It's the end of week 1 college football, and we saw some amazing games that included a punch to start it all off.
Let's countdown the Top 10 games of week 1 of the 2009-2010 college football season. I determine the top 10 from how close it was, how entertaining it was, and how much of an impact it had. For example, a close game between Wyoming and Weber St. won't make the list.
At the end of the year I will accumulate a Top 12 of all the top games of the week, to make a Top 12 games of the season.
Final Score: Baylor 24, Wake Forest 21
Now I know that I said games with little impact wouldn't make the list, but there were a lack of big games due to out-of-conference play.
This game started out with a David Gettis' TD reception and a FG, which made it 10-0 Baylor at the end of the first quarter. Mike Rinfrettie made it 10-7 at the half.
Baylor then went on to score two TDs in the third to make it 24-7 with about five minutes to go in the quarter. Wake Forest answered to make it 24-14 at the end of the third.
In the end, Wake Forest could only score one more TD in the fourth quarter with about three minutes left.
This game saw a very nice comeback attempt from Wake Forest at home. It was somewhat entertaining to see Wake come back, and it earns the No. 10 spot.
Final Score: Boise State 19, Oregon 8
Most of the excitement happened after the whistle blew...we all know that story so I don't have to explain.
The reason I picked this as No. 9 is mainly because it pitted No. 14 against No. 16...Obviously it was entertaining at the end too.
This game was mostly dominated by the Broncos, scoring a TD, FG, and a safety in the second quarter. That was followed by another TD in the third to make it 19-0 Broncos. The Ducks only scored one TD in the game with a two-point conversion.
Final Score: Wisconsin 28, Northern Illinois 20
This game was an entertaining one mainly because of how close Northern Illinois came to beating Wisconsin. And also because of how Northern Illinois had to come back.
Wisconsin had the game tied away it seemed, being up 28-6 going into the fourth quarter. Then, with about eight minutes left, Northern Illinois scored to make it 28-13, and then again to make it 28-20. But they wouldn't score again.
This was another Big Ten team to narrowly escape getting upset badly to a weak out-of-conference opponent.
Final Score (OT): Minnesota 23, Syracuse 20
I had to add this one considering it went to overtime and the weak Syracuse almost took out Minnesota...on the road. It was pretty exciting, especially in OT, but it could have been better for an overtime game.
Minnesota scored two TDs in the first quarter with a Syracuse TD and FG. In the second Syracuse had a FG and a TD, making it 20-14 Syracuse at the half.
In the third Minnesota got a FG, and another in the fourth, tyng it up and going into OT where Syracuse QB Greg Paulus threw an INT to let Minnesota kick a FG and win.
And the list would continue to grow for close easy games for the Big Ten teams.
Final Score: LSU 31, Washington 23
The crowd in Washington was amazingly loud for such a small stadium. Sometimes the camera was even shaking during the broadcast. This game was filled with crazy turnovers and surpises as LSU had a tough time with the 0-12 team of last year.
It was the return of Jake Locker, and the Huskies came out with a 7-0 lead at the beginning. The crowd was very pumped. Then LSU answered with a TD and FG to make it 10-7 at the end of the first.
In the second, Washington had two FGs to LSUs one, and LSU was up 17-13 at the half. In the third, LSU scored a TD to go up by 11. Washington answered in the fourth with another FG to make it 24-16. LSU would eventually score a TD, and Washington scored a TD near the end to make the final 31-23.
Nonetheless, Washington gave LSU quite a scare. The Huskies could be much better than last year.
Final Score: Alabama 34, Virgina Tech 24
This game had very much national implication, which made it a great game in itself. Other than the final score, it was a pretty entertaining game most of the way through.
It started out with two Bama FGs, but VT answered with a TD, followed by yet another Bama FG to end the first quarter. In the second, VT hit a FG to go up 10-9. Then Alabama finally got a TD, answered by another VT FG to make it 17-16 VT going into the half.
No scoring in the third quarter led into an Alabama-dominated fourth quarter. Alabama started it out with a TD and two-point conversion to make it 24-17, and then a FG to go up by 10. VT answered with a TD cutting it to a three-point lead. But 'Bama got another TD and VT never answered.
This game was really going to decide the fate of the two teams. It was also College Gameday's game of the week that didn't quite shape up, but was still decent.
Final Score: Ohio State 31, Navy 27
This game was another entertaining one because of how close of an upset it was. It had many ups and downs for both teams, especially at the end.
It started off with an OSU TD, answered by Navy with a TD. OSU made it 10-7 at the end of the first quarter with a FG. Navy turnovers got OSU another TD and FG to go into the half with a 20-7 lead.
In the third, Navy answered with a TD to make it 20-14. OSU answered with another TD and FG to make it 29-14.
The last six minutes were quite exciting. Navy had a 85-yard pass TD to make it 29-20 and then an INT-turned-TD to make it 29-27. All they needed was a two-point conversion which was returned for two points.
Navy made a valiant effort but fell short. Very exciting at the end though.
Final Score: Iowa 17, Northern Iowa 16
The ending was the most surprising part of the whole game. First of all, Iowa almost losing to a D-2 school in Kinnick stadium is already bad enough, but to have to do it on TWO blocked FGs is ridiculous.
Iowa started off with a FG followed by a UNI FG. Northern Iowa then went on to get a TD in the second going into the half winning 10-3.
Northern Iowa followed up by getting a FG in the third, and then Iowa answered with a TD of their own. In the fourth, Iowa got another TD to make it 17-13, only to have Northern Iowa come within one point with another FG.
UNI had one last FG to kick which was blocked. Iowa was called for a penalty and UNI had a chance again...Deja vu...Iowa blocked it AGAIN.
Very crazy game, but mainly because of the ending.
Final Score: BYU 14, Oklahoma 13
Obviously the story of this game was Sam Bradford getting injured. But BYU really stepped up to take the biggest upset of the week and potentially one of the biggest of the season.
Oklahoma had the only score in the first with a TD, followed by a BYU TD in the second. Oklahoma also had a FG in the second to make it 10-7 OU at the half.
OU got another FG in the fourth to make it 13-7. BYU put together a great drive in which they scored the would be game winning TD with three minutes left. Oklahoma made an effort, but wasn't able to win it.
The last drive by BYU QB Max Hall was a great one. He also had a great game, and it was a very exciting upset for every college football fan to watch, other than Oklahoma fans of course.
Final Score: Miami 38, Florida State 34
This was a ridiculous game that had most of the action in the second half. In fact it was only 14-10 Miami at the half. But what followed may just be one of the most entertaining games of the year.
There were three TDs and a FG by Miami in the second half and the same exact thing for FSU. The second half included two great kickoff returns along with some great running and passing gains.
The game ended amazingly with Miami running down and scoring with just 1:53 left in the game to take the lead. FSU made a great comeback drive, only to be stopped inside the ten yard line on an almost caught ball by Jarmon Forster who was thrown to three times in a row on those last three plays.
It was a great game to end week 1 of the college football season. The game was a roller coaster ride, and you missed out big time if you didn't see the game or went to bed at the half.
So that's all for this week. Look for my next week's Top 10 games.