The hysteria and fanatical aura that exists in college football is back.
With a weekend of games in the books, teams will begin to move forward and lock in on the season ahead.
A few early-season hiccups are unacceptable, especially for teams with desires on winning it all.
Dropping a game here and there is ok, but probably not at this stage of the season.
It’s sensational to have the college game back because there is nothing else quite like NCAA big time football.
Here’s a recap of the weekend’s big games and news;
HARBAUGH’S WOLVERINES LOSE OPENER
As soon as former San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh agreed to return to his alma-mater Michigan, expectations went through the roof.
Realistically, however, it will take time for the khaki-wearing boss to alter the fortunes of the Wolverines.
His presence will bring hype, high-profile recruits and hopefully wins to the program but for now, it might be uphill sledding.
On debut, Harbaugh’s squad lost to unranked by talent-laden Utah in Salt Lake City, 17-24.
Michigan will have a strong chance to win its next game of the season against Oregon State at ‘The Big House’ in Ann Arbor.
No. 2 HORNED FROGS SCRAPE PAST MINNESOTA
Possessing leading Heisman Trophy candidate Trevone Boykin, the TCU Horned Frogs only snuck past unranked Minnesota in Minneapolis, 23-17.
Boykin put in a strong performance to begin the season going 26-42 for 246 yards with one score and one interception.
He was excellent on the ground, carrying 18 times for 92 yards and a TD.
The game was so close that it was not until TCU receiver Josh Docston recovered an on-side kick with 1:32 reminaing that the nation’s number two team looked home.
TCU has a likely big victory coming against Stephen F. Austin, with the game looming as a perfect dress-rehearsal for the bigger games they hope to be in come season’s end.
REFEREE’S FUMBLE ROBS COLORADO OF GAME-WINNING HOPE
It was 4am EST in the United States when Colorado began its potential game-winning drive against Hawaii.
But what happened next was going to lead each sports news show in the country when people on the east coast woke.
As Buffaloes QB Sefo Liufau hit Phillip Lindsay at the 6-yard line, the officials were unable to get the ball spotted in time for Liufau and the Buffs to get off a potential game-winning snap.
The Rainbow Warriors took the win but Colorado were left bewildered and outraged at the ineptness of the officiating.
PETERSEN’S RETURN TO THE BLUE TURF END IN DEFEAT
Washington lost four defensive players to the 2014 NFL draft, meaning it was always likely a rebuilding year for the Huskies.
UW’s season-opener pitted current coach Chris Petersen against his old school, the Boise State Broncos.
Down 16-0 at the main break, Petersen’s squad looked in danger of being obliterated but they rallied in the third, scoring 10 unanswered points and keeping the Broncos scoreless in the second half.
Boise State hung on for the victory but Petersen did not leave disgraced, which looked the case after 30 minutes.
LIGHTNING STRIKES AT DEATH VALLEY
Tiger Stadium is known to be one of the most feared places to play college football for visiting teams.
LSU’s season-opener had a touch of fright for another reason as lightning strikes and vigorous storms forced players from both teams into the change rooms.
Players, officials and fans waited around three hours for the chance to resume play but the match was cancelled after it became apparent the inclement weather was not going to ease.
LSU will now hit the road looking for their first win against a tough football team in Mississippi State.
RANKED COMBATTANTS SQUARE-OFF AT JERRY WORLD
What better place for the weekend’s only two ranked opponents to play than AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas?
Perennial powerhouse and No.3 Alabama faced No.20 Wisconsin with the Badgers sticking tough in the early stages.
The Crimson Tide used a 14-3 third quarter to catapult them to a 35-17 victory which would have been even greater had ‘Bama not had some field-goal kicking issues.
Running back Derrick Henry scorched Wisconsin with his 13 carries, resulting in 147 yards and a hat trick of scores.
Alabama coach Nick Saban will be happy (well as happy as he gets) with the strong early-season with Middle Tennessee State next in line to meet the Tide.
USC’S CODY KESSLER LOOKS THE GOODS
Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler had almost the perfect game as No.8 USC rolled over Arkansas State at the LA Coliseum.
The young play caller’s stat line finished 19-26 for 236 yards and four touchdowns.
He utilised 11 different receivers and all four of his TD strikes found different players.
Kessler’s strong early season form will help cover the cracks regarding coach Steve Sarkisian’s alcohol and drug fuelled outburst at a recent USC sponsors event.
BYU’S PRAYER ANSWERED
Coming in as hot-favourites, Nebraska all but had this game sewn up as BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum heaved a prayer toward the end zone as time expired.
The ball dropped near the goal line and receiver Mitch Matthews took the grab on his chest before falling into the end zone for the game-winning score.
The 42-yard TD left the home crowd at Memorial Stadium stunned as the Cougars erupted in elation.
BYU will need some more good fortune next game as Boise State come to town.
REIGNING CHAMPS OSU BRING DOWN THE CURTAIN
The reigning National champions, Ohio State closed the curtain on week one of college football against Virginia Tech in scintillating fashion.
With Cardale Jones securing the start at quarterback over JT Barrett, the Buckeyes got off to a 14-0 start before the Hokies rallied for a remarkable 17-14 halftime lead.
VT play caller Michael Brewer threw for 156 yards and 2 scores before suffering a broken collarbone early in the third quarter – effectively eliminating any chance Virginia Tech had of winning.
From there, it was all Ohio State thanks to their quartet of playmaking studs in Jones, Ezekiel Elliott, former QB Braxton Miller and even reserve QB Barrett.
Jones was more of a game manager before finding the end zone with his legs whilst Miller was the story of the night.
The two-time Big Ten player of the year as a quarterback shifted to wide receiver in the offseason in his first appearance at his new position – looked outstanding.
He had 2 receptions, including a nice 54-yard score and broke off an amazing 53-yard rushing touchdown which included a remarkable spin-move to elude a defender midway through the run.
Despite the first half hiccup, OSU looked just like the No. 1 overall team that they are.