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 was billed as the best ever and, while there were some disappointing aspects of the schedule, it ended up delivering considering the number of quality games, close calls and historic upsets that occurred.
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.
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.