Be glad you're not FSU and other College Football stuff
So maybe week #2 of the College Football season wasn't quite as bad as we thought it would be. On paper, before the first play was run--it looked like the standard "cupcake" week with lots of allegedly good, powerhouse programs playing lots of lower level programs.
And for the most part, the cupcake theory held up. Except where it didn't...
Congratulations to the Jacksonville State Lions who bounced back from their week one, 31-0 loss to UAB by beating Florida State 20-17 on what was the very, last play of the game.
Yes, somehow, that really happened....
In other action:
--The SEC had for the most part a typical week...except Tennessee. The Vowels lost to a middle of the pack Big 10 Pittsburgh team after giving up 27 points in the second quarter. UT ran out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. They lost 40-34.
--Big 12 doormat Kansas, yeah, they got boat raced by Sun Belt power Coastal Carolina 49-22. No real surprise there.
--Shout out to Stanford, not really picked to do much of anything this season. They beat the team we all thought was back in the Pac 12, USC, by the score of 42-28 in a game that really wasn't that close.
Some other allegedly powerful teams struggled, but won:
--Miami beat Appalachian State 25-23 only because they got a 43-yard FG with 3:44 left in the game and then held off the Mountaineers. The immediate takeaway: Miami is not good. They should not be ranked. App State, they are pretty good. Always are.
--Notre Dame needed a TD pass from QB Jack Coan with just over a minute to go in order to hold off Toledo. Yes, Toledo. Perhaps the Irish aren't a top 10 team either? After barely beating FSU in week 1, we're seeing a bit of a trend here.
--South Carolina beat East Carolina 20-17. A win is a win, right?
--Minnesota survies Miami of Ohio 31-26. Me thinks Minnesota is doomed to the back end of the Big 10.
--And Arizona lost badly to a pretty good San Diego State team. How long will Kevin Sumlin be Mr. Wildcat? Are the vultures circling.
A hearty congratulations to Sam Pittman and the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Razorbacks beat Texas 40-21, reminding us of two things: One--don't ever assume Texas is "back" and Two--Pittman is a pretty damn good football coach. A great win for a team that just a couple years ago struggled to beat ANYONE.
Finally. Enough talk about the Pac 12 being soft and not having good football teams. Congrats to Mario Cristobal and the Oregon Ducks who traveled to Columbus, Ohio and BEAT the Buckeyes 35-28. While it doesn't eliminate OSU from the Big 10 title chase, it places Oregon squarely in the middle of the race for a College Football playoff berth.
And more importantly it hopefully makes the college football world remember they do play football in the Pac 12.