There were some good games this weekend! A couple upsets and a couple conference battles. Some interesting stats came out of week 2 of college football as well. For example, Western Kentucky had 5 turnovers on 6 offensive plays, and by the end of the game, Tennessee had 38 points off turnovers. Indiana scored 73 points last week, but lost to Navy 35-41 on Saturday. And one last tidbit is that Ole Miss is now ranked 25 in the AP poll after beating SE Missouri State 31-13.
How I Fared: I was 2-3 picking the winners this week, bringing my season total to 7-4. I picked South Carolina, Florida, and USC to win and they let me down(got outplayed). Oklahoma only won by 9 and I thought they would win by at least 14.
*Corrections to Preview: I said “WR Todd Gurley tore his ACL” in celebration in UGA’s loss to Clemson last week.That is incorrect. Gurley did not tear his ACL, nor is he a WR. Georgia WR Malcom Mitchell was the one who tore his ACL in celebration(he was celebrating with Gurley). Also, the Notre Dame v Michigan rivalry is not over yet, they play in South Bend next year.
11Georgia 41 6South Carolina 30; This game had major implications for both teams. Everyone wanted to see if Georgia could rebound after their loss to Clemson and if Jadaveon Clowney would look better than he did against UNC. Georgia rebounded. The score was tied at 24 going into the half, but Georgia came out in the third quarter ready to prove themselves. QB Aaron Murray was 17/23 for 309 yards and 4TD, each to a different player. UGA’s leading WR was Justin Scott-Wesley with 116 yards and a TD. RB Todd Gurley had 134 rush yards and a TD. The Bulldogs scored 17 points in the second half to South Carolina’s 6. Gamecock QB Connor Shaw was 16/25 for 228 yards and 2TD. WR Nick Jones had 97 yards and both TDs. RB Mike Davis rushed for 149 yards and a TD, and Brandon Wilds rushed for a TD as well. Clowney recorded 1 sack bringing his season total to 1. One thing I learned from this game was that Clemson must be a pretty good team because Georgia looked very good against their biggest threat in the SEC East.
Miami(FL) 21 12Florida 16; The outcome of this game makes no sense if you look at the stats. The outcome didn’t make much sense when I was watching. Florida would get going on a drive and as soon as they got close, they couldn’t make a play. The Gators outgained Miami 413 to 212. But, Florida had 5 turnovers in the game, and 4 of them happened when they were at the Miami 40 yard line or closer. Florida also failed a two point conversion in the first quarter. The attempt at a two point conversion baffled me. Why, when you could tie the game, would you take the chance of being down? It is one thing to try in the 4th quarter, but in the first it is an unnecessary risk, especially when you are the visiting team. The Gators could not hold any momentum. Miami couldn’t really either as shown by going 1-11 on third down. Miami scored just enough to beat the Gators. Florida QB Jeff Driskel was 22/53 for 291 yards, a TD and 2INT, along with a rush TD. WR Solomon Patton had 118 receiving yards and a TD. Miami QB Stephen Morris was 12/20 for 162 yards, 2TD and an INT. WR Phillip Dorsett had one catch for a 52 yard TD. RB Duke Johnson had 59 rushing yards and a TD. Florida will have to be a lot better to be competitive in the SEC East this season.
17Michigan 41 14Notre Dame 30; This was one of the 2 games I picked correctly this week! I had picked Michigan to win by 15 points(35-20). Each team scored a little more, but I was pretty close. This game didn’t surprise me. I felt like Michigan had the better team, but Notre Dame would still be able to compete. The environment in Michigan is also one that seems to be like nothing else. I was impressed by Michigan QB Devon Garner. He did very well in this nationally televised and highly amped game. He was 21/33 for 294 yards, 4TD and an INT, and rushed for 82 yards and a TD. WR Jeremy Gallon caught 3 of those TD passes while racking up 184 receiving yards. Drew Dileo caught the other TD. Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees was 29/51 for 314 yards, 2TD and 2INT. WR TJ Jones had 94 receiving yards and a TD, Troy Niklas caught a TD as well. Notre Dame’s Stephon Tuitt intercepted Devon Garner’s pass, he was trying to avoid a safety, he did that. Tuitt made a very heads up and athletic play for a ND TD. Michigan’s Blake Countess had both picks of Tommy Rees. This game showed Michigan might be a little better than we all thought, and that Notre Dame isn’t that awful after losing Manti Te’o and Everett Golson.
16Oklahoma 16 West Virginia 7; And this is the second of two games I picked correctly. That said, I was sure it would be much more of a blowout than 9 points. This game didn’t have any eye-popping stats, unless you count the lack of points. Oklahoma thrashed ULM 34-0 in their first game, and I thought that would carry on to a West Virginia team who lost some major playmakers from last year. Neither team did well offensively. On third down, West Virginia was 3-13 and Oklahoma was 5-17 and each team turned the ball over 4 times. Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight was 10/20 for 119 yards, a TD and 2INT. WR Trey Millard had one catch for a 1 yard TD. RB Brennan Clay rushed for 170 yards for the Sooners. The Oklahoma kicker might have been the player of the game making 3FG and a PAT for a grand total of 10 points. WVU QB Paul Millard was 21/41 for 218 yards and an INT. RB Dreamius Smith rushed for 77 yards, including a 75 yard TD in the first quarter. While Oklahoma did win, they didn’t look very good. Maybe they miss Landry Jones more than we know.
Washington State 10 25USC 7; This was another underwhelming offensive game. The biggest difference between this game and the Oklahoma WVU game is this saw a top 25 team get beat in their own house. And not just that, but it was USC, in USC’s house. It doesn’t look like USC is going to have a bounce-back season this year. The loss of QB Matt Barkley might prove too much to overcome this season. As I said, this game didn’t see many stats. Washington State outgained the Trojans in total yardage, 222-193, and passing yardage, 215-54. USC won the rush game outgaining the Cougars 139-7. WSU QB Connor Halliday was 26/38 for 215 yards and 2INT. WR Kristoff Williams had 56 receiving yards, and RB Marcus Mason had 24 rush yards(17 more than the team net). USC is still working with 2QBs: Cody Kessler was 8/13 for 41 yards and an INT, and he rushed for USC’s lone TD. Max Wittek was 3/8 for 13 yards and an INT. WSU’s Damonte Horton returned Kessler’s INT 70 yards for a TD and also picked off Wittek with a little more than 2 minutes left to secure the Cougar’s win. USC WR Marquise Lee only had 27 receiving yards. RB Tre Madden had 151 rush yards for the Trojans. But, maybe the most important stat of the game comes from the USC kicker. Andre Heidari missed 2FGs. If he had made just one, the game might have gone in a different direction.
Arkansas 31 Samford 21; Arkansas is now 2-0, better than this time last year. This game was in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The atmosphere is much different. It is a more intimate setting than DWR. While the Hogs ended up with the win, they have a lot to work on before they head to Rutgers and before Texas A&M comes to town. The defense needs to get stronger and a little more aggressive. The offense looked impressive in the 1st and 4th quarters. And by “offense” I mostly mean rushing. True freshman RB Alex Collins rushed for 172 yards, making him the first Arkansas player to rush for more than 100 yards in his first two games. RB Jonathan Williams rushed for 126 yards as well and it was also his second game with 100+ yards. The Hogs ended up rushing for 333 yards, the first time they eclipsed 300 since 2010. Kicker Zach Hocker made a career record 53 yard FG in the 2nd quarter. The biggest difference between the ULL and Samford games was penalties. Arkansas committed 6 against the Bulldogs. Arkansas recorded 2 sacks in the game.This was the first time Arkansas had to play while behind this season and they did well when it came to the 4th quarter. That being said, I’d like to see them play with a 4th quarter mentality the whole game. Southern Miss(0-2) is the opponent this week back in Fayetteville, and it should be another win for the Hogs, but never underestimate a team with nothing to lose.
2Oregon 59 Virginia 10
3Ohio State 42 San Diego State 7
4Clemson 52 South Carolina State 13
5Stanford 34 San Jose State 13
7Texas A&M 65 Sam Houston State 28
8Louisville 44 Eastern Kentucky 7
9LSU 56 UAB 17
13Oklahoma State 56 UTSA 35
BYU 40 15Texas 21
19Northwestern 48 Syracuse 27
21Wisconsin 48 Tennessee Tech 0
22Nebraska 56 Southern Miss 13
23Baylor 70 Buffalo 13
24TCU 38 SE Louisiana 17
Utah 70 Weber State 7
South Alabama 41 Tulane 39
Wyoming 42 Idaho 10
Arizona 58 UNLV 13
North Carolina State 23 Richmond 21
Navy 41 Indiana 35
Akron 35 James Madison 33
Kansas State 48 ULL 27
Tennessee 52 Western Kentucky 20
Ole Miss 31 SE Missouri State 13
Auburn 38 Arkansas State 9
*Stats and scores from ESPN.com