College Football Wrap-Up – Week 2
Oregon, Southern Cal and Virginia Tech came up big in week 2 of college football action.
The #7-Ranked Michigan State Spartans traveled to the West Coast and beat #3-Ranked Oregon 24-18 in the 1st half; the Ducks at home beat the Spartans 28-3 in the 2nd half and won the game by 19, 46-27. The Michigan State Spartans really blew their chance to jump into the Top 5 nationally and earn the kind of respect they want.
New Coach Steve Sarkisian and his #14 Southern Cal Trojans traveled to #13 Stanford and upset The Cardinal by a field goal, 13-10. You could call it close since Stanford was favored by 2.5 and lost by 3. USC called it a win, a big win against a big, physical Stanford 11.
#8 Ohio State at home took a butt-kicking from unranked Virginia Tech, 35-21. The Buckeyes, favored by 11, lost by 14.
In a much lesser upset this week, Nevada beat Washington State 24-13.
The nominee for the game with the least defense was Pac-12 Washington over in-state rival AA Eastern Washington, 59-52. This was hardly entertaining for Washington fans as the Huskies let rival Eagle QB Vernon Adams pass for 475 yards and 7 touchdowns. Eastern Washington is ranked #2 among AA schools nationally, but new Coach Chris Petersen has some work to do with the inexperienced Husky secondary. Washington did rush for 356 yards, and both teams combined for 1,100+ yards offense.
No less than 11 ranked teams had unranked teams as opponents this week, and all of them won.
Some won big:
#5 Auburn at home beat San Jose State by 46.
#4 Oklahoma on-the-road beat in-state rival Tulsa by 45.
#2 Alabama at home shut out Florida Atlantic by 41.
#15 Ole Miss on-the-road beat Vanderbilt by 38.
#17 Arizona State on-the-road beat New Mexico by 35.
#16 Notre Dame at home shut out Michigan by 31.
#24 Missouri on-the-road beat Toledo by 25.
At least one won not so big:
#21 South Carolina at home beat in-state rival East Carolina by 10.
And 3 ranked teams could only win by single digits:
#11 UCLA at home beat Memphis by 7.
#20 Kansas State on-the-road beat Iowa State by 4.
#21 North Carolina at home beat San Diego State by 4.
Synopsis: UCLA, Kansas State and North Carolina: Not as good as ranked.
No less than 8 Top 25 teams this week played AA opponents to pad their records, and all of them won.
Some won big:
#9 Texas A&M at home beat AA Lamar by 70.
#23 Clemson at home beat AA South Carolina State by 66.
#10 Baylor at home beat AA Northwestern State by 64.
#12 LSU at home shut out AA Sam Houston State by 56.
#25 Louisville at home beat AA Murray State by 45.
#18 Wisconsin at home beat AA Western Illinois by 34.
Some won less big:
#1 Florida State at home beat AA The Citadel by 25.
And one could only win by single digits:
#19 Nebraska at home beat AA McNeese State by 7.
Tell me that Florida State and Nebraska are really good this year. I hadn’t noticed.
There will be some more easy victories with AA competition next week before teams get down to league play and we begin to separate the wheat from the chaff, the contenders from the pretenders.