Finally the time has come. The first week of college football is over and it is time to evaluate and analyze the results.
Here at Land-Grant Holy Land, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at which games and subsequent outcomes will have the greatest impact on the Buckeyes’ future.
For obvious reasons, this list won’t include Ohio State’s game. We know how your results affect you.
Georgia 10, Clemson 3
The marquee game on the opening weekend of college football became the snooze festival of the week. Neither Georgia nor Clemson’s offensive ever found their groove and the only touchdown of the game was a pick-six from Georgia’s Christopher Smith in front of Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei.
The most important aspect of this game is the leaderboard. As long as Georgia stays undefeated through Halloween, there is almost a guarantee that the College Football Playoff Committee will place her ahead of the Buckeyes when the first rankings are released on November 2nd.
It probably won’t matter, by and large, as Georgia has to see Alabama at some point – and Alabama looks very good – but in the event Georgia ran the tables and just lost one game against the Crimson Tide, it could be for make an interesting conversation.
Iowa 34, Indiana 6
This one is tough on me. It’s hard to say if Iowa can do really well this year or if Indiana is grossly overrated. Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is recovering from a serious injury and star reception Ty Fryfogle also seemed to be struggling in pain throughout the game, but 34-6 is no joke. And the game was never close.
Obviously Ohio State knows how good Iowa can be when they roll, but they won’t be seeing Iowa this season unless they make it through the Big Ten Championship Game which I assume they are now the favorite. Ohio State will see Indiana on October 23, and depending on how the Hoosiers recover from that game, they may be playing a different type of Indiana team than they originally thought.
Oregon 31, Fresno State 24
This game is on this list only for the purpose that the Bulldogs were really close to making the Buckeyes-Ducks game a little less dramatic this week. Fresno State made the Ducks extremely uncomfortable and gave Oregon almost a 1-0 start.
It wasn’t hard to see that Fresno State is a solid football team and Oregon could have looked upon the Buckeyes. Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener could throw the ball around 300 yards and with the way CJ Stroud played in the second half of the Minnesota game, and with presumably better weather conditions, the Buckeye QB could be in for a huge game if Oregon doesn’t figure out their passport defense.
In addition, star defensive lineman Kayvon Thibodeaux is on his way to a showdown day after day with a sprained ankle.
Penn State 16, Wisconsin 10
This one is interesting because, as noted above, the Big Ten West’s momentum shifted in Week 1. Iowa devastated Indiana and Wisconsin dropped their opener against Penn State; a game that I personally thought would win with ease.
This is important to the state of Ohio for obvious reasons; If the state of Ohio can keep its schedule and compete in the Big Ten championship, Wisconsin seemed like the overwhelming favorite to meet them in Indianapolis. With this early result, the West appears to be much more open than expected.
This caught my eye for two reasons: the first is that I predicted Michigan State would be very low this season, and they came out and made a statement in their first game before the conference.
And Northwestern looked like the defensive losses had had a bigger impact than initially expected. They will need their younger boys to recover from this loss.
Alabama 44, Miami 13
I know. I know. Alabama is good. But after that result, I think Alabama is Yes, really Well. After the first week, it’s safe to say that Alabama has certainly become the team to beat … if they weren’t already. Bryce Young is ready to roll.
UC Davis 19, Tulsa 17
This game is on this list for the same reason as the Oregon game, only with a different outcome. Tulsa struggled harder than almost any other team in the country on Saturday and lost their season opener to FCS opponents UC Davis.
This doesn’t have much of an impact on the state of Ohio, but it will hurt their strength of the schedule as Tulsa expects a pretty solid year. Well who knows?
West Michigan – Michigan
Ha. Was just a joke. This game didn’t teach us anything.