By Joel Silverberg / @JoelSilverberg
It’s good to have college football back.
With opening weekend in the books it’s time to take a look at who’s hot and who’s not heading into week 2.
The Good: LSU. Sure, Miami didn’t play it’s best football, but the Tigers took advantage of opportunities and put away the Hurricanes early. LSU entered the season with a lot of speculation around Ed Orgeron’s job security and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if this team unraveled before season’s end, but getting a win over a top ten team in the opener certainly doesn’t hurt.
Honorable Mention: Oklahoma. The matchup against Florida Atlantic had a good bit of anticipation for a Group of Five opponent. The line for Oklahoma was -21. The Sooners were up by 28 at the end of the first quarter and won by 49.
The Bad: Washington. The Huskies played well enough to win, but couldn’t finish in the red zone. All three of Washington’s field goals (and one miss) came on drives that reached the Auburn 15 or better. Jake Browning’s red zone fumble in the third quarter was a killer and the Huskies now likely have to win out to reach the College Football Playoff.
Honorable Mention: Michigan. It took more than 57 minutes for Shea Patterson and the Michigan offense to find the end zone. The Wolverines lost by seven in a game that wasn’t really that close. In the second half alone Michigan threw a pick, coughed up a fumble and turned the ball over on downs three times.
The Ugly: Florida State. Three points and five turnovers. At home. Not exactly what new head coach Willie Taggart had in mind for his first game in Tallahassee. The Seminoles were favored by seven and instead lost by three touchdowns in a big ACC game.
Honorable Mention: Kansas. It’s low-hanging fruit. Okay, it’s really low-hanging fruit, but it’s still mind-boggling how a Power Five team can be this bad. The Jayhawks lost to FCS foe Nichols State in overtime and haven’t beaten an FBS school since November 2016. Hard to believe we’re only eleven years removed from Kansas’ 12-win Orange Bowl season.