After the opening weekend, it looks like Nick Saban (even with Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator!) has the best team in America. And it isn’t particularly close.
(1-0) #1 Alabama44 vs. (0-1) #14 Miami 13
Bama was up 27-0 before Miami managed to cross half-field. On offense, new quarterback Bryce Young (344 yards, 4 TDs) did his best Russell Wilson impression.
To make matters worse, the Hurricanes rolled out the turnover chain down 0-27… and had to put it away after the call was overturned. Yikes.
(1-0) #5 Georgia 10 vs. (0-1) #3 Clemson 3
Both defenses dominated, but it was Georgia’s who reigned supreme after generating 7 sacks and scoring the game’s only touchdown, a 74-yard pick-six.
Georgia can’t get star receiver George Pickens back soon enough from injury. The defense can beat any team in the country outside of Tuscaloosa, but the Dawgs will need Pickens to have a chance at their first Natty since 1980.
(1-0) #2 Oklahoma40 vs. (0-1) Tulane 35
The game moved from New Orleans to Oklahoma was nearly the biggest upset of the week. Tulane outscored Oklahoma 21-3 in the second half.
It looks like the same ole team in Norman -- a high-flying offense and a defense your intramural flag team could score on.
The biggest upsets
(1-0) Montana 13 vs. (0-1) #20 Washington 7
Washington paid Montana $675,000 to play at beautiful Husky Stadium… just to lose 7-13.
To put the upset in perspective: FCS schools, like Montana, are a combined 5-358 against ranked teams in the history of college football.
(2-0) UCLA 38 vs. (0-1) #16 LSU 27
LSU Coach Orgeron told a UCLA fan to “bring your *** on in your little sissy blue shirt” before the game. After, the UCLA football Twitter had some fun with the Tigers… Geaux Bruins.
Zoom out: College football is back. Georgia-Clemson, Alabama-Miami, and Oklahoma-Tulane combined for ABC’s top-performing Kickoff Saturday since 2017 with an average of 5.04 million viewers.