1.) There are college upsets every week, but I'm not sure I can think of a bigger one -- ever -- than Appalachian State's 34-32 win over No. 5 Michigan in Ann Arbor.
2.) It will be fascinating to see what the polls do with Michigan now. By performance, obviously there is no way for them to belong among the Top 25 teams in college football.
3.) California's win over Tennessee was impressive and entertaining, but it lacked the case-closed finality of the Vols' domination of a season ago.
4.) That said, the Golden Bears might be as offensively gifted as any team in quite a while. Their battle with USC could be epic.
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5.) Aside from Michigan, Arizona might have been the most disappointing team of Week One. A lot of folks -- me included -- felt like this might be the season that the Mike Stoops rebuilding elevated the program into the upper half of the Pac-10. Instead, the dreary and dreadful 20-3 loss to BYU indicates that the Arizona Wildcasts are as much of an annual tease/fraud as the Arizona Cardinals.
6.) A 38-10 loss at Southern California was probably about the best Idaho could have hoped for. It will take another week or two to figure is Robb Akey's Vandals are better than expected, or if the Trojans aren't as dominating as expected, or if the Trojans were just sleepwalking past the lone school on their schedule that didn't merit their full attention.
7.)It's nice that Virginia Tech got it's win for Blacksburg. But the Hokies had better bring something closer to their A game next weekend at LSU.
8.) If there is a mid-major school that makes a big Boise-like jump into BCS-bowl contention this season it is likely to be Hawaii, TCU, Southern Miss or Boise itself.
9.) Syracuse could be an absolutely dreadful football team, but Boise State's opening opponent -- Weber State -- is likely even worse. The coming week will tell far more about both the Broncos and the Huskies.
10) And speaking of those Huskies:
Washington (1-0) opened its season by routing Syracuse, 42-12, the most one-sided win of the Tyrone Willingham era. The Orange may be among the weakest teams in Division I-A, but the Huskies dominated so thoroughly that coaches were able to turn most of the final quarter over to reserves, getting valuable experience for young players.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
Jake Locker lived up to every expectation: running, passing, leading and making those around him better. Tailback Louis Rankin produced a career-high 147 rushing yards. Both lines outclassed Syracuse, with the O-line allowing no sacks and the D-line notching seven. The reworked secondary and new kickers got the job done.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
Not much, other than seeing if UW can get Syracuse on the schedule a few more times. SU dominated in kickoff return average, but little else. The top concern for the Huskies might be avoiding overconfidence, while remembering how bad Syracuse might be. Willingham seemed to have that in mind Friday when he offered his team only notably muted praise.
Fullback Luke Kravitz suffered the only announced injury, and it wasn't much of an announcement: no description or the injury nor prognosis, although the tone indicated some significance. Otherwise, the one-sidedness of the victory allowed Washington to develop its bench and get an initial college experience for about a dozen and a half players.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Huskies face a much more significant test, Boise State (1-0) brings its 14-game winning streak -- the longest in the nation -- into Husky Stadium. Despite significant personnel losses, the Broncos looked pretty good in their opener last week: a 56-7 thrashing of a Weber State.