College: Ten thoughts on Week 1

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Week one of the college football season is in the books and there is plenty to take about. The week started off with three great games on Thursday night but Saturday was a different story as B.C and UMass lost their season openers.

Holy Cross and UConn both won so that salvaged the week.

Here are ten thoughts on the week that was.

  1. Boston College‘s 22-21 loss to Rutgers stings for a variety of reasons. The biggest reason is they lost the line of scrimmage. The Eagles couldn’t run the ball and when they needed to control the line of scrimmage defensively, they allowed Rutgers to go on a 96 yard drive. in which they ran the ball 11 of 12 plays.

  2. I thought UMass would play better than they did in their 42-10 loss to Tulane. The offense did some good things but lacked the ability to make big plays on offense. The defense looked a step slow. The Minutemen face another tough match up this week at Toledo.

  3. UConn had its hands full with Central Connecticut State in the first half but pulled away in the second half to secure a 28-3 win. The Huskies are going to be in a lot of these types of games because they are hanging their hat on their defense.

  4. Bryant lost a heartbreaker, 38-37 in overtime against FIU on Thursday. Despite the loss, quarterback Zevi Eckhaus proved he is one of the best signal callers in the region and in the Big South. The Bulldogs come home to face URI who is coming off of a 35-14 win over Stony Brook.

  5. Speaking of the Rams, the offense was as advertised but the defense really impressed me on Thursday night. Cornerback Jordan Jones had two interceptions including a pick six. Jones is one of the top defensive backs in the CAA and a player to watch this season.

  6. I told you thought UNH was a team to watch this season in the CAA. Their defense is the primary reason. There is a lot of talent along the front and that group played well in Thursday night’s 31-21 win over Monmouth.

  7. Tough opener for the Maine Black Bears in a 41-0 loss to New Mexico. The offense struggled to get on track and the defense couldn’t get off the field when they needed stops. The Black Bears return home this week to take on Colgate.

  8. Holy Cross validated why they might just be the best program in the area with an impressive 31-17 win over Merrimack. The Crusaders had a lot of penalties but overall, they played well in all three phases.

For Merrimack, Dan Curran’s squad their chances but an inability to consistently put drives together and get stops when they needed them proved to be the difference.

  1. Sacred Heart suffered a disappointing 6-0 loss to Lafayette. The Pios are on the road again this week when they travel to in-state rival CCSU.

  2. Stonehill survived over Bloomsburg in their season opener, winning 33-30 in overtime. The Skyhawks return home this week for their hone opener against Post.