by Lindsay Higgins, Last Word On College Football Editor
Throw your rankings out the window. When was the last time there were this many upsets and near-upsets during the first week of action? I don’t think it’s ever happened. If any of the college football decision-maker people are reading this, more Week Ones like this, PLEASE. (There may be several clunkers next week, but why look ahead just yet?)
Things We Learned In College: Week One
Let’s start with Thursday’s action. Tennessee will almost certainly drop a few spots after needing overtime to get past Appalachian State. (Breathe, Michigan fans). The Vols have a lot of things to clean up, but I think they’ll be able to. The talent is certainly there. Might they have been looking past App State a little bit? Entirely possible.
Another team with things to clean up? Minnesota, after having three players ejected for targeting fouls against Oregon State, they need to clean up their tackling in a hurry. You can read the full story about their opener and lack of discipline here.
Christian McCaffrey got his Heisman campaign off to a nice start against Kansas State with 22 carries for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
Every year I buy into the “LSU‘s quarterback has really improved/new quarterback is better than the old one” hype and every year I look as baffled as the quarterback in the face of a pass rush. Every. Single. Year. I’m like Charlie Brown, and Les Miles is Lucy holding the football. So far, 2016 Brandon Harris looks basically identical to 2015 Brandon Harris.