College Football Final

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    WEEK 1 EDITION

    The weekend that all College Football Fans have waited 8 grueling months for has finally arrived and after a day full of action we look back and reflect on what was Week 1 of the College Football Season.

    ACC:

    Florida State this week got a huge blowout win over TCU in the opening game of the season, holding the Horned Frog to 0 points and a meagerly 177 Total Yards. With a tune up game this coming week against the FIU Golden Panthers the Seminoles look to get their team in shape before the week 3 contest against the Oklahoma Sooners and get their young players more reps in case they are called upon later this season.

    Staying in the Sunshine State the Miami Hurricanes got an early ACC victory of the Maryland Terrapins. The Miami offense looked to be firing on all cylinders on offense as they scored 41 points and had a total of 549 yards. The downside to all of it was the Miami defense which gave up 555 Total Yards. The Hurricanes still have time to get their first game defensive struggles straightend out, but with Tennessee and Ohio St. the next two games it needs to get straightend quickly.

    Up the coast in Clemson, South Carolina the Clemson Tigers took on the Troy Trojans. The Tiger defense made sure the offense would have nothing to worry about in the game as they held the Trojans to a goose egg on the scoreboard. The offense was solid with the ground game. The starting running back piled up 241 yards on 30 carries, 3 TDs and a run of 49 yards. The passing game for Clemson was a different story as the the starter completed only 4 passes out of 12 attempts and an interception thrown. With the 9th ranked Wisconsin Badgers coming to town next week for an ACC-BIG 10 Battle the Tigers have a lot to get ready for.

    BIG 10:

    Wisconsin was able to overcome some first half struggles against the UNLV Rebels to gain their first win of the season. The highly touted quarterback transfer did not look sharp the whole game, and is something Badger fans hope improve in the coming weeks. The running game was really all the Badgers needed on offense this week to get the job done but with the road-trip to Clemson coming up it will simply not be enough, and the Badgers could return to Madison with a loss and their Top 10 ranking gone.

    The #5 Buckeyes of Ohio St. trailed 10-0 mid-way through the second quarter when they finally got their offense rolling, and once it started rolling the rest of the team followed suit. The Buckeyes would hold Boise St. to only one more touchdown the entire game, and score a total of 35 points to get the win and stop the Bronco-BCS-Machine before it even got off the ground. After a game with Cincinatti Bearcats, Ohio St. will take the long trip down to South Beach to play the Hurricanes on the 10th Anniversary of the controversial call that lead to the Buckeyes winning the 2001 National Championship.

    The Nebraska Cornhuskers were able to beat the Iowa St. Cyclones in a former Big XII North Rivarly game that was never as close as the final score may have indicated. The Huskers led 20-0 at the half and it was almost mid-way through the 3rd Qtr before Iowa St. got on the board with a field goal. The Cyclones would add another field and a touchdown late to make the game look more respectable for them. After Nebraska takes on the Bulldogs of Fresno St. they too will make the trip over to Clemson, South Carolina and take part in the ACC vs. BIG 10 Battle against the Tigers.

    Michigan was able to start off the era under a new coach with a thumping of Western Michigan 48-14. The Wolverine fans had to be incredibly happy after recent years in which they almost always seemed to stumble at some point during the season with an outsider as the head coach. Even though it was only one game against a smaller school in the state, everyone associated with the program hopes what was accomplished by the team while continue on throughout the 2011 season, specifically the play of the defense after they held the Bronco's to 391 Total Yards and only 131 through the air. Time will if this Michigan squad is truly something to get excited about, especially with games against the Irish and Auburn Tigers looming on the schedule only a few weeks away.

    SEC:

    The defending National Champion Auburn Tigers got off to a start that has their fans feeling uneasy in the opening week. The Tigers beat the Utah State Aggies 21-14 in a game that went down to the wire. After a scoreless 1st Qtr the Tigers were able to punch the ball into the endzone with their running back to head into half time with a 7-0 lead. It wouldn't take long for the Aggies to respond however, as they scored right at the start of the second half. The game would remain deadlocked until near the end of the game when Utah State got what could have been the decisive blow. Fate had a different plan though as Auburn was able to score on their next possession and got what could only be describe as a "highlight reel" fumble return for a touchdown as the clock hit zero. The question now becomes will the defending National Champions be able to get their offense in gear before the SEC West Showdown with the Mississippi St. Bulldogs? A team that has given Auburn trouble in the last few years.

    In Knoxville the Volunteers were able to soundly beat the Memphis Tigers 59-0. The outcome of the game was never in question with the Vols leading 35-0 at Half-Time. Tennesse had 274 yards through the air and two running back that both had over 100 yards rushing. The only thing that Tennessee may look to improve upon is the 2 INTs thrown by the starting quarterback. It will be interesting to see if the Volunteers can continue this pace against the Miami Hurricanes next week in Knoxville. Are the Tennessee Volunteers back on track to lay claim to the SEC East again? If week 1 was any indication that answer would be a resounding yes.

    Down in "The Swamp" Florida played host to the FAU Owls in an in-state battle. If the Owls were to take one positive away from the game, it could be that they actually held the lead for a little over 3 minutes. After that the game was controlled at Florida's pace, which is generally a very quick one. The quarterback looked sharped completing 10 of 13 passes with 2 TDs and 0 INTs. The Gators also had two running backs go over the century mark on way to a 59-10 victory. Any worries that the Gator Nation had in a new head-coach have been put to an end, at least for now anyway. Florida will play another team from their state next week as they take on the Bulls from South Florida.
     
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