College Football Week One Recap: “Welcome Back” Has Never Felt So Good
By: Adam Bross
The outlook was strong for college football’s first week; however, the majority of teams decided the hype was for the birds. They allowed fans and casual watchers to climax by four o’clock on Saturday and then just kept giving. We’re all grateful.
While not every game matched the hype, even the blowouts left mouths agape and salivation high. In other words, it has never felt better to have something back in the world. As is tradition, we’ve taken some notes:
We need more out-of-conference succulence, so give the teams motivation
The best games this weekend all occurred between noticeably strong teams:
Houston – Oklahoma
Clemson – Auburn
North Carolina – Georgia
Texas – Notre Dame
Ole Miss – Florida State
Texas State – Ohio
Wisconsin – Louisiana State
UCLA – Texas A&M
I know its impossible to predict how terrible USC is going to be or that South Carolina was going to nosedive into a 3-9 team overnight, but teams need incentive to reach into the unknown and schedule strong non-conference opponents. At this point, the biggest motivator for scheduling an Ohio State or an Alabama is “well…maybe we’ll get to host College Gameday Drinking Game?”
Remember 2014 when Ohio State won the National Title? (Me too!). The Bucks played an outstanding non-conference schedule of Navy, Virginia Tech, Kent State, and Cincinnati…and they lost to Virginia Tech. So why schedule the biggest and baddest of non-conference opponents unless you’d like to lose early and miss the playoff (i.e. Notre Dame the last two seasons).
The playoff committee needs to assume being the best of a power conference (think 2015 Oklahoma or Michigan State) makes you the best choice for the playoff. The non-conference needs to mean something or else we’ll never see these weekends again.
SEX-iest Weekend of the Season?
I hear it all the time, “Adam, the blog was great this weekend, but why do you have to hate the SEC so much?” And I am forced to reply, “I don’t hate the SEC. They have the best athletes and the best coaches and the best tradition and Alabama is great; however, the conference manages to force an entire nation onto its knees based off of beating itself. Imagine if Connor McGregor went out and hit himself in the face five times and was named the winner by unanimous decision.”
I hate the way everyone looks at the SEC, so I’m forced to marginalize the SEX-iest conference in America to an exaggerated extent to influence the thinking of my tens of thousands of readers. A loss to an LSU team that goes 8-4 is just that, a loss to an 8-4 team. The Tigers lost to Wisconsin…a very moderately talented Big Ten team. This wasn’t a trip to Columbus, Ann Arbor, or East Lansing. I’ll never pretend this was a “neutral field game”, but is it impossible to think #5 LSU can win on the road against Wisconsin?
I’m continuing my fight against the SEC love while I still can. While ammunition is available and we watched Mississippi State lose to South Alabama, Ole Miss implode against Florida State (*Editor’s note, Francois tho…), Tennessee flail across Rocky Top versus Appalachian State, and LSU dead fish around Lambeau Field for an afternoon. Is the conference the deepest? Arguably. Should a win against an eventual 8-4 team be hailed as amazing? Never. Is beating an SEC team better than any other team? Not when that team loses to South Alabama, snoozes against Southern Mississippi, trips backward versus Wisconsin, flops against Florida State in 15 minutes, needs luck and overtime to beat Appalachian State at home, or isn’t Alabama/Georgia.
Texas is only 1-0 and College Football is already better.
I’ll never join in jumping to conclusions that Texas is back and they are now the favorite to win the Big 12….BUT DAMMIT TEXAS IS WINNING THE BIG 12 THIS SEASON BECAUSE I WANT THEM TOO AND THIS SPORT IS SO MUCH BETTER WHEN TEXAS IS A WINNING TEAM. This isn’t WWE where we have to plot unthinkable results to keep terrible story going or risk John Cena fading into nothingness and having to GOD FORBID have Roman Raines or however you spell his stupid name be our champion. College football writes itself and whether Texas is 12-0 or 0-12, the sport deliciously satisfies fandom; nonetheless, having the prestigious and great teams phoenix from the doldrums of losing to Iowa State really invigorates my sex drive.
Houston is making the Playoff and I’m giddy
When this “election cycle” (**DISCLAIMER, I’M 100% IGNORANT TO THE START OR EXISTENCE OF AN “election cycle”…AT SOME POINT, GROWN MEN AND WOMEN BEGAN YELLING AT EACH OTHER**) began, I secretly wished for Hilary Clinton and Ted Cruz to be the candidates, but not because I endorse their political agendas or think of them as bearable human beings in the least. I prayed these two would be the candidates in the hopes of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump maintaining their beliefs in Bern-ing and making things great enough to run independent. Why? Because he two party system makes me very upset.
Shift mental gears away from politics and think football. Back? Great! Houston is our…Donald Trump?
Well, Houston is going to ruin the assumption that you have to be a Power 5 team to make the playoff. Eventually, college football will forget you have to be a Power 5 champion to make the playoff….or hopefully we get the suggested expansion package I’ve put in the inbox of all members of the vaunted committee.