Week 1 of the college football season is in the books. Let’s see what we learned besides the fact that Franco Harris was allowed to have a Joe Paterno cardboard cutout in his luxury box.
Alabama is still on top
Many people, us included, believed that Alabama was going to take a step back due to the players they lost. This was supposed to be a down year for this team. But after watching their 41-14 beatdown of Michigan, it’s safe to say that Alabama is going to be in the BCS discussion. We expected Alabama to win but we thought with the inexperience they had on defense that Michigan would put up more than 14 points. The scary thing about this Alabama team is that the majority of the plays made in this game were made by underclassmen.
Oregon defense has to get better
Granted this was the first game of this season, but if you are a Ducks fan, you can’t be too pleased about how your defense looked. Giving up 530 yards of total offense and 34 points against Arkansas State is just terrible. If Arkansas State can put up those types of numbers, we would hate to think what USC or some other PAC-12 team could do.
Oregon has to figure something out before conference play starts.
Clemson’s offense is not just Sammy Watkins
When Clemson coach Dabo Swinney suspended Sammy Watkins for the Auburn game, we really didn’t think the Tigers offense would be that explosive. Well, they definitely changed our opinion with the offensive display they put on Saturday night.
Putting up 528 yards of total offense without your best offensive player is just crazy. Andre Ellington was terrific and Tahj Boyd was poised in the pocket and kept plays alive with his feet. The September 22 meeting with Florida State is shaping up to have the potential to be one of the best games of the season.
Penn State has a long way to go
Many people might be surprised that Ohio upset Penn State but we’re not. Ohio is very underrated, but Penn State just doesn’t look talented at all. Anytime you have a walk on starting RB or any position for that matter, you are asking for trouble. Bill O’Brien has to find a way to keep this team’s confidence up because that was a tough loss to swallow.
Le’Veon Bell is a beast
Not much explanation needed here. Just take a look the numbers he put up against Boise State on Friday night:
44 carries, 210 yards, 2 TDs.
And if that wasn’t enough, he actually jumped over a defender