August 29, 2013. This date officially marked the beginning of the 2013 college football season, and there are a lot of people that are much happier because of it. The action started on Thursday night with the No. 24 ranked University of Southern California defeating Hawaii 30-13. This contest was followed by the No. 6 ranked University of South Carolina defeating the University of North Carolina 27-10. In the latter matchup, the game changer that is South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was on display. Clowney is a College All-American and potential top-3 selection in the 2014 NFL Draft pick.
As usual, this first week featured major football programs, usually FBS teams, beating up on smaller programs, usually FCS teams. Picture a 200 lb. elementary school bully kind of beating. We can look to Saturday when the No. 15 ranked Texas Longhorns mauled the New Mexico State Aggies 56-7 or when the No. 17 ranked Michigan Wolverines pummeled the Central Michigan Chippewas 59-9 as proof.
However, on Saturday, every bully didn’t get the best of the small kid on the playground.
The biggest shock of Week 1 could potentially be North Dakota State beating Kansas State 24-21. This contest is interesting for a number of reasons. Kansas State went 11-2 last year, clinching a share of the Big 12 title, with very high hopes of being a BCS National title contender. North Dakota is an FCS team, a Missouri Valley Conference mate to our beloved ISU Redbirds. Playing, and beating the big boys, isn’t anything new to NDSU, the FCS’ two-time defending national champions. They are now 7-3 against FBS opponents the previous ten seasons. It’s not only the victory that’s shocking; it’s the fashion in which it took place too. NDSU rushed for 210 yards, while K-State only rushed for 55 yards. The pass attack was pivotal for the Bisons too, as NDSU quarterback Brock Jensen completed seven straight passes on the final drive that consisted of 18 plays, eating up eight and a half minutes off the clock. “This is the biggest win in our program’s history,” Jensen said. “I’m absolutely honored to be a part of it.” Biggest win in the program? Thus far, that’s a no-brainer. Who’s next on the Bison list, Oklahoma? Oregon? We’ll have to wait until the first game of next year to see. The college football is filled with upsets and surprises on a week-to-week basis. Every game truly matters. If Week 1 is any indication of what’s to come, buckle up! This is going to be fun.