Friday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Friday morning …

So, what to take away from opening night?

South Carolina was out-physicaled by the ACC in its 17-13 win over North Carolina. How bout those two cracks at the line in the red zone when the Gamecocks couldn’t get less than a yard for a first down. That might have led to a game-clinching touchdown.

Instead they had to sweat it out and wait for UNC quarterback Marquise Taylor to throw his third pick, second in the end zone.

Good question here. Looks like North Carolina doesn’t know how to play physical:

Great game by South Carolina middle linebacker Skai Moore who had 12 tackles and both of those end zone interceptions. …

Vanderbilt looked a little better offensively which is good since the Commodores couldn’t drive out of a wet paper bag last year. They still had three turnovers and lost to Western Kentucky 14-12 when Western stopped a 2-point conversion at the end of the game. …

Elsewhere …

Defense led TCU past Minnesota, but it was Minnesota’s defense that kept it around and gave the Gophers a chance. It may give the Gophers a chance for a Big 10 West divisional title, SI says.

Utah turned back what the Detroit Free Press described as a sluggish Michigan team in the debut of Jim Harbaugh as coach. …

And Elsewhere …

This is on the mark:

Starting off with Tennessee-Martin has some positives in the sense that Ole Miss should get to let a lot of people play in game conditions, but the Rebels will get a better taste of game speed next week against Fresno State and better still in Week 3 at Alabama. …

The question is when is the last time an SEC team was an underdog at home to a non-Power Five team, as Vanderbilt was at home last night to Western Kentucky. I don’t know if this is accurate or not, but La. Tech should have been favored. They were certainly the team that wanted to be there that night:

Never seen a bigger opening game spread for college football than was played last night and will be played tonight. Twenty-seven games Thursday, 11 more tonight. Thirty-eight games, FBS and FCS, before we ever get to Saturday.

I’m a big fan of Thursday night football. It’s been so successful at the college level that the NFL has muscled in on it.

But I still watch the college game.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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