Week One: What Did We Learn?

Matt SeilerCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2009

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 08:  Quarterback Zac Robinson #11 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys during play against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 8, 2008 in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

I know we all don't have the same opinions, so feel free to take your own. However, the facts don't lie, so I will try to stay as close to the facts as possible while telling you what I learned from Week One. 

Boise State is a sound football team on all sides of the ball.

Sure, this can be argued, but only to a point. I really don't think there are a lot of people out there who can say a bad defense would hold Oregon to nine points. Also, Boise State did show some offensive power, though 19 points isn't much to brag about. However, they did score when they needed to and scored enough to beat a team that was sure they would deliver a whooping.

USC may still have question marks but they showed they can still deliver their signature blow-outs.

We'll just have to see what happens next week against Ohio State. Do they have everything figured out or will they implode under the pressure of playing a ranked opponent.

The most experienced offensive line in the country knows how to get it done.

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Colorado State (who has the most starts in offensive line in the country) showed they could get it done against their in-state rivals, Colorado (on the road as well). They ran well and seemed to have great pass protection for most of the game. Who to credit? The offensive line of course. 

Florida didn't cover their point spread.

But who expected them to? 70-point spreads are actually sort of rude, anyways, and Tebow seems like a nice guy.

Oklahoma isn't all they're hyped up to be.

Just writing about this feels like beating a dead horse to death. It's overly talked about but the truth really is that even with Sam Bradford, Oklahoma is barely a top 10 team. I'm a Big 12 fan too. I just think that any top 10 rated team should be able to get it done with their backup QB and a top notch back. The fact that they didn't score more than 13 points is still pretty bad.

Either Ohio State is worse than we thought or Navy is better than we thought.

I really don't know which side to take but I think Ohio State isn't as good as most people think. They will more than likely improve a lot over the season though. Any better opinions about this game?

Virgina Tech showed me exactly what I expected.

What did everyone else expect from this game. I expected sound defense on both sides but Virginia Tech to bring a more predictable, and therefore more easily stopped offense. That's exactly what seemed to happen. Is Alabama that good or is Virgina Tech that offensively stale. I say most of the first, and a little bit of the latter.

Ole Miss didn't look like any No. 8 in the country for half of the game.

But does that really matter? The answer is no, especially not in the first game of the year. Their defense played fair and their offense got much better in the second half. 

The Cowboys do have a defense.

I'm not going to claim that Georgia has the best offense in the SEC or anything but the fact that OK State held them to 10 points should say something about Big 12 defenses and of course the Cowboys as well. Before this game, I put Big 12 on top of SEC by a slight margin and now I really think the Big 12 is better. Opinions are of course never fact, argue if you want but this was a big victory for the Big 12 over the SEC.

Florida State and Miami both look talented but sloppy.

This was one of the few games that I actually got slightly bored of. A great finish of course, but what happened to covering receivers? There was plenty of sloppy defense which usually makes it interesting but it seemed to never stop. Call it whatever you want but neither of these teams looked to be a top 25 team.

And finally, since I'm a huge Husker fan...What we learned from the Husker's first game against FAU:

Zac Lee is a great passer.

Helu is just as impressive of a running back as he was last year, and actually quite a bit better.

Burkhead will prove to be a great No. 2, giving Helu some rest and breaking out some big plays in the mean time.

Cody Green is an amazing runner. I need to see this guy do some option plays! If he can prove himself with passing, he may be our No. 1 later in the season. I really like Lee and I think he's a better passer but a dual threat QB as good as Cody Green is hard to come by.

Suh was very impressive, I expected more from him but then I realized he was playing against pretty talented and experienced offensive line.

Holt has breakaway speed and can throw in some sick jukes (as we saw on the first touchdown).

Crick may be the key to the D-line. He played well and showed he can, in fact, get off blocks quickly.

Husker's secondary is solid but can still improve. Overall I was pretty impressed by pass protection though.

That's all for Week One. Feel free to critique and argue; just be civil. Any thoughts are not meant to be rude. I respect all players that are athletic enough to compete in DI football. Thanks for reading!

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