What I Have Learned From the First Week Of College Football

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IISeptember 10, 2009

MIAMI - OCTOBER 04:  Wide receiver Taiwan Easterling #82 of the Florida State Seminoles tries to avoid being brought down by linebacker Darryl Sharpton #50 and defensive back Brandon Harris #1 of the Miami Hurricanes at Dolphin Stadium on October 4, 2008 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Alabama/Va Tech-This was the game of the weekend until Monday’s shoot out with Florida State and Miami. This was a great slugfest between two really good teams with the better one coming out on top. What did we learn this weekend from this game? Well that Alabama’s defense may be as good as advertise maybe even better and that Virginia Tech’s  offense is well what I thought it was and has been for the last few years and that’s pretty much non-existent. Tech is not an offensive juggernaut never have been, never will be. The reason why they are so good is because they have a very good defense and great special teams which they showed Saturday night, but when it got to the nitty-gritty, that wasn’t enough to defeat Alabama. All the Tide had the do was wait and wear the Hokies defense down which they did and that was that. Until Va Tech becomes more offensive minded, they will continue to be just ACC champions, but not national champions.



Florida State vs Miami-Well I be damn, the FSU/Miami game was actually worth watching this year. Who knew? This is the first time in years that this game was actually good and it actually mattered. But I think this is the first time that I have ever witnessed an offensive shoot out between the two teams. Normally, we get great defense and bad special teams on FSU’s part but not this year. This year we got a great offensive showdown which came down to the last play of the game. Can someone please explain to me though why did FSU let the clock run down towards the end of the game, but I digress. What I took from this game is the ACC should be fearful of both teams. It looks like after all these years the Seminoles and Canes are ready to dominate the ACC again.




ACC Loses-Speaking of the ACC, wow what a bad conference; seriously, what a bad conference. Other conferences and other teams have had embarrassing loses to smaller schools including Division I-AA schools (See Michigan) but to lose to William and Mary and Richmond on the same weekend? Oh and we aren’t even go there with the Maryland/California game. Come on. I know the excuse makers will say that the ACC is a basketball conference, but the last time I checked, they still play Division I football though at times they didn’t look like they belonged there. When is the ACC going to get better? The ACC looks like they are another top heavy conference; a bunch of C cups surrounded by A cups.  Outside of Virginia Tech, FSU, Miami, Georgia Tech and maybe Clemson, the rest of the ACC is (I would say Vanderbilt at this point but even Vandy went to a bowl game last year) is an average to slightly above average conference, that’s why no one takes them seriously in football. If the rest of the ACC doesn’t get better soon, it’s going to be tougher for them to send a team from that conference to compete for a BCS title. Just ask the WAC.



Sam Bradford and Oklahoma- If BYU makes it into the national championship game, we can thank the OU/BYU game for that. Sam Bradford got hurt in this game and maybe out for awhile which basically killed their chances of probably winning a national title and elevated an undeserving BYU to top of the mountain. Yes, BYU beat OU Saturday, but come on; do you really believe they would have had a chance had Bradford not gotten hurt? I doubt it. I know some experts out there are already drinking the BYU kool-aid saying they might be a fly in the BCS ointment this year but if you look at their schedule, something tells me they’ll be out of the national championship race by Thanksgiving if not before. OU basically showed the nation Saturday that without Bradford, they don’t have a prayer in the BCS. Their only hope now is to get through their schedule and hope that Bradford makes it back by the Texas game which at this point, may be the case.




Cup Cake victories mean nothing- What does Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Michigan all have in common? All of them won this weekend, all of them won against easy opponents. If you believe in what you read, both Tennessee and Auburn are back. Jimmy Clausen is now the leading candidate for the Heisman, Florida is unbeatable and Michigan’s victory save Rich Rodriguez’s job. In actuality, we didn’t learn anything. Weren’t these teams SUPPOSE to defeat these opponents? I’ll give BYU, Oklahoma, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Georgia and Virginia Tech credit for stepping outside of their comfort zone and scheduling other big boys to open up the season. Yes, it’s a risk, but it has paid off for Alabama the last two years and elevated BYU into the BCS talk. If OU can bounce back without Sam Bradford, they aren’t out of it yet either. But if you are Notre Dame, Michigan, Auburn and Tennessee what did you really learn about your team?



From what I saw Saturday, Tennessee struggled again on offense through the first quarter against Western Kentucky. They got it together and rolled up 63 points which meant nothing But we won’t really know about this team until they play Florida in a few weeks. The same can be said about the Gators as well. After watching Navy almost beat Ohio State Saturday and what USC did with a freshman quarterback, Notre Dame’s schedule just got harder so that nice win over Nevada is just what it is; a nice way to start off the season.



Auburn looked better Saturday too, but Louisiana Tech basically held AU in check until the third quarter when they pulled away and some experts say Auburn might go into Oct. undefeated because of their soft schedule. And Michigan may have taken Rich Rod’s head off the chopping block for a week, but that doesn’t mean it saved his job.



In the overall scheme of things, this first week of college football though at times was very exciting, just proves we have a long season to go.