The first weekend of college football has come and gone. A lot transpired that is worth discussing. Notably, we saw five ranked teams kick-off their respective campaigns with a loss. In addition, we saw several coaches experience the same pattern of frustration over and over again.
College football fans especially love to overreact to games on a weekly basis. With that, Let’s take a look at the five squads that lost as ranked teams and determine if it’s already time to hit the panic button.
Washington: Because of the Pac 12’s poor reputation, many people viewed Saturday’s showdown against Auburn as a must-win for not only the Huskies but the conference as a whole. Despite the loss, however, all hope is not lost for Chris Petersen’s group. Washington should not be penalized too much for losing a very close contest to the ninth-ranked team in the country in a virtual road game. If Washington runs the table, which is not out of the question, they could make the College Football Playoff as a one-loss team.
Miami: The Hurricanes got flat out embarrassed by LSU last Sunday night. This comes as a surprise considering Miami had just come off of a 10-4 campaign a season ago and entered Week 1 ranked No. 8 in the preseason poll – its highest rank in a decade. Miami’s latest setback, however, extends their losing streak to four games dating back to the end of 2017. Mark Richt’s squad lived off turnovers last year, forcing 31 in 14 games. This style propelled them to win countless one-score contests a season ago. Will the ‘Canes luck dry out in 2018?
Michigan: People are losing patience with Jim Harbaugh, and for a good reason. Michigan’s supposed elite defense got dominated early by a one-dimensional Notre Dame offense. Speaking of offense, Michigan’s offensive unit was thought to improve with Shea Patterson at the helm. Yet, the Wolverines only managed 10 points and 275 yards of total offense for the game. The offensive line also remains a huge concern for Michigan, as they were routinely dominated by Notre Dame in the trenches. Unfortunately for Harbaugh, things don’t get easier: the Wolverines still have four ranked opponents on the horizon.
Florida State: The Willie Taggart era started off well… ahem, well it actually went as bad as any Seminole fan could imagine. Florida State got flat out dominated by Virginia Tech in front of 80,000 in Tallahassee. Outside of his 85-yard rush, ‘Nole tailback Cam Akers had -3 rushing yards on 13 carries. Florida State’s offensive line has been a problem for a few years now, and from what we saw on Labor Day night it still appears to be a huge concern.
Texas: Texas was expected to be better than last years 7-5 team, especially with Tom Hermans starting his second season in Austin. However, for the second year in a row, the Longhorns surprisingly lost their season-opener to Maryland. Three of Texas’ next four games come against currently ranked teams, (#17 USC, #16 TCU, #6 Oklahoma). If the ‘Horns can’t knock off quality opponents early, then Texas could find themselves with four losses entering Week 7, which would undoubtedly raise questions about Herman’s future.