The Notre Dame/Texas instant classic was the cherry on the sundae of the best overall opening weekend in college football history. It had a little bit of everything. Upsets. Standout individual performances. Incredible highlights. And more drama than a divorce mediation.
Nick Wright, filling in for Colin in The Herd on Labor Day, proclaimed that college football’s opening weekend was the rare instance of sports living up to, and exceeding, the massive hype.
“What was promoted as the best opening weekend in college football history, delivered as the greatest opening weekend in college football history.”
With so many story lines from the weekend, here are 5 takeaways:
- Texas/Notre Dame instant classic – Whoa. This was the most magical night of your youth in sports form. An unforgettable program changing win for Texas and Charlie Strong. This is why we love college football, unless you’re a Notre Dame fan.
— Danny Davis (@aasdanny) September 5, 2016
2. Houston is here – Future LSU Head coach Tom Herman is Urban Meyer 2.0. The Cougars rolled Oklahoma and look like they have a clear path to the Final Four (depending on how Oklahoma finishes out). Greg Ward, Jr. and the Cougs look like they can play with anybody.
— Steve Colis (@scolis) September 3, 2016
3. Saban treats USC like they had a media credential – The Crimson Tide played half asleep in the first quarter against USC. They roasted the Trojans 52 – 3 after that. More importantly, the Tide may have found their quarterback until 2020 in Jalen Hurts. Saban looks scary again.
4. Les Miles, hot seat. Hot seat, Les Miles – They’re officially coming for Les Miles’ head after Saturday’s collapse against Wisconsin. Many had LSU ranked as a Top 5 team, but Saturday proved that Leonard Fournette can only lead the Tigers so far if Brandon Harris is constantly making bad throws and worse decisions. Why can’t LSU ever get a quarterback?
5. Nebraska and Fresno State and class on Saturday – A genuine goosebumps moment when Nebraska used the “missing man” formation on its first punt of the season. Touching tribute and a special moment. San Diego State declined. Well done all around.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 4, 2016