The top ten teams in the country now have one game under their belt. I will take a look back at the week that was around the country.
10. Nebraska 40, Chattanooga 7
Taylor Martinez was not that effective in the air but was incredible on the ground, running 19 times for 135 yards and 3 touchdowns. Rex Burkhead also contributed to the offensive assault with 11 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown. The Cornhuskers will host Fresno State this week.
9. Oklahoma State 61, Louisiana Lafayette 34
The Ragin Cajuns had no answer for Brandon Weeden Saturday night in Stillwater, as he threw for 388 yards and 3 touchdowns. Oklahoma State was also effective on the ground with Joseph Randle running for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Arizona Wildcats head into town for a Thursday night primetime affair this week.
8. Texas A&M 46, SMU 14
SMU hung with Texas A&M in the first half until Ryan Tannehill hit Ryan Swope with a 28-yard touchdown pass and the Mustangs could never recover in the second half. Cyrus Gray had a big day running for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Aggies have an easy game this week as they host Idaho.
7. Stanford 57, San Jose State 3
The road to the Heisman for Andrew Luck had a great opening act, as he threw for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns and also ran for a 1 yard touchdown. Stepfan Taylor ran for 61 yards and 2 touchdowns and three different receivers caught touchdown passes in the rout. Stanford travels to Durham next weekend to battle Duke at 3:30.
6. Florida State 34, UL Monroe 0
E.J. Manuel threw for 252 yards and 2 touchdowns and three different receivers also found the end zone in this blowout. It was quite an impressive debut for Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops as his defense only allowed 191 total yards and 12 first downs in the shutout. The Seminoles continue their cupcake schedule as they host Charleston Southern this weekend.
5. Boise State 35, Georgia 21
Other than LSU and Oregon, probably the most tested team on the opening weekend. The Bulldogs shocked the Broncos getting the opening score, but it was all Boise State after that. Kellen Moore had his typical big game performance throwing for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns, even though he had to adjust to some new receivers. The Broncos stay on the road this weekend as they head to Toledo.
4. LSU 40, 3. Oregon 27
A somewhat boring first quarter with nine total points scored, the second quarter saw a scoring outburst with three touchdowns and LSU going to the half with a 16-13 lead. The second half belonged to the Tigers who outscored Oregon 24-14 behind Michael Ford and Spencer Ware combining for 195 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. LSU gets a scrimmage like game next in Northwestern State and Oregon will be tested a bit again at home against Nevada.
2. Alabama 48, Kent State 7
The Golden Flash were invited to join the audience of the Trent Richardson show in Tuscaloosa. He ran for only 37 yards but he did find the end zone 3 times. A.J McCarron was decent in his debut as Crimson Tide Quarterback throwing for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns. Alabama travels to Happy Valley to play Penn State in the second part of a home and home.
1. Oklahoma 47, Tulsa 14
Going into their Saturday night game, Dominique Whaley was a somewhat unknown name around the country and probably even to some Sooner fans. He will not slide under the radar after what he did to Tulsa this past Saturday, he ran for 131 yards and 4 touchdowns. Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles both had solid days as well , Jones threw for 375 yards and 1 touchdown and Broyles had 14 catches for 158 yards and a touchdown. Oklahoma has this week off to get ready for a huge showdown against Florida State in Tallahassee.