The ACC upped the BCS title ante with Clemson and JAMEIS, Johnny Manziel caused another uproar, and Nebraska gets the (black)shirts ripped off their backs despite win.
The Bests and Worsts of Week 1:
Best: Famous JAMEIS
In the Florida State QB’s first start, he posted the following stat line: 25 of 27 passing (92.5%) for four touchdowns and eight carries for 25 yards and a touchdown.
Can we enjoy this guy for at least an entire season before we tear him down? Please?
Worst: The Nebraska “Blackshirts”
After allowing Wyoming QB Brett Smith and his Cowboys to run up, down and every which way last Saturday, Bo Pelini continues his disturbing trend of fielding swiss cheese defenses. I’ll just leave this here…
Best: Tigers > Dawgs
Tahj Boyd was incredible in the Tigers’ shootout win over the Georgia Bulldogs. This marks the 2nd straight win over a top 10 ranked SEC squad for Clemson. The Tigers look like a legit national title contender, but there’s always the whole “Clemsoning” thing to worry about.
Worst: The Soapboxers vs. Johnny Manziel
Now that the Tebow stories have FINALLY come to a grinding halt (for the time being), it should be to no one’s surprise that anything Johnny Manziel does will get dissected every which way by the media since they have a little more time on their hands. What really grinds my gears (h/t Peter Griffin) are the media types that are trying oh so hard to be my dad with all their advice on how to act and what I’m supposed to be a fan of.
Does this really warrant all the grandstanding?
Best/Worst: Baby Got BAC
Some say this Iowa Hawkeye fan is a legend, some say she’s an idiot. You decide.
I do have one question though. What’s going to be higher? @Vodka_samm’s .341 BAC or Iowa’s winning percentage at the end of the year? Waka, Waka!
Worst: Jadeveon Clowney’s Fitness
Three quarterback hurries.
I fully expect Clowney to fill up the stat sheet as the season progresses, but his stat line against the Tar Heels wasn’t the biggest thing that turned off Heisman voters. It was the image of Jadeveon on the bench looking absolutely gassed. It was the plays he took off.
There was plenty of talk about Clowney being perhaps the best defensive player of all-time, but I think you’d be hard-pressed to find footage of Charles Woodson, Hugh Green or Ndamukong Suh being absolutely gassed in their college football primes.
Best: “Dougie” Mayfield
Texas Tech freshman walk-on QB Baker Mayfield would get a BEST if all he did was light up SMU with five touchdown passes, but his legend grew even bigger when the following footage was spread across the interwebz.
Worst: Figthing Irish
This is better than the whole Catfish/Te’o deal last year, but still.
Obligatory Samantha Steele* Photo:
*Her mama call her Steele, I’mma call her Steele
The Top 25 Recapped…sort of:
No. 1 Alabama 35, Virginia Tech 10: Business as usual for Bama, but is this Beamer’s last year?
No. 2 Ohio State 40, Buffalo 20: Urban’s run-game looked good. I fully expect the young Buckeye D to get better as the season progresses.
No. 3 Oregon 66, Nicholls State 3: Only 66 points, Ducks?
No. 6 South Carolina 27, North Carolina 10: Clowney may have struggled, but the rest of the Cocks defense looked solid.
No. 7 Texas A&M 52, Rice 31: Manziel’s game and tongue were sharp.
No. 8 Clemson 38, No. 5 Georgia 35: If the Tigers play like this all year, they’re my pick as one of the BCS Championship Game participants.
No. 10 Florida 24, Toledo 6: Muschamp’s rant was more interesting than anything that happened this game.
No. 11 Florida State 41, Pittsburgh 13: JAMEIS. That is all.
No. 12 LSU 37, No. 20 TCU 27: Exciting game that I wished would morph into an on-going rivalry.
No. 13 Oklahoma State 21 Mississippi State 3: What happened to Dan Mullen being an offensive genius? He needs a change of scenery.
No. 14 Notre Dame 28, Temple 6: Temple put up a FIGTH, but the ND defense stepped up.
No. 15 Texas 56 New Mexico State 7: This would have been 566-7 if Mack answered any of JAMEIS’ calls. I kid, I kid. Sort of.
No. 16 Oklahoma 34, Louisiana-Monroe 0: Nice debut for dual-threat QB Trevor Knight.
No. 17 Michigan 59, Central Michigan 9: After week 1, I think it’s safe to say the Wolverines are the favorites to win the Legends division.
No. 18 Nebraska 37, Wyoming 34: See infographic above. Yuck.
Washington 38, No. 19 Boise State 6: Definitely not used to seeing a Chris Peterson coached team get worked like this. Is this the year Sark and Keith Price make a legitimate run a the Pac-12 title?
No. 21 UCLA 58, Nevada 20: After week 1, the upcoming UCLA/Nebraska matchup will be a 60-48 type of game.
No. 22 Northwestern 44, California 30: DAT FAKE FIELD GOAL.
No. 23 Wisconsin 45, UMass 0: Is Melvin Gordon a sleeper pick for a 2000-yard rushing season?
No. 24 USC 30, Hawaii 13: The Trojans are going to have to rely on their defense and running game all year. You think Kiffin has the patience to do so?
Eastern Washington 49, No. 25 Oregon State 46: One of a few FCS schools that took the money and ran…over the competition.
Must-see TV for Week 2:
Notre Dame at Michigan, Saturday (8 p.m. ET): We’ll find out a ton about these two teams in this rivalry/non-rivalry game.
South Carolina at Georgia, Saturday (4:30 p.m. ET): How bad will it get for this fan if the Dawgs start 0-2?
Florida at Miami, Saturday (Noon ET): I’m picking Miami to pull the upset in this one as Al Golden gets his signature win at Miami. Also, never forget the “Gator Flop”.