Originally written on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE  |  Last updated 9/23/14
The College Football season is officially upon us, as we have had a full weekend to study some of the top teams in the country. So which teams lived up to expectations and which ones didn’t? Let’s take a look: The Real Deal Alabama The Crimson Tide had the most impressive win of the weekend, as they took on the #8 ranked Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. And boy did they make it look easy. The Tide only slipped up a few times, which led to 2 Michigan touchdowns. But other than that, their defense was flawless. If Alabama can survive road games at Arkansas and LSU, they could find themselves defending their title in the BCS National Championship Game. USC Heisman hopeful Matt Barkley got his season started on the right foot by throwing a 75 yard touchdown to Marquis Lee in the very first play of the game. From then on out, the Trojans never looked back and proved that they could be worthy of their #1 ranking. USC has already shown that they have a lethal passing game and if they can get their running backs started, they could have one of the most potent offenses in the country. Oregon Speaking of potent offenses, did you happen to catch Oregon’s beatdown of Arkansas State last night? Because if you blinked, you probably missed it. The Ducks‘ offense was led by freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota who went 18-22 with 3 touchdowns and the lightning-fast sophomore running back De’Anthony Thomas, who had 125 all purpose yards and 3 touchdowns. Oregon got to a comfortable lead so early on, that most of their starters were on the bench before halftime. Oh, and their uniforms were pretty awesome too. The Wrong Stuff South Carolina The Gamecocks came away from Nashville with a win over Vanderbilt, but there wasn’t anything too impressive about their victory. Aside from Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina’s offense was under pretty whelming. And while they were on the road against a decent Vanderbilt team, I just don’t think the Gamecocks lived up to their #9 preseason ranking. Stanford Like South Carolina, Stanford opened up their season with a win. But they barely managed to squeak by San Jose State and avoid an upset. Did I mention the Spartan’s quarterback David Fales was making his first Division I start? And did I mention that this was a home game for the Cardinal? Stanford might be in for a long season in the post Andrew Luck era. Boise State The Bronco’s season might be over just as quickly as it began as they fell to the Michigan State Spartans Friday night. Although Boise State’s loss was a road game against a ranked opponent, this was really their only marquee game of the season and there one chance to prove to the BCS that they are worthy of crashing the party as they have in previous seasons. Even if the Broncos win the rest of their games, they will most likely find themselves on the outside looking in when the BCS games are announced.

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