Quarterback play is always under the spotlight for all 128 college football teams. Some programs – Clemson (Deshaun Watson) and Ohio State (J.T. Barrett) – entered 2016 with no uncertainty under center. However, there was no shortage of teams opening the year with question marks or the possibility of the quarterback battle extending into the season.
Week 1 of the 2016 college football season produced several big-time performances. Freshmen quarterbacks Deondre Francois (Florida State), Shane Buechele (Texas) and Jalen Hurts (Alabama) lived up to the hype in their first game.
The NFL is finally ready to return to the field after more than seven months, and appropriately enough, it all starts with a rematch of the game that ended last season. Denver looks considerably different than the team that defeated Carolina 24-10 back on Feb. 7 to win Super Bowl 50.
College football’s Week 1 slate for 2016 was billed as the best opening weekend in the history of the sport. Needless to say, the games didn’t disappoint. Florida State-Ole Miss, Texas-Notre Dame, North Carolina-Georgia and Auburn-Clemson were just a few of the standout games from the opening weekend of action.
Week 1 of the 2016 college football season concludes in Orlando, Fla. with Florida State and Ole Miss meeting for the first time since 1961. High expectations surround both teams for 2016, and a win in this neutral site affair would provide an early boost in building a playoff resume.
In terms of brand or name value and recognition for a Week 1 non-conference matchup, it doesn’t get much better than USC and Alabama. These two programs have a wealth of success on the stat sheet, claiming a combined 27 national championships, 1,564 overall victories and eight Heisman winners.
College football’s Week 1 slate is filled with compelling matchups, and while UCLA-Texas A&M might not have the same pregame hype as Alabama-USC or Houston-Oklahoma, there’s a lot of intrigue surrounding this game.