Thursday, September 10, 2015

Week 1 in Review

The top ten rankings have gotten a bit too stale for me, so I am going to try something new. Let me know what you guys think!

Most Impressive Victory

Texas A&M Aggies beat No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devils 38-17
Coming into this season, these teams were seen as rather opposites. Arizona State was believed to be a team that could win the PAC 12 South, possibly unseat Oregon for the conference championship, and maybe even work their way into the playoffs. A&M on the other hand was thought to be one of the bottom teams in the SEC West (although considering the depth of that division, that really isn't all that bad). They seem to have noticed the difference with new defensive coordinator John Chavis almost immediately. Ever since head coach Mike Sumlin took over, the defense has been a major liability and has really held back the Aggies from reaching their full potential. But that has completely changed with Chavis as the new coordinator. They should only improve with more practice and can really take this team over the edge. Offensively, you know that they can churn out points almost on command. Sophomore Kyle Allen had a solid but unspectacular day, but this was still just his sixth career start. The arsenal of receivers at his disposal will only help his development throughout the year. I don't know if they are good enough to beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa, but A&M can definitely make waves in the SEC West.

Most Impressive Player

Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA Bruins
Rosen was one of the most highly rated quarterback prospects coming out of high school in recent memory. There was little doubt that once he committed to the Bruins, he was likely going to be their starting quarterback for the first game. Rosen didn't fail to live up to the hype in their first game when he threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns against Virginia. Obviously Virginia isn't cranking out NFL players on defense at a high level, but they are still a P5 team. Rosen played a great game and showed a great range of throws for someone his age. He looks to be a natural fit in Jim Mora's pro style offense. He has some very tough road games that will really test him later in the season, but there is no doubt that he will be a great player over the next couple of years. Watch this kid as often as you can, he could be the number one pick after his junior year.

Most Disappointing

Penn State losing to Temple, 10-27
I think the only other time I've seen the hopes of a team implode so quickly was when Michigan lost to Appalachian State. This isn't quite as severe considering Michigan was a top five team then, but there were a lot of people, including myself, who thought that the Nittany Lions could win ten games this year if their offensive woes were neutralized by another year of experience and more scholarship players. That obviously wasn't the case as their offense was a downright disgrace and was completely embarrassed. Christian Hackenburg completed only 11 of 25 passes for 103 yards and one pick. Once thought to be a top NFL prospect, it is clear that he just simply isn't a good fit in James Franklin's system and maybe isn't as good as he was coming out of high school. It wasn't like he had a lot of help as his offensive line allowed him to get sacked TEN FUCKING TIMES. They let up a sack when Temple only rushed two players. It was completely embarrassing. Their defense is good, but they can only do so much to keep them in games. It is going to be another rough year for Penn State.

Did You See That?

Braxton Miller's spin move. Enough said.

It is borderline unfair that he is playing H Back now.

Week 2 Game to Watch

No. 7 Oregon Ducks at No. 5 Michigan State Spartans
Last year, Michigan State gave the Ducks quite the scare in Eugene during the first half, only to watch their lead evaporate in the second half. This should be a fantastic game. It is being played at night and is a rematch of last year's game which had some pretty significant playoff implications. This year should not be any different with Oregon the favorite to win the PAC 12 and Michigan State the biggest threat to Ohio State's supremacy in the B1G. The game starts at 8PM on ABC, so make sure you are tuned in to this game. I like Oregon 38-34.

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