College football is up and running again and most of America can breathe a sigh of relief that that the season is finally here. A week in review will be something I do every week, breaking down some of the top games, upsets and players.
Games of the Week
Notre Dame vs Texas
There were many good games this week but none were able to beat the Notre Dame vs. Texas game. This game extended into double overtime into what could already be called the best game of the year. Most analysts, with exception to Mack Brown, picked No. 10 Notre Dame to win the game.
Texas’ questions at quarterback seemed to be answered by freshman Shane Buechele, who threw for 280 yards against the Irish. However, the biggest, and perhaps most unexpected contribution, came from senior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. Swoopes carried the ball 13 times for 53 yards and three touchdowns. He didn’t throw a pass, but lived up to his nickname, ‘The 18-wheeler,’ because of his Swoopes barreled over defenders on his way to making clutch first downs and the game-winning touchdown.
Oklahoma vs Houston
Several ranked teams came into their games looking shaky during Week 1, including the Sooners. Oklahoma scheduled a solid non-conference schedule with Houston on the road and Ohio State at home in the first three weeks of the season. This is a great resume builder for them.
OU fell to a Houston team that is coming off of a win against Florida State in the Peach Bowl last season. The Cougars’ lines on both sides of the ball played well. Houston’s Steven Dunbar caught seven passes for 125 yards.
One questionable aspect of OU’s offensive strategy had to do with only giving six carries to Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine, maybe the best running back duo in college football. Perine and safety Steven Parker both sustained shoulder injuries in the game but should be cleared to play in the Sooners’ next game against the Lousiana-Monroe Warhawks.
Players of the Week
Nick Chubb, running back, Georgia: 32 carries, 222 yards, 2 touchdowns
Coming off of a torn ACL, junior running back Nick Chubb silenced the critics this week with a brilliant performance against a North Carolina team that returned 19 of its 22 starters from last season. As long as Chubb runs like this, and freshman quarterback Jacob Eason can take some pressure away, look for the Bulldogs to challenge for the SEC title.
Tyrone Swoopes, quarterback, Texas: 13 carries, 53 yards, 3 touchdowns
Senior Tyrone Swoopes helped carry Texas against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with a three-touchdown performance Sunday night. Freshman Shane Buechele got the start at quarterback but Swoopes took advantage of the opportunities he was given. An often overlooked senior, Swoopes stepped up big by conquering the Irish, and perhaps getting the Longhorns back on track.
Deondre Francois, quarterback, Florida State: 33/52, 419 yards, 2 touchdowns
Freshman quarterback Deondre Francois’ season looked to start off with a loss. With former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston on the sidelines, Francois didn’t perform well in the first half of his debut. However, in the second half, Francois showed glimpses of Winston. Francois tore Ole Miss’ defense apart in the second half, leading FSU to 33 unanswered points. Ole Miss didn’t have an answer for the freshman, who already looks to be a star in the making.