Praise the Lord college football has risen again! I don’t know about ya’ll, but I have just been giddy in anticipation for the 2013 college football season to start again.
Thursday night started the season off with a bang as no. 6 South Carolina ran over the Tarheels 27-10, but of course the game of the night was the Ole Miss v. Vanderbilt game. Now, I’m sad to say that I missed the epic end of that game. At the end of the third quarter I fell asleep assuming Vandy had the game won, but you know what assuming does, and low and behold Ole Miss comes out with the winning 75 yard touchdown run with 1:07 to play! I mean come on!
After a start like that the season is bound to be a great one.
Saturday of course had some big time games as well as not so big time games. The game of the night was the UGA v. Clemson game, but we’ll get to that later. Teams like Georgia Tech, Oregon and NC State played some not so well known opponents and blew them out. Oregon defeated Nicholls State 66-3. That game and some of the other huge blowouts were just filler, almost preseason games.
However, there were some close and well fought games for opening Saturday. Rice put up a fight in the first half against the Texas A&M Aggies who were without Johnny Manziel the first half. The Aggies went on to win 52-31.
Auburn and Washington State were in a shootout until the end of the fourth quarter. WSU had the lead for the majority of the game, but the Tigers came out on top 31-24.
Talking SEC, three teams received losses to open their seasons. Mississippi State was harshly defeated by the no. 13 Oklahoma State Cowboys 21-3, and poor Kentucky was defeated at LP Field in Nashville by in-state rival Western Kentucky 35-26.
The College Gameday game, no. 5 UGA v. no. 8 Clemson, was a back and fourth game until mid way through the fourth quarter. It was a tight game, but not well fought. UGA made the majority of the mistakes, and several cost them points. These mistakes combined with good rush defense and 5 touchdowns from quarterback Tajh Boyd led to Clemson’s 38-35 defeat over the Dawgs.
Of course what credibility would this post have if I didn’t mention the no. 1 team in the land, the University of Alabama. After week one, Bama will remain in the no. 1 position after they defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies handily 35-10. Quarterback AJ McCarron was 10/23 with 110 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Wide receiver Christion Jones led the way with three touchdowns.
As the opening week of college football concludes with no. 11 FSU v. Pitt on Monday night at 7 p.m. the excitement and drama that we all love will only grow with each passing game.
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