Week 1 is in the books. Some teams looked great. Some not so great. A lot still to be determined. As Clint Eastwood’s character Blondie, a.k.a. “The Good”, says in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, “Every gun makes its own tune.” Every team in college football makes their own tune, some just sound prettier than others. This week the guys all submitted two teams, players, coaches or other things; one good and one bad from Week 1. From those eight submissions, three were chosen to represent the first edition of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
The Good – Transfer Quarterbacks and Freshmen Quarterbacks
Boy! What a day it was for QBs making their first start with their new team! Jalen Hurts jumped to the top of everyone’s Heisman list with his otherworldly stat line for Oklahoma. 332 yards passing, 176 yards rushing and 6 total touchdowns. Goodness. Justin Fields put up big numbers for Ohio State throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for another. Not to be outdone, freshmen quarterbacks put on a show as well. 4 Down Territory’s new favorite QB Hank “The Cow Dog” torched Florida State to the tune of 407 yards. North Carolina’s Sam “Howitzer” Howell threw for 245 yards and 2 TDs leading the Tar Heels to an upset win over South Carolina. Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels led the Sun Devils to a win over Kent State throwing for 284 and a couple of scores. Auburn’s Bo Nix even got in on the action leading the Tigers down for a game winning drive and throw to give Auburn the biggest win of the weekend. All in all, good weekend for newcomer quarterbacks.
The Bad – Florida State’s Excuse
Listen I get it. Loosing sucks. Loosing when you are up by 18 in the second half sucks even worse. Fans make excuses all the time. The refs screwed us. If they would have called pass interference here. Call a holding there. Rarely do you hear coaches make excuses. Even rarer is coaches making pathetic excuses, which is what Florida State coach Willie Taggart did on his weekly radio show on Monday. When asked about the loss to Boise State, Taggart said he watched film and determined hydration was the main reason the Seminoles evaporated in the second half. “They need to start hydrating early in the week and take care of their bodies. We can’t leave it up to our players just to do it. We’ve got to force them to hydrate and take care of themselves. I don’t know if we did a good job of that last weekend.” Sounds like Taggart needs to hire Bobby Boucher to be his new water boy. Could probably use him at linebacker too. Bad look for the Seminoles.
The Ugly – The Bottom of the SEC
The SEC had a terrible day on Saturday. Sure, Auburn got the biggest win of the weekend knocking off Oregon in Dallas. Alabama started slow but, turned up the heat and finished strong in the second half. LSU dominated Georgia Southern. But the bottom of the SEC was brutal. South Carolina got beat by a North Carolina team that won two games last season. Tennessee had the most embarrassing loss in program history, getting completely outclassed by the mighty Georgia State. Memphis stumbled their way to victory over Church Youth Director Matt Luke’s Rebel Black Bear Land Sharks. Not to be outdone, Missouri’s high hopes for 2019 got shattered by the Wyoming Cowboys in Laramie on Saturday night. One of the things that makes the SEC so tough is that any weekend anyone can beat anyone else. That’s not to say that South Carolina, Tennessee, Ole Miss or Missouri were going to win the SEC, they probably weren’t, but losses like these only give more confidence to your conference opponents and lend credence to the rest of the nation saying, “The SEC is overrated.” It was an ugly, ugly day for the bottom half of the SEC.