College Football Mania, Week 1


AP/Danny Moloshok

Josh Rosen leads UCLA in an incredible comeback victory against Texas A&M.

Sam Herrold, Reporter

In one of college football’s biggest comebacks ever, UCLA, led by team captain and Heisman hopeful Josh Rosen, rallied from 34 points down to defeat visiting Texas A&M, 45-44, in college football’s first big weekend of the 2017 season.

The loss was a major blow for the Aggies, had hope for a great season ahead.

In the week’s most hyped matchup, No. 1 Alabama defeated No. 3 Florida State, 24-7, in Atlanta. This game featured the top teams in their respective conferences.

The teams had a defensive struggle in the first half before Alabama broke away in the second half.

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois tore his ACL and had successful surgery a few days later, he successfully had surgery, but he will miss the rest of the season.

In Austin, Tom Herman’s debut as the University of Texas coach was spoiled. The Longhorns went into the game against Maryland as 18.5-point favorites, but lost, 51-41.

Following are update rankings from the Associated Press:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Penn State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Southern California
  7. Washington
  8. Michigan
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Florida State
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Louisiana State
  13. Auburn
  14. Stanford
  15. Georgia
  16. Miami
  17. Louisville
  18. Virginia Tech
  19. Kansas State
  20. Washington State
  21. University South Florida
  22. Florida
  23. Texas Christian University
  24. Notre Dame
  25. Tennessee

Following are highlights of players in contention for the Heisman Trophy:

Baker Mayfield, University of Oklahoma

He had only one incomplete pass against Texas-El Paso (19 for 20) and played only the first half. On top of that, he threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in the easy victory.

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State University

The senior veteran arrived with a purpose. He managed to complete 83.3 percent of his passes. Plus, He threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns with a passer rating of 230.6 in a route of the University of Tulsa.

Rosen, UCLA

In the comeback against A&M, he passed for 491 yards, with most of that coming from the second half. He also threw four touchdown passes, including the game-winner in the last minute.