College Football Week 1: FSU, Miami Cruise To Wins While Florida Struggles

As the 2012 college football season opens up with UCF playing on Thursday evening while FAU plays on Friday. Florida State, Florida, Miami, and South Florida are all in action on Saturday.

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Miami Vs. Boston College Final: Duke Johnson Shines In Debut, Propelling Hurricanes To 41-32 Win

Freshman running back Duke Johnson made a name for himself Saturday against Boston College, busting off two long touchdown scampers to lead the Miami Hurricanes to a 41-32 victory over the Eagles on the road.

On the day, Johnson had 135 yards on just seven carries including the touchdowns from 54 and 56 yards out. Quarterback Stephen Morris did a solid job managing the game, completing 28-of-45 passes for 207 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig had himself quite the game against Miami's inexperienced secondary, compiling 441 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 32-of-51 passing but ultimately the Hurricanes defense would hold strong with an impressive goal line stand late.

After Miami scored 20 unanswered points in the second half, Rettig lead his team on 84-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 17-yard touchdown pass to Tahj Kimble. Boston College would continue that momentum on their following drive, moving 81-yards before the Hurricanes decided to stand tall and stuff a fourth down quarterback sneak from the one-yard line.

Miami head coach Al Golden would then run all but four seconds off the clock before taking an intentional safety that would effectively ice the game.

The Hurricanes (1-0) remain on the road next week as they head to Kansas State Saturday to take on the Wildcats


Miami Vs. Boston College Halftime Update: Duke Johnson Carries Miami To 21-20 Lead

It hasn't been exactly pretty but the Miami Hurricanes have done just enough to give them a 21-20 lead over Boston College Eagles on the road.

Running back Duke Johnson has compiled 65 yards and a touchdown on just three carries but Stephen Morris hasn't been able to get the vertical passing game going, averaging just 4.4 yards a completion on 14-of-21 passing for 92 yards and an interception.

Boston College jumped out to an early lead in the first when quarterback Chase Rettig (14-of-22, 231 yards) followed up Andre Williams' 4-yard touchdown scamper with a 15-yard scoring strike to fullback Jake Sinkovec.

But it would be Rettig who would allow Miami to get back into the game as well. Following Eduardo Clements' 1-yard touchdown run, Hurricanes linebacker Denzel Perryman would take advantage of a poor decision by Rettig, picking off the junior signal caller and returning it 41 yards to tie the game at 14.

In the second quarter, Miami's Johnson would counter two Nate Freese field goals with a powerful 54-yard touchdown run in which he plowed through a handful of Boston College defenders. Stephen Morris would try to extend Miami's slight lead with a drive at the end of the half, but a few incompletions stalled the Hurricanes' two-minute drill.

The Hurricanes will receive the ball out of the half and look to build on their first-half rushing average of 7.4 yards per attempt.


FIU Vs. Duke 2012: TV Schedule, Game Time, Odds And More

The Duke Blue Devils are coming off a 3-9 football season in 2011, and the 2012 season opener is no walk in the park with the Florida International Golden Panthers coming to Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C., at 7 p.m. ET Saturday night.

FIU has been to bowl games in back-to-back seasons under head coach Mario Cristobal. Duke is 2-2 in season openers under coach David Cutcliffe. The Panthers have an opportunity to steal a win over a major-conference opponent on the road.

The Panthers' offense will be key. FIU will also seek revenge after losing 31-27 to the Blue Devils at home last season, and is led by quarterback Jake Medlock, running back Kedrick Rhodes and wide receiver Wayne Times. The FIU defense returns almost all of its starters from a team that went 8-5 last season.

Blue Devils quarterback Sean Renfree is back as a senior, and will look for top target Conner Vernon.

Duke is a slight favorite by 3.5 points.

For more news and notes from around NCAA football, check out SB Nation's college football hub.


JU Vs. Georgia Southern 2012: TV Schedule, Game Time, Odds And More

Georgia Southern has established itself as one of the top powers in FCS football, and the Eagles hope to return to the playoffs again this season. It starts with the season opener against Jacksonville on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET, at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Ga.

Georgia Southern, an FCS semifinalist a year ago, had a good quarterback battle between sophomore Ezayi Youyoute and junior Jerick McKinnon leading up to the opener. Both should see action against the Dolphins.

Running back Dominique Swope is back after winning Freshman of the Year honors in the Southern Conference with more than 1,000 rushing yards. The Eagles are ranked No. 3 in the nation to open the season.

Jacksonville was 6-2 in the Pioneer Football League a year ago, 7-4 overall. Senior running back Keith Dawson is the leading returning rusher for the Dolphins. Dawson also scored four touchdowns in 2011.

There is no local TV broadcast for this game.

For all your college football coverage, be sure to visit SB Nation's NCAA football hub.


Miami Vs. Boston College 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

The Miami Hurricanes and Boston College Eagles open the season with an ACC game Saturday, with the 'Canes visiting BC at Chestnut Hill in a major test for both teams right from the start.

These are two middle-of-the-road ACC teams, at least as it appears now, and Stephen Morris gets his chance to lead Miami at quarterback. He could be the player to watch in this game.

BC hopes to get some improved play from its defense, which lost its best player to the NFL Draft, and score enough points at home to pick up the win.

Miami will have revenge on its mind after losing to BC at home last November, 24-17. Chase Rettig, who was at the helm for the Eagles in that game, is back as a junior for Boston College. He has thrown 18 TDs and 18 interceptions in his college career.

The game is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN2 regionally. Miami is a 2.5-point favorite.

For more on the Miami Hurricanes, visit The 7th Floor. To talk with Boston College fans, check out BC Interruption.


Bowling Green Vs. Florida 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

The Florida Gators are 15-11 since Tim Tebow left Gainesville, and that just doesn't sit well at The Swamp. But Florida can go to 16-11 in that time and win its season opener, assuming it doesn't look past big underdog Bowling Green on Saturday.

All eyes will be on quarterbacks Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett, who continue to battle for the No. 1 quarterback spot. The two sophomores will get looks from coach Will Muschamp, as will new featured running back Mike Gillislee, a senior.

It's a work in progress for the Gators on offense, but fortunately for them, the Falcons don't have the athletes and talent to hang with Florida for an entire game. On paper anyway.

Quarterback Matt Schilz and running back Anthon Samuel are players to watch for Bowling Green of the MAC. The Gators have won 22 straight season openers and are 63-6 overall in openers at home. Florida is a 29-point favorite.

The game can be seen at 3:30 ET on ESPN.

For more in-depth coverage, visit Florida Gators blog Alligator Army as well as SEC blog Team Speed Kills. For insight on the Falcons, check out MAC blog Hustle Belt. And for more news and notes from around NCAA football, check out SB Nation's college football hub.

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