5 Things We Learned From Week 1 of College Football

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5 Things You Need to Know From College Football's Week 1

5 Things You Need to Know From College Football's Week 1
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There weren't a ton of big games on paper heading into the opening weekend of college football, but several contests definitely jumped off the page from Thursday through Monday. More specifically, several big-name players made headlines in one way or another.

The Heisman Trophy race is as wide open as it's ever been this year, and that's saying something after the unpredictable race we saw in 2012. There were several players who made statements regarding that race in 2013, but not all of them were positive ones.

Several players who have been called "things things", "safe picks" and "locks" fell flat on their faces in the opening weekend of college football, which isn't a good thing considering there were only a handful of marquee matchups that included Heisman candidates.

Here are the top five things you need to know from college football's opening weekend.

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Jadeveon Clowney is Human

Jadeveon Clowney
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If South Carolina's superstar defensive end wants to set the college football single-season record for sacks, then he'd better get busy. No sacks and no big plays to go along with three measly tackles against North Carolina in a game the New York Post called an "in-state" rivalry doesn't scream No. 1 overall pick.

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Johnny Manziel Will Never Change

Johnny Manziel
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In a game against Rice, Rice, Jonny Football taunted the underdog Owls to the point he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. Then he made a gesture that resembled signing an autograph. Does the kid not know he easy he got off?

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Teddy Bridgewater is the Heisman Favorite as of Today

Teddy Bridgewater
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Folks, if you aren't already drinking the Louisville-red Kook-Aid, you better take a big swig now because the Cardinals' quarterback is legit. Teddy completed 89 percent of his passes for 355 yards and five touchdowns…in just three quarters. You might as well just give him the trophy now.

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Clemson is For Real

Clemson
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I had Georgia by 10 and granted the Dogs missed a lot of opportunities, they were beaten by a Clemson team that is looking to defy odds this year. Tajh Boyd played well, but he's not the whole team. The Tigers have an underrated defense and some playmakers on offense and special teams that are primed for a title run.

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Jameis Winston is the Next Big Thing

Jameis Winston
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Forget what last year's Heisman Trophy winner did as a redshirt freshman. Florida State's charismatic young signal-caller was record-setting in his first start for the Seminoles. The kid completed 93 percent of his passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns while adding another score on the ground. Oh, and he didn't play the whole game. If you're searching for the future of your favorite NFL team three years from now, look no further.

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