College Football Week One: What Have We Learned?

Alabama is really damn good.

It takes guts to schedule an opening week opponent like Alabama or Michigan.  Give both teams credit; they didn’t take the easy way out to start the season   (see Oklahoma State).  What is blatantly obvious if you watched this game is that Alabama is a complete team, while Michigan is centered around one extremely talented player, Denard Robinson.  Michigan couldn’t block, tackle, complete a pass, cover a receiver, or find a running lane.  This was supposed to be a marquee #2 vs. #8 matchup, but it was clear from Minute One that Alabama was the better team, and they were going to win the game, and win it handily.  Alabama doesn’t do anything flashy, just execute.  Bama may not win the National Championship this year, but there isn’t a single team in the country that I would feel confident about their chances in beating the Crimson Tide.

Penn State is in serious trouble. 

If Penn State can’t beat a team like Ohio now, what are they going to do when the sanctions really take effect?  The NCAA sanctions really haven’t taken their toll yet.  Yes, nine players left, but the lack of scholarships, financial burden, and absence of bowl games really haven’t taken effect yet.  If the Nittany Lions get beaten handily by the Ohio Bobcats at home (after leading by eleven at halftime nonetheless) in Year One of their sentence, what is Year Four going to look like?

FBS vs. FCS matchups are a joke. 

These ‘games’ need to stop.  Now.  Oklahoma beat Savannah State, an FCS team that went a combined 1-23 in their last two seasons, 84-0.  To their credit, the Oklahoma State coaching staff started substituting reserves almost as soon as the game started, but it never should have come down to that.

I am not usually a fan of the NCAA stepping in, but they need to make a rule against FCS vs. FBS matchups.   They are nothing more than glorified preseason games and a license to print money.  Savannah State received a $385,000 payout from playing this game, but was it worth it?  These two teams did not belong on the same field, plain and simple.  Even T Boone Pickens didn’t think this game should be scheduled.  If you’re going to schedule a cupcake, at least make it a team like UAB, New Mexico State, or Wyoming.  You know, someone who is at least given roughly similar resources to work with.

Offenses are ugly.

How many times are we going to be forced to watch 80% of the teams in the country run that same read-option play for minimal results?  Football is a copycat game, and the entire country has adopted that style of offense.  When everyone runs the same offense, it ceases to be different (obvious, I know), which makes it easier to stop.  Once tactics are neutralized, the game becomes a battle of who has the best athletes, and the traditional powers are still winning that battle.

Addition to the above:

Slip Screens, QB Draws, and Rollouts are not meant to be staples of an offense. 

All of these plays are meant to be used a couple times a game, at the very most.  The principle of “one is good, two is better, ten must be phenomenal” does not apply here.  All of these plays are designed as gadgets to catch a defense when they’re sleeping.  Tricks don’t work when the defense is expecting them as the norm.  See the economic Law of Diminishing Returns.


7 Responses to College Football Week One: What Have We Learned?

  1. Agree, agree, agree about spread offenses! I used to prefer college to pro football because of the variety of styles from week to week. One week you might see a triple option vs. a run-and-shoot, the next an I-formation vs. a west coast offense. Now everyone runs that ridiculous spread option, which is nothing but the 50’s wing-T with a few receivers split out wider.

    I find myself on Saturdays now not looking for the matchups of highest ranked teams, but just for any team that runs a real offense.

  2. RadarLuvsTheTandy says:

    ND is back!!

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