Week one has finally come and gone as we were treated to four days of triumphant wins, heartbreaking losses and everything in between. This is the week that was in G5 football!
Games of the week
(I’m aware that these 3 games are G5 losses)
1. Appalachian State at #10 Penn State: How could this game not be number one? The Mountaineers came so close to knocking off the Nittany Lions in Happy Valley. It would’ve almost been ten years to the day that they knocked off another Big Ten team on opening day (we’re still laughing at you Michigan.) Scott Statterfield’s team played their hearts out in this game. App State went toe to toe in the trenches and matched the physicality of Penn State. The Mountaineers had a chance to win the game in regulation but missed a 56 yard field goal. Penn State scored a touchdown on their opening drive of OT and App State couldn’t match it as Zac Thomas threw an interception to come up just short of a massive upset.
2. Utah State at #11 Michigan State: If you were busy on Friday night getting ready for Saturday you could’ve easily missed this one but you probably regretted it afterwards. The Aggies gave the Spartans everything they could handle in this one. Utah State’s Jordan Love made plays all night long through the air and with his feet and at times carved up the well thought of Michigan State defense. The Aggies had a late 31-30 lead until Michigan State scored a touchdown with 3:05 left to play. Utah State’s upset bid fell short as Jones threw an interception with a 1:15 left. If anything this game proves the Mountain West has yet another real threat.
3. Wake Forest at Tulane:This was the one that got away. The Green Wave did just about everything right until they didn’t. Tulane put on a really impressive defensive showing all night long and finally their offense caught up as they nailed SIXTY ONE yard field goal and then recovered a Wake fumble to send the game into overtime (break out those turnover beads baby.) Tulane’s hopes were dashed as Cade Carney scored on a 1 yard touchdown run in overtime. This looks to be the best team Willie Fritz has had at Tulane on the field and with those sweet powder blue uniforms.
Top Dogs of the week
1. Brett Rypien- Boise State, QB: The Broncos took care of business on the road against Troy and one of the biggest reason was the play of Rypien. He finished 20-28 for 305 yards and 4 touchdowns and he’s one of the reasons that many expect Boise State to be the team that takes that New Year’s Six bowl spot. With performances like this the Broncos could prove everyone right.
2. Cole McDonald- Hawai’i, QB: Another week, another appearance on the top dog list. McDonald carved up Colorado State last week and this week was no different as he tore apart Navy’s defense. McDonald finished 30-41 with 428 yards and 6 touchdowns. I think the Rainbow Warriors have a superstar on their hands.
3. Michael Warren II- Cincinnati, RB: What a day for the sophomore as he carried the team on his back to an upset win over UCLA at the Rose Bowl. Warren rushed for 142 and 3 touchdowns including a late score to seal the win for the Bearcats but more on this game later.
4. Mason Fine- North Texas, QB: I’m including a 4th here because I just couldn’t leave this one out. Fine was the main reason that the Mean Green had been receiving so much offseason love and he showed why in this game. North Texas routed SMU (a rivalry game depending on who you ask) and the quarterback put on a clinic going 40 of 50 for 444 yards and 3 TD’s.
Honorable mention: Tyre Brady- Marshall, WR: 9 receptions, 116 yards and 2 touchdowns against Miami (Ohio)
In the dog house
1. Frank Nutile- Temple, QB: There were a plethora of great quarterback performances this week but Nutile’s was not one of them. The Owls QB went 18-32 for 185 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Those turnovers lead to Temple being upset by inner-city rival Villanova but again more on that later.
2. Mike Bobo- Colorado State, HC: This may come across as piling on because Bobo appeared here last week but the proof is in the pudding. A second straight loss to in-state rival Colorado and that’s coming off the back of a bad showing against Hawai’i at home. The Rams were always competitive against the Buffs even beating them numerous times but last two season they’ve looked over matched. Did the Rams extend Bobo’s contract too soon?
Upsets of the week
1. Cincinnati over UCLA: How do you spoil Chip Kelly’s return to college football? You take a hungry Bearcats team into the Rose Bowl and run it down their throats. Luke Fickell took over a rebuild when he got to Cincy. He’s done well with recruiting but hadn’t yet put it together on the field. This win was a giant step in the right direction and just like that the Bearcats are ahead of schedule.
2. Villanova over Temple: The battle of who is Philadelphia’s true college football team was decided on Saturday with the Wildcats upsetting the Owls. This was no fluke either as the Wildcats were just more physically dominant on the line of scrimmage and they got one heck of a showing from their QB Zach Bednarczyk. Geoff Collins’ team ended last season a high but a lot of that momentum was crushed with this loss.
3. *NC A&T over ECU*: This literally happened as i’m writing this. This is the place that ECU has fallen to as a program. It may be time for a regime change for the Pirates.
Tweets of the week
- In my best Emma Stone voice... “OOO BURN”
Oh man, Cincinnati let UCLA hang around for too long.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) September 2, 2018
2. Uh... at least they were confident
3. Oh Kansas don’t worry, basketball season soon come.
What we learned
1. Florida Atlantic is not ready to swing above their heads: I don’t think a lot of people were expecting the Owls to outright upset the Sooners but I also don’t think they expected them to get embarrassed either. Oklahoma steamrolled their way to a 63-14 win and this was over early on. This game doesn’t mean by season’s end that Kiffin won’t have a good football team on his hands but it does mean that they aren't quite ready to compete with the defending Big12 champions just yet.
2. The Mountain West is good: While not every team had a great showing in week one (looking at you Wyoming and Colorado State) but as we stand right now the conference appears to have four legitimate contenders for the conference championship in Boise State, Fresno State, Utah State and Hawai’i. Once conference play begins I see even more teams emerging like Wyoming, San Diego State and even a team like Nevada. Is the MWC the new AAC? Maybe not but it’s getting a lot closer.
3. Houston... we have defensive problem: The Cougars ended up taking care of business against in-town rival Rice but it wasn’t without some struggles. While D’Eriq King and the offense had a good showing, the defense struggled and especially in the first half against a Rice offense that was coming off struggle against Prairie View A&M. Could the defense prevent Houston from being a New Year’s Six game contender?
Maybe the best off all the turnover swag.... thanks for this Boise State