Featuring: Sixteen with Swag rankings, Week 1 Highs & Lows, Player of the Week…….
Well, week one of College Football is in the books, and week two is upon us. But, before we move ahead to week two, lets rewind week one’s action……
The big game of the weekend was in Clemson, South Carolina where the Clemson Tigers hosted the Georgia Bulldogs. ESPN’s College Gameday, of course was there in with their usual flair, and of course the game was a hard sellout. Among the sellout crowd were scouts or representatives from 22 NFL franchises. A Clemson record. The game didn’t disappoint. The athletes on both teams had their moments, and the flow of the game was good enough to keep the millions of eyes across the country tuned in. The game was pretty even, although Georgia ended up with a 575 – 467 yard advantage. Basically, the game came down to a costly fumble by Georgia quarterback, Aaron Murray that gave Clemson the ball deep in Georgia territory, and a missed field goal. Again, Georgia couldn’t the job done in a big game, and for the second game in a row, Clemson proved they could. Against another SEC power, at that.
Again, as I said in my preview of this game. There is no crime in Georgia losing this game, but the crime would be losing to South Carolina, if they let the sting of losing to Clemson linger. Big coaching job for Mark Richt, to say the least. For Dabo Swinney, things couldn’t be better. All of the doubters are silent right now, and with Clemson’s schedule, things should stay pretty quiet until FSU visits Death Valley.
With that, I reveal this weeks Sixteen with Swag:
1. Alabama – (This Week: Idle) The Tide stays in the top spot, despite its troubles up front against Virginia Tech. Next up: A little game against Johnny, The Aggies, and the 12th Man.
2. Stanford – (This Week: vs San Jose St.) It wouldn’t be fair to drop the Cardinal just because they didn’t play, would it? Don’t be surprised if QB David Fales and San Jose St. hang around for a quarter or two.
3. Oregon – (This Week: at Virginia) I would be very surprised if Virginia hangs around, even if the game is in Charlottesville. Things probably won’t be interesting with the Ducks until 10/12 when they visit Washington.
4. South Carolina – (This Week: at Georgia) The Gamecocks move up two spots. Not because they beat UNC, but because Georgia lost, and I believe they’re better than Ohio State, and yes, they’re still better than Clemson until further notice.
5. Clemson – (This Week: vs South Carolina St.) There shouldn’t be any happenings with the Tigers until Oct. 19, when FSU comes to town. What a game that’s shaping up to be.
6. Ohio St. – (This Week: vs San Diego St.) The Buckeyes were impressive for a while, then kinda let Buffalo hang around. The Aztecs shouldn’t be too hard either, before travelling to California next week.
7. Texas A&M – (This Week: Sam Houston St.) The Aggies weren’t very impressive on D, but Johnny Manziel threw 3 TD’s in 6 pass completions. Pretty impressive. It’s almost Bama/A&M game week. Finally!
8. LSU – (This Week: vs UAB) The Tigers were quite impressive in their win vs TCU. I think the Tigers are laying in the weeds, and they’re loving it. Out of the SEC next 2 weeks before 5 game SEC stretch that includes Georgia, Florida, and Ole Miss. We’ll find out for sure about LSU then.
9. Georgia – (This Week: vs South Carolina) The Dawgs’ are definitely better than this, but just kinda the way things shook out. Georgia, still has everything in play for them. SEC and BCS titles included.
10. Florida St. – (This Week: Idle) Only words you need to know are…Jameis Winston. The Seminoles could be even better than I thought, if Winston plays that way from now on. ACC and BCS title contention is probable.
11. Florida – (This Week: at Miami) The Gators looked good on D, but will be tested by Miami’s playmakers. Florida’s offense will probably be needed to pull this one out. Should be an interesting game.
12. Louisville – (This Week: vs Eastern Kentucky) Very impressive showing by the Cardinals against Ohio. Get used to game like that. The ‘Ville probably won’t be tested at all until Rutgers in October.
13. Texas – (This Week: at BYU) any trip to play at BYU can be tricky. However, a veteran team with the talent the Longhorns have handles this trip with no problems. How will Texas handle it?
14. Notre Dame – (This Week: at Michigan) The Irish ranking could be a little low here. We should know more about Notre Dame this week. If they handle the Wolverines in the Big House, they could make a big jump.
15. Michigan – (This Week: vs Notre Dame) Not really sure what we learned about Michigan. We’ll also learn much more this week. Like, can Devin Gardner perform well against a really good defense?
16. Oklahoma St. (This Week: at Texas-San Antonio) The Cowboys were quite impressive vs Mississippi St last week. There’s not much competition for OkSt. for a while. Could be best in Big 12.
Lost its Swag: Nebraska. The Huskers won their game, but were not at all impressive giving up 602 yards of offense, and losing the First down battle 35-27 to Wyoming.
Got my eye On: Oklahoma, UCLA, Washington, Northwestern, and Miami……..
Week 1: Highs and Lows
Highs: Florida St. QB, Jameis Winston, had the debut most players can only dream of having. The redshirt freshman went 25-27 for 356 yards and 4 TD’s. He also had a rush TD. 5 scores in all. As stated above, the ‘Noles were go from possible contender to probable contender, if Winston keeps up anything close to that performance. Alabama WR/KR, Christion Jones, had a game few have been able, or will ever be able to match against Virginia Tech. Jones, had punt return, kickoff return, and receiving TD’s. It’s scary for other teams, how many playmakers Bama has. Some mentioned Jones to be among those playmakers, before last week, but Jones performance was quite surprising. Another great performance was Troy’s senior QB, Corey Robinson, who went 30-32 (93.8 completion percentage) for 319 yards, Troy’s OT win over UAB. The Trojans could be dangerous in an underrated Sun Belt Conference this season.
Lows: FBS (Football Bowl Sub-Division) teams: South Florida, Iowa St., UCONN, and San Diego St. losing to FCS (Football Championship Sub-Division) teams. Kansas St., and Oregon St. also lost games to the lower division, but get a bit of an excuse, because those teams (North Dakota St. and Eastern Washington), are very good. In fact, North Dakota St. has won the last 2 national championships. The success that Towson, Eastern Illinois, McNeese St., and Northern Iowa enjoyed over the weekend, continues to show just how competitive the lower division can be against the upper division. One program that’s used to winning is Boise St. It’s been a long time since the Broncos have been beaten, as soundly, as they were beaten on last Saturday. Boise, being in a rebuilding mode, and Washington being very experienced and opening their revamped stadium were the perfect storm. Don’t sleep on the Huskies.
Sports & Swag’s Player of the Week: Would usually be one player, but this week I think 2 players are deserving, and we’ll recognize both!
Jameis Winston of Florida St. and Cristion Jones of Alabama
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