Surprise! College football off to fascinating start with some shocking results

Surprise! College football off to fascinating start with some shocking results


Auburn Tcornerback Jaylin Simpson celebrates the Tigers' victory against the Oregon Ducks at AT&T Stadium. (Photo: Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports)

Week 1 of college football is (almost) in the books, with just a smattering of games yet to be played over the holiday weekend. Auburn-Oregon lived up to the hype Saturday night as one of the few ranked vs. ranked games on the schedule, with freshman QB Bo Nix helping the Tigers complete an impressive comeback with a TD toss with 9 seconds to go. 

Despite the lack of other "marquee" games, Week 1 was still filled with fascinating results. Florida State, for one, lost its opener again thanks to a stunning Boise State comeback. The result makes second-year coach Willie Taggart and Co. one of the biggest losers of the weekend.  

The only team that might have been more disappointing Saturday was Tennessee, as the Volunteers lost as 26-point favorites to Georgia State, which went 2-10 last year, in what our Dan Wolken called the worst loss in school history. 

Some other highlights from college football's second opening week:

  • Sure, Idaho lost to Penn State 79-7, but the school's checking account won big. 
  • Georgia transfer Justin Fields might have been too good, too soon in his Ohio State debut. 
  • In an otherwise uninspiring win for Michigan State, the Spartans held Tulsa to minus-73 rushing yards.
  • Why Hugh Freeze was coaching from a hospital bed in the Liberty box. 
  • Clemson has a Heisman contender not named Trevor Lawrence.
  • Wisconsin also has a Heisman contender. (He isn't named Trevor Lawrence, either.)
  • Oklahoma State-Oregon State was delayed for a weird reason.
  • Purdue led Nevada 31-14 at one point. The Wolf Pack won, 34-31.
  • And it was a REALLY good day for Nevada's freshman kicker.
  • Dan Wolken explains why Oregon should be panicking.
  • No. 24 Iowa State needed triple overtime to beat an FCS foe.  
  • New Mexico coach Bob Davie was hospitalized after his team's win due to "a serious medical incident."  

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