The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from college football's opening night

The Good: New offensive coordinators. We wrote last night about what Texas A&M did to South Carolina and touched on what a masterpiece new offensive coordinator Jake Spavital called in his first regular season game at the helm (Spavital technically debuted in the Aggies' Chick-fil-A Bowl defeat of Duke on New Year's Eve). Kenny Hill was darn near perfect in his first start, connecting on 44-of-60 passes for 511 yards with three touchdowns, becoming one of six players in SEC history to throw for 500 yards in a game. Aggie running backs carried 31 times for 165 yards and four scores. A full dozen players caught passes. The Aggies scored 52 points (the most a Steve Spurrier team has allowed at South Carolina), achieved 39 first downs, gained 680 yards (a South Carolina opponent record), posted only one three-and-out, and did not turn it over.

Across the country, new Rutgers offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen guided Rutgers to 496 total yards (281 passing, 215 rushing) with 22 first downs and 41 points in a 41-38 win over Washington State in Seattle. That's a 35 percent improvement over the Scarlet Knights' 2013 total offense average, a 33 percent gain in yards per play (7.09 versus 5.29), a 50 percent leap in yards per pass attempt (10.4 versus 6.9), a 35 percent gain in yards per rush (5.0 versus 3.7) and, most importantly, a 55 percent gain in scoring output. Heck, Gary Nova's first pass of the entire season was a 78-yard touchdown. That was the least Rutgers thing possible a year ago.

You've done it once, gentlemen. Now you just have to repeat that 11 more times.

The Bad: New head coaches. It.... it wasn't pretty. Let's start in Atlanta, where Bryan Harsin's Boise State team provided perhaps the best performance of the three head coaching debuts on Thursday night. The Broncos played Ole Miss to a 7-6 score through three quarters, intercepted Bo Wallace three times in the first half, outrushed Ole Miss 135-71, but it wasn't enough. The dam broke wide open in the fourth quarter as the Rebels scored 28 unanswered points before Boise State tacked on a cosmetic score for a 35-13 final. 

At Louisiana-Monroe, the Warhawks' camouflage uniforms somehow made Wake Forest's offense turn completely invisible.  Dave Clawson's gained five first downs, rushed 27 times for a long of nine yards and a net of minus-3 (the seven sacks allowed accounted for much of that), committed eight penalties, converted three of 14 first down chances and scored its only touchdown on a blocked punt return in a 17-10 loss. Perhaps worst of all, Wake's second longest drive of the night traveled all of 16 yards. 

Finally, a 100-minute weather delay prolonged a miserable debut for Derek Mason at Vanderbilt. The 'Dores rolled triple sevens: seven points, seven penalties and seven turnovers. Vanderbilt's only touchdown came thanks to a bad snap on a Temple punt inside its own end zone. Commodore passers completed only 16 of 34 passes for 224 yards with three interceptions, compounded by the fact that Vandy rushers combined for 54 yards (a long of 14) on 29 carries with five total fumbles (four lost). 

The good news here for Harsin, Clawson and Mason is that the arrow should point up from here. In fact, all Mason had to do was look across the sideline. One year ago, first-year Temple head coach Matt Rhule lost his opener 28-6 to Notre Dame en route to a 2-10 debut season lowlighted by consecutive losses to Fordham and Idaho. And now he's on a two-game winning streak, beginning year two with a 30-point win over an SEC team. 

The Ugly: If you play football in a televised game and step on to the field of play, there are cameras on you. That means you won't get away with this, Eastern Illinois linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill.

Photos: Texas Tech launching major facilities renovations

With a massive renovation to Jones AT&T Stadium now complete, Texas Tech is now set to embark on another renovation project to the stadium as well as the Red Raiders' football facilities. 

According to RedRaiderSports.com, which broke the story Friday morning, Tech officials will announce Friday afternoon a plan to enhance the entire athletics department through The Campaign for Fearless Champions. Though the project will boost the entire department, it centers around football. In Texas, everything centers around football. According to the site, Texas Tech will transform the south end zone of Jones AT&T Stadium with up to 30 new suites with two video boards flanked by ribbon boards. The site also reports the new end zone structure could potentially house a new Hall of Fame and an athletics dining facility. 

Texas Tech will also build a new indoor facility to be split by the football and track and field programs. The two programs will share the facility, but have their own separate spaces within the indoor structure.

Renderings courtesy of RedRaiderSports.com:










Vanderbilt had an email save them from a penalty last night

In case you missed it last night, Vanderbilt's first game of the Derek Mason era didn't go as expected. The Commodores dropped the game to Temple 37-7.

The game also marked a special occasion, as new uniforms were unveiled to the team upon entering the locker room to get dressed. Below is a look at those "Anchor Down" unis, and the players' reaction.

If you noticed, there at the end the team slogan "Anchor Down" was placed on the name plate section of the back of the uniform. NCAA rules apparently state that "a jersey may contain only a players name, the school name, the NCAA logo, sleeve stripes, an American flag, or a logo for a school, conference, mascot, postseason game, memorial or the military".

Whether the phrase "Anchor Down" actually fits in that laundry list of exceptions is a bit blurry, and the referees last night felt that it did not meet the NCAA criteria. The penalty for that? Vandy would be charged one time out at the beginning of each quarter, with the option to (somehow) fix the situation and not be penalized in further quarters.

That's when it looks like DFO Jason Grooms came to the rescue by digging up a documented email from Steve Shaw, the SEC head of officials, who approved the new uniforms for the game. From there the officials had no choice but to backpedal. Here's how it all played out, courtesy of ESPN.

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Here's hoping every team in America has a similarly jubilant moment at least once this season.

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