Spanning the globe with some other notable performances with Ole Miss connections in Week 1 of college football. …
– This week’s Ole Miss opponent, UTEP, was down just 10-7 after three quarters at No. 4 Oklahoma. The Sooners scored twice in the fourth quarter to win 24-7. UTEP gained just 255 yards and gave up 427. Miners QB Nick Lamaison was 6-for-23 passing for 39 yards but did not throw an interception. RB Nathan Jeffery had 21 carries for 177 yards.
– In its first game with Gus Malzahn as head coach, replacing Hugh Freeze, Arkansas State lost 57-34 at No. 5 Oregon. ASU quarterback Ryan Aplin passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another.
– Tyrone Nix was hired as co-defensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee State in the off-season. Middle lost 27-21 to FCS McNeese State. McNeese outgained Middle 450-343.
– Mike Markuson landed as OL coach at Wisconsin. The No. 12 Badgers held off FCS Northern Iowa to win 26-21. Wisconsin had 387 yards, 168 on the ground.
– Tulane, the Rebels’ Week 4 opponent, lost 24-12 to Rutgers in the debut of new coach Curtis Johnson. The Hullabaloo, Tulane’s student newspaper, writes that the Green Wave showed promise amid sloppy play from young players.
Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Times throws its support behind Alabama as a new No. 1.
Florida struggled past Bowling Green on the opening weekend, and the Orlando Sentinel called out Gators coach Will Muschamp for a disappointing offensive performance.
Arkansas changed defensive coordinators before it changed head coaches. Quarterback Tyler Wilson was too much for Jacksonville State, as Arkansas won 49-24 and had 564 yards of offense, but there were red flags thrown up for the Razorbacks’ defense.