College football is back, and for this we should all be grateful. It was quite the opening weekend over the holiday!
The season kicked off with an unexpected Thursday night beatdown by the Texas A&M over the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, launching the career of Kevin Sumlin's next Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback (Nation, meet Kenny Hill!)
The Saturday morning, we started things off with Penn State winning James Franklin's debut as head coach in Happy Valley with a 26-24 last second win over Central Florida in Ireland. (NOTE: We need an 8:00 a.m. football game every Saturday. Please, President Obama, in between rounds of golf, make this happen.) We continued with Alabama getting a tussle from West Virginia in the afternoon before putting away the Mountaineers, followed by the first in what historically we know will be about a half dozen WTF moments from Les Miles in a 17 point comeback in the nightcap as LSU beat Wisconsin.
Good first weekend that also gave us some great visual gifts, two in particular which were very clarifying on a larger scale for the upcoming season.
As you likely know, this is the first FBS college football season that will end with a playoff. Four teams in early January will square off in semifinals and a final game to crown the ultimate college football champion for the season. Right now, we don't know who the best team, who the worst team is, or how to rank any of the 120 or so in between.
But thankfully, the football gods gave us a couple of visual reminders this weekend of which teams might occupy the two ends of the spectrum.
Florida State is the defending national champion, ranked first in all of the human polls, and has the returning Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston. On Saturday night, the Seminoles won a hard fought 37-31 skirmish with a spunky Oklahoma State squad in Dallas at Jerry's World.
In that game, the touchdown that put a little daylight in between FSU and Okie State was this spectacular 28 yard dash to glory by Winston:
So there's the representative highlight of the consensus best team in the country. Now for the other end of the scale.
Say hello to Eastern Michigan! They're coming off a 2-10 season in 2013 in which their head coach Ron English was fired before the season ended. They enter 2014 with high hopes and a new head coach, Chris Creighton, who for the last half dozen years has coached at FCS Drake.
If you're Eastern Michigan, all dolled up and ready to show off your new selves, how do you announce your presence with authority? Well, with a wall of cinder blocks and sledge hammers, obviously.
Of course, that can of any number of ways, including like this...
Um, yeah. Not sure which marketing genius drew this up, but I'm guessing somebody is taking heat in the Monday morning staff meeting.
By the way, if you need WWE comparisons for each of these highlights...
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....and Eastern Michigan....
It's so awesome having college football back in our lives!