College Football “What We Learned”: Week 1

Well folks, it was a rollercoaster of a weekend as college football kicked off (for real, not counting Week 0). Here’s five things we learned from Week 1’s games.

  1. Texas is officially still not back. Every season, everyone in the media, the polls, and a decent amount of the nation as a whole, gets hyped up about Texas, and every season, they let everyone down almost immediately. For the second straight season, the Longhorns were upset by Maryland, this time by a score of 34-29. Tom Herman isn’t quite on the hot seat yet in Austin, but if he keeps this up, he should be there by the end of the season.
  2. The Penn State post-Saquon era isn’t off to a great start. On the 11th anniversary of Appalachian State’s infamous upset of Michigan in the Big House, they almost did the improbable again, taking Penn State to overtime in Beaver Stadium, before the Nittany Lions were able to pull it out with a game-winning touchdown for a 45-38 victory. Not a great look to start the season for the AP poll’s #10 team in the nation.
  3. Oklahoma should be just fine without Baker Mayfield. New OU quarterback Kyler Murray stole the show, looking like a player straight out of a video game as the Sooners demolished a pretty good Florida Atlantic team 63-14. It’s hard to argue that the AP’s #7 team in college football is “underrated”, but they honestly looked like a top three team in their first game, and should be considered huge contenders for the college football playoff.
  4. LSU may be a sleeper in the SEC. The Tigers didn’t just beat a very good Miami team, they demolished them from start to finish. The Hurricanes weren’t ever even remotely in the game. QB Joe Burrow and RB Nick Brossette looked as good as any QB-RB duo this opening weekend, and they could potentially shake things up in an extremely competitive SEC this season. As an added bonus, American treasure Ed Orgeron may be slowly moving himself off the hot seat in the process.
  5. Willie Taggart reminded us that it’s possible to be on the hot seat after just one game. Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but Florida State fans certainly aren’t happy with the team’s performance in a blowout loss to Virginia Tech, and for good reason. More than half of FSU’s plays went for zero or negative yards in the loss. They have a lot of work to do before they can be considered once again as a contender in the ACC.

The season is barely underway, and early signs are already pointing towards a crazy and exciting year. I can’t wait for Week 2!

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Sam Smith

Sam has been with MSB since 2015. He covers stories ranging from all things Maryland to breaking national stories, specializing in the NFL, and college football and basketball. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas, where he attends Southern Methodist University (SMU).

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