College Football kicked off its 2017-18 season this weekend with five games, starting with Oregon State @ Colorado State at 11 a.m., finishing with local Stanford facing Rice in Sydney, Australia.
Week Zero Recaps:
Colorado St. 58 – Oregon St. 27, Colorado State christened new Colorado State Stadium with 31 point trouncing of PAC-12 cellar-dweller Oregon State.
BYU 20 – Portland St. 6, BYU won a defensive slugfest over FCS Portland State thanks to two late field goals.
Hawaii 38 – UMass 35, The weekend’s most exciting game was only available online. Hawaii QB Dru Brown threw for 391 yards with the last 7 coming on a touchdown pass with 48 seconds left to pull ahead for good.
No. 19 South Florida 42 – San Jose State 22, Potential playoff Cinderella South Florida overcame a sluggish start to beat upset minded San Jose State
No. 14 Stanford 62 – Rice 7, Former Heisman finalist Christian McCaffrey departed and left a huge hole in the Stanford backfield, which was patched on the first play from scrimmage, with Bryce Love running the ball 62 yards for a touchdown. Love would finish the game with 180 yards on the ground. Stanford got the lead early and never relinquished it, at one point leading 55-0. Up next for the local favorites is No. 4 USC, which could be a precursor to the PAC-12 Championship in December.
This season is sure to be a good one, as many familiar faces are returning to top schools, such as 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson (Quarterback, Jr., Louisville), 3rd place finisher Baker Mayfield (Quarterback, Sr., Oklahoma), and sixth place finisher Jake Browning (Quarterback Jr. Washington). Other notable returners include Sam Darnold (Quarterback, So. USC), Saquon Barkley (Halfback, Jr., Penn St.), and Jalen Hurts (Quarterback, So., Alabama) who lead Alabama to the National Championship game last year despite being a true freshman. Speaking of National Championships, Alabama is once again the odds on favorite to win, with 3-1 odds to win, following them is Ohio State (4-1), Florida St. (7-1), and USC (7-1). After them, there is a big drop off, with the next closest team being Oklahoma, at 15-1. The favorites to win the Heisman Trophy this year are Mayfield, Darnold, and Barkley. The top game to watch this year will most likely come in week 1 between No. One Alabama and No. Three Florida St. Speaking of top ranked teams this year, the AP top 25’s top 10 goes as follows:
Analyzing the poll, this the 10th straight season (since 2008!) that Alabama will be ranked #1 at some point in the season. This is also the first time in history that a team ranked #1 will play a team ranked better than fourth in the poll in their opening game.