Five Observations: College Football Week 1
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After the first exciting weekend of college football, we learned a few things about a lot of teams.
The question is, will this be an ongoing trend for the rest of the season for most of these teams, or is this just what we expect to see Week One?
1. Alabama does miss having an experience offensive line ... We expected the Tide to be good on defense, but they struggled on offense. It's obvious they miss former O-lineman Barrett Jones, Chance Womack and DJ Fluker. The Tide only produced 220 yards on offense and only had two offensive touchdowns; that won't do, even against a bad Texas A&M defense who gave up 500 yards against Rice, albeit missing four defensive starters through suspension. Yes, they actually do suspend some players for more than one half down there..
2. FCS schools are pretty good ... For those who thought scheduling an FCS school would be easy, ask Oregon State, Kansas State, South Florida, and West Virginia -- for starters -- how "easy" a game it was. The Mountaineers almost lost to William and Mary, McNeese State easily blasted South Florida, Kansas State lost to North Dakota State and the biggest surprise seems to have been Eastern Washington knocking off N0 25 Oregon State. This is not your daddy's NCAA Division I-AA any more.
3. Georgia still can't win the big game ... Typical Georgia Bulldogs team. Can put up a lot of points, but can't stop anybody. We saw it last year in the Alabama game when the Bulldogs led the Tide and couldn't hold onto it. We saw it again this time against Clemson. As good a coach Mark Richt is, for whatever reason, the Bulldogs never seem to be able to win a big game when it counts.
4. Jadeveon Clowney is out of shape ... You can blame it on illness, cramps or the weather, but the best player in America looked average the other night against North Carolina. He kept taking himself out of the game and looked winded at times. His lack of conditioning was embarrassing especially against a team like the Tarheels. Maybe Mr Clowney should spend more time in the weight room and less time in the press room.
5. Johnny Football is still Johnny Football ... If you think sitting a half would humble Johnny Manziel, think again. He played well in the second half of the Rice game, but, as usual, his antics overshadowed his play. He pretended to be signing autographs, he pointed to the scoreboard, and he trashed talked Rice players. The topper may have been him appearing to ignore his head coach while he was trying to talk to him. Welcome back, Johnny!
Tune in next week, when Lane Kiffin finally tells a yawning world just before game time who he's already chosen to start USC's Pac-12 opener against Washington State.