The second the first game started on Thursday night, all college football fans forgot the scandals that dominated the off-season headlines. Murray State and Louisville kicked off the weekend, but #11 Wisconsin-UNLV, more specifically, Wisconsin’s QB Russell Wilson – it’s weird not typing NC State after his name – stole the show. Things only got better Friday night when Baylor and #14 TCU put on a show for the ages in an epic 50-48 win for Baylor. Saturday offered up what was supposed to be the two marquee games of the weekend with #5 Boise State facing #19 Georgia and #3 Oregon facing #4 LSU. The weekend ended with Maryland debuting new uniforms and defeating scandal-stricken Miami on Monday Night.
Game of the Weekend:
Baylor 50, #14 TCU 48
The game itself had little hype, but the game was back-and-forth, and even had an epic comeback from TCU. Robert Griffin III carved up what had been one of the top defenses overall in 2010. Griffin set the tone for what could be a Heisman Trophy worthy season. Griffin was 21-for-27 for 359 yards and 5 TD’s; he also added 38 yards rushing. It was definitely worth staying in on a Friday night for.
#23 Auburn 42, Utah State 38
#5 Boise State 35, #19 Georgia 21
Maryland 32, Miami 24
Players of the Week:
QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor – 21/27 for 359 yards and 5 TD’s and 38 yards rushing.
Honorable Mention: QB Danny O’Brien, Maryland; QB Russell Wilson, Wisconsin; RB Vick Ballard, Mississippi State; QB Kellen Moore, Boise State; WR Robert Woods, USC
CB Cameron Chism, Maryland – 6 tackles (1 for loss), 1 forced fumble, 1 interception and a defensive touchdown.
Honorable Mention: CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU; LB Vontaze Burfict, ASU; LB Antonio Allen, South Carolina; LB Brandon Herron, Michigan; S Jerrell Young, USF
If I had a Heisman vote my ballot would look like this:
1) QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
2) QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
3) QB Kellen Moore, Boise State
4) QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma
5) QB Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Week 2 Preview:
Week 2 won’t have the top 5 matchups like week 1 had, but there are some solid matchups. The 5 games to watch:
1) Arizona at #9 Oklahoma State – Thursday at 8 PM on ESPN
2) #21 Missouri at Arizona State – Friday at 1030 PM on ESPN
3) #3 Alabama at #23 Penn State – Saturday at 330 on ABC
4) #12 South Carolina at Georgia – Saturday at 430 on ESPN
5) BYU at #24 Texas – Saturday at 7pm on ESPN2
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