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Recap of Saturday’s Action in Week 1

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Football. Is. Back.

We are officially in the full swing of college football and the 2018 season. After some incredible games yesterday, it’s amazing to see how everything is just better in life when football is back.

With football being back, it’s never too early for some CFP Standings, so here’s my updated Big Board after Saturday:

Berger’s Big Board

CFP Standings

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Georgia
  4. Oklahoma

First Two Out

  1. Ohio State
  2. Auburn

Next Best Four

  1. Notre Dame
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Stanford
  4. West Virginia

Biggest Surprise: Ole Miss – Across the country many media outlets predicted Ole Miss to finish close to last in the SEC West. Their predicted mediocre season must have been bulletin board material for the Rebels going into yesterday’s game against Texas Tech. Their 47-27 blowout of the Red Raiders shocked many people, and Ole Miss’ “us against the world” mentality might just put them in the right mindset to play spoiler again this season.

Biggest Disappointment: Michigan – Tennessee’s former coach Butch Jones is 8-8 in his last 16 games. So is Jim Harbaugh. Michigan was predicted by many that this would be their year, and that their first game against Notre Dame would be a tough win for the Wolverines. Not so much. Notre Dame manhandled Michigan for four quarters and added another game to the long list of examples that show Jim Harbaugh is arguably the most overrated coach in college football.

Best Performance: Alabama – At this point it may just not be fair. Alabama absolutely dominated Louisville in every aspect of football. Louisville may be really bad this year, but still, Alabama single handedly dismantled the Cardinals. Again, Alabama doesn’t rebuild. Alabama reloads.

Worst Performance: FAU – What many thought, including myself, would be a decently closer game, simply was not. No one really expected Lane Kiffin to waltz into Norman and upset the Sooners. On the other hand, many did expect him to waltz into Norman and at least put up a fight. 42-0 at halftime and a 63-14 final with the talent FAU has is just an embarrassment. Luckily for the Lane Train, FAU’s biggest opponent all season is in the rearview mirror. On a side note, Oklahoma played with a massive boulder on their shoulders yesterday. Big 12, be scared.

Best Heisman-like Performance: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia – He was 25 of 34 for 429 yards with 5 TD passes and no interceptions. His passing yards accounted for 78.4% of the offense’s total yards in the Mountaineers 40-14 win over Tennessee. Stats like this put one in solid Top 5 contention for college football’s most prestigious personal award. The last stat of his that jumps off the page is his 12.6 yards per pass. Not yards per completion, but yards per pass. If this continues, the Big 12 should look out and Heisman voters should take note.

The flag Maryland’s team had to honor fallen teammate Jordan McNair. Photo Credit: TheAthletic

Best Moment: Maryland players honoring their fallen teammate by lining up for the first play of the game with only 10 players on the field – Over the summer Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair passed away due to complications from heat exhaustion suffered during offseason workouts. His teammates wanted to honor him yesterday in many ways. They had helmet stickers with his number (79) on the backs of their helmets. They also came out of the tunnel before the game carrying a flag with his number on it. They even had two players holding his jersey at midfield during the coin toss. But the best part came before the first offensive play for Maryland. They lined up with 10 men on the field and were called for a “delay of game” penalty. In classy and honorable fashion, Texas declined the penalty. Maryland went on to win 34-29. 

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