This weekend was another example of the beauty of college football; it was full of stunners, near shockers, and great games.
Let’s start with the great games. Freshmen-Smeshmen!!! In Ann Arbor and Columbus a pair of true freshmen quarterbacks – Michigan’s Tate Forcier, and USC’s Matt Barkley led their teams to dramatic come from behind victories on last minute drives. It was amazing to watch, as they played both played with the coolness of Joe Namath, and both, if not already, are going to be future stars, hopefully for a long time.
It also puts ND coach, Charlie “Big Game” Weis back on the clock. After this very difficult loss, it will be interesting to see which direction the ND program turns. The feeling is that anything less than 9 wins will be unacceptable, and one of the opponents left on a “soft” schedule is USC.
The loss to USC was also another blow to the reputation of the Big Ten Conference. Overall, the Buckeyes outplayed the Trojans, but the scoreboard does all the bragging. And the numbers don’t lie – Buckeye coach Jim Tressel is now 0-6 against top five opponents.
After last week’s gusher at Oklahoma State, otherwise known as Boon Pickens University, this week it was a dry well, as the Pokes were stunned by the unranked Cougars of the University of Houston. It was Cougs first win over a top 5 team since the Reagan Administration in 1984. Or to paraphrase that famous space call: Houston, who has the problem now!!
Out west it’s Boulder Smolder! And smoldering is exactly what the Colorado Buffalo faithful are doing after Friday’s embarrassing thrashing by the Toledo Rockets 54-38. In the game the Rockets, who are picked fifth in the MAC West Division, rolled up over 600 yards of offense. YIKES! There an expression: “The hawk is out,” it translates to: it’s really windy. Well, out, is exactly where the Colorado fans want to see head coach Dan Hawkins go.
Even though there is a lot more energy, especially on the defensive side, our friends to the north Syracuse University are 0-2 for the fourth consecutive season.
Kudos to Central Michigan coach Butch Jones, as his Chippewas, as they upset the Spartans of Michigan State 29-27 in East Lansing. But it was the way they won, that earns Jones the plaudits. Late in the game – and having just scored to cut the lead to one – Jones, decided to go for two, and the win. “If we are going to be a top twenty-five program, we have to win games like this,” said the coach. The Chips were denied. But what happened next was miraculous. They attempted an onside kick, that was not only successful, but the hop went 15 yards down field, and was fielded cleanly by a Chippewas player and taken all the way down to the 30 yard line. Then with .08 seconds left, Central Michigan lined up for the winning field goal, a 47 yarder, but they missed. Game over? No. Sparty was offside, move it five yards closer, this time the 42 yarder was GOOD! Great for Jones and his program!!
Another amazing field goal game was Wisconsin’s double overtime win over Fresno State, 24 -21. In order to even get to that point, earlier in the game Wiscy’s field goal kicker, Philip Welch boomed a 57 yarder, the second longest in the history of the program.
Congrats to New England football power UNH, who on the road in Muncie, Indiana defeated Division 1 Ball State 23-16!!
After scoring 72 in its opener, Air Force was held to 13, as the University of Minnesota christened its new stadium with a 20-13 victory and begins its season 2-0.
Back out west, new coach Steve Sarkisian, he from the staff of Pete Carroll, got his first win as the head coach of the Washington Huskies, ending the nation’s longest (15 games) losing streak.
JoePa’s Boys, otherwise known as Penn State, look great, and have yet to allow a point to be scored in the first half.
Rick Neuheisel and his UCLA Bruins showed its grittiness, making a goal line stand, and now find themselves 2-0, after its big defensive win in front of 100,000 crazies in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Still in the SEC, mighty Florida rolled over Troy and has tied a school record for consecutive wins at twelve.
In the how the mighty have fallen category: Florida State needed two touchdowns in the final 35 seconds and won 19-9, and avoided an embarrassing loss to Jacksonville State.
And finally, in the call off the dogs game: The Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin located in Nacogdoches, Texas, obliterated Texas College 92-0. In the ultimate understatement, Lumberjacks coach J.C. Harper said, “I’m very proud of our execution and focus.” I would hope so!!!!
Well, that’s it from Cyber space. We’ll be up and running Wednesday night with our analysis of week 3 – it’s week three already! Until then – Peace! pk