Finally, the college football season is underway. It was an exciting weekend as always with some great games and plays including, quite possibly, the catch of the year.
That catch of the year came from Ohio State’s Devin Smith who made a leaping and twisting one handed grab in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. The Buckeyes started off slow and looked like they were so anxious that they played uptight. However, as soon as the second quarter came along the Buckeyes rolled. Braxton Miller accounted for 368 of the Buckeyes 538 yards with 207 in the air and 161 on the ground along with three total touchdowns.
Fellow Big Ten school, Michigan State, barely got by Boise State and rode the back of Le’Veon Bell who rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns and added six catches for 55 yards.
Sticking with the Big Ten, Michigan did not fare too well against the Crimson Tide of Alabama. Michigan’s poor play was a big disappointment to many as they were expected to be very good this season. Denard Robinson was not only shut down by the Alabama defense, but he also played poorly by making some bad decisions.
However, Alabama rolled. Their offensive line was dominant and opened up some major holes for their running backs to get through and out into space. AJ McCarron controlled the game from the beginning and was mistake free. The Alabama defense looked like they will have the best defense in the country, yet again.
Former number one in the polls, USC, took down Hawaii with ease but still lost their ranking to Alabama. Heisman favorite Matt Barkley threw for 372 yards and 4 touchdowns including 2 to Robert Woods. Marqise Lee added 10 catches for 197 yards and a touchdown as well.
Oklahoma did not play like fourth ranked team in the country as they looked bad against UTEP. South Carolina squeaked by Vanderbilt. Oregon was up huge at halftime and then stopped scoring and ended with a 57-34 victory over Arkansas State.
West Virginia took down Marshall 69-34 with Geno Smith accounting for 5 touchdowns. LSU looked solid without the Honey Badger and Clemson took down Auburn behind Andre Ellington and his 228 rushing yards. This weekend recap can’t go without mentioning the 84-0 victory Oklahoma State had over Savannah State. Finally, Virginia Tech defeated Georgia Tech by a field goal in overtime escaping another opening game loss.
This was a very exciting weekend of college football and the rest of the season should be no different. Alabama should continue to roll, and USC should keep up the offense for the rest of the season, potentially creating a great matchup for the national title.