How about a little sports after your Labor Day vacay? Sports Gal breaks down the start of college football!
At the end of the first weekend of college football, University of Alabama stands tall as the number one team in the nation. The University of Texas looked sharp as well in its opener, while Florida has some serious issues on offense that need addressing.
Alabama had 30 first downs and almost 600 yards of Total Offense in its opener versus San Jose State. The Crimson Tide left no doubt about the potency of its offense arsenal. Senior quarterback Greg McElroy completed 13 out of 15 passes for 218 yards. His backup, freshman AJ McCarron, who basically played the entire second half, completed nine out of 15 passes for 116 yards.
It was a balanced attack in the air spread across five receivers: four caught three passes each and Julio Jones caught six, including an amazing one-handed beauty. The running game was no less prolific, racking up 257 yards, or balanced with three running backs each having double digit carries. Time of possession was even at approximately 30 minutes each but while ΓÇÿBama was able to score almost at will, San Jose State was held to a mere 175 yards in total offense for the game. Alabama made a definite statement about its intentions for this season.
Texas was not quite as productive as Alabama but managed an impressive win versus Rice. The Longhorns has 20 first downs and 369 yards of Total Offense. Garrett Gilbert completed 14 out of 23 passes for 172 yards while the running game contributed 197 yards. It wasnΓÇÖt as flawless a performance as Texas fans would have liked but it got the job done.
Florida fans, however, should be a bit concerned with their teamΓÇÖs opening game. Miami (OH) should have been easy work for the Gators at home. But they were only able to generate 212 yards in Total Offense, the exact same amount as the RedHawks. Even more disturbing were the 12 first downs, four less than Miami (OH)ΓÇÖs 16. John Brantley did not start the post-Tebow era confidently at 113 passing yards from 17 completions, only 6.6 yards per pass. He failed to receive any significant run support as the running game only generated 3.2 yards per carry and ended the game with less than 100 yards. One bright side (ΓÇÿcause SportsGal is always looking for the silver lining), Florida managed to win this game convincingly in spite of having the ball for only 25 minutes.
Until The Next Play,