The 5 things Ken Schreiber learned from Week 1 of college football

Week 1 of the college football season, long known for its glorified, noncompetitive exhibition games, was like a sonic boom. Here’s what we learned from opening week.

Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles shouts instructions to his team during spring practice.  His play helped the Buckeyes beat Notre Dame last week.

Notre Dame is a contender

First, we learned that Notre Dame is no accident. The Irish have an elite defense and only needed to convert a few key third-down plays to take down Ohio State. They may have lost, 21-10, but they performed very well. The difference with Ohio State is their defensive coordinator Jim Knowles, who came over from Oklahoma State.

While others put teams in the top 25 polls after a loss, I thought the Irish were the best team outside of the top three and belong to No. 4. No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Georgia and No. No. 3 Ohio State are still the gold standard.

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FSU quarterback Jordan Travis is a player to watch

We also learned that Florida State may have found its quarterback in Jordan Travis, who showed an ability to escape pressure and make positive plays.

The Seminoles tried everything in their power to give the game away, first by fumbled at LSU’s 1-yard line with 80 seconds remaining, and then saw LSU drive 99 yards for a touchdown on the final play. They breathed a sigh of relief when the extra point was blocked and walked away with a 24-23 victory. It was an inauspicious debut for LSU coach Brian Kelly. They showed determination by coming back in the final 4:07 with two touchdowns, but there was visible frustration on the faces of the Tigers players before the comeback. The inference is that Kelly better win or his players will riot.

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