College Football Helmet Stickers: BYU, OK State Earn Top Billing

Paul Augustin, Jr.Senior Analyst ISeptember 6, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Max Hall #15 of the Brigham Young Cougars celebrates a 14-13 win against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cowboys Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

What an opening week for college football—and it's not even over yet!

The football-loving world could not have asked for a much better first week.

The week has shown that this college football season is going to be just as unpredictable as always.

A Missouri team that lost it's top two offensive weapons, and returned a defense that allowed 132 points in its last three games, demolished an Illinois team with a senior quarterback.

A well-coached Navy team nearly took down the four-time defending Big Ten champs.

And we haven't even discussed the ramifications of Okalhoma's loss and Sam Bradford's injury.

There were so many story lines to follow as the week unfolded.

Alabama and Virginia Tech met in a game that featured two top ten teams. The first 19 points of the game were scored by the special teams before the Crimson Tide pulled away and won 34-24.

USC trailed San Jose State 3-0 after one quarter—and then true freshman Matt Barkley led the Trojans to 28 second quarter points.

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Iowa survived against Northern Iowa by blocking two field goals as time expired.

Would Oregon's LeGarrette Blount be suspended for the rest of the year for punching Boise State's Byron Hout? He has been.

Now, it's time to hand out some helmet stickers.

Sticker No. 1 goes to...

BYU. Sure it helps that Heisman winner Sam Bradford couldn't play the second half, but the Sooners never led this game by more than six points.

The Sooners had scored an average of 68 points in their previous two season openers.

BYU quarterback Max Hall passed for 329 yards while receiving no support from the run game. His game-winning drive lasted 16 plays, amassed 78 yards, and chewed up 8:44 off the clock.

Sticker No. 2 goes to...

Oklahoma State. With all the talk about facing an SEC defense, the Cowboys were the ones flexing their defensive muscles.

Sure, Georgia has to adjust to life without quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Knowshon Moreno, but it's always impressive when a top 15 team is held to 10 points and just three in the second half.

Star wide receiver Dez Bryant shook off a slow start to score two touchdowns.

Sticker No. 3 goes to...

Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. I have ripped the Irish over the past few years, but Clausen's performance (315 yds, 4 TDs) against Nevada was impressive.

Nevada may not be a BCS school but don't forget that the Wolf Pack have been to a bowl game in four straight years.

Chump of the Week (not named LeGarrette Blount)

University of Virginia. Not only did they lose at home in a non-conference game by allowing 19 straight points, but it was against William & Mary!

Looking at Next Week

The hype of the season will have died down some by next Saturday and there aren't very many intriguing games in week two.

Oklahoma can survive without Sam Bradford next week against Idaho State, but I think they will try their hardest to have him back the following week against Tulsa.

USC @ Ohio State. There will be (and already has been) a lot of hype for this game. It is the only matchup between two ranked teams.

However, I think that it will be a snoozer. This game would be better played in the middle of the season when Terrell Pryor is more polished as a passer. The Trojans will run away with this one.

Notre Dame @ Michigan. This game is intriguing because of the coaches involved. Either Charlie Weis or Rich Rodriguez will be 2-0 after this one. My money is on the Irish.

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