Coop’s winners and losers- Week 1

Cooper Lockett, Co-Editor in Chief

Week one of the 2018 college football season provided plenty of outstanding games. Some teams performed far beyond expectations, and some crashed and burned, now it was only the first week so some teams may have just had an exceptionally good or an off night, but it’s still fun to analyze and make picks. Here are the biggest winners and losers from week one of the 2018 college football season.


Winner- Alabama: Guys, Tua Tagovailoa is for real, he’s a far better passer and playmaker than Jalen Hurts. He walked all over Louisville’s defense in Alabama’s 51-14 win. When Jalen Hurts was in the game, Alabama stalled. When Tua was in, Alabama scored. Nick Saban doesn’t usually have stars at quarterback, preferring to start reliable guys who won’t make mistakes in getting the ball to Amari Cooper, Calvin Ridley, Julio Jones, or whatever superstar Alabama inevitably has at wide receiver. But with an electric QB like Tua, Saban’s Alabama machine just got a lot more deadly.


Winner- LSU: staying the SEC west, the tigers blew everyone away with their 33-17 rout of eighth ranked Miami in Dallas Sunday night. LSU was fantastic on Offense, Defense, and special teams and are looking like the a potential dark horse team to challenge Alabama and Auburn for the SEC west this year.


Loser- Miami: The turnover chain was missing in action Sunday as next to nothing went right for the Hurricanes in their loss to LSU. Miami’s coveted defense looked lost and Malik Rozier was a mess, throwing two interceptions including a pick six. Miami fans need to hope Sunday’s game was a fluke, because given the way Virginia Tech performed Monday, Miami’s chances of returning to the ACC title game are dropping fast.

Loser- Michigan: Jim Harbaugh is in trouble, He fell to 1-6 against rival teams in Michigan’s 17-24 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday. In the past he had excuses, like the refs against Ohio State, his punter against Michigan State, and an overall lack of talent at Quarterback. But none of those excuses exist anymore. Michigan added quarterback Shea Patterson from Ole Miss and reloaded a ton of talent on defense, only to roll into South Bend and get beat badly. The reason this is so concerning is that Michigan is a better football team on paper than Notre Dame and if they can’t perform against the Irish, then what are they going to do later in the season when they play Wisconsin and Penn State and travel to Michigan State and Ohio State? Harbaugh needs to figure something out quickly, because if he doesn’t he could be on his way out Ann Arbor.