Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (above) looks smooth in a bow tie, but he also impressed on the field. The Heisman hopeful threw for 270 yards, three scores and zero interceptions in an unreal, 38-35, win over SEC foe Georgia.
It was a huge win for Boyd and the Tigers, but also for the ACC as a whole. The SEC’s “little brother” scored a “W” against their big, bad big bro and potentially even derailed the Bulldogs’ national title hopes.
All of that being said, however, it was one game. Nearly every program in the nation took the field at some point this weekend and while some teams wound up like Clemson, others found themselves in the same boat as Georgia.
So, how did the teams within each of the nation’s individual conferences fare? Check out the chart below.
After under achieving a year ago, the Big Ten looked fantastic in college football’s opening weekend. The only teams to lose were Iowa to a Northern Illinois team that is coming off an Orange Bowl berth and Purdue, which is just plain bad right now.
The Big 12′s record is solid, but could be even better. Kansas State lost to an FCS team in North Dakota State and TCU very nearly pulled a Clemson and knocked off an SEC powerhouse, in this case LSU.
The same can be said for the Pac-12, as a ranked Oregon State team also lost to FCS’s Eastern Washington.
For the most part, the smaller conferences that impressed so much a year ago really struggled in the early going in 2013. The Mountain West was supposed to be stronger than ever, but limped to a 3-9 opening weekend. The MAC looked like a sub-par league only managing a 5-8 record (yes, there are 13 teams in the league) over the weekend.
Finally, the newly formed American Athletic Conference made its debut with some massive ups and downs. Cincinnati and Louisville each netted big wins, but UCONN and USF both lost to FCS opponents. Definitely a mixed bag out of the infant conference with only one week in the books.
[Chart via College Football Reddit]