Just saw Braxton Miller’s spin move on Vine and it broke both my ankles… https://t.co/UsowgKt8bR
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) September 8, 2015
Football is officially back. While we are a few days away from the professionals starting their season, the youngsters didn’t disappoint as the opening weekend in college football was filled with its share of highlights and story lines.
Coming into the season there was a lot of talk about this possibly being a down year for the SEC, the most dominant conference during the past decade. If opening week is any indicator, the SEC will be just fine. The SEC as a conference went 12-1 for the weekend, while all eight of the Top 25 AP ranked teams in the conference won their season opener, by an average of 20 points.
If the SEC proved it was still the dominant conference, the PAC-12 showed it still has a way to go before it can compete for the title as best conference in the nation. Two of the six teams the PAC-12 had in the AP rankings fell to unranked teams this weekend (Stanford & Arizona St), Washington also fell to Boise State. What was truly troubling for the conference was the manner in which their tops teams did win. Oregon gave up 42 points to Eastern Washington and No. 22 ranked Arizona struggled to put away University of Texas San Antonio 42-32 while losing All-American linebacker Scooby Wright in the process. It’s early, but it looks like the two teams from Los Angeles may be the conferences best hopes to make it to the playoffs.
This weekend was about fresh starts and new beginnings. Jim Harbaugh took over as the head coach of Michigan this summer, and many in Ann Harbor feel he could resurrect Michigan football. The Wolverines committed four turnovers in their first game under Harbaugh, but only lost by a touchdown, a bright future could be in store for Michigan fans. New Nebraska head coach Mike Riley was 10 seconds away from starting his career in Lincoln with a win, but a Hail Mary touchdown grab by BYU as time expired put an end to that. Even though Will Muschamp isn’t a head coach anymore, this weekend was his first real action as defensive coordinator of the Auburn Tigers. The Tigers were shaky in their 31-24 win against the Louisville Cardinals, but it was Muschamp defense that was a bright spot. Forcing two turnovers, and scoring a defensive touchdown.
How the weekend ended was nothing less than fitting. The best team in the nation took the field, and put on a show. Not knowing who would be the quarterback right up until the team took it’s first offensive snap, Ohio State jumped out to a quick 14-0 first quarter lead behind the play of Cardale Jones, Ezekel Elliot. Virginia Tech would comeback and make it a game in the second quarter before the Buckeyes dominated in the second half, mostly in part to the big plays by quarterback converted to receiver Braxton Miller. The Buckeyes would win its season opener 42-24 while playing on the road for the first time since 1998.
Football is back, so we can now all enjoy our weekends just a little bit more.