I watched college football 13 consecutive hours last Saturday, not to mention a few hours Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights. That fact, combined that my blog has no editor, means that I can ramble on about Week One of college football.
Let’s begin in Athens.
Simma Down Now
Georgia fans are partying like it’s 1980.
Bulldog faithful, following a season-opening 45-21 win over Clemson, are convinced this is THE year. They’ve already used a Sharpie on their four-team college football playoff bracket. They’ve reserving a spot for Todd Gurley’s Heisman Trophy, perhaps in UGA’s indoor practice module.
Georgia last won the national championship 34 years ago.
Herschel wore number 34.
It’s in the stars.
Wait…. Herschel… Stars… Herschel’s New Jersey Generals wore (gulp) stars on their helmets…
O. M. G.
Look, Georgia was impressive in beating Clemson and Todd Gurley is really, really good. Damn good. The ‘Dawgs are certainly capable – just like a dozen other teams – of winning it all this year. But, let’s keep things in perspective.
Georgia beat Clemson – a team it was favored to beat by more than a touchdown – in a home game against a quarterback making his first career start. Nothing against Clemson, but the Tigers aren’t even the best team in their division and play in a conference ‘Dawg fans like to poo-poo (even though said conference produced the national champion last year). Clemson will win nine or 10 games this year, but let’s face it, the Tigers may not even be the best team in the Palmetto State.
So, let’s just take a deep breath.
Again, Georgia may end up playing for the national championship. Wouldn’t surprise me. I’m just saying maybe we should wait until, oh I don’t know, mid-September before reserving that Dallas hotel room.
More Thoughts From Week One
- Why are some Georgia Tech fans up in arms that the Yellow Jackets didn’t blow out Wofford? Whooping up on an FCS opponent doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Do you remember the only other time Tech failed to beat an FCS team by more than 21 points under Paul Johnson? That was 2009 – a 37-17 win over Jacksonville State. All that Yellow Jacket team did was go on to beat Clemson in the ACC Championship and play in the Orange Bowl.
- Speaking of Georgia Tech, I came away impressed with the play of quarterback Justin Thomas, wide receiver DeAndre Smelter and defensive tackle Adam Gotsis. Thomas is going to be fun to watch. Smelter will be yet another Tech wide receiver to play in the NFL. Gotsis is perhaps a year away from reminding people of Aaron Donald in terms of being a disruptive force in the middle of the defensive line.
- Florida State looked bored in the Seminoles’ win over Oklahoma State. I think FSU probably has as much or more talent than any team in the country, I’m just not sure about the ‘Noles’ motivation. I think this is a season they’ll play to the level of their competition, and that’s a dangerous thing.
- Let me preface this note with a clarification. I’m not saying UTSA is one of the best teams in the nation, although the Roadrunners might very well be one of the top 30-35 teams. But UTSA’s thumping of Houston, on the road, was impressive to watch. Or maybe I just liked their uniforms.
- East Carolina may not beat South Carolina this weekend as I assume the Gamecocks will be a tad fired-up on Saturday. I wanted to mention the Pirates, however, because if you are a true college football fan in the south, do yourself a favor and go to a game at ECU’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. To me it’s one of college football’s hidden gems. East Carolina fans are more passionate about football than any other fan base in North Carolina.