Melvin Gordon's second half, Kiffin's debut and Louisville's new look
FSU's offensive issues, Florida's schedule and Sarkisian's USC debut
1. Florida State might have scored 37 points against Oklahoma State, but the Seminoles' offense sputtered at key moments. "We didn't convert touchdowns in the red zone," head coach Jimbo Fisher said. From the Cowboys' 20-yard line in, Florida State scored one touchdown and three field goals. In the red zone last season, the Seminoles scored 58 touchdowns and 13 field goals. On Saturday night, Jameis Winston completed two of six passes for 10 yards with one interception. Winston threw a 50-yard touchdown pass and ran 28 yards for a score, but no offense can live on home run plays alone.
2. It shouldn't be a hard decision. Florida and Idaho, which had their game rained out Saturday night, both have Oct. 25 off. They could move the game there with a minimum of effort. But there are two considerations: (1) Idaho is likely to get paid its $975,000 fee whether it plays or not, but the Vandals won't get paid again for returning. Does the school want to spend the money to return? (2) Florida plays archrival Georgia the following week. The Bulldogs have Oct. 25 off as well. They would be resting while the Gators are playing.
3. Oh, woe is Steve Sarkisian. One player lied to him. Another called him a racist. He can't coach. He got hired just because he used to work for Pete Carroll. And so forth and so on. Look, we'll find out a lot more about USC on Saturday at Stanford than we learned in the 52-13 rout of Fresno State. And the roster problems the Trojans have will make it difficult for them to be viable Pac-12 South contenders over a 12-game schedule. But as sharp as USC looked Saturday, it's safe to say concerns over the relationships between Sark and his players were concocted by people too busy talking to report.
Georgia's chances of winning the SEC greatly improved in Week 1.
The Bulldogs' win over Clemson and South Carolina 's loss to Texas A&M combined to raise Georgia's chances of winning the SEC East from 29 percent (in preseason) to 62 percent and its overall chance of winning the SEC from 11 percent to 31 percent, via ESPN's Football Power Index rating.
The Bulldogs jumped from 14th to sixth in the rankings. That was the third-biggest FPI rankings jump of any top-25 team after Week 1, behind Nebraska (up 13 spots to 28) and Texas A&M (up eight spots to No. 8).
South Carolina's probability of winning the SEC East plummeted from 41 percent to 11 percent, and its chance of winning the SEC fell from 19 percent to four percent.
Clemson and South Carolina had the two biggest drops in FPI rankings among teams in the top 25, with Clemson falling 17 spots (to 30th) and South Carolina slipping 13 (to 20th). They were followed by North Carolina, which dropped 12 spots to 31 despite beating Liberty 56-29.
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