Tennessee  35, CAL  18: The only matchup of ranked teams turned ugly early in the second half, as CAL's lack of experience at quarterback and on defense proved costly. The Vols put constant pressure on Nate Longshore, and CAL's spread offense couldn't get anything going until the game was well out of reach, and back-up QB Nate Ayoob was inserted. Early blow-outs like this can often set the tone for the rest of the season (remember Arizona, 1999?), so CAL will need to flush the performance down the drain ASAP.
Not much else happened in Week One. USC and Texas indicated that notwithstanding the departures of last season's stars, they are ready to challenge for the national title again, with easy victories. Number Two Notre Dame showed they might be a tad overrated, with a tougher-than expected win over Georgia Tech on the road, 14-10. Ohio State, the nation's top-ranked school, won easily, setting up a revenge matchup next Saturday against the Longhorns in Austin.