Some teams shined, while others withered.
A few players put themselves on the map, while others got off to a shaky start.
Still, it’s only week one of the college football season. Here are a few important points though to take away from the opening week.
Alabama looks scary good
Even though Alabama lost many key starters, the Crimson Tide showed they haven’t lost much in their dominating 41-14 win over No. 8 Michigan. Their defense, supposedly a “weak point” this year, manhandled Heisman candidate Denard Robinson as the team jumped out to a 31-0 lead, and cruised from there.
A.J. McCarron played like an improved quarterback, and Alabama’s offensive line, possibly the best in the country, opened up massive holes for the running game that had 232 yards.
This Alabama team might even be better than last year’s team that won the National Championship.
Forget Alabama – LSU, it’s Oregon – USC this year
Last year, the so-called “Game of the Century” between then-No. 1 LSU vs. then-No. 2 Alabama turned into a 9-6 snoozefest.
This year’s can’t-miss regular season matchup figures to be much different because it pits two of the nations best offenses (not defenses…) against each other.
It’ll be No. 1 USC vs. No. 5 Oregon on Nov. 3rd at the Coliseum.
Everybody knew USC was going to be really good this year, but nobody thought Oregon would be just as good, if not better.
Oregon was supposed to have issues at quarterback this year with the loss of last year’s star quarterback Darren Thomas. So much for that. Redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota started his first collegiate game for the Ducks on Saturday night, and smashed those doubts. Mariota was 18-22 for 200 yds and 3 TD’s, as Oregon jumped out to a 50-3 lead on Arkansas State in the second quarter and never looked back.
Oregon also might have the most electric player in the country in RB De’Anthony Thomas. He had 125 yards and 3 TD’s on only eight rushes.
How about USC? USC has the Heisman frontrunner in QB Matt Barkley, and two possible NFL first round draft picks at wide receiver. They should have no problem putting up big offensive numbers and points.
Forget 9-6 from last year…This should be more of a 42-37 shootout
It’s only going to get worse for Penn State
For Penn State, this offseason had to be rock bottom for the program. Now the attention returns to the football field, but fans won’t have much to hang their hats on.
The team began their new era with a 24-14 home loss to Ohio. Looking at their schedule and the current situation, the Nittany Lions won’t win more than three or four games this season.
A subpar season, coupled with a loss of scholarships and a 4-year bowl ban, isn’t going to be a good selling point for many recruits in the upcoming offseason. Penn State will most likely win even less games next year, and probably less the year after.
Sure Penn State didn’t receive the “Death Penalty”, but the program won’t be the same for the next decade, at the very least.