College Football 2016, Week One!

127The college football season got underway this weekend (the Spartans hosted the Furman Paladins on Friday night).  And, while the Michigan State Spartans lost some key personnel to graduation (notably QB Connor Cook, WR Aaron Burbridge, and WR McGarrett Kings on offense and C Jack Allen, OL Donovan Clark, DE Shalique Calhoun, CB Arjen Colquhoun, and Safety R.J. Williamson on defense), their defense should continue to be stout and we’ll have to wait and see how the offense shapes up (and how quickly).   The Spartan’s schedule for the upcoming season has been ranked as the 14th most difficult in the nation.   There are three top 10 teams on the Spartan schedule: Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State.  The Spartans opened the season ranked at #12 in the top-25.  The Spartans were able to come away with the victory (despite an inordinate number of penalties), but a few others in the top-25 weren’t so fortunate as the opening weekend had a few major upsets as well as a couple of close calls.

The Big Ten Conference has four teams in the AP top-25 (two in the top-10): Ohio State [#6],  Michigan [#7], Michigan State [#12], and Iowa [#17], .

Next up for the Spartans: a bye week (already?!) then on the road to South Bend to face the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (#10).   Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Oklahoma (#3) losing to Houston (#15).
LSU (#5) losing to unranked Wisconsin by two (2) points.
UCLA (#16) losing to unranked Texas A&M by seven (7) points in overtime.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Clemson (#2) defeating unranked Auburn by six (6) points.
Tennessee (#9) defeating unranked Appalachian State by seven (7) points in overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating USC (#20).
Georgia (#18) defeating North Carolina (#22).

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