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Week Zero College Football Final Word

College Football Week Zero Final Word
Francis Gardler, Journal Star.

Week zero is in the books for College Football. I don’t think we learned anything this week that will tell us who will win the championship or how the season may unfold. But it provided some interesting storylines for some big programs like Nebraska and UCLA that will be fun to follow.

Here are my final words on week zero.

Same Movie. Different Year.

It took exactly one game for Nebraska’s coach Scott Frost to be back on the college football hot seat. (If he ever left it)

If you didn’t watch this game you may assume it was a close game based on the score, but it wasn’t all that close. Nebraska was down 30-9 late in the 3rd Quarter, to Illinois and their backup QB. It felt to me that Illinois took their foot off a gas a bit and it allowed Nebraska to creep back into it.

But even with that bit of a comeback, this story remained the same. Nebraska is not back, their QB still has confidence issues, and the faithful in Lincoln, NE are ready for a change.

“It looked like the same movie,” Frost said in his opening comments to the media. “I just got done telling the guys we can’t have this season be the same movie. Because this game looked like the same movie today.

If I had to choose the movie this looked like, I would say Groundhog Day because the same things keep happening over and over again. Nebraska continues to make it’s own bad luck, losing close games because of terrible special teams, untimely penalties, turnovers and a passing attack that regressed along with it’s quarterback.

Nebraska is now 12-20 under Scott Frost. Based on yesterday’s results, it appears that record won’t get much better by season’s end. If Scott Frost want’s to keep his job, he will need to find a different button to push with this team. My confidence in him doing that would be around the same as this team’s winning percentage over the last 3 years.

Welcome back to the Big-10 & College Football, Bret Bielema!

The other side of the story in the Nebraska at Illinois game, was that Bret Bielema was back in the Big-10, and was coaching like he never left.

By no means do I think this is a good Illinois team, what they are though, is a senior laden team with 21 super seniors (those that stayed after the COVID season for an extra year of eligibility), and they are well coached.

Even after their starter went down early in the game, they kept with their game plan, made defensive plays at key times, crushed special teams, and took advantage of both with timely offensive drives.

While this may not even lead to a bowl game this year, I think this just adds to the goodwill Coach Bielema created in the offseason. He has hired an impressive staff, has boosted in-state recruiting, engaged the community and fans and received rave reviews from his players. And now he has a win to add to that!

UCLA outmans Hawaii in tuneup for LSU

Is the high-octane offense from Oregon finally coming over to UCLA? What an impressive victory over Hawaii yesterday 44-10.

Chip Kelly finally accomplished something he hasn’t done since taking over as coach in 2018 – achieving his first out-of-conference win and season-opening victory.

This offensive output was led by the former Michigan running back Zach Charbonnet, who rushed for 106 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries. In all, the Bruins rolled up 249 yards on the ground at 5.7 per attempt.

Senior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s performance early in the game was troubling as he continuing to struggle throwing the ball, but finally got going with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Kazmeir Allen early in the third quarter.

Up next is LSU in the Rose Bowl in a game that will be much tougher for the Bruins, but if they can win, could propel them to big things this year.

My prediction record after week zero

3-2

I blame this record on having to pick an upset with my limited options! But I should have predicted Nebraska would lose, they haven’t shown enough to believe in them, even for a game.

The College Football top 10 after week zero

So this top 10 will look a little wonky this week. I only put those teams in my top 10 that actually play a game. I don’t like guessing. So expect this to look much different next week.

  1. UCLA
  2. Illinois
  3. Fresno State
  4. San Jose State
  5. UTEP
  6. North Carolina Central
  7. Nebraska
  8. Southern Utah
  9. Hawaii
  10. New Mexico State

Looking ahead to week one

Here are your biggest games for week one. We should start knowing how good teams are after next week!

  • Notre Dame @ Florida State
  • LSU @ UCLA
  • Miami (FL) @ Alabama
  • Penn State @ Wisconsin
  • Clemson @ Georgia

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