Five things we learned from week one of college football
Week one of college football is now behind us and it was an exciting one. Here’s a look at five things that we can take away from our first taste of this season.
5. Vanderbilt’s anchor might be a lot bigger than they anticipated
Even with the departure of James Franklin Vanderbilt was set up to have a pretty solid season. Now it looks like it could be a long one for Vandy fans as their team was blown out by an overachieving Temple team who came to play. The Commodores turned the ball over seven times which propelled the Owls to their first win of the season.
4. Todd Gurley IS A BEAST
Ladies and gentlemen, believe the hype. After an incredible performance against a tough Clemson squad, Todd Gurley has shown why he was one of the preseason favorites to win the Heisman. Gurley rushed for 198 yards with three touchdowns as well as an amazing 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Gurley should be everyone’s Heisman front runner and if he can keep this momentum going, he might not relinquish that spot until his hoisting the trophy.
3. Florida State’s road to a repeat looks to be harder than they thought
Jameis Winston looked… decent… against Oklahoma State Saturday night as the Cowboys gave the Seminoles all they could handle. Winston threw one touchdown and two picks in his season debut which might be a little worrisome for Florida State fans. This could be a wake up call for the defending national champs.
2. Johnny Football who??
Texas A&M fans look to be officially over the loss of Johnny Manziel with the emergence of their new signal caller Kenny Hill. The sophomore set a school single-game record with 511 passing yards and three touchdowns against South Carolina, propelling the Aggies to a 52-28 win and himself into the early Heisman conversation
1. Alabama’s defense could be their Achilles heel
The Crimson Tide escaped Atlanta with the win, but it wasn’t easy. Their usual dominant defense struggled against the uptempo West Virginia offense and many times looked tired as the Mountaineers pushed the pace. Many people were worried about how Lane Kiffin would fare in his return to the sideline, to Kiffin’s credit, he had Bama’s offense looking pretty sharp. Nick Saban’s going to have to find a way to get the defense in shape if he hopes to take his team back to the National Championship this season.