I get that there is one more game to go on this Labor Day opening weekend, but it is Monday, so it is time for our college football overreactions from what we saw Saturday and Sunday.
Kicking off the weekend
I tried to convince myself, and everyone else, that Alabama needed a minute to get up to speed, and that Miami, with all its returning players, would hang with the Tide.
Well, apparently Alabama got up to speed on the bus ride over from the hotel and they just eviscerated the Canes from start to finish. Even when Miami debuted their new turnover chain, they had to put it away quickly when review revealed that, in fact, Alabama had recovered their own fumble. And with the uninspired game turned in by Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler, all of a sudden, Bryce Young’s name is in the mix. Long way to go there, but my goodness, what a performance.
I did give you Penn St., Georgia, and UCLA as winners, and all 3 underdogs won outright. Penn St. and Wisconsin gave us an old-fashioned Big 10 bloodbath with the Nittany Lions coming out on top. Whether that can beat Ohio State with that defense will be another story.
ACC woes, SEC storylines to follow
— Overtime (@overtime) September 6, 2021
Clemson and Miami weren’t the only ACC teams to struggle as Duke and Georgia Tech lost to middle-of-the-road Group of 5 teams and Top 10 ranked North Carolina was beaten by unranked, in conference foe, Virginia Tech. Boston College looked good dispatching FCS Colgate, but not much can be gleaned from that one.
I stated on Friday that I was in “Show me” mode on LSU, and they sure did show me…showed me that they are who we thought they were in 2020. In the meantime, UCLA looks polished and physical, and Head Coach Chip Kelly may finally be returning to some sort of national prominence soon.
Notre Dame vs. Florida State
Sunday night, Notre Dame burst out to an 18 point lead into the fourth quarter against an emotional Florida State Seminoles team that was honoring Bobby Bowden. The field had been dedicated to him and the crowd was in full throat throughout the game.
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) September 6, 2021
The Noles seemed destined to do something almost mystical when McKenzie Milton, the transfer from UCF who hadn’t played in nearly three years due to a gruesome knee injury that required multiple surgeries, entered the game when starter Jordan Travis left the game when his helmet came off.
Milton led a furious comeback to tie the game at 38, but in the end, it was Notre Dame waking up the echoes with a 41 yard Jonathan Doerer overtime FG. The Domers got the win but didn’t cover the 7’ points, leaving me 3-2 on my picks, ATS, from Friday.
Finally, I am a big proponent of not making any grand pronouncements about teams until after 3 weeks of the season. I need to see if you are who you looked like in week 1, or week 2…so after 3 weeks, I’ll start posting my Top Four, and First Four out for the season. But it was glorious to see a full slate of games Saturday and the season is now underway in earnest! Now bring on the NFL!
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