The first weekend of the college football season is now over and we have a few things to talk about. It was exciting and offer some very great exciting game. It was also a rough start for the SEC. The conference as a whole went 7-7 in this opening weekend of college football. Let’s review my top games from Week 1 of the SEC.
Tennessee-20 vs Appalachian State-13
Tennessee did not have the dominant performance that Vols’ fans were expecting in their season openers against the Mountaineers. Tennessee fumbled its way into a 20-13 overtime victory over Appalachian State. The offense had some costly mistakes in the first half. Vols’ quarterback, Joshua Dobbs, had a late interception in the first half, along with a 3rd quarter fumble that Alvin Kamara recovered. Give Appalachian State lots of credit because their defensive line went head to head with Tennessee’ offensive line to create problems for the Vols.
Tennessee did not look dominant on Thursday night, however the Vols found a way to make a play to win the game. So, there will definitely have to be improvement for this week game against Virginia Tech.
LSU-14 vs Wisconsin-16
The same offensive struggles that hurt LSU last season continued in the season opener against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field. The Badgers’ defense was all over the LSU offense and the running game of Leonard Fournette. The loss to Wisconsin snapped a LSU 52-game non-conference regular-season winning streak, which had been the longest in the nation. The LSU’s offense only managed 257 yards for the game. QB Brandon Harris threw two interceptions, including one with 52 seconds left in the game that sealed the win for Wisconsin. That particular interception caused a late flagrant personal foul from LSU offensive lineman, Josh Boutte on Wisconsin junior safety, D’Cota Dixon, who picked off the interception from Harris. Boutte is suspended for this week game against Jacksonville State.
It was a really rough day for the Tigers in Green Bay, Wis. The only bright spot was the touchdown that came off an interception return from cornerback Tre’ Davious White. LSU offensive struggles will definitely hurt them as the season progress; if the same play continues at the QB position and surely kill any chance of National Championship returning to Baton Rouge.
Georgia-33 vs North Carolina-24
Georgia, star running back, Nick Chubb is BACK!!! Chubb ran 222 yards and 2 TDs as Georgia rallied from behind to defeat North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome on Saturday. Chubb performance was great to see after returning from a season-ending knee injury last year. We saw freshman QB, Jacob Eason, who came in the second quarter and finished 8 for 12 for 131 yards with a TD. Eason help the Bulldogs surged to overcome a 10- point lead by the Tar Heels. Georgia’s defense held the Tar Heels to 315 total yards for the game. The Kirby Smart era started off with a strong performance from the Bulldogs on Saturday. If the Bulldogs keep playing like this; they could definitely be a strong contender for the SEC East.
Alabama-52 vs USC-6
Alabama dominant performance on Saturday night against USC was just business as usual. The Crimson Tide start off a little slow, but once the quarterback question was answered by true freshman, Jalen Hurts, the Crimson Tide rolled. Hurts accounted for 4 TDs as the Tide completely overwhelm the Trojans. It was the worst USC loss since 1966, when the Trojans lost 51-6 to Notre Dame. USC scored early with a field goal, but did not scored again until late in third quarter. Alabama had 465 total yards of offense and held USC to 194 yards for the game. The Crimson Tide is business as usual on their quest to repeat as defending National Champions.
Ole Miss-34 vs. FSU-45
This was an extra special treat that college football fans received the Labor Day weekend. A college football game on a Monday night and it did not disappoint. Early in the game, Chad Kelly and the 11th-ranked Ole Miss Rebels looked like they were brewing an upset for the 4th-ranked Florida State Seminoles. The Rebels had accumulated a 28-6 lead with three minutes left in the half. The Rebels were feeling very good about themselves and it appeared that Florida State was struggling a bit to get going.
However, that was only an illusion because the Seminoles put together a 75-yard drive directed by freshman QB, Deondre Francis, to give FSU a score and a lift in their morale before halftime. Then, what came after that was “pure magic” because the Seminoles came back from halftime and put together the largest comeback in school history. Whatever Florida State head coach, Jimbo Fisher, said to his team at halftime should be put in a bottle and sold in stores. Because the FSU’ defense came out and picked off Kelly’s pass for an interception and score. Then followed that up with a sack of Chad Kelly and fumble recovery leading to another score. Then, what I would like to call the “FSU effect” took over in the game.
The Rebels did regroup for a moment to score another touchdown to bring the score within 5 points with 12 minutes left in the game. However, Kelly overthrew his wide-receiver down the sideline late and took another sack in the game. In the end, the “FSU effect” was took much for Ole Miss to overcome and handed another loss to the SEC this weekend.
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