5 Things we Learned From Week 1 of College Football
The long wait for the return of football season is over, with college football having started on August 25th. The new season has since brought some upsets, some disappointments and some things to look forward to, which is what this article is going to go over.
1. The SEC is yet again, the best conference. The SEC has been known to produce the best football schools, and this year is no exception. As of Tuesday, September 4, the SEC has eight of the AP Poll's Top 25, which is three more than any other conference, with the Big Ten being in second, with five. The SEC also has two of the top five in the poll.
2. There could be some new faces in the big bowl games this year. With big football programs like Michigan, Texas, Miami, Florida State and Washington losing their openers, it seems as if there could be some new teams in the college football playoff discussion. Auburn, LSU, Stanford, and Notre Dame have shown that they are ready for a shot, and there are plenty of other schools like Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Central Florida that are shooting for a playoff chance this year.
3. There is no clear Heisman winner yet. For those who don't know, the Heisman Trophy, named after John Heisman, is essentially college football's MVP award. This year there are many strong candidates like Stanford's Bryce Love and Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor, the winner is still not clear yet as there still are other candidates, like West Virginia's Will Grier, Houston's Ed Oliver, and Penn State's Trace McSorley.
4. The Big Ten is back and better than ever. Despite Michigan's disappointing 24-17 loss to Notre Dame, the Big Ten looks like it may be able to top the SEC. The Big Ten has five teams in the top 25 and 8 that received votes. Also, teams like Maryland and Northwestern won heavily in their first games, both against tough opponents. SEC, watch out the Big Ten is coming.
5. This season is going to be a long one. After week one already, people are already changing their minds on who will be the champion, and we still have 11 more weeks before the bowl games will be announced. So, fasten your seatbelt because this season is going to be a long ride.