Do you know how much time I spent (and I've done the math) sitting on my couch this weekend watching the opening weekend of the college football season?
21.7 hours! 21.7 of a possible 48 hours, spent Saturday and Sunday, switching between a number of channels to watch college football.
Sure...I could have done a number of productive things (like water my plant hanging outside on my patio, put up pictures on my wall in my room, or do laundry), but now I have a dead plant, pictures and frames lying on my floor and a pile of laundry as tall as one of those FSU wideouts catching passes from E.J. Manuel against UL-Monroe (those 'Noles outside WR average about 6' 5"!).
So here are my "lazy" observations from over the weekend:
- One Shining Moment -- The national media, who was in Dallas for LSU/Oregon (I'll get to this game in a moment) took the 100-mile trip down to Waco to watch the Friday night slugfest between TCU and Baylor. When the media left Floyd Casey Stadium that night, they came away in awe of BU's offense, particularly QB Robert Griffin III. RG3 threw his name in the early Heisman talk by delivering a career-high 5 TD performance. Plus, he had his first Heisman moment of the season, by catching a pass from wideout Kendall Wright on a third down in the Bears game-winning drive. Now, Griffin III hasn't won the stiff-arm trophy just yet, not by a long-shot. But this was the perfect stage to let the rest of the country know who RG3 is and how good Baylor can be this season. The respect shown with the Bears earning a #20 ranking in this week's AP poll, their highest AP ranking since 1991.
- Wacky Weather -- There's a drought and wildfires springing up all over the CenTex area. Why couldn't the rain from the Iowa/Tennessee Tech, USF/Notre Dame, W. Michigan/Michigan, Montana/Tennessee and Marshall/West Virginia games come here to this area??? We had postponements lasting hours at these contest, and even had games called late in the 3rd or 4th quarter. Just insane weather!
- A National Championship Hangover -- Well, more like the Cam Newton hangover. Auburn struggled against a fairly decent Utah State team at Jordan Hare, needing two late scores and an onside kick recover to escape with a win. Auburn avoided becoming the first defending national champion to lose a season opener since 1998. Offensively, they still have weapons with Michael Dyer, Onterio McCalebb and Emory Blake...and QB Barrett Trotter did do his best Cam Newton impression with those two late scoring drives for the comeback win. The defense struggled stopping the Aggies. The defense had troubles last year, they'll struggle even more this year. The Tigers do own a 16-game win streak, but it may come to an end this weekend against Mississippi State.
- My OU/FSU Gauge -- Scale of 1-10 about how good I feel about Sept. 17th showdown between my Noles and the Sooners......this week, a 6. Manuel looked nervous in his first career season opening start, but eventually settled down. The Noles defense looked impressive shutting out the RedHawks. Oklahoma looked good in its home opener against Tulsa, and the Sooners do look like a top 5 team. The reason I'm at a 6 right now, FSU gets OU in Tally, otherwise I'd be around a 3.
- A New Number One -- A number of my LSU buddies made the trip to Jerry's World to watch the Tigers dominate Oregon. And I know they did me proud by celebrating the victory in style afterward (I'd be shocked if they didn't!). It was a good game plan drawn up by Les Miles and his coaching staff, especially with QB Jarrett Lee under center. He didn't have to win the game, just make some good throws and let the ground game take over. And once again, an SEC defense stopped the Ducks high scoring offense....although any team with more than a week to prepare for the Ducks has, in the past, done well against the offense.
1. LSU (last week: 6)
2. Oklahoma (2)
3. Stanford (3)
4. Wisconsin (4)
5. Boise State (5)
6. Florida State (7)
7. Virginia Tech (8)
8. Nebraska (9)
9. Arkansas (10)
10. Oregon (1)
On The Rise: Michigan State, Alabama, Oklahoma State, South Carolina
Dropped Out: None