‘Best ever’ isn’t enough to describe this weekend in college football
Published 5:59 pm Tuesday, September 6, 2016
It was billed as the best opening weekend in college football history. There were top 25 matchups littered throughout the schedule that stretched from Saturday at noon through Monday night after midnight when the FSU/Ole Miss game ended (more on that game later).
When the dust had settled and the games were over it became apparent that the billing as the best opening weekend ever didn’t even do it justice. It is not very often that you call something the best ever and still manage to undersell it.
The theatrics started with a great game between Houston and Oklahoma. The Sooners were in the playoff last year and the Cougars were coming off a surprisingly dominant bowl game (I refuse to give any more details about this game. The wound is till fresh and stings a little). It was a chance for Houston to prove to the nation that they belong, and boy did they.
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Led by star QB Greg Ward Jr., the Cougars took down the Sooners 33-23 to put themselves on the map.
The fun continued with the LSU/Wisconsin game, then soon after the UGA/UNC game. The Tigers were again hyped this offseason. Quarterback Brandon Harris was supposed to actually improve and help out star tailback Leonard Fournette. Wel,l that didn’t happen. Harris had a dud game and the Badgers Lambeau Leaped their way to victory.
The Bulldogs and Tar Heels both entered their contest with question. The Dawgs had a new coach (some guy from Bainbridge) and two quarterbacks. The Tar Heels were trying to prove that they could be good again after a strong season last year. UGA running back Nick Cubb stole the show, though, with one of the best performances of the weekend, and suddenly UGA looks like a competitor in the middling SEC East (Florida and Tennessee did not impress).
Then Bama does what Bama does and throttled USC and Clemson survived Jordan-Hare and Auburn’s three headed quarterback disaster.
Sunday college football fans were treated to what may prove to be the game of the year as Texas proved that there is finally a good quarterback in Austin and Notre Dame’s quarterback showed that he will be a star (if Kelly just leaves him on the field). The game had everything from big plays to surprise plays (ND tied the game on a blocked extra point!!)
Then Monday night happened. As an FSU graduate this was the game I had been waiting for. I was pumped. At halftime I had about given up though. FSU trailed 28-6 at that point and looked dead in the water.
The third quarter was a completely different story though. FSU dominated. Redshirt freshman Deondre “Frenchy” Francois took control of the team and the defense locked down.
If the rest of the season is anything like this weekend it is going to be one heck of a ride and I might just need some anti-anxiety medicine.