College Football: Week One Rundown

Atticus Hughes
Contributing Writer

Football is officially back. Gone are the long weekends where football, in any form, was absent from our lives. As the race for the coveted college football trophy returns, let’s take a look at the College Football Betting (CFB) landscape after the first slate of games.

This weekend in college football was nothing short of exciting. We received the long awaited debut of blockbuster transfers in Jalen Hurts and Justin Fields. Both of whom boasted Heisman-level numbers in their first showing with their new teams. 

The last two quarterbacks to debut for the Oklahoma Sooners (Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray) went on to win the Heisman Trophy. Hurts followed in their footsteps and broke the record for total yards in a debut game, as well as the record for touchdowns in a debut with 500+ total yards accompanied by six total touchdowns.

 In similar fashion, Justin Fields also broke records for touchdowns in a debut game as Ohio State rolled against Lane Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Fields racked up five total touchdowns in just three quarters of play.

From big name transfers to big name recruits, it was true freshman Bo Nix who delivered the ice cold performance of the weekend. By ice cold, I mean he had absolute ice in his veins, as he led his Auburn Tigers back from a 21-6 deficit late in the third quarter.

Nix delivered the final blow on a 26-yard touchdown pass with just nine seconds to play, sealing the game for the Tigers in a 27-21 win over 11th ranked Oregon.

Aside from the ranked matchup between Auburn and Orgeon, no other top-25 teams stumbled in week one, with ranked teams beating unranked teams in every single matchup. However, an upset did come to us in the form of Georgia State pulling off a win against SEC team Tennessee.

With an exciting week one behind us, here are some games to watch heading into week 2:

#5 Ohio State vs Cincinnati – This interstate showdown will prove whether or not Cincy is ready to compete with the “power five” conferences.

#12 Texas A&M vs #1 Clemson – This will be Clemson’s first test of the season against formidable competition. Lets see if they’re the powerhouse everyone thinks they’ll be.

#6 LSU vs #10 Texas – This is hands down the biggest game of the weekend, with playoff implications already on the line. Is Texas finally back for real, or will Joe Burrow and the Tigers deflate their hopes in week two?

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