|TCU QB Trevone Boykin is looking to prove 2014 wasn’t a fluke.
Football fans, the wait is over at last–and we mean that in more than one way. We’ll start with the longest-running storyline of the NFL offseason: the Deflategate saga, the battle between Tom Brady and the NFL. After much of the sports world waited for the other proverbial shoe to drop, Judge Richard Berman delivered the result New England Patriots fans have hoped for. He vacated the punishment imposed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and cleared Brady to begin the season as usual. Berman’s decision appears to have been based on the fact that, regardless of the merits of the case against Brady, Goodell ignored due process in his handling of the matter…and as you might imagine, this issue isn’t dead yet. Speculation has already begun about the NFL’s next move, as well as how much this whole thing might tarnish the legacies of many involved. One thing’s for sure: if you took a shot and drafted Brady in your fantasy league, you’re doing a happy dance.
As for the other thing football fans have waited seemingly forever for: the college football season is fully underway! It actually began last Saturday, in an under-the-radar but highly exciting FCS kickoff between Montana and FCS defending champion North Dakota State. With just two seconds to go, the Montana Grizzlies excited the home crowd in Missoula with a game-winning touchdown to beat the defending champs, 38-35!
Back to the big show, last night marked the start of the Jim Harbaugh
era for the Michigan Wolverines
. Unfortunately, the game that was referred to as a ‘cupcake’ match for Harbaugh & company didn’t go as planned. The Utah Utes took down the Wolverines 24-17
, as Utes running back Devontae Booker
put up 124 total yards and a touchdown. Harbaugh and his famous gameday outfit will be back next week, of course, to try and get the Michigan football program back to the top.
In other action, the South Carolina Gamecocks
relied on their defense to beat the North Carolina Tar Heels 17-13
. The South Carolina D had two interceptions in their own end zone against Heels’ quarterback quarterback Marquise Williams
, who had some bright moments but seemed a little too aware of closing pass rushers. And at the top of the standings, the second-ranked TCU Horned Frogs survived a scare against the Minnesota Golden Gophers
, winning 23-17 as quarterback Trevone Boykin
set out to prove last season wasn’t a fluke.
The first full week of college football will continue over Labor Day weekend, and the top 25 will be looking to get their hunt for the national title on! Who do you think will get off the biggest start? Will there be any major upsets? Who’s on your early watch list for the Heisman Trophy? Hit us up @Brackethead
on Twitter and tell us what you think. You can also us #FanCrazy photos and make bold predictions on our Facebook wall. If you really want to show your stuff and win stuff while you support your team, head to www.gofancheer.com and download the app!
May the brackets always bust in your favor,
Brackethead & the folks at FanCheer