College football season is back and week 1 saw some exciting games with nail biters and big time upsets of top ranked NCAA football teams. In probably the most exciting game of the week the reigning BCS Champion Auburn Tigers were nearly upset by unranked Utah State. QB Barrett Trotter marched the Tigers down the field and RB Michael Dyer finished them off with a 1-yard touchdown in the games final seconds (following a perfect onside kick) to squeak out a victory by a margin of 42-38. Although Auburn pulled off the win, the Tigers have a long way to go if they are to contend for another national championship this season.
The game between #5 Boise State Broncos and #19 Georgia Bulldogs was one of the most anticipated games this past weekend. However, Heisman contender Kellen Moore sliced through the Bulldogs 3-4 defense with ease racking up 261 yards on 28-34 passing and 3 touchdowns. The Broncose win over a ranked SEC team will bolster their chances to yet again play in a BCS Bowl game if they can continue to play at a high level. Georgia coach Mark Richt’s job could be on the line as the talented Bulldogs were expected to comepete for a SEC title this season- an opening week loss certainly sets them back in this endeavor.
In perhaps the biggest upset of the opening week of college football was the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish loss to unranked South Florida 23-20. Notre Dame suffered through a wild and wacky first half that featured 2 fumbles, a penalty that reversed a Cierre Wood touchdown, and an interception in the end zone. It was actually pretty remarkable the Irish were only down 16 points at halftime. Notre Dame was able to make a game of it after halftime as they pulled quarterback Dayne Crist in favor of Tommy Rees. Crist ended the day with just 85 yards passing with 0 touchdowns and 1 pick while Rees racked up 296 yards, 2 touchdowns but also threw to interceptions. It looks like South Bend has itself a good ole fashioned quarterback controversy!
Last but not least, week 1 saw the #4 ranked LSU Tigers mildly upset the #3 ranked Oregon Ducks in the Cowboy Classic at Cowboy’s Stadium in Dallas, Texas. While a #4 beating a #3 is hardly shocking, the way in which it happened was. Oregon was extremely sloppy with several dropped passes, multiple costly turnovers, and several crushing penalties. Both teams were without key players and it showed. Expect both teams to continue to improve as the season progresses and become BCS Bowl game contenders.
Other Week 1 Top 25 Game Scores
#20 Mississippi State over Memphis 59-14
#11 Wisconsin over UNLV 51-17
#17 Michigan State over Youngstown State 28-6
#14 TCU losses to Baylor 48-50
#18 Ohio State over Akron 42-0
#21 Missouri over Miami (Ohio) 17-6
#13 Virginia Tech over Appalachian State 66-13
#10 Nebraska over UT-Chattanooga 40-7
#22 Florida over Florida Atlantic 41-3
#9 Oklahoma State over LA-Lafayette 61-34
#1 Oklahoma over Tulsa 47-14
#24 West Virginia over Marshall 34-13
#8 Texas A&M over SMU 46-14
#12 South Carolina over ECU 56-37
#15 Arkansas over Missouri State 51-7
#7 Stanford over SJ State 57-3
#25 USC over Minnesota 19-17
#6 Florida State over LA-Monroe 34-0
#2 Alabama over Kent State 48-7
Week 2 Games to Watch
#20 Mississippi State at #23 Auburn
#16 Notre Dame at Michigan
BYU at Texas
#2 Alabama at Penn State
#12 South Carolina at #19 Georgia