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The following five stories stuck out from the rest of Week 1 of the College Football season.
The Oklahoma-BYU game might go down as the big upset of the year, but this game was a dual coming out party for the sleeping Southern giants of the ACC. Miami QB Jacory Harris made his presence felt with 386 yards passing and three overall touchdowns while RB Graig Cooper made a case for being a top 15 pick in next year’s draft. It’s a travesty that the pollsters bumped Florida State from the top 25 when they have one of the best offensive lines and fastest defenses in the country. Why did a Kansas Jayhawks team, who beat lowly Northern Colorado, jump a Florida State team who were a yard away from winning their rivalry game on a Monday night?
This is the ACC’s motto. Duke lost by eight to Richmond. Virginia lost by 12 to William and Mary. Maryland lost by 39 to California. Maybe it is time for a change. Also, Virginia’s Head Coach and Former New York Jet coach Al Groh should look for a new home if he cannot salvage an eight win season this year.
Look at their remaining schedule. They play Florida State (who will compete for the ACC Title), No. 16 TCU, and No. 17 Utah. Combine this with a solid Mountain West slate with teams such as Colorado State, who beat Colorado, and you’ve got a meaty plate to serve the pollsters. This could easily become the biggest story of the year if the Mormons bring themselves to South Pasadena to take on the ultimate Christian Tim Tebow and the Gator powerhouse. God, I can’t even think about it too much, I’m getting so excited.
Big East commissioner John Marinatto must pray every night that the Orangemen squeeze out of the parity-stricken Big East. Although team captain Paulus did not pull out the Minnesota game, he still proved he has some life in his arm and the leadership skills to match. His 167 yards and one touchdown do not matter as much as his name rings out to most sports fans, a luxury the Big East needs when its biggest star is South Florida DE George Selvie. If the Orange could keep it respectable against Penn State and beat three of the four Big East powers (USF, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati), the Orange can flip around from 3-9 to BCS. I love how this is conceivable after they start the season 0-1. Anyways, Dick Vitale’s head would explode if Paulus lead this triumph and that is a risk I am not willing to take.
Penn State outgained Akron in the first half 344 yards to eight. I don’t care who plays who, but that, my friends, is impressive. The Ohio State-Navy score looked closer than reality. Ohio State took a quick first half lead and settled back, resting up for the men of Troy this week. I can see how Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor and the gang could drift along as the game went on. Ohio State’s nemesis Michigan looked very impressive against Western Michigan, a team with a very good QB in Tim Hiller. Freshman QB Tate Forcier, the starter, looked calm in the pocket while the other Freshman QB Shoelace Robinson made one of the most explosive runs of the year. Maybe the extra practices did help Rich Rodriguez. Whatever the case may be, a big statement game comes up against Notre Dame next week, another team looking to prove its legitimacy.
What did you think of the opening week of the season?