By Seth Douglas
With the opening week of college football living up to all expectations and an all around great feeling, it was good to see football back. Kicking off Saturday had 3rd ranked Georgia vs. 11th ranked Oregon in Atlanta, Georgia at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The atmosphere of the game and in the stadium was bigger than life. Both sides were pumped up to be out on the field and have over 70,000 fans cheering on their team. Starting the first half, Oregon gets it going with their fast paced up tempo offense being lead by transfer QB Bo Nix, going for 21/37 with 173 YDS passing.
It was just not enough for this defending national championship team, Georgia reloading on defense and the offense not missing a beat with 6th year senior Stetson Bennett going for 25/31 with 368 YDS passing 2 TD’s. It was a demolition Derby with the final being 49-3. The Bulldogs put the whole college football landscape on notice as to why they should be the number one team in the nation.
Moving on to a top 10 match up in Columbus, Ohio had the 2nd ranked Ohio State Buckeyes facing the 5th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Coming into this game the main questions were; how good is the Ohio State defense going to be? How will Marcus Freeman look in his first game as Notre Dame head coach? Also how is the best offense in the nation with C.J. Stroud at the head of this team going to perform?
It wasn’t so much an offensive explosion for the Buckeyes but the defense showed up and found a way to win and give Ohio State a 1-0 start on the season. 21-10 doesn’t scream big numbers for the offense, but the acquisition of Jim Knowles shows that it has giving new life into the defense, with the great defensive line play when it counted. From sophomore Michael Hall Jr. 7 Tackles two of them for loss and a key sack coming in the second half closing the game out.
C.J. Stroud ending the night 24/34 with 223 YDS 2 TD’s some consider a light night for the former heisman finalist but, the hero of the game besides the defensive side of the ball was Miyan Williams, 14 CAR 84 YDS 1 TD this game was made for him. The physical nature of his running style was what the Buckeyes needed to pull this game out and win.
Ending with the night cap with the LSU Tigers vs Florida State seminoles. When we say an unpredictable game this is the definition of that. Coming into this game with a new head coach in Brian Kelly coming from Notre Dame and trying make his name in the SEC along with his new transferring QB former Arizona St, Jayden Daniels.
Then on the FSU side, second year head coach Mike Norvell and second year QB Jordan Travis tried to find their footing to propel the Seminoles program in the right direction. It was very sloppy to say the least, from the stand point of LSU’s play on the field for majority of this game, talent definitely kept them in the game, along side with some questionable play calling on both sides.
Starting with Florida State being up 24-17 with 1:20 on the game clock 3rd and Goal on LSU 1 yard line and decided to do a pitch play to the right to the running back and fumbles on the goal line, and letting Daniels drive the Tigers 99 yards down Field to score the go ahead touchdown. LSU special teams have not been good during this contest already. Allowing a block field goal in the first half, Florida State manages to pull it off once more!
Walking off the field in shocking fashion 24-23 giving the Seminoles a 2-0 start on the season. Jordan Travis finishing the night 20/32 260 YDS 2 TD’s, Jayden Daniels for LSU going for 26/35 209 YDS 2 TD’s and more question then answers like Paul Finebaum said “you payed 10 million dollars for that.” Is it to early to hit the panic button in Baton Rouge yet? Time will only tell but time is of the essence