Week One College Football Musings

Each week I'll wrap up the weekend of college football with various and sundry musings on what just took place. Week one of the season showed us one of the biggest upsets in the history of college football, a couple of disappointing SEC showings and a whole lot of blowouts.

Baby you can drive my Carr ----- Michigan fans would like someone to drive their (Lloyd) Carr right out of Ann Arbor after the Wolverines' stunning loss to I-AA Appalachian State. No ranked team had ever lost to a I-AA team let alone the No. 5 team in the land. Michigan's defense and special teams were simply awful. The result was great for college football, but bad for the image of the conference that can not count.

Making some Illinoize ----- Year three for Ron Zook started out with a typical Zooker outing. Illinoize fell well behind, rallied to make it close but came up short against a pretty good Missouri team. There is obviously a lot more talent on that roster and the Illini should easily top their two wins of last year (and the year before), but it's hard to see this as a bowl team.

Rocky Topped ----- Tennessee fans are frustrated about not winning an SEC title since 1998 and a combined 14-10 record the last two years. Well, opening night against California saw the Vols drop a 45-31 decision to the Berkley Bears. Tennessee showed that they are good on offense and linebacker, but their d-line and secondary did not look good. That could be tough in an SEC East loaded with good passers.

Peach State party time ----- Georgia and Georgia Tech had impressive starts to the 2007 campaign. The Bulldogs had too much speed on defense and outclassed Oklahoma State 35-14. Matthew Stafford (18-24/234/2/0) had a strong performance, but it was their Bulldogs' speed at defensive end that was most impressive. Tech went to South Bend to try and compete with the genius of Charlie Weis and Notre Dame. Final score, Tech 33, Irish 3.

HBC wins on day one ----- I don't know if any coach has a better opening day winning record than Steve Spurrier, but I doubt it. In 18 years as a college head coach, including three at Duke the Head Ball Coach has only lost one season opener. He made it 17-1 with a 28-14 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. In case you're wondering, Spurrier was 3-0 in season openers with the Tampa Bay Bandits.

Owls hootin' up a storm ----- Florida Atlantic might be a little better than most of us expected. The Owls opened their season with a 27-14 win over Middle Tennessee. Florida Atlanta was 5-7 a year ago, but with 19 starters back Coach Howard Schnellenberger thinks his team is a Sun Belt Conference contender.

Trojans go down ----- No, not those Trojans. I mean the guys from Troy, Alabama. Troy lost to Arkansas 46-26 after battling the Hogs to a 23-17 score in the first half. Troy saw Darren McFadden run for 151 yards and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass in the contest. Troy will provide a bigger challenge for the Gators than Western Kentucky did, especially in the secondary where quarterback Omar Haugabrook will throw it all over the place.

What stood out for you this weekend?

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