College football winners and losers: Texas, Alabama notch statement wins; Oklahoma disappoints
The 2021 college football season is already at top speed after Week 1 slate full of implications for the College Football Playoff and national title.The 2021 college football season is already at top speed after a Week 1 slate full of implications for the College Football Playoff and the national championship.
An extremely rough Saturday night for Pac-12 Conference football culminated with then-No. 13-ranked UCLA giving up a touchdown with 14 seconds to play and losing to Fresno State, 40-37, in a game for which Fresno State will be receiving a $1.1 million appearance guarantee.
It was the second time in four seasons that the Bulldogs have visited the Rose Bowl and come away with both significant guarantee money and a victory. In 2018, they beat UCLA, 38-14, in a game for which Fresno State was paid $650,000.
The Bulldogs also became the third Group of Five conference team this season to win a game for which it is receiving a guarantee of at least $1 million. Texas-San Antonio defeated Illinois and will be getting $1.1 million; Northern Illinois beat Georgia Tech and will be getting $1 million.
College football polls: Updated AP Top 25, Coaches Poll rankings after Week 1
Breaking down the top 25 in both the AP and Coaches polls following the first week of action.As always, that starts with Alabama, which looked every bit the No. 1 team in the nation after demolishing No. 14 Miami 44-13. First-time starting quarterback Bryce Young showed no significant dropoff from Mac Jones in his debut, and the defense looked better than it has in years. But the Crimson Tide aren't the only powerful team this year.
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Not long before UCLA fell Saturday night, Arizona was upset, 21-19, by Northern Arizona, a Football Championship Subdivision school that entered the game with an 0-2 record this season and is getting a $500,000 guarantee.
In addition, Utah lost on the road to San Diego State, 33-31, in triple overtime and then-No. 21 Arizona State lost at then-No. 23 Brigham Young, 27-17. BYU now has a 3-0 record, with all of the wins against Pac-12 South Division teams; it also has defeated Arizona and then-No. 18 Utah. San Diego State’s win will give coach Brady Hoke his second $10,000 bonus of the season for a win over a Power Five conference school. The other? Last week’s over Arizona in Tucson.
Ohio State vs. Oregon odds, prediction, betting trends for Week 2 'Big Noon Kickoff' game
Ohio State has won 24 straight home games. Can Oregon break that streak, or at least cover the spread?No. 12 Oregon visits No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday in a top-10 showdown that will impact the 2021 College Football Playoff race. Game time is scheduled for 12 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
Arizona’s loss Saturday night to Northern Arizona was the second time this season a Pac-12 team has lost at home to an FCS team from the Big Sky Conference. Washington, then ranked No. 21, opened the season by losing to Montana, 13-7, in a game that will be giving Montana $675,000.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fresno State gets $1.1M guarantee, and win, from No. 13 UCLA on bad night for Pac-12
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