Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide mascot Big Al plays with a fan during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

College Football Saturday: Alabama Tramples Michigan, Oregon Scores Again

It's the first Saturday in the history of the world, as far as we're concerned. A nice run of neutral-site brawls highlighted the day's college football feast. Full college football scoreboard right here, and the day's full TV schedule here. And watch the Solid Verbal live at 6 p.m. ET!

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Snap Judgment: The Fearsome Foursome Separates Early

The first Saturday of the new college football season reminded us of what we already know: Alabama, USC, LSU and Oregon remain a cut above the rest of the nation.

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Bob Asmussen Regrets Putting Michigan At No. 1 On His AP Poll Ballot

Bob Asmussen was the only voter to rank Michigan No. 1 in the preseason AP Poll. This tweet was sent when Alabama led 31-0, but it's no less true now that 'Bama's "only" up 31-7 on Michigan at halftime.

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Miami Vs. Boston College Final Score: Duke Johnson's Impressive Debut Powers Hurricanes To 41-32 Victory

Miami Hurricanes freshman running back Duke Johnson got his fair share of national attention Saturday, carrying the ball seven times for 135 yards and two touchdowns while doing his part to propel his team to a 41-32 win over Boston College on the road.

Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig tried all he could with 441 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 32-of-51 passing but couldn't get much help in the run game, with Boston College averaging 2.9 yards per attempt.

It looked like Miami might just run away with it when Morris completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Lewis in the early fourth but Rettig refused to let his team go down without a fight. Boston College's junior quarterback cut the deficit to 11 with a 17-yard touchdown toss to Tahj Kimble and continued that momentum with an 81-yard drive on the following possession.

Ultimately though, the Miami defense would hold strong with a goal-line stand that included stuffing a fourth-down quarterback sneak from the 1-yard line. Hurricanes head coach Al Golden would then run off all but four seconds on the clock before taking an intentional safety that would effectively ice the game.

Box Score Hero: The aforementioned Johnson, who had touchdown rushes of 54 and 56 yards.

Rankings Ramifications: This game isn't going to propel either team into the rankings but it's certainly a good start for Miami.

But Did They Cover?: Miami was favored by 2 so they did their part. The over/under was also crushed, as the bar was set at 43 for the game.

For More On This Game: For Hurricanes coverage, head on over to The 7th Floor. If the Eagles are more your cup of tea, pay a visit to BC Interruption.

Next Week's Schedule: Miami continues their mini opening road trip with a visit to Kansas State next Saturday, while BC gets the luxury of remaining at home and attempting to rebound against Maine on the same day.

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Southern Miss Vs. Nebraska Final Score: Cornhuskers Dominate In 49-20 Win

The Southern Miss. Golden Eagles proved a game opponent to the Nebraska Cornhuskers through the first half of their game on Saturday, but quickly fell behind to the No. 17-ranked team.

Nebraska put up three second-half touchdowns en route to a dominating 49-20 victory. Southern Miss. was only able to score once in the second half, on a Corey Acosta 37-yard field goal.

Nebraska jumped out to a 14-0 lead with back-to-back touchdowns in the first quarter. Rex Burkhead broke a 57-yard rushing touchdown to put up the first six points, and Taylor Martinez hit Kenny Bell for a 26-yard touchdown pass for score No. 2. Tracy Lampley responded immediately though, returning a Brett Maher kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown following that second score.

Southern Miss tied the contest with an 11-play, 73-yard drive that ended with a Chris Campbell touchdown pass to Dominique Sullivan for 24 yards. That drive followed a Maher missed field goal for Nebraska. On the next drive, Nebraska answered back with an 11-play drive of their own, ending with another Martinez touchdown pass.

Martinez finished with 349 yards passing, completing 26-of-34 pass attempts. He had a whopping five touchdown passes on the day. Campbell only had one for Southern Miss., along with his 69 yards passing. Along with Burkhead, Braylon Heard had a rushing touchdown for Nebraska.

Box Score Hero: Taylor Martinez and his five touchdowns -- he looked in command the entire game and really made things click. Nebraska would have taken this even without the 200-plus rushing yards.

Rankings Ramifications: Southern Miss. isn't ranked, but a dominating win like this and a performance like that out of its starting quarterback might just push Nebraska up a spot or two from No. 17.

But Did They Cover?: Nebraska opened at 15-point favorites and moved to hover around 20-point favorites, so they covered wherever you got them.

For More On This Game: For more on the Nebraska Cornhuskers, head on over to Corn Nation and don't forget to check out SB Nation's college football hub.

Next Week's Schedule: Nebraska will hit the road to take on UCLA on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET, while Southern Miss. will return home to host East Carolina on Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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Northern Iowa Vs. Wisconsin Final Score: Badgers Hang On 26-21, Danny O'Brien Throws 2 TDs

No. 12 Wisconsin scored 19 consecutive points and held Northern Iowa scoreless for nearly three quarters, but Northern Iowa mounted a furious rally in the final 14 minutes and forced Wisconsin to hold on for a 26-21 win.

Northern Iowa's Sawyer Kollmorgen found Chad Owens for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 2:05 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 19-7. Wisconsin's Danny O'Brien found Jared Abbrederis for a 53-yard touchdown less than two minutes into the fourth quarter to make the lead 26-7. O'Brien and Abbrederis also connected on a touchdown in the first half.

Northern Iowa responded with two touchdown passes from Kollmorgen to David Johnson, one for 55 yards and one for 31 yards, to make it 26-21.

Northern Iowa forced a Wisconsin punt and got the ball back with 5:39 remaining. They drove into Wisconsin territory, but couldn't convert a fourth down and gave it back to Wisconsin, who ran out the clock.

O'Brien was 19-for-23 for 219 yards and touchdowns. Montee Ball had 32 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown. Kollmorgen went 18-for-34 for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson had four catches for 107 yards.

Box Score Hero: Danny O'Brien was efficient passing (19-for-23) and he connected on some big passing plays for the Badgers.

Rankings Ramifications: Wisconsin came into the game ranked 12th. The game was closer than expected, but the fact that they won means they shouldn't be hurt too badly in the rankings.

But Did They Cover?: Wisconsin was favored by 33 points heading into this game, so they didn't cover.

For More On This Game: For more on Badgers football, visit Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire.

Next Week's Schedule: Wisconsin will hit the road to take on Oregon State on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. ET, while Northern Iowa hosts Central State on Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. ET.

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Buffalo Vs. No. 6 Georgia Final Score: Bulldogs Open Season With 45-23 Victory

Georgia defeated Buffalo in their home opener on Saturday, 45-23.

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Northwestern Vs. Syracuse Final Score: Wildcats Survive Frantic Second Half For 42-41 Win

The Northwestern Wildcats survived a frantic Syracuse comeback to win 42-41 on Saturday.

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Marshall Vs. No. 11 West Virginia: Mountaineers Blow Out Thundering Herd 69-35

West Virginia routed the Marshall Thundering Herd, 69-35, in Morgantown Saturday afternoon, proving they are still among the most dangerous offenses in the country.

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Miami (Ohio) Vs. No. 18 Ohio State: Buckeyes Roll To 56-10 Victory

Urban Meyer's first game in Columbus was a rousing success, as Ohio State defeated Miami (OH) 56-10

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Watch 'The Solid Verbal' On SB Nation!

The Solid Verbal, the world's greatest college football podcast, makes its SB Nation debut at 6 p.m. ET. Follow @SolidVerbal on Twitter.

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Alabama Vs. Michigan Preview: Advantages And Disadvantages

This is a battle of Top 10 teams, but Alabama is still favored by two touchdowns because of both its advantages in the trenches on offense and its speed and adaptability on defense.

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Control Your Remote: Alabama Vs. Michigan Headlines Week 1's Must-See Games

Alabama-Michigan headlines the first Saturday of college football in 2012. But what else should you watch? Here's our TV guide.

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College Football FAQ: A Cheat Sheet To Ready You For 2012

College football is now happening, and it's time to get caught up real fast. Below you'll find answers to many of the most common questions about the sport's 2012 state.

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College Football Kickoff Megachat With Spencer Hall, Bill Connelly, Bud Elliott And More!

Friends, college football is upon us. Let us lunch together, with SBNation.com's own Spencer Hall, Bill Connelly and Bud Elliott among the luminaries who'll be joining us right here at noon ET.

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2012 College Football Picks, Week 1: Alabama To Dominate Michigan

Will Alabama stick it to Michigan? Can Clemson overcome the loss of Sammy Watkins and take down Auburn in the dome? It's Week 1 college football picks time.

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100 reasons to love college football

From Alex Carder, to Sheldon Richardson, to "Build Me Up, Buttercup," here are 100 reasons why college football can make you fall in love all over again.

Related: Bill C. previews every team in the entire country.

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2012 College Football Rankings: Alabama, LSU, USC All Claim Top 25 Throne

Hey, college football starts Thursday! Guess we better take a look at the Top 25 rankings, huh? Some combination of USC, LSU and Alabama makes for the top three in almost all of them, with Oregon and Oklahoma trading off after that. Then it all goes to crackers.

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Watch 'Shutdown Fullback' Ready You For Week 1!

The world's only college football show has actual football to football about! Alabama vs. Michigan is your JAMON JAMON GAME OF THE WEEK, whether we actually explained what that means or not! Week 1 is here!

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