Hawaii matched California point for point early in the first quarter, but the Golden Bear’s offense proved too much for the Warriors in the second half and California came away with a 51-31 victory. The game opened the 2016 college football season and was played in Sydney, Australia.
The lone game in week one made for sparse changes in the Billingsley Rankings. Cal moved up two positions from #53 to # 51 in the initial Billingsley Report this week. A full slate of games begins Thursday night September 1 followed by a much anticipated opening Saturday that includes several Top 25 matches. The early game at 11AM CT finds #4 Oklahoma traveling to NRG Stadium in Houston for a pivotal game with the #10 Cougars. Afternoon games include #7 LSU versus #26 Wisconsin in Green Bay, #21 UCLA at #41 Texas A&M, and #18 Georgia versus #19 North Carolina in Atlanta . Saturday’s prime time contest in Arlington, Texas finds defending National Champion and current #1 Alabama taking on #33 Southern California. The “Battle of the Tigers” kicks off an hour later as #2 Clemson opens at #32 Auburn.
#54 Arizona tangles with #47 Brigham Young in a key game that will set the pace for both programs in 2016, unfortunately no one East of the Rockies will see it…..the game kicks off at 9:30 PM CT. College Football sold it’s soul to television long ago, and the PAC 12 wonders why they get less media coverage and poor national TV ratings….. but I digress.
#46 Texas hosts #16 Notre Dame in a rare Sunday Night prime time game and #3 Florida State tangles with #14 Ole Miss in the Labor Day weekend finale Monday Night. The Week 2 Billingsley Rankings will be posted by Noon on Tuesday September 6.