CFB Week 1: What We Learned
[lead align=”default”]CFB Week 1 for 2016 is in the books, and if it did not excite you, one may assume you’re an Oklahoma fan wondering what the hell to do now.[/lead]
Otherwise, there was a little something for everyone in the first week of the season. Some teams ride emotional highs into Week 2, while others now must confront adversity. Here is some of what we learned in college football this week.
CFB Week 1: The Coogs Are Legit
[alert heading=”Houston 33, Oklahoma 23″ type=”alert-error” block=”true” close=”false”]#15 Cougars upset #3 Sooners in big win[/alert]
Are we witnessing the advent of a new top ten team? You’re damn right we are, and that team is Houston.
Aside from the Cougars being in very strong shape after Week 1, the other inescapable conclusion people may reach is this: Oklahoma might not be that good.
Perhaps that is hyperbole at this point, and that they are the favorites in the Big 12 has not changed much. However, the fact is that they got housed by Houston and they will have to put in a lot of hard work to reposition themselves for the playoffs.
CFB Week 1: It’s Alabama and Everybody Else
[alert heading=”Alabama 52, USC 6″ type=”alert-error” block=”true” close=”false”]#1 Crimson Tide crush #20 Trojans in Arlington[/alert]
Business-like Alabama football took to the field on Saturday night, doing their jobs impeccably. In so doing, they ran the USC Trojans out of the building.
There were some top teams that struggled this week, but in the midst of all the chaos, the Crimson Tide look as strong as ever.
Is it also possible that USC was somewhat overrated going into the season? It seems that way, but this is not some also-ran MAC team: it’s USC, and Alabama had their way with them. The Tide are on another level.
CFB Week 1: Suddenly Lucky on Rocky Top
[alert heading=”Tennessee 20, Appalachian State 13 (OT)” type=”alert-error” block=”true” close=”false”]#9 Volunteers sneak past Mountaineers in opener[/alert]
2015 was the year of excruciating losses for the Tennessee Vols. Then, they did not have many defeats, but the ones they suffered brought great pain. Thursday night looked like it might be the latest agonizing folly, but they found a way to beat Appalachian State in their first home game.
The Mountaineers are a school that strikes fear into the hearts of ranked teams (particularly schools located in Ann Arbor, Michigan). They came pretty close to claiming another massive upset. Yet, ultimately, there were two problems: a lack of urgency at the end of regulation, settling for overtime, and Tennessee recovering a Josh Dobbs fumble just outside the end zone for a touchdown. The breaks went the Vols’ way.