'Dem Apples: The Mighty Begin To Fall
What is a better way to start the college football season? The experts expected Sam Bradford and the Oklahoma Sooners would roll right into the BCS Championship Game unscaved and undefeated.
But with every season, there is a BCS Buster on the horizon waiting to strike...
This weekend, we had our first ounce of Upsetilitis in Dallas, and it was quite a beauty. With that, I return with an old favorite of the Bleacher Report, and dare I say it one more time...
"How do you like 'Dem Apples?"
Gators Begin Quest For Repeat
Even with the pressure of repeating as National Champions, Florida QB Tim Tebow spent pregame showing why he has the biggest heart in the country. After pushing around a wheelchair-bound child and giving him the time of his life, Tebow gave the 90,000+ screaming Gators fans something to smile about as well.
Tebow went 10 of 15 for 188 yards a pair of touchdowns (one passing, one rushing), while Brandon James put doubts to rest with a kickoff return for a touchdown as the Gators rolled past overmatched Charleston Southern 62-3 to begin their quest for a fourth National Championship, their third in four years.
Their toughest test comes in two weeks when they collide with Lane Kiffin and SEC Rival Tennessee, who had a 63-7 rout of Western Kentucky.
McCoy Shines As Horns Hook ULM
If Colt McCoy knew what was coming later that night, he would have padded his stats a little more. But nonetheless, McCoy showed why Texas is picked to face Florida in January.
And if that's how it's going to be, it's going to be a wild ride for Texas.
Led by the dynamic duo of McCoy and Jordan Shipley, as well as McCoy's 317 yards, the Longhorns dominated Louisiana-Monroe 59-20 to open their quest for the BCS.
Not to be outdone, Freshman Tailback DJ Monroe took the ball back 89 yards for a score...the first time he touched the ball!!! And Cody Johnson helped Texas on its first three scoring drives.
Up next for the Longhorns: A Trip to Cowboy Country and the Wyoming Cowboys.
Sooner BOOMED! BYU Continues Mountain West Dominance
An unproven defense? No problem. A whole new plethora of opponents? No problem. The thought that Texas could finish better than them? No problem. Your Heisman Trophy Quarterback going down with a severe injury that could sideline him for up to a month?
In the closing seconds of the first half, Bradford got dropped...and never got back up. After his departure, the high octane offense of the Oklahoma Sooners soon departed as well.
And BYU wasted no time in pouncing on a wounded animal.
Thanks to Max Hall's 329 yards and two touchdowns, not to mention a late pass interference call in the fourth quarter, the Cougars shocked the world, as well as Dallas, by defeating the National Runner-Up 14-13.
Mountain West improved its "Big Game" Record to 2-0, over the past few months with Utah getting a victory over Alabama, and now, BYU shocking Oklahoma.
With these losses, the game and their quarterback, Oklahoma is left with more questions than answers heading into a pair of cakewalks against Idaho State and Tulsa...but then again, as BYU and Utah have proven, anything is possible when the moment calls for it.
Trojans Ground and Pound To Victory
Anyone who has followed USC Football knows that they are a pass happy bunch of guys. So when the Trojans relied on the ground game, everyone wondered if Pete Carroll was worried about how good his quarterback would be this year.
Worry no more, Trojan-ites.
Freshman QB Matt Barkley had a pretty Freshmanic start, but still finished with 233 yards and a touchdown, while Joe McKnight, Allen Bradford, Marc Tyler and Stafon Johnson put on a rushing clinic as the Trojans rolled through San Jose State 56-3 in preparation for their big game next week in Columbus.
But if Barkley plays like this next week, the Ohio State University will get their revenge from the ass whooping they received last year in LA.
If you haven't gotten the message yet: Next week, it's USC vs. Ohio State in the Horseshoe!
ROLL TIDE!! Bama Regains Georgia Dome Dominance
The Georgia Dome has not been friendly to the Alabama Crimson Tide. After opening with a rout over Clemson last season, Alabama's dreams of playing in the National Championship Game came crashing down at the hands of Superman Tebow and the Florida Gators.
On Saturday, 'Bama returned to that familiar ground to exorcise their demons.
Led by Mark Ingram's career-high 150 yards, Alabama started the year off on the right foot in Greg McElroy's debut at quarterback with a 34-24 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies.
The SEC continued its dominance over the ACC, and Nick Saban looks to prove that the 2008 Regular Season was no fluke. Did we forget to mention that he's also hoping to erase the last two games of last season as well?
For 'Bama, they got two final preparations for their upcoming SEC Season with feisty Florida International and North Texas, but their big tests start when they host the revamped Arkansas Razorbacks on a certain writer's 29th birthday.
For the Hokies, they still got a chance at the ACC Championship. But first, they have to erase the memories of this loss and focus on the fact that they have Nebraska in two weeks and "Da U" on the 26th of September.
Sweet Escape: Buckeyes Survive Navy Scare
Is it time for Ohio State to hit the panic button? Let's figure this out together. The Navy Midshipmen are more focused on serving their country than scoring touchdowns. The Navy Midshipmen have been a pushover football team for ages.
The Navy Midshipmen almost defeated Big Ten Powerhouse Ohio State.
Oh yeah, it's time to panic, Buckeye Nation.
Thanks to Brian Rolle's pick on a 2-pt Conversion Attempt, Ohio State managed to survive their first game of the season against...I say it again, the Navy Midshipmen 31-27.
With USC coming to town next week, are the Buckeyes setting themselves up for a bigger embarassment than they suffered today against Navy?
If you think the Big Ten is unbeatable, just ask Appalachian State and Oregon. Hell, just ask Navy. They almost did it to the Big Ten again.
Terrelle Pryor did his best Tim Tebow impression with 174 yards and a pair of scores in a winning effort. But in all honesty, it was defense that won this game for Ohio State...and no one has a problem with that.
Ride 'Em Cowboys! Big XII Gets Revenge on SEC
Oklahoma State almost made it to the dance. Oklahoma State almost outlasted Texas and Oklahoma. Oklahoma State almost did a lot of things last year...
But almost isn't good enough for this year's Cowboys.
Led by Zac Robinson and wideout Dez Bryant, the Cowboys gave the Big XII a measure of revenge over the SEC by dismantling Georgia 24-10 in their newly renovated stadium.
Georgia, obviously feeling the loss of Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno, were overmatched from the get-go, but still managed to deliver 257 yards, 50 yards less than the Cowboys.
The Cowboys have a relatively easy month ahead as they face Houston, Rice and Grambling before locking it up with the Texas A&M Aggies. As for Georgia, they will have no chance to rest as they will start their SEC Season early with Steve Spurrier's South Caroline Gamecocks coming to town, followed by Arkansas and Arizona State.
WE ARE...PENN STATE!!! Lions Roll Past Zips
Joe Paterno spent a majority of last season in the booth. Yet, his team continued to find success en route to an impressive season. So when the winningest coach in NCAA History returned to the sidelines, would the team have the same results?
In one word, absolutely.
Daryll Clark threw for a career high 353 yards and three touchdowns, while the defense kept the Zips in check as Penn State delivered The Valley a 31-7 rout over Akron to open the season.
Up next for Penn State is the Syracuse Orange and the Temple Owls before they open Big Ten play against Iowa and Illinois.
The Best of The Rest...
As if we needed anymore reason to anticipate Sunday and Monday night, think about what has happened so far this week. We've seen the Big XII and SEC rise and fall, we've seen the ACC crumble three times. We've seen the departure of a Heisman Trophy winner for at least a few weeks.
And of course, we've seen the Punch Heard 'Round The World.
Despite LeGarrette Blount's knockout blow on Thursday night, the opening weekend of college football most likely left Lee Corso reaching for his oxygen tank.
So how did the rest of the Top 25 do?
#11 LSU 31, Washington 23
#12 Cal 52, Maryland 13
#14 Boise State 19, #19 Oregon 8
#15 Georgia Tech 37, Jacksonville State 17
#19 Utah 35, Utah State 17
#21 North Carolina 40, The Citadel 6
#22 Iowa 17, Northern Iowa 16
#23 Notre Dame 35, Nevada 0
#24 Nebraska 49, Florida Atlantic 3
#25 Kansas 49, Northern Colorado 3
What's On Tap To Polish Off Opening Weekend?
So how do you finish off a wild weekend full of upsets, big hits and huge punches?
By throwing on two of the biggest rivalry games in college football history!
Ole Miss, with its biggest rank in over three decades, faces Memphis to open up its season of promise.
But there are two huge games on tap for the nightcaps of Labor Day Weekend. On Sunday night, in Boulder, Colorado, the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown returns to its respectful home turfs as the Colorado State Rams travel to Folsom Field (aka Folsom Prison) to lock horns with in-state rival Colorado Buffaloes.
But the biggest game happens on Monday night as the Miami Hurricanes do battle with the Florida State Seminoles. No matter your allegiance, we all know that this will go far in determining the team that will slug it out for the ACC Championship in December.
Well that's the brief recap of the opening weekend of the college football season. Time to get your rebuttals and debates ready, because it's only bound to get wilder from here.