College football began in earnest Thursday night, with 14 games involving FBS teams. A look at the highlights and the lowlights.
Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill was so good that “Johnny Who?” headlines and tweets are everywhere
Hill needed all of one start to erase Johnny Manziel’s name from parts of the Aggies’ record book, completing 44 passes (a school record) for 511 yards (another record) and three touchdowns in Texas A&M’s 52-28 thrashing of South Carolina in Columbia.
Suddenly, and probably prematurely, there’s talk of another Heisman coming to College Station. Vegas is also getting in on the act.
Texas A&M’s odds to win national title dropped from 100/1 to 30/1 after South Carolina win via @BovadaLV
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 29, 2014
As for Johnny Who?, he weighed in, naturally.
Mike Leach’s offensive balance was oh so bad
Rutgers traveled all the way across the country to score its first win as a Big Ten program, a 41-38 shootout against Washington State in Seattle. The Cougars’ offense was predictably unbalanced.
Most Mike Leach stat graphic you’ll ever see. pic.twitter.com/6rjNsk3PXY
— Pacific Takes (@PacificTakes) August 29, 2014
Washington State finished with six yards rushing as opposed to 532 passing from quarterback Connor Halliday. It seems opposing teams are on to Leach’s style of play.
Ninth time under Mike Leach that Wazzu’s rushed for less than 10 yards. 1-9 record, lone win vs. USC last year.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 29, 2014
Fat Guy Touchdown is always good
My goodness, Wake Forest’s offense was bad. Bad bad bad bad bad.
The Demon Deacons sputtered their way to just 94 yards of offense in a dismal 17-10 loss at Louisiana-Monroe. The same Louisiana-Monroe that ranked 91st nationally in total defense last year, allowing 426.8 yards per game. Wake Forest managed minus-three yards rushing, and its only touchdown came on a blocked punt return in the first quarter. The Deacs also allowed seven sacks.
So was Vanderbilt’s
The Commodores were 13.5-point favorites at home against Temple. They lost 37-7, committing seven turnovers and becoming the first SEC team to lose to the Owls since Florida in 1938. Temple had 13 takeaways all of last season, and now they’re halfway home toward matching that total after just one game. Suffice it to say, first-year Vandy coach Derek Mason has some work to do after replacing James Franklin, namely finding a competent quarterback. The Commodores used three against the Owls.