Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC Tags:
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College football never fails to deliver the unexpected, and yesterday was no different. There were blowouts and upsets and injuries, and the top 25 will be shaken up Monday. The Oklahoma Sooners were the highest ranked team to lose, and the ACC started off the season exactly the way it hoped not to in losing several out of conference games.
The Sooner State. Oklahoma will take a backseat to Oklahoma State in the football category, even if only for right now. The Sooners of OU were beaten by BYU 17-16, while the Cowboys of Oklahoma State defeated Georgia, 24-10. To add injusry to insult, the Sooner's Heisman candidate quarterback Sam Bradford was hurt in the game and will likely miss at least three weeks.
Blowouts Galore. It wasn't hard to find the typical opening weekend slaughterings. Tennessee, USC, Florida, Arizona State, Kansas State, Purdue, Boston College, Cal, and Texas all put up over 50 points and won by a combined score of 616-84. Nebraska and Kansas also scored 49 points each. Hell even Vandy was getting in on the act, beating Western Carolina 45-0. The biggest whooping of the day was dealt to Nichols State, who lost 72-0 to Air Force. Nice defense.
ACC Troubles. Man, the ACC really didn't need a start like this. After a horrid start to the 2008 season took all year to get over, 2009 could not have started much worse. Losses by NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Virginia, Maryland and Duke have given the conference six out of conference losses in just week one of the college football season. North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Boston College won games against pushovers, so the league is still looking for a big win. We are just one week into the season, and after FSU and Miami tangle Monday night, over half of the teams in the ACC will have a loss.
Here We Go. With Notre Dame shutting out Nevada 35-0, I cringe at the amount of ND talk that is about to be splattered all over my TV. The Irish - who have lost 16 games in two seasons - started the year ranked 22. Now, with a big victory over powerful Nevada, you can bet your lucky stars that the Irish catapult on into the top 15. To be honest, it disgusts me, but it is just part of life. The media has kissed ND's rear end for as long as I can remember, and I see no reason why 2009 will be any different.
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