It’s been billed as the best opening week in college football history, and those expectations were never going to be easy to meet. However, that hoopla seems justified based on how fans at home responded.
There will only be three matchups between ranked teams after Week 1 — and “Week Zero” — are wrapped up, but the 11 games between Power 5 opponents as a whole still made a big difference in the interest level of fans.
That doesn’t include some other contests that had national eyes like LSU vs. BYU (independent).
Of course, the crown jewel of the slate was No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Florida State in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday night, the first time in history that a top-ranked team faced a team as high as No. 3 in an opener.
According to Michael Mulvihill of FOX Sports, several different networks enjoyed the spoils.
Week 1 CFB overnights up combined +16% across 5 networks through Sat games. Good chance to beat 2016, widely cited as best CFB Week 1 ever.
— Michael Mulvihill (@mulvihill79) September 3, 2017
The Crimson Tide and Seminoles were close (10-7 Alabama) until the end of the third quarter.
That’s when the Tide turned a blocked punt into a field goal before recovery a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and capitalized with a touchdown and a 2-point conversion. That quickly gave Alabama a 21-7 edge and control of the game.
Meanwhile, LSU made short work of BYU in a 27-0 shutout.
Only three of those 11 aforementioned Power 5 matchups turned out to be a touchdown or closer: South Carolina 35, NC State 28; Louisville 35, Purdue 28; California 35, North Carolina 30.
The third and final showdown between ranked teams in Week 1 will take place on Sunday night when No. 22 West Virginia plays No. 21 Virginia Tech in Landover, Md.
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