by Jeff Lightsy Jr.
Week one of the college football season has come and gone. The defending national champs #1 ranked Ohio State wrapped up the week with a dominating performance over the only team to beat them last season Virginia Tech. Cardale Jones got the start for the Bucks and proved that he can be the man to lead this team to another title run. Jones finished with a pair of passing touchdowns and rushing score. Although Jones got the start over JT Barrett, the biggest headline was the comeback of former QB turned receiver Braxton Miller. Miller was able to catapult himself into the Heisman discussion with a dazzling performance Monday night against the Hokies. The 2x Big Tem player of the year finished the game with 78 receiving yards and a touchdown coupled with an amazing 54 yard touchdown run.
The most dominating performance over the first weekend I must say goes to the Crimson Tide. #3 Alabama cruised to a 35-7 victory over #20 Wisconsin. They were lead by Heisman candidate RB Derrick Henry who tallied 147 yards on just 13 carries and 3 touchdowns.
While the Crimson Tide and Buckeyes looked good in their week one victories, other top programs didn’t looks so good. #2 TCU struggled all game in a battle with un-ranked Minnesota. The Horned Frogs pulled out a 6-point victory in a game were they were favored to win by upwards of 20 points. Also #6 Auburn and new quarterback Jeremy Johnson displayed a mediocre performance against a tough but un-ranked Louisville team. The highly anticipated debut for Johnson didn’t go as planned as he threw three INT’s to the Cardinals defense. The Tigers escaped with a 31-24 victory, but it was not one of their better performances.
Most other teams in the top 25 took care of business in their opening games. This doesn’t include #21 Stanford who was held to 6 points in their upset loss to Northwestern. Or Kansas who were upset by FCS powerhouse South Dakota State. All in all there weren’t that many surprises in week 1 of this season. But this season definatly gives us as college football fans a lot to look forward to.
My game of the week will be the match-up #5 Michigan State vs #7 Oregon Ducks.