Weekly CFB Musings - Week 1

Each week throughout the season we will share thoughts on the previous weekend's college football action and what was most significant from this point of view. As I write this, Tennessee and UCLA are getting ready for kickoff, so they won't be mentioned, except for right there.

This week's musings focus on some major surprises, a big time statement from the ACC and significant injuries among other topics.

ACC makes a statement ----- Unfortunately for fans of the "Almost Competitive Conference" that statement is, "We Stink!" The ACC couldn't have had a much worse start than they got in week one. The league favorite, No. 9 Clemson was completely outclassed by an Alabama team picked to finish third in the SEC Western Division. Maybe the Crimson Tide will do better, but when your only top 15 team in the A.P. Poll takes the field you have to show up. Clemson was also totally out-coached, as evidenced by stud running backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller combining for just eight rushing attempts. Additionally, Virginia Tech gets beaten by East Carolina, Virginia was humiliated by Southern Cal and N.C. State could not have looked worse in a 34-0 loss to South Carolina. Wolfpack QBs combined to go 5-for-20 for 49 yards and two interceptions. But hey, Duke won!

Big East not much better ----- The Big East doesn't have a great national rep these days and it did little to improve things in week one. No. 25 Pittsburgh lost to Bowling Green 27-17, Syracuse was humiliated by Northwestern 30-10 and Louisville lost horribly to Kentucky 27-2. That's just ugly. It got worse on Monday when Rutgers got smacked at home by Fresno State.

Devastating Injuries ----- As we write this we don't know the extent of the foot injury suffered by Ohio State's Chris "Beanie" Wells, but the Buckeyes hopes of getting clobbered in the BCS Title Game for the third straight year has taken a serious hit. Wells is the key to that team, and with Southern Cal coming up in two weeks you have to wonder if he can possibly be ready to make an impact in that one. Meanwhile top ranked Georgia lost their best lineman for the second time in as many weeks. Defensive tackle Jeff Owens joins offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant with a torn ACL. Those injuries are a major blow to Georgia's title hopes. Bulldogs coach Mark Richt says he expects Owens to return as a fifth-year senior next fall.

Gad Zooks ----- Ron Zook's fourth season at Illinoize got off to a tough start when the Illini lost a shootout to Missouri 52-42. His team led briefly 13-10 after an interception return, but basically was looking up at the scoreboard all night. Quarterback Juice Williams leads an offense with enough talent to win the Big Ten (aka: The conference that can not count), but the defense allowed 549 yards to Missouri's offense.

Welcome to the Big House ----- Michigan got its first look at Rich Rodriguez and it wouldn't be shocking if the Wolverine faithful are pining for the return of Lloyd Carr. The Wolverines have no QB with the skills to run their new coach's scheme, and that cost them dearly in a 25-23 loss to Utah. Michigan managed just 203 yards of total offense, and only a mind-boggling 84-yard advantage in penalties kept them in the contest.

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