The first week of college football is nearly over, as we are awaiting the results of only two football games. The news of the first week has to be that anything is possible. We lost the Heisman Trophy winner and had numerous upsets from all across the football scene.
With so much going on, let's take a look at the winners and losers of week one. We'll break it down conference by conference:
Virginia Tech were beaten by Alabama. The game was much closer than last year's Clemson debacle, but still disappointing. Virginia Tech learned that Tyrod Taylor isn't going to win a game with his arm, and this weakness was clearly exploited by Alabama.
North Carolina State lost to South Carolina, in what can be called a prime-time snooze. Both teams offensive efforts were pathetic, but especially North Carolina State. Besides the screen pass, nothing else was working. Tom O'Brien's conservative playcalling hurt North Carolina State and truly hurt the conference.
Wake Forest loses to Baylor. Wake was hardly a favourite, (two points) but they did end up losing.
Cal returns the favor against Maryland from last year's game.
RICHMOND AND WILLIAM AND MARY! beat Duke and Virginia respectively, Al Groh's spread for UVA gets picked apart, literally, and Duke's hype is already gone. Just another David Cutcliffe head coaching season!
The rest of the season went as planned: Georgia Tech Rolls, North Carolina Rolls, Clemson Rolls, and Boston College Rolls. Only Clemson played a 1-A team though.
Not looking good for the ACC so far.
Not a great day for the Big 10 either.
Syracuse gives Minnesota a game with a Quarterback who hasn't played since High School! Good News, is that the Gophers got the 'W' in overtime over Big East cellar dweller Syracuse and Greg Paulus.
Iowa survives Northern Iowa, to escape the curse of the Big Ten network. Michigan and Appalachian State was the first game on the Big 10 Network. Northern Iowa have two field goal attempts blocked in a row to lose, that's why they're FCS.
Ohio State make Navy look like National Title contenders, but they pull it out when Navy decides to throw the ball on a 2-pt conversion for the tie. The pass attempt is picked off and the game is all but over.
Missouri without Jeremy Maclin and Chase Daniel ROLL Illinois as Juice Williams looks like a one season wonder. Not a good start for the Zooker and his Illini.
Wisconsin looks MAC ready as they only beat Northern Illinois 28-20.
The rest of the season went as planned as the favorites rolled: Michigan, Penn State, Michigan St., Purdue, and North Western all start 1-0. Michigan and Purdue beat MAC squads Western Michigan and Akron respectively.
Truly an up and down opener for the Big 12.
Oklahoma State started slow in the first quarter against Georgia, but got hot to blow out the Dawgs 24-10. Big win for the Big 12 against the SEC.
Missouri won a statement match for the Big 12 as already mentioned.
Oklahoma lost to BYU, as well as losing Sam Bradford.
Colorado also lost to another Mountain West School at home against Colorado State.
Baylor beats Wake on the road.
Certainly not the best news for the conference with the Oklahoma loss, but certainly nothing to cry about, unless you're an OU fan.
Nothing to truly report here as the Conference won their cupcake games. The only game of note was UCONN v. Ohio, with the Huskies winning 23-16.
We already mentioned the Syracuse close loss to Minnesota.
Memphis looked tough against Ole Miss until the fourth quarter. That's when the ship sank.
ECU survived Appalachian State even without Armanti Edwards. Good to see that the future of Appy St. football is still bright.
Marshall survives Southern Illinois, Central Florida survive Samford and SMU survive Stephen F. Austin. Not overly impressive.
UTEP lose to Buffalo... Not too impressive
No positive statements were made as of yet, but the conference will have its shot.
2-1 was certainly not expected for this conference.
Navy loses a close one to Ohio State, Notre Dame THUMPS Nevada, and Army handles Eastern Michigan. A great start.
Mediocre Week for the MAC.
Central Michigan kept it close against Arizona, but as always, lose against a BCS squad.
Buffalo beat UTEP, a good win for the conference.
Bowling Green beat Troy, another good win for the conference.
Ball State lose to North Texas: BAD NEWS
Temple lose to Villanova: BAD NEWS
Close call for Northern Illinois and Ohio, but no W's.
Blowouts across the board, as expected for week one.
Mountain West Conference:
Statement week for the MWC.
BYU and Colorado St. beat Big 12's Oklahoma and Colorado respectively. TCU was off as they will get Virginia in Charlottesville.
San Diego State play UCLA close in the first Quarter, and that's about it.
Utah Rolls Utah St, the 'O' look good, the 'D' need work.
New Mexico rolled by Texas A&M.
The conference can't ask for a better week. Sure you want to win them all, but come on: New Mexico, and SDSU aren't getting any better with the big three at the top.
Weak week for the Pac-10.
Oregon get handled by Boise State, Oregon also hand Lagerrette Blount his walking papers.
USC rolls... surprised?
Cal play well at home, as usual.
Washington, looking 100 times better than the 0-12 team from last year, lose to LSU close.
1-AA across the board for the rest on week 1.
Questions to be answered, but looks like another great season.
Ole Miss look mediocre at best for 3 quarters. What happened here?
Georgia get bounced on the road.
Alabama look great against Va. Tech.
Maybe Washington is the real deal, maybe LSU is overrated? Time will tell.
Conference rolls the cupcakes the rest of the way.
Only big win was North Texas over Ball State.
The Belt received their weekly million-dollar beatings from BCS teams as Texas,Clemson, Nebraska, and Tennessee easily roll.
Troy dissapoint in a loss to Bowling Green.
Louisiana Lafayette and Arkansas State roll their FCS opponents.
WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE:
Boise State keep the conference relative with a big win over Oregon.
The only statement made by the conference is that Hawaii have a tough game against Central Arkansas.
Nevada dissapoint, as well as Louisiana Tech.
It's Boise State or bust for the WAC.
Ranking the Conferences:
After week one here's my ranking of the Division One Conferences:
- Big 12
- Mountain West
- Big Ten
- Big East
- Sun Belt
Obviously things here are not set in stone. After week one we really dont know the strength of the Big Ten, Big East or even the Big 12. This is how I see it personally, and as all opinions, they are subject to change.
Here's to week one!