222 yards and five touchdowns in Serra season-opener v. Garfield. He only carried the ball five times.