The Clemson football team makes its traditional run down the Hill before its opener, at home against Georgia last Saturday (page 48). During the game, however, the Tigers took a backseat to the Bulldogs, who showed national championship form with a 30-0 win, led by junior quarterback David Greene and wideout Fred Gibson (inset), who had four catches for 104 yards and one touchdown.
The Michigan Wolverines weren't kind to the Central Michigan Chippewas, winning their season-opener 45-7. They were led by quarterback John Navarre (inset), who passed for 245 yards and two touchdowns, and wideout Braylon Edwards (1), who had 78 yards, 48 of them on this third-quarter reception.
Coach Joe Paterno—honored in song, and on a few abs (inset), as he begins his 54th season at Penn State (his 38th as head coach)—prepares to lead his Nittany Lions into their opener at home against Temple. Paterno's crew had an unexpectedly tough time with the Owls, but pulled away in the second half for a 23-10 win.
Colorado wideout Jeremy Bloom got behind Colorado State cornerback Ben Stratton with less than a minute left for this 33-yard reception, which set up the winning touchdown in Colorado's 42-35 win at Invesco Field in Denver on Saturday (page 53). After the game, Buffaloes offensive lineman Karl Allis (inset) hoisted the prize for winning this intrastate rivalry, the Centennial Cup.
Florida strong safety Cory Bailey gets up to get his teammates up for their home opener against San Jose State. Bailey must have said something right as the Gators rolled to a 65-3 win. Although he didn't start, freshman quarterback Chris Leak (inset), last season's USA Today offensive player of the year, lived up to his billing, completing 10 of 14 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown.