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BLOG: 1st week of college football lived up to hype

If this is what we waited all summer for, it was well worth the wait.

Week one of the college football season was billed as the best 1st week EVER.  Yes I said ever.

With match ups like USC vs #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson vs Auburn, #15 Houston vs #3 Oklahoma, #5 LSU vs Wisconsin at Lambeau Field, #18 Georgia vs #22 North Carolina, #10 Notre Dame vs Texas, and #11 Ole Miss vs #4 Florida State, the hype machine was churning out all the talk it could.

Boy did it ever deliver with most of those games and a ton more.

Started last Thursday as Appalachian State pushed #9 Tennessee to the limit, but lost 20-13 in overtime.  App wasn't the only Sun Belt team that pushed an SEC team to the limit.  

The same night, South Carolina pretty much slept walked against Vanderbilt before getting their act together in the 4th quarter and won 13-10 on a game winning 55 yard field goal.  Talk about a clutch kick.

Then on Saturday, we got all we could handle.  

First off, we found out the defending national champs are back in a big way as they beat the brakes off USC 52-6.

We also found the non power 5 team to fear when it comes to playoffs as Houston beat Oklahoma 33-23.

In the first ever college football game ever at historic Lambeau Field, unranked Wisconsin shocked LSU 16-14.

Then there were the whacky finishes like Mississippi State losing to South Alabama 21-20 as the Bulldogs missed a last second game winning field goal.  Yes, a Sun Belt Conference team beating an SEC team.

But wait, there's more.

Two of the most historic programs in the nation met in Austin, TX and played a classic as Texas beat Notre Dame 50-47 in double overtime.  Still want to know who is going to tackle Texas' 249 pound QB Tyrone Swoopes in the goal line package.  He is a Mack Truck when he gets his momentum going.

Then last night, I truly thought Ole Miss was going to pull the shocker as they led FSU 28-6.  But behind freshman QB, Deondre Francois, the Noles came back to win 45-34.  

Welcome to college football folks!

Thank goodness there is no football tonight!  We will need a few days to recover from that epic 5 days off pigskin.

The NFL's opening week starts this week with a Thursday match up between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos.  I will say this, the NFL has a lot of work to do to if they want to match what college football just did.

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