Alabama; Man amongst Boys; Recap Week 1

                                            Alabama; Man amongst Boys

If the “marquee” Alabama/Michigan season opening national showcase college football game was a Broadway play, it would have closed down at the intermission, with a full refund returned to its patrons.

The Tide stormed to a 31-0 lead, embarrassing, and dominating the Wolverines, with its curtain closing 41-14 Tony Award winning performance.

Nick Saban’s crew also served notice, that there will be no championship hangover, and that Alabama is indeed, very deserving of its No. 2 ranking.

In fact at the closing seconds Saban, who isn’t prone to any outward affection, turned toward his team on the sideline, and applauded their performance.

Alabama also found its next tailback star, in true freshman T.J. Yeldon, who slashed for 111 yards on only 11 carries.

While Michigan’s QB Denard Robinson saw his Heisman, and Michigan’s National Title hopes disappear on the turf of the Cowboys Texas palace turf, otherwise known as; Jerry’s World.

Robinson, who was harassed and pounded all night showed his resilience by never coming out of the game.  Not all is lost for Michigan; the Big Ten Title remains an achievable goal.

Closer to home at the Heights, it was a dramatically different looking Boston College Eagles football team, whose wide open offensive attack stormed out to a 14-0 lead, only to end with a familiar result; a 41-32 loss to the U of Miami. 

Eagles QB Chase Rettig, who looked very good, threw for a career high 441 yards, but once again BC imploded with a pair of costly second half fumbles, and several dropped passes, as Miami outscored the Eagles 41-9 before BC made its comeback try. 

This could have been a season tone setting game, and a game that BC very much needed to win, especially for its embattled coach Frank Spaziani.

At another school where class is mandatory, the Blue Devils of Duke opened its season with an impressive 46-26 victory over Florida International. 

The Dukies, who have won a total of 6 games in its last two seasons, have its best team since the bowl team of the late nineties.

Quarterback Guru, Coach David Cutcliffe – the mentor of Payton and Eli Manning – has another future NFL star in his gunslinger Sean Renfree.  And the Boys from Durham just may surpass the Vegas season win total of 3.5 victories.

Old friend Tom O’Brien, had another disappointing debut, as his NC State Wolfpack, which is his best team since arriving in Raleigh, were dispatched by a rising Tennessee Volunteer team; 34-21.

It was the classic case of too much SEC speed, and another example of O’Brien, and the ACC in a big game, coming up short.

What’s going on in Maryland?

Maryland’s Randy Edsall, (formerly UConn – asst. at BC) whose coaching seat is hotter than Kim Kardashian’s, saw his Terrapins struggle mightily, scoring a late touchdown to defeat a game William and Mary squad 7-6!!  YIKES.

The best lines ever delivered regarding the Tribe is attributed to one of its former coaches; Lou Hotlz who said, “The only problem I had coaching at William and Mary, was I had too many Mary’s and not enough Williams.”

But if this is going to be the tone of the Terrapins season, whose first season under Edsall saw Maryland finish 2-10; the new coach search may already have started in College Park.

There were a pair of disappointing, and sloppy performances amongst top ten teams on Thursday, and Friday nights; when both South Carolina, and Michigan State, eked out victories.

Hail the Bobcats!!

Ohio, the best team in the MAC, under the direction of former Nebraska head man Frank Solich marched into Happy Valley, scoring 21 unanswered points in the second half, and marched out with an impressive 24-14 victory, the biggest in school history.  Good for them!

Now for the Ugly!

At Boone Pickens University also known as Oklahoma State even its patriarch; Mr. Pickens was disgusted.  “We have to schedule better non-conference opponents.” 

OkState crushed Savannah St. 84-0.  It was a nice payday for SS, but little else especially for the fans, and the sport of college football.

If I was the czar of college football, Division 1 vs. 1AA opponents would be a thing of the past.  There are 124 Division 1 teams to choose from, pick one.

In the mirror opposite: the Paul Chryst era at Pitt looked like rusted steel as Division 1AA Youngstown State smacked the Panthers 31-17.  Although to his credit, Chryst suspended six players for disciplinary reason before the start of the game.

In another shocker, 36 point favorite Houston was embarrassed by Texas State 30 -13, as the Tony Levine era came in with a dry well.

In the best game, of the long weekend, with games still remaining; Clemson defeated Auburn in a bone jarring contest 26-19.  Auburn is going to be a very good team.

Congrats to Bob Davie in his return to college football as his New Mexico Lobos defeated Southern 66-21. 

The Lobos scored 38 points in the second quarter, which equals the total amount they scored in the final six games of 2011.

While Terry Bowdon’s return to the big time didn’t go as smoothly as his Akron Zips, who won 1 game last season, were crushed by Central Florida; 56-14.

But the play of the weekend, and maybe for the season, belongs to Kent State Golden Flasher, Andre “Wrong-Way” Parker.

WW scooped up a muffed punt against Towson State, and then ran 58 yards the wrong way before being tackled by a pair of Towson players.

Why would Towson State try to stop him, if they let him score it’s a safety.

But the rules state that you cannot advance a muffed punt, so, all in all, there was no damage in the 41-21 Golden Flasher victory.

I guess the play had more flash than gold!!

That’s it from cyber space, we’ll be up and running with our week 2 analysis Wednesday night.  Until then, smile, and listen to the music!   pk

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