And we’re off! His first week in college football saw a hard-fought early game followed by a statement performance.
Small sample size — Florida-LSU (Sunday, 7:30 PM ET, ABC) and Georgia Tech-Clemson (Monday, 8 PM ET, ESPN) winners await this weekend. –but it’s never too early to see the distant horizon and what this means for the college football playoffs.
Ohio State had a tougher than expected victory over Notre Dame. Fighting he forced the Buckeyes more punts than the Irish had in any game last season, but the Buckeyes ran in the second half and he found the game, holding on to a win that could be turned around in December.
Defending national champions Georgia looked better than ever to beat Oregon in a mid-afternoon game. Quarterback Stetson Bennett completed his 80% of his passes before being ejected in the third quarter.
The Pac-12’s playoff chances took a hit when Utah fell just short of Florida in The Swamp, but USC behind the three-man Pick 6 has new coach Lincoln Riley. It can exert its power under
Alabama coasted behind five touchdown passes from Bryce Young. It was the most ever by his QB in the Crimson Tide in a season opener, with the top 10 teams of Texas A&M, Michigan, Oklahoma and Baylor all winning.
With Week 1 almost in the books, here’s how ESPN’s College Football Reporter sees the very early playoff photos.
Andrea Adelson: Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Notre Dame
Blake Baumgartner: Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Clemson
Kyle Bonagra: Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Clemson
Bill Connery: Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Arkansas
Heather Dinich: Ohio, Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame
David Hale: Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma
Chris Lowe: Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Clemson
Harry Lyles: Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Clemson
Adam Littenberg: Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Clemson
Alex Scavour: Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Clemson
Paolo Ughetti: Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Notre Dame
Tom Van Haren: Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Texas A&M
Dave Wilson: Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Oklahoma