In this week's top five, former ISU team captain Luke Vander Sanden focus on what he thinks were the top five surprises from week one of college football. Find out what Luke has to think right here at CycloneNation.com.
#1- Montana State
@ Colorado- Montana State 19,
game really opened a lot of eyes this past week. Former Boise
State Bronco head coach,
Dan Hawkins, made his debut in a major division one program, that being at the
helm with the Colorado Buffalos.
Montana State, which is a D-1AA program, brought the hammer to
Colorado. Montana State
to 216 total yards, of those 106 rushing yards and 110 passing yards. What an eye-opener. With Dan Hawkins
success at Boise State, a lot of people expected big things at
year. Sure, the season is early,
and a lot of things can change from week one to week two but come on though, Big
XII North Champions a year ago to getting devastated by a D-IAA team? That is absolutely a embarrassment for
the Big XII.
#2- UAB @ #10
Oklahoma- Oklahoma 24, UAB
was another surprise game that raised some questions about Oklahoma. UAB came into
their guns loaded. As you remember,
their signal caller from a year ago in Rhett Bomar, who was dismissed from the
team due to NCAA allegations for a ridiculous amount of money earned for work
from a car dealership this past summer. Bomar is now enrolled at Sam Houston State. Defensively, Oklahoma allowed 304
total yards. Offensively,
just a mere 3-10 on third down conversions. Oklahoma head coach, Bob Stoops has to be
frustrated with his team's performance against a team Oklahoma SHOULD have taken
control over. That sure raises a
lot of question marks about Oklahoma as it continues its campaign in
3. Georgia Tech @ #2
Notre Dame- N. Dame 14, Georgia
game may or may not have been a surprise to many people but I thought G. Tech
would have a solid ball club this year, but with all the hype with Charlie Weis
and Notre Dame, the outcome of the game got me thinking about a number of
things. All-American receiver, Jeff Samardzija, was held to 74 receiving yards, with none of those yards resulting
in points on the board. Brady Quinn, who has been in Charlie Weis' system one year, had a decent performance
throwing for 236 yards, while completing 23 of his 38 pass attempts. The stat that sticks out to me is that
Quinn did NOT connect with any of his receivers for touchdowns. A lot of people look at Quinn as a
possible Heisman contender. For this to happen, Quinn must be a play-maker for
the Irish. With the possible
national championship hype surrounding the Irish from all the experts, you would
have thought that Charlie Weis' squad would have put on a better
performance. You do have to give
Georgia Tech credit for fighting to the end, and I believe that they will have a
stellar season in 2006.
4. Toledo @ Iowa
State- Iowa State
45, Toledo 43
could I leave this game out of my top 5?
A couple weeks ago, I did my top 5 on reasons NOT to overlook Toledo, and
a lot of people thought I was nuts, and maybe some people still think I am
crazy. The fact of the matter is, Iowa State won this game in triple
overtime. It sure was a game where
fans got there full moneys worth.
Sure, a lot of fans wanted and thought Iowa State should have won this game by a
bigger margin, but the experience that the coaches and players got from this
game will only be of help down the road and into the season. Hey, look at it this way. Iowa State got the overtime monkey off their
back. Big time players stepped up
in big time situations where the game was on the line. Can you say Todd Blythe
or Bret Meyer? Or how about Rashawn Parker who made two huge sacks in overtime! This defense may be young and
inexperienced, but now they are all veterans. They all have a game under their belt;
they understand the game-day routine.
#9 California @ #23 Tennessee- Tennessee 35, California
that I was on ole rocky top,
Down in the Tennessee hills.
Ain't no smoggy smoke on
Ain't no telephone bills.
the start of this song ring a bell?
Maybe you need some music to add to it, and no...I can't sing it for you.
This was a game that a lot of experts and college football fanatics picked
win, or at least the game to be close.
In my opinion, after watching this game, it wasn't even close. Tennessee dominated the first three quarters, outscoring
35-3. If that doesn't stick out to
you, you may wanna get your eyes checked!
California's defense gave up 514 yards of
total offense, of those, 216 rushing yards. The outcome of this game wasn't what I
expected it to be at all. It wasn't
tops my Top 5 surprises from week one.
Be sure to tune in next week to see what my top five entails.