The Week 1 college football roundup. The 5 things that matter, winners and losers, overrated and underrated, and what it all means.
College Football Week 1 Roundup
CFN 1-130 Rankings | Bowl Projections
Coach Hot Seat Rankings | Heisman Trophy Race
– Early Week 2 Line Lookahead & Projection
– 10 Quick Thoughts On Oklahoma 49, Houston 31
– Projecting The Polls: AP | USA Today Coaches
3 Quick Thoughts On Every Game
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | SEC
5. Winners & Losers From Week 1
Winner: The Big 12. Okay, so the league didn’t exactly extend itself with a whole host of cupcake games, but it went 10-0 to kick things off. That’s better than having a slew of mid-level teams lose (SEC) or seeing your torch-bearer collapse (Pac-12).
Loser: Almost all of Florida. UCF did just fine in its 62-0 scrimmage against Florida A&M, but Florida State suffered a painful collapse to Boise State, FIU got destroyed by Tulane, Florida Atlantic was ripped apart by Ohio State, and USF got steamrolled at home by Wisconsin.
Winner: Wake Forest 38, Utah State 35. Arguably the best game of the weekend, with Aggie QB Jordan Love and Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman combining for 817 passing yards in a wild shootout.
Loser: ACC Network. You probably didn’t see that Wake Forest-Utah State game – or Clemson rip apart Georgia Tech – because you either don’t have the ACC Network, don’t want to pay for the extra sports tier, couldn’t stream it, can’t get it, don’t know where it is, or it wasn’t top-of-mind as you were scrolling through your guide.
Winner: Some Pac-12 quarterbacks. Washington’s Jacob Eason was brilliant in his four touchdown day against Eastern Washington, and Washington State’s Anthony Gordon went off on New Mexico State for 420 yards and five scores.
Loser: Other Pac-12 quarterbacks. Stanford’s KJ Costello took a shot to the head and missed a chunk of the win over Northwestern. USC’s JT Daniels suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season, and UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson hit just 8-of-26 passes in the loss to Cincinnati.
Winner: Nevada PK Brandon Talton. Forget the 56-yard field go to stun Purdue 34-31, and forget the other made field goal. The walk-on freshman kicked his way into a scholarship.
Loser: Memphis 15, Ole Miss 10. Neither team has much of a defense, but it was the Rebel offense that had a lot to do with this dud under new offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez. Ole Miss managed 173 yards of total O in the loss.
Winner: Eastern Michigan QB Mike Glass. The Eagles aren’t exactly known for their high-powered passing game, but the senior completed 20-of-22 passes for 188 yards and three scores in the fun 30-23 win over Coastal Carolina.
Loser: Army’s offense. Yeah, it ran for 231 yards in the 14-7 win over Rice, but it was a grind. The Knight schedule is light and breezy, but the O has to be a whole lot sharper.