College football’s week one winners and losers

September 1, 2013  by  Jayson Bussa
College football’s week one winners and losers

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch leads the Huskies to a win over Iowa. (PHOTO: SI.com)

The last few days have probably felt like Christmas for any college football fan, featuring wall-to-wall action Thursday through Saturday. Some fans saw their teams start out on a high note, while others — eh, not so much.

As the dust begins to clear on the first week of action, here are some teams and individuals that started the year of with a bang and thud.

THE WINNERS

Northern Illinois
All the snobby BCS school fans were outraged when the Huskies were picked to compete in the Orange Bowl last year against Florida State. No one gave Northern Illinois the credit they deserved for a strong season. Well, the Huskies have commanded respect already this year after toppling Big Ten foe Iowa 30-27. Quarter back Jordan Lynch tossed for 275 yards and three touchdowns as Northern Illinois handed Iowa its first season-opening loss since 2000.

Clemson
Many are saying that Clemson scored one of, if not the, biggest win in program history on Saturday night with a 38-35 win over No. 5-ranked Georgia. Do you know the result of Clemson’s last game before this win? They beat No. 10-ranked LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, meaning they have defeated two top 10-ranked SEC teams in a row. Oh man, the SEC fans have to hate to see that.

FCS teams
For ages, FBS teams scheduled lowly FCS opponents so they can score an easy win on opening week and send their opponent back home with a big payday (win-win, right?). This year, the FCS decided it was time to play. North Dakota State, Towson and Eastern Washington all scored wins during this first week of action. Towson dumped Connecticut and North Dakota State stunned Kansas State on the road. However, the biggest win belonged to Eastern Washington, which became the fourth FCS school to beat a ranked FBS opponent by knocking off No. 25 Oregon State.

 

THE LOSERS

Johnny Manziel
Ok, Texas A&M handled Rice and the reigning Heisman Trophy winner turned in a masterful performance (including three touchdowns). But, Manziel was deemed a loser because he just can’t seem to humble up. Manziel was forced by the NCAA to sit out in the first half of the game following allegations he signed autographs for money last year. Instead of being thankful it wasn’t a more lengthy suspension, he went in the game, trash talked an inferior opponent all day and then got flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. This is behavior that is simply not going to fly against equal, or greater, opponents. Grow up, Johnny.

Purdue
It’s not like the Boilermakers were supposed to be anything special this year, but their season-opening 42-7 loss to Cincinnati certainly doesn’t put them in a good spot to begin the season. How bad was it? Quarterback Rob Henry was so embarrassed that he apologized to his friends, family and teammates via Twitter and then vowed to quit using that avenue of social media so he can focus on getting better. Can ya blame him?

Will Muschamp and Florida
Coach Will Muschamp needs to get his Florida Gators on track. He suspended five players from the season-opener against Toledo, which the Gators squeaked by in for a 24-6 win. Four of those guys will return next week. But, Muschamp then went off on the media about false reports that freshman Jay-nard Bostwick was suspended for the game (he wasn’t). Maybe he should focus on making his team look like they should actually be ranked No. 10 in the country rather than yelling at journalists.

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