Weekend Summary (so far)
College football is back and I am happy. It was back to deciding which games to watch, usually three at a time until one gets compelling.
We start with game of the day, a top ten matchup in the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta between Auburn and Washington. This was Auburn's third consecutive game in the new venue and they were looking for their first win here. Well, they got it 21-16 in a great game. Both teams are well coached, fun to watch, have good QBs and are legit. Auburn started strong, watched the Huskies storm back but used a physical game to finish. They ran it in the red zone for the winning TD and then mercilessly rushed Jake Browning on the final drive to seal the win. Washington should not be penalized for playing essentially a road game against a quality opponent.
Quoting Wedding Crashers "Crabcakes and football, that's what Maryland does", and apparently you can add beating Texas to the list. Including a lengthy rain delay, the Terps raced out to an early lead, lost it but scored late to win 34-29. Maryland has barely beat many power 5 teams twice, but Texas is their sweetspot. Longhorn fans now wonder if Tom Herman is who they thought they had or is he another Charlie Strong. TBD.
The rest of the weekend saw the normal amount of routs against lesser opponents. Yes, App St took Penn St to OT but lost 45-38. Notre Dame beat Michigan 24-17 and the khaki man may be feeling some heat and looking for an NFL job. The top 3 teams all have QB issues, the good kind, but Alabama may have settled theirs. The worst kept secret in preseason was that Tua Tagovailoa would start over Jalen Hurts, and he did playing better. The Tide demolished Louisville 51-14, and well, looks like they always do. Clemson is playing senior Kelly Bryant for now but heralded recruit, and the new Thor of CFB, Trevor Lawrence will take over soon. You can pencil the Tigers in the playoff now. Georgia is starting Jake Fromm, and he is a solid QB, but the other big time recruit Justin Fields will play. It also looks as though Oklahoma and Ohio St will score points easily.
Finally, I actually had a good time watching a Gator game. Yes they played a bad team in Charleston Southern, but you could tell things were different. Felipe Franks threw 5 TDS in the 1st half (his career total before was 9 and I only recall one of them), but he actually looked like a QB. They only had 3 penalties for 20 yards. The team played good special teams and the overall atmosphere was fun. While you cannot judge any team until they play good competition, the Gators are better.