Saturday, September 17, 2016

Great College Football Season Already

Winningest College Football Teams in Each State

I cannot be happier that college football is back. We are in Week 3 and rankings have been moving around like pieces on a chess board. The first week of the season is always very exciting because I can’t wait to see if teams live up to the preseason hype and hang on to their rankings. Good recruiting classes and healthy returning starters are important, but you never know what’s going to happen until the teams take the field.

Several games during Week 1 changed the football landscape. It was no surprise that top-ranked Alabama defeated #20 USC down in Texas, but the score was quite a surprise (52-6). I expected a top-25 team to put up better numbers and so did the Associated Press. USC dropped out of the top 25. Tennessee entered the season at #9 but needed overtime to beat Appalachian State (20-13). They dropped to #17 but their Week 2 win over Virginia Tech (45-24) elevated them to #15. Houston entered the season at #15, but the show they put on at home defeating #3 Oklahoma (33-23) elevated them all the way to #6. Oklahoma dropped down to #14.

One of the best opening week games, in my opinion, was #10 Notre Dame vs. Texas. Texas has a history of great quarterbacks (e.g. Vince Young, Colt McCoy) and their true-freshman gunslinger, Shane Buechele, is no exception. He had two touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown in his first college game. The teams battled through double overtime with Texas pulling out the win (50-47). As a result, Texas went from unranked to #11. Notre Dame dropped to #18.

I was excited to see LSU ranked at #5 to begin the season because college football is more fun to me when several SEC teams are expected to have a strong season. Unfortunately, they lost to an unranked Wisconsin team (16-14) which dropped them down to #21.  They moved up one spot to #20 after their Week 2 victory over Jacksonville State (34-13). Wisconsin landed at #10 after the victory and gained an additional spot (#9) after their Week 2 victory over Akron (54-10).  It's a long season, though, and you can never sleep on LSU.

I hope you are enjoying the first few weeks of college football season.  I expect a lot of great games and plenty of shuffling in the AP Top 25.  If we can get some cooler weather to go along with all this football, that would be perfect.  Enjoy the season!

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