If you’re like me you may have started your college football Saturday bright and early and didn’t end it until around 3am. But if life got in the way don’t worry I got you covered, here is everything you need to know from week 2!
Best games of the week
1. Georgia Tech at South Florida: This game had everything you needed all in one game. Lots of big offensive plays, tough defensive stops and explosive special teams (more on that later.) The Bulls knew they needed a win like this to validate themselves as top New Years Six bowl contender and they got it. Blake Barnett showed flashes of why he was so highly touted coming out of high school and looked to be finally having fun. USF was down ten points in the 4th quarter but never flinched. Three 4th quarter touchdowns helped lead the Bulls to a huge program win over a power five team.
2. Memphis at Navy: Some would consider this game an ugly one... they would be right. However that doesn’t mean it lacked excitement as this game was back and forth the entire way. Navy wins this one at home 22-21 and it was a bounce back performance after the debacle last week in Hawaii. The Memphis offense stuttered and head coach Mike Norvell took complete blame for the loss afterwards. This game could be very important as to who has the upper hand in the AAC West and right now Navy has positioned themselves nicely.
3. Buffalo at Temple: I was looking forward to this match up all week and it delivered. The Bulls offense has two of the most exciting players in college football in Tyree Johnson at quarterback and Anthony Johnson at wide receiver and they both had their moments in this game. Geoff Collins’ defense did not hold up well against the run or pass as they also allowed Kevin Marks to rush for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns. While the Owls offense redeemed themselves from last week it was not enough to win the game. Buffalo leaves Philadelphia with a 36-29 victory and puts the rest of the MAC on notice by doing so.
Top dogs of the week
1. Chris Robison - FAU, QB: It was a bounce back week for the Owls and Robison played a huge part in their win over Air Force. He went 33-40 for 471 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Lane train offense seemed to get back on track and it appears to run the smoothest with Robison as the quarterback.
2. Brett Rypien - Boise State, QB: A repeat appearance here for the Broncos quarterback and rightfully so. He was almost perfect against UConn going 21-28 for 362 yards and 3 touchdowns. This was an important step for Boise State to show they weren’t peeking ahead to their week 3 game with Oklahoma State. Rypien’s performance showed that the team was laser focused on the Huskies.
3. Terrance Horne - USF, KR: Now look I know there are people with better stats from this week but no player impacted his team’s performance more than Horne. The incredibly fast player put on a clinic with TWO back to back kickoff returns for touchdowns. One for 98 yards and another for 97 yards, respectively. You cannot argue that these two scores didn’t help carry the Bulls to their win over Georgia Tech. He was so fast it was hard to catch on camera!
4. D’Eriq King - Houston, QB: Again putting some of the numbers aside here (he didn’t have bad day either) but you could argue no player meant more to his team’s victory than King. The Cougars pummeled Arizona at home and King was a big reason amassing four passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He showed what a lot of people already knew which is D’Eriq King is one of the most dynamic players in all of college football.
Honorable mention - The entire Ball State defense: Gave up only 114 yards rushing and had three interceptions against a highly ranked Notre Dame squad.
Upsets of the week
1. East Carolina over North Carolina: We all heaped a ton of negativity on the Pirates and coach Scottie Montgomery the last few weeks and rightfully so BUT let’s give credit where it’s due here. ECU just trounced in-state power five rival North Carolina 41-19 which is a massive bounce back considering they just lost to FCS in-state rival North Carolina A&T. College football is really strange folks!
2. Colorado State over Arkansas: Here is another case of having to eat a little bit of crow. I’ve had the Rams head coach Mike Bobo in my dog house for two weeks in a row and while it was deserved, his team responded in a big way by beating SEC foe Arkansas. The Rams got down by eighteen at one point but their offense came to life all of sudden and pulled off the upset with a late 4th quarter touchdown. Same last line here as the one before... really weird sport here people.
3. Eastern Michigan over Purdue: The Eagles really have built something kinda special as they went to a bowl game two years ago and last season were maybe the unluckiest team in college football. This is different from their previous win over Big Ten opponent Rutgers who has been bad for a long time. This was a well thought of Purdue team with the darling of the coaching world in Jeff Brohm at the helm. While the rain played a major factor here, Eastern Michigan deserves a ton of credit for knocking off the Boilermakers. Oh and it was a chance to #FLYTHEFLAG!!!!
In the dog house
1. The entire Central Michigan football team: Oh no Chippewas, what have you done? You were officially on the wrong side of the most sacred streak in college football breaking. Kansas pulls off the upset ON THE ROAD for the first time in a long time. The same Kansas team that just lost to Nicholls last week at home. The entire college football loving world was going to pick at whoever was on the losing end of the Kansas road game streak it just so happened to be you Central Michigan.
2. Ben Hicks - SMU, QB: The Mustangs had some things going for them in the battle for the iron skillet but quarterback play was not one of them. This is a strange occurrence as Hicks is coming off a great season last year and you could chalk some of this slow start up to a new scheme but he was just flat out bad on Friday night. He went 18-38 for 111 yards and no touchdowns. SMU has a lot of work to do if they want to turn this season around.
3. The Liberty defense: Welcome to the FBS Liberty. They may have pounced Old Dominion in week one but this week they gave up 449 yards rushing to Army. It was a tough come back to earth moment after starting so high last week but I guess you could say that in week two they... Flamed out. Come for the football stay for the bad puns.
Tweets of the week
1. You can’t let those pesky Noles hang around Samford! Side note... The Bulldogs were five minutes from knocking off FSU and had the sweetest helmets ever. Good on you Samford.
2. The nightmare is over. Sorry Chippewas.
FINAL: Kansas ends the longest road losing streak in FBS history, snapping a 46-game skid with a 31-7 win at Central Michigan. It's the Jayhawks' first win on opposing turf since September 12, 2009. pic.twitter.com/c62sY5A92Q— Tom Martin (@TomKCTV5) September 8, 2018
3. Might as well just start a weekly article about turnover swag at this point. SMU HAS A TURNOVER CROWN AND CHALICE!
What we learned
1. Conference USA is... bad: While there are some quality teams like North Texas and maybe FAU, it was not a pretty week 2 for C-USA. Losses include Charlotte getting pummeled by App State, Baylor beating UTSA, UL Monroe beating Southern Miss, Coastal Carolina trouncing UAB, UNLV beating UTEP, Hawaii stomping Rice and then there’s Maine beating Western Kentucky. That last one almost deserves it’s own article. This isn’t the conference measuring up to Power Five leagues, this is against other Group of Five conferences and the FCS. This makes me legitimately question the long term future of the conference going forward as this has become a pattern.
2. Houston is creeping towards Boise and UCF: This is something we may have already thought but weren’t a hundred percent sold on just yet. But the Cougars trounced Arizona to the point that the result of the game was no question in the second quarter. The Kendall Briles hire while mired in some controversy seems to be paying huge dividends as Houston is starting to stand out in the G5. Oh, and they also have that Ed Oliver guy.
You know I couldn’t resist... THE RAINBOW WARRIORS ARE 3-0!!!!