Sunday, August 27, 2017

Green's takeaways from Week Zero

                                            Photo Credit: Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times

Welcome to a new post called Green's takeaways where I give a rapid recap of the top moments of each college football week.

What better way to kick things off than with Week Zero's top takeaways:

1) South Florida impresses big at San Jose State:

If the No. 19 South Florida Bulls are to have any slim hope of making the College Football Playoff on New Year's day, then they must run the table and impress the committee and Saturday's 42-22 win at San Jose State proved to be a good starting point, despite a sluggish start.

USF gave up the first 16 points to SJSU before regaining its mojo scoring 42 of the last 48 points behind 18 carries on 70 yards and a touchdown by quarterback Quentin Flowers, to go along with 11-of-22 from the air for 212 yards and two TD's.

2) Colorado State's offense exceeds with ease:

Third-year coach Mike Bobo faces a lot of pressure with high expectations and CSU took the first step in becoming an outside contender for the Group of Five New Year's Six spot with a commanding 58-27 win against Oregon State out of the Pac-12 conference.

Colorado State will get a stiffer test on Sept. 1 as it squares off with in-state rival Colorado in Denver.

3) BYU passes FCS test as a brutal stretch draws near:

The BYU Cougars passed their de facto dress rehearsal in a 20-6 win over the Portland State Vikings. While the win was not a typical blowout of epic proportions, the BYU defense looked in mid-season form as it held Portland State to six points.

Running back Squally Canada put together a solid effort for BYU with 13 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown.

The Cougars will know by the end of September whether they are contenders or pretenders with games against SEC power LSU, in-state rival Utah and Big Ten stalwart Wisconsin.

4) Hawai'i flew 5,000 miles and slithered past UMass, 38-35:

Any road trip for Hawai'i is no easy task as it always adjusts to various time zones— this time around in the Eastern time zone.

Despite the jet lag, Hawaii powered past UMass courtesy of a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dru Brown to Metuisela 'Unga with 48 seconds left.

The Rainbow Warriors showed no signs of wear and tear as it amassed 503 yards of total offense.

5) Stanford served plenty of blooms and onions down under:

With running back Christian McCaffrey a fleeting memory from the past, No. 14 Stanford needed to groom a replacement and appeared to find one in Bryce Love. Love produced a first half to remember with 11 carries on 176 yards— the most for a Pac-12 player on less than 11 carries since 2004.

Love finished with two touchdowns, with help from the offensive line creating the gaping holes left and right.

After going up 38-0 at halftime, Love and most of Stanford's first-string offense saw limited action in the second half on its way to a 62-7 win over Rice.

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