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.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

2014 World Series: Game Three live blog

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Percy Harvin not planning on changing

Ricky Williams: People are let down when I turn down weed

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

Randall Cobb: Contract situation played role in slow start

Notre Dame WR faces discipline if he hooked up with porn star?

PGA president calls Ian Poulter ‘lil girl’ for Nick Faldo comments

Belichick declines to address Revis' reported tardiness

Texas mayor delays Halloween for Friday night football game

Video: Tom Izzo takes the stage with KISS on Midnight Madness

8 NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

Blazers, Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100M to fight ebola

'FIFA 15' glitch turns goalie into headless giant with no arms

WATCH: HBO releases trailer of 'The Offseason: Kevin Durant'

Broncos corner snags INT, then takes pregnant wife to hospital

Gurley dressed up as a pirate for Halloween, yelled, 'Free me'

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Nick Saban pens touching letter after high school coach dies

NBA Replay Center readies for its debut on Opening Night

WATCH: Former NBAer delivers vicious flying elbow Down Under

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.