Written by: Tre LyDay – Staff Writing Intern (@trelyday03)
For some the weekend is a time to relax, get away from work, and spend time with your family. For others it’s a time to sit back, watch football, and be subjected to higher blood pressure. Week one of college football supplied us with as much drama as we could handle.
Nick Chubb is back:
Chubb went down with a gruesome knee injury last year against Tennessee on the first play of the game. An entire summer of rehab, and he still wasn’t even cleared to play until about a week before the season opener. Well, he came back with a bang against North Carolina. Kirby Smart made it clear that Chubb wasn’t going to be on a “pitch count”, and held firm to that statement. Chubb totalled 32 carries for 222 yards and two touchdowns. I guess it’s safe to say that Chubb hasn’t lost a step.
Jacob Eason is UGA’s #1:
Along with Nick Chubb’s return to the lineup for Georgia. The entire city of Athens was waiting to hear whether or not their prized recruit would be under center to start the game. He wasn’t to start, but it didn’t take long for him to get in the game. Eason’s number was called at the 13:13 mark in the second quarter. He led UGA to two touchdown drives, and a field goal drive that put them ahead for good. That field goal drive included a 51-yard dime down the sideline to Isaiah McKenzie on 3rd and 5 from their own 33. With time Eason will mature, and will take a stranglehold on the starting job.
Les Miles might not make it through 2016:
LSU lost a tough one in Green Bay against Wisconsin, but that could be the least of Les Miles’s problems. He made it through last season by the skin of his teeth, and a loss to Wisconsin that absolutely nobody saw coming, is the last thing that the Tigers needed. Leonard Fournette did his job; 23 carries 138 yards, but couldn’t find the endzone. Everyone is waiting for Brandon Harris to take the next step, and be a quarterback that can lead LSU to victory so they won’t have to ride Fournette’s coattails to every victory. He was less than impressive; 12-31 131 yards one touchdown and two interceptions. LSU has a tougher schedule than it looks, and more losses could spell the end for Les Miles.
Oklahoma might have blown their shot at the playoffs:
Big game Bob, wasn’t so big game on Saturday. I put them on upset alert before the game, and Houston came out ahead, only increasing the banter that Bob Stoops can’t win when it counts. It may have been the first game of the season, but this game counted, and they didn’t get the job done. So what Baker Mayfield threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns. Oklahoma only ran for 70 yards on 26 attempts, and Joe Mixon had 40 of them. Unfortunately for them they still have to play Ohio State, TCU and Texas consecutively. Losing to Houston may have put a major hole in any chance they had of going back to the playoffs.
Kansas finally won a football game:
It had been exactly 665 days between wins for the Kansas football team. Almost a full two years between a 34-14 win against Iowa State, and their 55-6 win against Rhode Island on Saturday. Head Coach Will Beaty was emotional during the postgame press conference, and rightfully so. He was hired from Ohio State to help bring the program back into some kind of relevancy. The fans waited so long for this victory that they even stormed the field, even if the stadium wasn’t even half full. The Jayhawks play Ohio next week, can they make it two in a row?