What a wild weekend we just encountered. From Bryce Young’s stunning debut to the disappointment of top Pac-12 teams, the first week of college football delivered.
1. Notre Dame-Florida State: Game Of The Week
This game delivered the essence of college football that we all desired this weekend. Thrilling plays on both ends, an overtime ending, and most importantly; the incredible feel-good story of FSU QB McKenzie Milton. For those that didn’t know, Milton formerly played for UCF and suffered a gruesome leg injury that caused tendon and artery damage.
After two years of rehab, the success story made a reappearance on Sunday night. Milton entered the game to replace QB Jordan Travis. Milton proceeded to throw for a first down on his first play and almost led the Seminoles to a huge upset. Nonetheless, the Irish survived. How about Notre Dame QB Jack Coan? The Wisconsin transfer lit up the stat sheet with 366 yards, four touchdowns, and only one interception.
2. Bryce Young Shines In Debut: Heisman Candidate?
Alabama put down a beating on Miami in their season opener. Sophmore Alabama QB Bryce Young certainly lived up to the hype. The Mater Dei alum threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns and looked every bit like the next Alabama future star quarterback.
Even after winning a national title, Alabama’s team looks locked and loaded to make another strong run. With a solid team surrounding him, does Bryce Young have what it takes to make a run at the Heisman trophy?
3. Week One Loaded With Top-Tier Upsets
We saw multiple “elite” ranked teams fall in Week One. Clemson UNC, LSU, Washington, Wisconsin, and Indiana all fell to lower or non-ranked teams. Oregon and Oklahoma survived scares as well. Nothing is ever certain in college football and every team could be the victim of a loss. That was certainly shown this past week, and teams, as well as fans, need to be on the lookout next week.
4. LA Teams Show Up For The Pac-12
The two most popular frontrunners for the Pac-12 crown looked awful this week. Washington and Oregon didn’t live up to the expectations fans had to head into this season. UW fell to Montana (yes you read that right) at home in a thrilling 13-7 game, and Oregon barely escaped an upset at home against Fresno State.
However, the Pac-12 did have two teams that shined this weekend in UCLA and USC. UCLA looked sharp as the beat #16 LSU and USC easily took care of a dangerous San Jose State team. Could the South division overtake the North this year?
5. Top Returning QB’s Struggle
Multiple returning QB’s thought to be in the top tier of CFB didn’t perform well this week. UNC’s Sam Howell, Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler, Georgia’s JT Daniels, and Indiana’s Michael Penix Jr. all disappointed in their matchups. This could be because they played strong defenses, or is this a sign of more to come?
6. Many Teams Began Games With Sluggish Starts
Lastly, let’s not overreact too much to the first week of college football. Many of the teams, players, and coaches are still a little rusty and easing back into the flow. Things take time to come together.