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Week 1 is Why I Love College Football

Monday, September 5, 2016
Article by Jacob Geiser

Week One isn't officially over until the conclusion of the Ole Miss-Florida State game tonight at 7:30 P.M. But, as my good friend and editor would say... "I MEAN WOW!" 

I was cooped up in my dorm for most of the weekend so College Football was on all day. There were close games, and then there were blowouts. Upsets, oh the upsets were even better! Christmas came early this year for football fans. 

Winners & Losers: Week 1

Winner: Houston: Houston came out on all cylinders against the Sooners, continuing its success from last season. I have to give credit where credit is due, they put on a show for the nation and the Big 12 expansion committee. As much as I hate to say it, truth hurts. Greg Ward Jr. was electric and he has proven to be the key piece to the offense. However, I saw a tweet saying he had an MRI on his shoulder. The MRI revealed he has no structural damage to the shoulder. He is expected back by Wednesday. Houston should crack into the top 25 this week, making that September 15th matchup against the Bearcats a game to lookout for. 

Losers: LSU, Oklahoma, ND: I picked these three teams because aside from all having one loss in the L column, their College Football Playoff chances to a bit of a hit. Notre Dame needs to stick with DeShone Kizer, he had the most success and is the clear choice (IMO) to start for the Fighting Irish. I think the Irish will rebound nicely over the next few weeks. Oklahoma should be okay, but a looming battle with Ohio State could be the final nail in the coffin early for the Sooners. LSU is in the most trouble. The LSU offense was MIA at Lambeau Field this Saturday, except Leonard Fournette. LSU needs to start recruiting better at the QB position. Brandon Harris is not going to get the job done for the Tigers. If there is a benefit to losing, it is that you can regroup and hope you win out. If the CFP system has proven anything, it is that it is better to lose early compared to late in the season.

Winner: South Alabama: The jaguars got the dub against Mississippi State 21-20. Poor Bulldogs. It is a shame to see the kicker miss the chip shot, but got to love the upset. South Alabama crushed all of us Starkville with the upset, but this made week 1 that much better. 

Loser: Colorado State: Unlike Houston, Colorado State didn't do themselves any favors in trying to showcase why they belong in the Big 12. A 44-7 blowout loss to their in-state rival Colorado makes it that much worse. 

Winner: Texas: Behind the arm of young freshmen stud Shane Buechele (who I am a big fan of now) and the 18 wheeler Tyrone Swoopes, Charlie Strong may have helped keep his job at Texas. Most CFB fans know that Strong was on the hot seat, this win against Notre Dame may help him. With the help of new OC Sterlin Gilbert, Texas is going to be a player in the Big 12. It may not be a bad idea to buy stock in this team, with a great balance on offense and good defense, Texas can make some moves.

Losers: Kickers: I have never seen so many missed kicks in a weekend. Kickers were missing chip shots left and right. I mean it was brutal. I will leave it at that because it was bad. 

As for the Bearcats...

It took fans a little longer to exhale than expected, but the Bearcats pulled away late to beat Tennessee Martin 28-7. The Bearcats were down 7-6 at half but scored 22 unanswered points to take the win.

The 1st half was brutal, ugly and scary. The Skyhawks controlled most of the possession in the first half and UC couldn't get anything going on offense. It didn't take long for the boo's to start making their way into Nipper Stadium. Hayden Moore and the offense looked bad. There really is no other way to describe the play. I'll give them bad, it could've been worse. I think...

They travel to face Purdue on the road this Saturday. Coming out of the weekend with a win would be huge, but I will need to see some improvement. Houston won't be an easy game, but they need to get better. Offense can't go as quiet as it did against UT-Martin. If we see a better all around game from the Bearcats, that UC-Houston matchup on 9/15 will be a good one.

I expect to see another great game between Ole Miss- Florida State. Let's hope that Week 2 is just as good as Week 1. Oh how I have missed football.
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