I'm so happy college football is back! I watched most of the Notre Dame/Rice game (since I'm a ND fan) and was watching Clemson/Georgia before the Bulldogs broke the game open. It was pretty competitive for a while but Clemson's defense was burned out towards the end of the 3rd quarter, and apparently Georgia has a three headed running game. That might cause some problems in the SEC.
I still think the original is the pinnacle of the series. The gameplay was like the perfect mix between the heavy arcadey feel of old GTA games and the new more realistic feel of the current GTA games. 3 was a real disappointment for me, because it lacked a lot of the things that made the original games so great. I'm not sure why elements such as the Forgive and Forget or health system were changed in favor of more "modern" elements. I actually just finished 4, and I really liked it. It's probably the funniest and most well written of all the games. I was expecting not to like it as it seemed to deviate from the older games even more, but it went so over the top that I really enjoyed it.
SR1> SR2 > SR4 > SR3
And yes, I completely agree that SR should go back to its roots.