Fun Fact of the Day: Seven top 25 ranked college football teams lost this past weekend. That’s the most in opening weekend history.
Starting things off with a bang. This past weekend was hyped as one of the best opening weekend schedules in college football history and it did not disappoint! Here are the biggest games everyone will be talking about around the watercooler:
- #1 Alabama beat #20 USC (52-6). Alabama took care of business and showed why they’re the #1-ranked team in the country.
- #4 Florida State beat #11 Ole Miss (45-34). After a rocky start (including this ridiculous fumble), Florida State scored 33 straight points to take the lead and defeat Ole Miss—the largest comeback victory in Florida State’s history. Things are looking pretty rosy for their freshman QB Deondre Francois.
- #15 Houston beat #3 Oklahoma (33-23). After Oklahoma missed a long field goal in the 3rd quarter, Houston defensive back Brandon Wilson made this insane 100-yard return for a touchdown, jumping over one of his own teammates along the way.
- Unranked Texas beat #10 Notre Dame (50-47). After 2 abysmal losing seasons, Texas pulled off this unlikely win thanks to their 2 QBs: freshman, future-of-the-program Shane Buechele and senior, human-battering-ram Tyrone “18-Wheeler” Swoopes, who lost the starting gig to Buechele but secured the ‘W’, in this exciting double-overtime upset.
- Unranked Wisconson beat #5 LSU (16-14). So much for LSU’s triumphant return! In the last minute of this close game, Wisconsin’s D’Cota Dixon intercepted a LSU pass, guaranteeing a win for Wisconsin. He was running around celebrating when LSU offensive lineman Josh Boutte clotheslined him, knocking him to the ground. Boutte was ejected and has been suspended from next week’s game.
Bradford over troubled Bridgewater. Last week, the Minnesota Vikings lost their QB Teddy Bridgewater to a freak knee injury. They really needed a stopgap QB, so they picked up Sam Bradford from the Philadelphia Eagles. Bradford probably shouted with glee all the way to the airport, because he’s been looking for a way out of Philly all summer long. Remind me why? A couple of months ago, Bradford was feeling insecure and underappreciated when the Eagles traded up to get a new QB, Carson Wentz in the NFL draft. Bradford demanded a trade to another team, but no one was buying what he was selling so he came crawling back. Super awkward. Now, Bradford’s finally got his wish to join a new team, and the Eagles will get to see what Wentz can do on the field.
From Sanchize to Dak-up. Over the weekend, the Dallas Cowboys signed QB Mark Sanchez, after he was released by the Denver Broncos. Now, He’s going to be playing backup to rookie Dak Prescott, who got the starting gig when old man Tony Romo broke his back last week. This is the latest development in Sanchez’s sad and steady decline. He started off his career strong by leading the NY Jets to 2 consecutive AFC Championship games, but has played poorly in the 5 seasons since.
All she does is win win win, no matter what. This weekend, Serena Williams won her 4th round match to advance to the US Open quarterfinals. If you’re keeping track, that makes 308 Grand Slam match wins, edging out Roger Federer for the most of any male or female tennis player. But that’s not the milestone she’s got her eye on, Serena’s on a quest for her 23rd Grand Slam major, which would allow her to surpass Steffi Graf for the most in Open Era history. On the men’s side of the net, superstar Rafael Nadal was eliminated in the 4th round. This is the first year that he hasn’t made a quarterfinals in a major tournament.
Seen and Heard
Time to hit the books. ICYMI former QB Johnny Manziel has been living a real-life version of “The Hangover” since he was released by the Cleveland Browns this past spring. He punched someone in the face at a wedding, caused $32,000 of damage to an L.A. rental home, got a giant tattoo on a plane, and rode along in a hit and run car accident. Now, he’s vowed to clean up his act and return to football. Step 1 appears to be re-enrolling at his old college Texas A&M, where he’s majoring in parks, recreation, and tourism sciences. If he can’t find a QB gig after he graduates, maybe he’ll be the next Leslie Knope?
Q&A with Joanne C. Gerstner
Read our feature on freelance writer, sports journalism professor, and author Joanne C. Gerstner to find out about the new book that she’s co-authored called “Back in the Game” which takes an in depth look at sports and concussions.