by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)
I tend to move teams around a lot the first two or three weeks of the season. Was Alabama’s poor offensive line play a fluke? Will Oregon’s offense be more explosive without Chip Kelly as head coach? Until we see more games I need to assume that those are true statements to some extent.
- Texas A&M
- Ohio State
- Florida State
- South Carolina
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- N Illinois
1. Teddy Bridgewater, QB 23/228 355 yards, 5 TDs, 1 Int
Did exactly what he was supposed to, lit up the scoreboard (and threw a fluky pick). Was the best of the preseason favorites in week 1.
2. Johnny Manziel, QB 6/8 94 yards, 3 TDs, 19 rushing yards
In the few drives he was on the field he didn’t really do anything to make us go crazy, but he didn’t do anything to make me second-guess myself. We need to see more, and against Alabama in 2 weeks we’ll know exactly what we’re getting.
3. Jameis Winston, 25/27 356 yards, 4 TDs, 25 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD
Highest completion percentage in FSU history? Best freshman quarterback debut of all time? Looks better than EJ Manuel already? I’M ALL IN! GO FLORIDA STATE!
4. Duke Johnson, RB 19 attempts, 186 yards, 1 TD, 38 yards receiving
The U is a trendy team right now, and a lot has to do with this guy’s performance in the opener. He averaged over 10 yards a touch.
5. Marques Lee, WR 8 receptions, 104 yards
A very good performance for Lee, but it wasn’t Heisman worthy. I think he’ll have some big games during the year, but it might be later rather than soon, and his ship may have sailed at that point.
Tajh Boyd – 18/30, 270 yards, 3 TDs, 42 rushing yards, 2 Rushing TDs
I didn’t think Boyd looked that flashy on Sunday night, but his stats were impressive when everything was said and done. I’m not a fan of Boyd as a true contender but if Clemson dominates this season I’ll have to reconsider.
Shane Carden, QB 46/54, 447 yards, 5 TDs
It’s week 1, and I don’t think there’s a chance in hell he finishes the year on this list, but I have to take the chance to acknowledge anyone who completes 85% of his 54 pass attempts.
Paul Richardson, WR 10 receptions, 208 yards, 2TD
Last season the 6-1 junior had a stat line of 555 yards and 5 TDs. My predictions for this season: He smashes those numbers but doesn’t have another game like this one.
Nick O’Leary, TE 4 receptions, 47 yards, 3 TDs
See Jameis Winston…
AJ McCarron, QB 10/23, 110 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Alabama’s offensive line looked uncharacteristically sloppy, and might result in a struggling offense for most of the year.
T.J. Yeldon, RB 17 attempts, 75 yards, 1 TD
See McCarron above…
Braxton Miller, QB 12/22, 178 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 77 yards rushing
Ohio State as a whole didn’t impress this week and Miller didn’t take matters into his own hands like people were hoping. If they somehow find themselves out of the National Championship conversation early, there go all of Miller’s chances.
Jadeveon Clowney, DE 3 Tackles
He didn’t do anything wrong except have the other team run all of their plays away from his side of the field while double and triple covering him. That’s what being dominant on defense will do for you, and it doesn’t win you the Heisman.