If Week 1 has been any indication, this is going to be one of the most exciting college football seasons ever.
There were a number of upsets, a handful of great games between top opponents and plenty of highlights that will have fans buzzing—at least until next Saturday comes along.
Keep reading for a look at an updated scoreboard, the top plays from Week 1 and a quick recap of the week’s top stories.
FCS Teams Dominate
This shouldn’t be a surprise, as it seems to happen at least once every year, but FCS teams were absolutely dominant during the first weekend of 2013.
McNeese State put the hurt on South Florida and won 53-21. North Dakota State beat a Kansas State squad that won eight games last year and was on the cusp of a national title appearance. The Bison won 24-21 in a back-and-forth contest.
Eastern Washington was able to match blows with Oregon State, winning a barnburner 49-46, while Towson smashed UConn with the final margin being 33-18 in the Tigers’ favor.
There is no doubt that the talent gap around the nation is rapidly closing, something these FCS schools are proving on a regular basis.
Schools are going to need to be more careful about which cupcake opponents are scheduled to open the year, as starting with a loss against a program many perceive as weak will sound the death knell before the year even starts.
Manziel Makes Splash in Limited Action
Johnny Manziel served his NCAA-mandated half-game suspension in the first half of Texas A&M’s contest against Rice without issue, but immediately made shockwaves upon entering the game in the third quarter.
The Heisman Trophy winner threw three touchdowns on the way to a 52-31 victory, with his first scoring toss coming on his team’s second drive of the second half.
Prior to that touchdown, Manziel seemed to mimic the signing an autograph toward a Rice defender after being tackled. To celebrate another score, Johnny Football mimicked a money-counting gesture on his way down the field.
It seems this will be an interesting year for the Aggies, especially if Manziel continues to play brilliant football and make boneheaded decisions while celebrating and away from the field.
‘Bama Needs Some Work
The Alabama Crimson Tide have started the quest for a third-straight national championship on the right foot, but the offense is going to need some work in order to achieve that rare three-peat.
Although the Tide rolled past the Virginia Tech Hokies, they mustered just over 200 yards on offense and needed to get two touchdowns from Christion Jones and their special teams unit.
The defense was special, limiting V-Tech’s star quarterback Logan Thomas to just 5-of-26 for 59 yards and one interception, which was returned for a touchdown by Vinnie Sunseri.
‘Bama’s leading rusher, T.J. Yeldon, finished with 75 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries, while Jones hauled in two passes for 47 yards and a score. The offensive line clearly needs some time to gel and allow A.J. McCarron a bit more time in the pocket if it is going to be truly effective in 2013.
The Tide may have rolled to a win in the opener, but it won’t be so lucky against Texas A&M in the next contest unless they tighten up the offensive play.
Clemson Edges Georgia in Thriller
The No. 8 Tigers were able to dethrone the No. 5 Bulldogs in an elite matchup between two of the best teams in the nation.
It seems home-field advantage paid off, as Clemson was able to withstand an offensive barrage from Georgia and put up enough points to win late in the evening.
Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd was the star of the game, scoring five touchdowns with his arm and legs to help put away a pesky SEC opponent.
Clemson is going to be tough to beat in 2013, as this experienced group has a ton of offensive firepower and a skilled, fearless signal-caller who proved he could get it done under pressure.
Georgia suffered a huge setback in its hopes of knocking off Alabama in the SEC and advancing to the national championship, but the Bulldogs still have plenty of time to regroup and make a late push.