Another Weekend is in the books. Week 2 started off slow with some lackluster day games but the night games made up for what I thought was a slow weekend. Shocker of the weekend without question was Ohio State losing at home to the Hokies, snapping a 34-road game losing streak against ranked opponents, but the main story of the Weekend had to be the BIG Ten awful day in non-conference play. BIG Ten has the history that makes them one of the best conferences in the country, but in recent years, they haven't fared so well against the other conferences. Michigan State, Ohio State, and Michigan all loss to non-conference opponents this weekend, two of which came on the road. I like the BIG 10, I think they breed tough-hardnose football players but those players aren't producing many wins for the conference. This is only one weekend but this has been an on-going topic since the early-mid 2000s when the SEC was thrashing them in the National Championship game. 

AP Top 25

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1Florida State (38)2-01463

2Oregon (16)2-01415

3Alabama (1)2-01334

4Oklahoma (2)2-01303

5Auburn2-01236

6Georgia (1)1-01201

7Texas A&M (2)2-01101

8Baylor2-01043

9USC2-01039

10LSU2-01029

11Notre Dame2-0815

12UCLA2-0779

13Michigan State1-1751

14Ole Miss2-0703

15Stanford1-1592

16Arizona State2-0570

17Virginia Tech2-0532

18Wisconsin1-1391

19Kansas State2-0285

20Missouri2-0237

21Louisville2-0234

22Ohio State1-1222

23Clemson1-1206

24South Carolina1-1199

25BYU2-0179

Oregon outscored the Spartans 28-3 in the second half (28 unanswered) after allowing 24 points in the 2nd quarter. The offense started off slow but they banged out 3 straight TDs in 5 minutes. Still the fastest offense in the land.  (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon outscored the Spartans 28-3 in the second half (28 unanswered) after allowing 24 points in the 2nd quarter. The offense started off slow but they banged out 3 straight TDs in 5 minutes. Still the fastest offense in the land.  (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Fan-i 25 

  1. Florida State (2-0) LW 1, W 37-12 Citadel 
  2. Oregon (2-0) LW 3, W 46-27 #7 Michigan State 
  3. Alabama (2-0) LW 2, W 41-0 Florida International 
  4. Oklahoma (2-0) LW 4, W 52-7 @ Tulsa 
  5. Auburn (2-0) LW 5, W 59-13 San Jose State 
  6. Baylor (2-0) LW 9, W 70-6 Northwestern State 
  7. UCLA (2-0) LW 6, W 42-35 Memphis 
  8. Georgia (1-0) LW 10, BYE
  9. LSU (2-0) LW 11, W 56-0 Sam Houston State 
  10. USC (2-0) LW 13, W 13-10 @ #12 Stanford 
  11. Michigan State (1-1) LW 7, L 27-46 @ #3 Oregon 
  12. Notre Dame (2-0) LW 14, W 31-0 Michigan 
  13. Texas A&M (2-0) LW 15, W 73-3 Lamar 
  14. Ohio State (1-1) LW 8, L 21-35 Virginia Tech 
  15. Ole Miss (2-0) LW 16, W 41-3 Vanderbilt*
  16. Arizona State (2-0) LW 18, W 58-23 @ New Mexico 
  17. South Carolina (1-1) LW 17, W 33-23 ECU
  18. Stanford (1-1) LW 12, L 10-13 #13 USC
  19. Kansas State (2-0) LW 19, W 32-28 @ Iowa State 
  20. Wisconsin (1-1) LW 20, W 37-3 Western Illinois 
  21. Nebraska (2-0) LW 21, W 31-24 McNeese State 
  22. Mizzou (2-0) LW 23, W 49-24 @ Toledo 
  23. Lousiville (2-0) LW 25, W 66-21 Murray State 
  24. Clemson (1-1) LW 24, W 73-7 South Carolina State 
  25. Virginia Tech (2-0) LW NR, W 35-21 @ #8 Ohio State 

We had more movement in this week's rankings compared to last week, especially in the top ten. Ohio State and Michigan State both fell out of the top ten because of their losses and USC enters the top ten after their tough victory @ Stanford. USC has defeated Stanford in back-to-back seasons while being Stanford has been the higher ranked team. Steve Sarkisian looks like he will be the one to put the Trojas back into the National conversation. 

  • I said in the preview that Virginia Tech will be the first test for Ohio State and the Buckeyes failed. Without Braxton, that offense just isn't as explosive as it normally is. In fact, it seem like Braxton is the only dynamite on the offense. VT defense played a great game, especially in the secondary. JT Barrett went 9/29 with 3 interceptions while his counterpart, Michael Brewer, played well enough to get a win in a hostile environment in his first start. Watch out for the Hokies. 
Everett Golson has been exceptional well since returning back as the FIghting Irish starter. Dating back to his 2012 season, he 15-1 as a starter. (Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

Everett Golson has been exceptional well since returning back as the FIghting Irish starter. Dating back to his 2012 season, he 15-1 as a starter. (Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

I was disappointed about how this game went, especially since it's the ending of a rivalry. Notre Dame and Michigan for some reason will not play each other no more but 8 years from now, the Irish will begin a home-home series with Ohio State instead of scheduling Michigan, which I think is dumb, but I digress. Michigan did not look good at all during this game, especially QB, Devin Gardner, who threw 3 INTs. Everett Golson has been playing at a Heisman like level though, currently with 8 TDs (rushing+passing) in the first two games. Unlike their 2012 season, they have a tough schedule ahead of them. Stanford, @Florida State, @Arizona State, Louisville, and @USC for the remainder of the season. If the Irish and Golson can get through that unscathed, put them in the playoffs and put him down as a Heisman Finalist.

 

Player of the Week 

You might as well say he is the Heisman front-runner, and if he wasn't before, his performance against Michigan State definitely put him there. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

You might as well say he is the Heisman front-runner, and if he wasn't before, his performance against Michigan State definitely put him there. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon - 17/28, 318 yards, 3 TDs, 9 carries 42 yards 

Honorable Mention: 

  • QB Seth Russell, Baylor - 16/25, 438 yards, 5 TDs, Rushing TD vs Northwestern State
  • WR KD Cannon, Baylor - 6 catches 223 yards, 3 TDs vs Nothwestern State 
  • WR Amari Cooper, Bama - 13 catches 189 yard, TD vs Florida International 

Not really sure what to say about the Longhorns. For the 2nd year in a row, they lose to an un-ranked BYU squad, this time in front of a home crowd. In 2 games, the Longhorns have been outscored 81-28 and allowed 1108 total yards. Taysom Hill has scored 6 rushing TDs on the Longhorns as a quarterback. Even with a new HC, we still see the same results from a team that has talent across the board. Can't blame this on Mack Brown, he's not there anymore. At some point, the players need to look at themselves. The captains of that team need to schedule a players only meeting, and try to figure who really wants to play and who don't. I'm not even a Longhorn fan and I'm saying this is unacceptable. Coach Srong definitely has his hands full

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