Week 1 of college football season is in the can and fans couldn’t have asked for a better start. From Hail Mary finishes courtesy of Eastern Carolina’s Dominique Davis to North Carolina’s near comeback against LSU, the start of the regular season has sports fans gushing at the prospect of their favorite teams making it to their respective big show. But SI.com’s Stewart Mandel cautions fans to not get too hyped – or discouraged - by early season performance.
Sure, Notre Dame’s 23-12 victory over Purdue was a nice way for new Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly to come out of the gate, but with only one down and 11 more games to go there is plenty of time for Kelly and his team to keep moving full steam ahead or to fizzle out.
Sans 13 of the team’s best players, UNC looked to be a lost cause when they took the field in Atlanta against Les Miles and LSU. But despite missing key pieces of their roster, the team nearly came back in the fourth quarter, closing their 20-point deficit to 30-24. But can UNC keep the momentum going if the program continues to run into scandal? Early season storylines have grabbed our attention, but first impression can often be deceiving.
But today we give the college gridiron a break and turn our attention back to Coach K and boys and the Sox:
Team USA vs. Angola (11:00 am ET) - Kevin Durant, Chauncey Billups and Derrick Rose will face off against Angola at the FIBA Worlds. The winner will get two days off before meeting either Russia or New Zealand in the quarterfinals.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox (7:10 pm ET) – After being swept by the White Sox, Boston will try to rebound tonight when they meet up with the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. The Sox Jon Lester will start in the first game of the series.
By The Numbers
31 – Number of winless races NASCAR driver Tony Stewart faced going into Sunday night’s event at Atlanta. Smoke beat out fellow drivers Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch for the top spot. SI.com’s Tom Bowles weighs in on Stewart’s Chase chances after his win in this week’s Five Things.
4 – Number of games Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended for this season. Originally told he would not be allowed to play for six games, Roethlisberger met with NFL commish Roger Goodell on Friday who rewarded Big Ben’s recent good behavior by reducing his suspension.
$110 million – The amount of LeBron James’ high-profile deal that "moved his talents to South Beach" earlier this summer. SI.com’s Ian Thomsen explains that the six-year deal was 2010’s biggest free agent bargain.