WEEK ONE IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The Best: 1) Florida, 2) Georgia, 3) Auburn.
Although the world seemed to turn upside down for Clemson in Atlanta, there were other upsets in Dixie over the weekend. Miss. St, considered a threat in the SEC West after last year's Bowl run, got its comeuppance from little La Tech, 22-14. Coach Sly Croom sighed, "We just didn't have it." Truer words may have never been spoken.
LSU opened with a big win over Appalachian State and then got out of town in a hurry to avoid Hurricane Gustav. The Mountaineers wished the Tigers had left even earlier.
Kentucky, left for dead after many departures from last season's Bowl team, put the hammer to Louisville, 27-2. Alas, Virginia had no such good fortune as Sou. Cal ran roughshod over the hapless Cavaliers, 52-7.
There was dancing in the streets of Durham, as the Duke Blue Devils kicked off the David Cutcliffe era with a 31-7 win over James Madison.
The Best: 1) Ohio State, 2) Oklahoma, 3) Missouri.
Coach Jim Tressel decided to take it easy on his old team, the Penguins. The final score of 43-0 doesn't do the Buckeye domination justice. Unfortunately, Heisman hopeful Chris Wells suffered an injury that may require him to miss the upcoming showdown with Sou. Cal.
In the meantime, the Sooners of Oklahoma battered the alma mater of Terrell Owens (Chattanooga), 57-2, to serve notice they may be every bit the title contender Bob Stoops has been searching for since the 2004 season-ending disaster. Missouri outscored Illinois in St. Louis 52-42 in another rallying cry for the Big 12.
While Texas Tech and Kansas moved on with wins, there was unhappiness in Ann Arbor, where the Wolverines fell to Utah, 25-23. They weren't alone—Texas A&M and new coach Mike Sherman fell to Arkansas State, 18-14.
The Best: 1) Sou. Cal, 2) Arizona State, 3) Utah.
With the return of Rick Neuheisel to the Bruin fold, efforts were made over the spring and summer to encourage fans to show up for the opener with SEC power Tennessee. The fans showed up. UCLA showed up. The Volunteers did not. In an overtime thriller, the recently flat Bruin program shocked Tennessee, 27-24.
While Sou. Cal and Utah were taking care of business back East, the Stanford Cardinal made headlines with a 36-28 upset of Mike Riley and Oregon State. Likewise, the Cal Bears outscored Michigan State 38-31, and Oregon put the wood to Ty Willingham's Husky program, 44-10.
Down in the desert, Arizona St was unimpressive in defeating Northern Arizona, Arizona destroyed Idaho, and bowl hopeful New Mexico fell to Texas Christian.
The Best: 1) West Virginia, 2) Penn State, 3) Boston College.
While former headman Rich Rodriguez suffered in his debut, the Mountaineers had little trouble in their season opener against Villanova. Down for many years, Philadelphia football took a 48-21 beating from the highly touted men of new coach Bill Stewart.
Joe Paterno rarely has enjoyed a laugher as a season opener. This year the Lions crushed Coastal Carolina of Myrtle Beach, SC, 66-10. Pittsburgh began another season headed downward by bowing to Bowling Green, 27-17.
The Eagles of BC were impressive in overpowering Kent St. 21-0 in the Cleveland Browns stadium. Bleacher Report writer Miami Mitch commented that many of the fans seemed to have dressed up as empty seats. Who could argue?
Syracuse seems to be in the same poorhouse, with yet another loss for coach Greg Robinson, this one to Northwestern by the tune of 30-10.