College football kicks off with a bang

Chris Olave 2021 Ohio State vs Minnesota

It was quite a weekend for college football, as many of us who love the game saw the crowds return and bring back the magic of the game. Yes, we still have issues with this top-heavy sport with Alabama and a few other dominant teams, but the traditions, crowds and games themselves make this an irresistible sport. No, NIL won’t ruin it. It will just continue to evolve, and likely in a better way.

As for the games this weekend, Ohio State and Minnesota kicked things off on Thursday night, as the Gophers came out to play and made things interesting for the first half. The Gophers have a monster offensive like in front of star running back Mo Ibrahim, and the Buckeyes have a young defense that clearly needs some more time to gel.

Meanwhile, C.J. Stroud was making his first start at quarterback and struggled in the first half. He had trouble throwing accurately on the run and couldn’t consistently get the ball to Ohio State’s talented receivers. That changed in the second half as Ryan Day schemed the receivers open and Stroud hit them in stride. The Buckeyes showed how Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson and the rest of the Buckeye receivers will torch opponents all season. And they have running backs as well, as Miyan Williams and true freshman TreVeyon Henderson both scored on long touchdowns.

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Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts

These two will be a hot topic among Alabama fans for a long time after Tua Tagovailoa rescued Alabama in the National Championship game with that stunning finish against Georgia.

This tweet is a class move by Tua, as he stick by Jalen Hurts who had his back during the game.

That said, it will be interesting to see if Hurst stays at Bama going forward, as freshman Tagovailoa seems to be the future at QB.

Alabama opens as a favorite against Georgia

Yes, we’re stuck with two SEC teams in the National Championship game again . . . oh well. Both teams look great and are deserving, but given the bowl records of the rest of the SEC, plus the record of the Big Ten and UCF’s victory over Auburn and you have a tough time justifying only having a 4-team playoff.

Alabama opens as a 4.5 point favorite over Georgia in the title game. It should be strength against strength in that game, with two physical defenses and power running games.

Will the Lane Kiffin fiasco hurt Alabama versus Clemson?

Is anyone surprised that things didn’t work out between Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin after Kiffin accepted a head coaching job? This was bound to happen, and Kiffin ends up looking like a buffoon as usual.

Now Alabama has to rely on Steve Sarkisian to run the offense as they square off against Clemson for the National Championship. Sark is a great coach, and Alabama has plenty of talent on offense, but they have a young QB and they’ll be facing a tough Clemson defense that shot out Ohio State.

Should be interesting . . .

#1 Alabama destroys USC in season opener

We’ve seen this movie before. Alabama deserves credit for consistently scheduling power 5 competition for its opener each year, and the Crimson Ride deserves even more credit for what is becoming an annual blowout to start the season.

USC came out with some fire, and this was a close, defensive struggle for the first quarter. But then Nick Saben inserted true freshman Jalen Hurts at quarterback and Alabama never looked back on its was to a 52-6 rout of the Trojans.

Hurts give Saban a weapon at quarterback ha hasn’t had in recent years as he piled up national titles. Hurts has a strong arm but is also athletic and poses a threat running the ball as well. It’s scary to think of bow good Alabama can be with a duel-threat quarterback. Wow.

Get used to hearing more Alabama hype as the season progresses. So far they’ve earned it.

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