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Week 1 college football observations for Florida State fans

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Can’t watch all the college games? We get paid to, so read this.

Sometimes twitter is not the best medium to record thoughts of longer than 140 characters. I’d like to hear yours throughout the day.

Sunday morning

  • Opening weekend games are often ugly. Other than Alabama, which has an enormous talent and coaching advantage over every program in he country, so many top teams struggled. I wish teams could play a preseason game or a jamboree.
  • USC has a good to very good offensive line, and while it was missing a starter, it is very concerning for the rest of college football that Alabama absolutely beat the hell out of them physically. Alabama’s defense held USC to 194 total yards (2.9/play). That plus Nick Saban is the reason I think everyone who picks a team other than Alabama to win the title is just trying to be cute.
  • Clemson faced a nasty defense in a hostile environment and got the win. Auburn could not block Clemson at all, and Clemson struggled with Auburn’s front, which is encouraging for FSU fans in that Auburn and Clemson have similar talent up front. I saw some on social media say Clemson looked disappointing, but I disagree. Any win in that situation on opening weekend is a good one.
  • Clemson WR Mike Williams is an NFL player in college football because he got injured and came back to school.
  • The SEC is still the best conference for my money, but not by as big a margin as in previous years. And a lot of that margin is Alabama (Ole Miss is yet to play). But Georgia did beat North Carolina by two scores. Tennessee and Arkansas avoided what would have been terrible losses to CUSA/Sun Belt teams.
  • Does Kentucky have to fire Mark Stoops? The Wildcats gave up 34 unanswered points at home to Southern Miss and lost.
  • Luke Del Rio seems to have a great grasp of Florida’s offense, but his arm is a cap gun and on Saturday night against UMass, it wasn’t even that accurate of a noodle.
  • The bottom of the ACC didn’t look very good, either. Virginia was blown out by Richmond. That’s an FCS school.
  • The Big XII (Iowa State) and Pac-12 (Washington State) also lost to FCS teams.
  • My bets column went 8-5 with two more games to play.

4PM Saturday

  • It sounds like Oklahoma’s offensive line picked up where it left off the 2015 season — getting dominated by an athletic defensive line. We are now going to have to hear about Houston all season. The Cougars will be a threat to make the playoff if they win out, but I didn’t believe Oklahoma had the talent to win it all due to its recruiting, and the same goes for Houston.
  • Speaking of Houston, it now needs to pull like crazy for Oklahoma to win out. If TCU wins the Big XII, I am not sure Houston gets in. Note that Temple lost to Army (yes, Army) by two touchdowns!
  • Seasons busted: Northwestern lost to Western Michigan. Mississippi State lost to South Alabama and Vanderbilt lost to South Carolina. The trio was projected by Vegas to win a combined 17 games, and it’s now tough to see them combining for more than 15.
  • SEC shallower than normal: In addition to Mississippi State losing to South Alabama, Missouri looked completely inept in getting dominated by West Virginia, Tennessee needing overtime to beat Appalachian State and South Carolina and Vanderbilt looked pretty poor.
  • Speaking of Tennessee, I have said many, many times that Butch Jones is not an elite coach, but that Tennessee can win because recruiting is way more important then coaching in college football. But QB Josh Dobbs is really nowhere close to the hype. It appears the media wants to make him into a great player because he is supposedly a great kid off the field and is majoring in rocket science, but it’s just not there. He is absolutely atrocious when the run-pass threat is removed.
  • Michigan State being favored by 38 and winning by just 15 against Furman does not give me the warm fuzzies about their ability to bounce back after losing several key leaders.
  • Jim Grobe looks like he is truly letting the Baylor staff run its offense the way it has always been run. Baylor’s depth is pretty awful, though, so if the Bears are to win 10 games again it’ll need to stay very lucky with injuries.
  • Good for Mike MacIntyre’s Colorado Buffaloes taking it to Colorado State. I heard on a recent radio broadcast that he could be in trouble if it didn’t get to a bowl, which I thought was crazy considering how bad the program was when he took it over.
  • Louisville’s Lamar Jackson looked great, but I was surprised at how much pressure Louisville’s offensive line allowed to Charlotte.
  • Speaking of Louisville, Jeff Brohm, the former Louisville QB who spent a half decade in the NFL is a fantastic young coach. After losing their star QB, Western Kentucky did not miss a beat.
  • The last time LSU had consistently good QB play from year-to-year, Jimbo Fisher was offensive coordinator. To have a consistently good pro-style offense in college football you have to be really good at coaching QBs in my opinion, like Fisher, Jim Harbaugh or Mark Richt.
  • If LSU’s offense continues to go this poorly (scoreless first half against Wisconsin) Jimbo Fisher will be an even richer man come the offseason because LSU will probably be able to fire Les Miles and go after Fisher again. I’m not saying he would take the LSU job, but an offer from a desperate LSU likely means a fat raise from the folks in Tallahassee.
  • Boston College is going to have to fight to make a bowl after Georgia Tech beat them in Ireland on a late touchdown. This hurts Florida State’s schedule somewhat. After watching BC and Wake Forest, I am confident FSU should be favored over them at home by more than computer models project.
  • Never, ever thought I would say this about Texas A&M under Kevin Sumlin, but ... If A&M can get its act together on offense it's dangerous because defense is nasty. I’m not sure if it can, because its offensive line quality has declined with each passing year that former head coach Mike Sherman’s offensive linemen have cycled out of the program. Still, A&M should downright abuse the SEC’s quarterbacks.