5 Most Surprising Games of College Football Week 1

Ben Stepansky@@benstepanskyCorrespondent ISeptember 2, 2012

AJ McCarron and Alabama rolled over Michigan
AJ McCarron and Alabama rolled over MichiganTim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

The college football season is underway, and we've already been hit with some great games.

We're bound for a surprise or two each week, but Week 1 of the season brought out all the stops. Fans were provided with a marquee matchup, an unfortunate upset and an absolute blowout.

If this is any indication of what the college football season has in store for us, it is going to be another exciting season with many unpredictable outcomes.


Alabama 41, Michigan 14

Alabama made a legitimate case for the No. 1 ranking in college football Saturday night with its triumphant win over Michigan.

The defending national champions looked absolutely dominant over the Wolverines. Despite missing Trent Richardson, Dont'a Hightower and others from last year's team, the Crimson Tide didn't seem to miss a beat.

Denard Robinson and No. 8 ranked Michigan were supposed to be a strong test for Alabama. They were no match, however, falling behind 21-0 after the first quarter and trailing 31-7 at halftime.

A.J. McCarron looked good for 'Bama, completing 11 of 21 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson, on the other hand, threw two picks in the game.


Ohio 24, Penn State 14

After all the offseason news at Penn State, there was more heartbreak with their loss to Ohio.

Leading 14-3 at halftime, the Nittany Lions decided not to show up for the second half.

The offense had trouble moving the ball, as well as turning it over twice. The defense was just as bad, if not worse, allowing three drives of 70-plus yards in the second half.

Despite the loss, it was a big step for the Penn State program and new head coach Bill O'Brien. 


Oklahoma State 84, Savannah State 0

The score line alone got this game on the list.

The 19th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys pulled many of their starters before the first quarter had even ended, leading 35-0 after 15 minutes of play.

Starting quarterback Wes Lunt completed all 11 of his passes, the team had two 100-yard rushers in Joseph Randle and Desmond Roland, and seven different players scored touchdowns.


Stanford 20, San Jose State 17

In the post-Andrew Luck era, there's room for a new face of Stanford football. Senior Josh Nunes has a long way to go.

The Cardinals led 17-3 at halftime but watched that lead disappear in the third quarter. San Jose State, who went 5-7 last season, scored two touchdowns and held the Stanford offense at bay through the third. 

Place kicker Jordan Williamson kicked what was eventually the game-winning field goal early in the fourth quarter. It was a monkey off his back for Williamson, who missed a field goal as time expired in last year's Fiesta Bowl, which Stanford eventually lost.

It was sloppy and too close for comfort but ultimately a win for the Cardinals.


Oklahoma 24, UTEP 7

The fourth-ranked Sooners provided another example of the better team getting the win in spite of ugly play.

It was a close game—tied 7-7 at halftime and a 10-7 Sooners lead through the third quarter—until Oklahoma was able to pull away in the fourth on a Landry Jones touchdown pass and a 65-yard run by Damien Williams.

The Sooners' defense allowed two blocked kicks, the first of which led to a UTEP touchdown that gave them the lead 7-0 in the first quarter. 

Oklahoma looked rusty, but it should not be anything to worry about moving forward.