Reviewing the best and worst of the first Saturday in college football

Ohio State has a two-headed monster at running back

Tim Grattan
September 02, 2018 - 7:25 pm

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – College football got off on the right foot for its first Saturday of the year. Even though no major upsets happened, we are all winners to watch wall-to-wall football for the few three months this fall.

Anyways, let’s review on the things I liked and didn’t like from Week One of the season.  

Things I liked the most:

1. Ohio State running back Mike Weber started his season on the right note. Weber had 20 carries for a career-high 186 yards and three touchdowns in the Buckeyes 77-31 season-opening win over Oregon State. Last season Weber struggled with injuries throughout the entire year and never allowed him to get back into full swing until it was too late. With Weber and J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State’s ground game should be tough for teams to deal with going forward this season.

Ohio State host Rutgers to kickoff Big Ten play next Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

2. Toledo’s Cody Thompson showed why special teams are important. In the Rockets’ 66-3 win over VMI, The senior wide receiver blocked a punt in the first quarter and returned it for a touchdown.

Thompson had three catches for 68 yards and a touchdown in Toledo’s home opener.

3. I love a big man interception and this one was phenomenal. Arizona State defensive tackle Shannon Forman dropped back into coverage and intercepted UTSA quarterback Cordale Grundy that went for a 25-yard touchdown touchdown.

The Sun Devils went on to win 49-7 in Herm Edwards’ college coaching debut.  

4. We almost witness a huge upset in State College, PA. Appalachian State forced overtime against No. 10 Penn State before falling 45-38. The Mountaineers scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to grab the lead before Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley led the Lions back on game-tying drive to force the extra session.

ASU missed a 56-yard field goal in regulation that would have won it.  

This was also 11-years to the exact date, when ASU went into the Big House and defeated Michigan 34-32.

Now the four things I hated the most:

1. Shea Patterson didn’t play well in his Michigan debut.  The former Ole Miss quarterback was expected to be the missing piece that could lead Michigan to the College Football Playoff.  On the final drive, the Wolverines are down 24-17 with under a minute to go. However, the drive ended when Patterson was sacked by Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery, fumbled the ball to be recovered by Notre Dame’s Te’von Coney.

 If Michigan still has a dream to make the College Football Playoff, they need to win-out in order to fulfill that dream.

2. Texas is so not back. The Longhorns traveled to FedEx Field to face a Maryland team that went through a terrible offseason. Also on the mind for Texas was looking to get payback for losing 51-41 against Maryland in its 2017 season-opener.  However, Maryland once again punched Texas in the mouth and won 34-29. Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger was 21-of-39 passing for 263 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and had a QBR rating of 47.7 rating.

The Terrapins defense held the Longhorns ground game to 3.9 yards and out played Texas’ offensive line.

Here’s a stat for both Texas and Maryland:  Max Olson of the Athletic said Since 2014, Texas has lost 15 games by margins of seven points of less. No Power Five team has more losses and seven of those losses were to unranked teams. Maryland is now 2-22 against ranked teams since 2011. Both wins came against Texas.

3. Mother Nature can be a S.O.B to deal with. Ohio State-Oregon State, Texas-Maryland and West Virginia-Tennessee each had a weather delay that went for more than hour. Weather also canceled two games in the Midwest – Akron at Nebraska and South Dakota State at Iowa State. Weather can’t be helped, of course. But it did make for a bummer of a speed bump for college football’s opening weekend.

4. Kansas is really, really bad at football. The Jayhawks lost to FCS’s Nicholls State, 26-23 in overtime for their first game of the season. Head coach David Beaty has more losses to FCS opponents than wins against FBS opponents at Kansas: two losses vs. FCS, one win against FBS. With Jeff Long as the new athletic director for the Jayhawks, a coaching change could be coming at season’s end.

Don't forget, the A.P. poll comes out Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Till next time ... see you in Week 2.