NCAAF headlines and observations from Saturday

The first week of college football play was one of the more intriguing opening weeks that I can remember. Usually, the beginning of the college football season is full of blowout wins, and one of the rare times backups play in the season. Though that did happen, there were some interesting moments as well. FCS can play, too Two FCS teams made statements in the opening week of college football. The first action took place in Kansas. The Jayhawks of Kansas took on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. Granted the Jayhawks team is so rank it would make a fly cry, but they are an FBS team and are expected to beat an FCS opponent. Heading into the game, Kansas was a 3-point favorite. Much to the Jayhawks' surprise (but likely not to the Jayhawks fans' surprise) the Jackrabbits would end up defeating Kansas 41-38. A second FCS team had a major upset on a heavily favored team. Washington State was a 31 point favorite over Portland State. According to ESPN’s FBI ratings, Portland State was given around a 2% chance of winning the game. To everyone’s shock, the 2% chance came through as Portland State came through with the upset beating WSU 24-17. Just goes to show, wins against FCS opponents are not always guaranteed. Penn State gets a stone to the Temple Going into Saturday, I was looking forward to seeing Penn State take on the Temple Owls. I was anxious to see how DT Anthony Zettel performed and how much QB Christian Hackenberg would live up to his hype. Let’s just say I was highly disappointed. Anthony Zettel was the highlight of a defense that had the run game shoved down their throats all the way to their socks. And Christian Hackenberg did not look like a “future #1 pick” as many analysts referred to him. Hackenberg went 11/25, 103 yards passing, no touchdowns, and an interception which eventually turned into a touchdown for Temple. Granted, all the blame cannot be placed on the QB in this game. The offensive line was hideous, allowing 10 sacks and never giving Hackenberg enough time to throw, the receivers dropped easy passes, and I feel the play calling did not really give Hackenberg a chance to showcase any sort of talent. The game was ugly for Penn State Football, and they can only hope to rebound against Buffalo next week. Meanwhile, Temple is celebrating their first victory over Penn State since 1941; talk about ending a drought. The Rosen One The UCLA Bruins seem to have found their answer to losing Brett Hundley in the Draft. Freshman QB Josh Rosen had an extremely impressive game against the Virginia Cavaliers, going 28/35 on his passes, throwing for 351 yards, and three passing touchdowns with no interceptions. He did an excellent job of spreading the ball around to a variety of receivers and looked like he was ready to be the leader of this offense for seasons to come. Is it beginners luck? Only time will tell. Austin Morris is the creator of The Scouting Lab. He is a graduate of National Football Post’s Introduction to Scouting and Scouting Boot Camp. He can be reached at amorris3585@scc.stanly.edu

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