College Football Week 1 – Brigham Young, Boise State, Alabama and Oklahoma State Are Huge Winners
(Editor’s Note: All of the team rankings for this opening article are based on the Top 25 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, and the Sagarin Ratings, Jeff Sagarin’s factual, mathematical ratings among competition between all 245 Division 1 teams. There are 120 Division 1-A teams (also known as FBS – Football Bowl Subdivision – teams), and 125 Division 1-AA teams (also known as FCS – Football Championship Subdivision teams). Why the NCAA had to make referring to 1-A and 1-AA teams more complicated is beyond me; let’s just say it was really unnecessary and leave it at that.)
Brigham Young, Boise State, Alabama and Oklahoma State were college football’s biggest winners in the opening week of the NCAA season.
No. 20-ranked Brigham Young (BYU) used a late 4th quarter touchdown to upset No. 3-ranked Oklahoma, 14-13, and all but obliterated Oklahoma’s hopes for a dream season. The Sooners, who lost to Florida 24-14 in last year’s National Championship Game, returned the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner-quarterback Sam Bradford.
Bradford strained his throwing shoulder in the closing seconds of the first half on a hard, clean, highlight-reel hit by BYU linebacker Coleby Clawson; Bradford watched the second half from the sidelines. Bradford’s backup, Landry Jones, could not get Oklahoma’s offense moving enough to protect its 10-7 halftime lead.
BYU quarterback Max Hall was 26-of-38 for 329 yards and 2 touchdowns. Yes, Hall did give up 2 interceptions and www.ufabet he was sacked 4 times, but when it counted, he led the Cougars on a 16-play, 78-yard scoring drive that broke Oklahoma’s back.
After converting on a 4th-and-4 play from the Sooners’ 29 yard line, Hall completed a 7-yard TD pass to a wide-open McKay Jacobson in the back of the end zone with 3:03 remaining. BYU’s victory was huge, not just because Oklahoma was ranked No. 3, but also because the Cougars won on the road.
There is no way on God’s green Earth that Oklahoma should be ranked No. 3 in this week’s poll, and Brigham Young should most certainly be ranked higher than No. 20.
Some fans may blame Sam Bradford for not generating enough offense in the first half because Oklahoma led the nation in scoring last year with 51+ points per game. However, Bradford did not give up BYU’s go-ahead touchdown-the Oklahoma defense allowed the score, the same defense that ranked 58th in scoring defense last year.
There are reasons why Oklahoma lost the national championship to Florida last year, and the biggest reason was the Sooners’ scoring defense-they were a whole lot better on offense than defense. Sooner fans do not want to accept this, but that is their problem.