Issue 2 is out this morning in the inbox of PDF version subscribers. How great was it to spend your Saturday parked in front of a TV watching a day full of exciting college football? From shocking upsets in Tennessee to that suspenseful last-minute Auburn victory over Oregon at Jerryworld, there’s plenty to talk about around the watercooler today.
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Reflecting on Week One
The marquee matchup of Week One was Oregon vs Auburn, where true freshman Bo Nix brought the Tigers back from what looked to be a humiliating defeat to make a touchdown pass with only 9 seconds to play. This kid is one to watch. For the second year in a row, the Auburn Tigers take down the Pac-12’s highest-ranked team on a neutral field in Week 1.
Week One also saw a truly humiliating defeat in Knoxville, where Georgia State beat the Tennessee Vols (wouldn’t you have loved to have bet against the Vols in that one?). South Carolina, Ole Miss, and Missouri also faced early season gut checks in the SEC. Florida State also showed they still have work to do after a close loss to Boise State. BCU also upset Virginia Tech.
On the other end, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Justin Fields made memorable debuts. We have their full stats in this week’s issue.
The Impact on our Kickoff Top 25
Comparing to last week’s ratings, Michigan fell from #3 to #6 on our Top 25. Georgia and Ohio State leapfrogged them from #4 to #3 and #5 to #4 respectively. Florida fell 3 spots from #7 to #11 as LSU took the #7 spot this week. Texas moved up a spot. Auburn jumped from #18 in our preseason poll to #15 after beating Oregon, which fell all the way from #13 to #21.
The AP Poll is usually released on Sundays during the season unless ranked teams have not finished their games. Because there’s a game on Labor Day night, both the AP and Coaches Polls will be released on Tuesday. It will be interesting to see how they react to the weekend’s activities.
Preview of Week Two
Our Games of the Week are a trio of doozies: #12 (#13) Texas A&M at #1 Clemson, #25 (#18) Stanford at Southern Cal, and #6 (#7) LSU at #10 (#8) Texas. Subscribe now, if you haven’t already, to get our preview stats for these matchups sure to turn things up a notch in Week Two of the season.
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