Who’s Got The Power in Week 2?
Before we get into the games, let’s get a little somber business out of the way. PLEASE BOW YOUR HEADS–Into your hands, O Bear Bryant, we commend the Texas football program under Mack Brown. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, this program that nearly rivaled your own at Alabama. Receive this program into your touchdown signaling arms and grant it the blessed rest of everlasting peace and the company of other great programs that eventually outlived their competitiveness. Please grant the Longhorn fans who are bereaved the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have the strength to face the weeks and months to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope but in thankful remembrance of the great times this program provided, and in the joyful expectation of the wins over Oklahoma the new hire will provide. All this we ask in the name of the Holy Football Trinity–Bear Bryant, John McKay and Knute Rockne, AMEN. ALL POINTS BULLETIN: There is a reported disappearance of offense from Gainesville, FL. Though the offense has been sick for several years, it seems to have vanished over the past three days. Foul play definitely occurred. RANDOM THOUGHTS FROM THE WEEKEND: TCU’s play in the first half against SE LA was pathetic. How did WKU commit five turnovers in the span of six plays? As bad as Florida was playing, they probably would have won the game if Driskell had not have thrown that awful, last interception. An incompletion or better would have resulted in a field goal, increased momentum and more than enough time to score again to take the lead and the game. Connor Shaw’s fumble may have cost South Carolina the game against Georgia and possibly a whole lot more. Michigan State beat South Florida 21-6. Last week, McNeese State beat South Florida 54-21. Saw an Oregon player basically get clothes-lined by his teammate. You’ve got to like the on-sides kick call by Georgia against South Carolina. Old Dominion, in its transition year to FBS (1-A) has seven lower division opponents. Les Miles was mentioned in headlines about possible transgressions by Oklahoma State from 2001-2011, but not mentioned within the articles. Nice try to smear the guy. Player from Texas A&M said that Florida State and LSU offered him $600K to sign with them seven months ago. He didn’t mention what Texas A&M offered. Ole Miss could effectively end Mack Brown’s tenure at Texas. I think BYU should have demonstrated its religious principles by kneeling on the ball the entire 4th quarter against Texas. They still would have won by double digits. Manny Diaz did an awful job preparing the defense for Texas. Major Applewhite was just as bad with his play calling. Washington State is not that good. USC may be that bad. Now to the results, six teams jumped into the top 10 that were ranked 39th or worse. Georgia and Oregon were expected, and Miami wasn’t too surprising, but Washington State, Illinois and BYU shocked me. I know that USC under-performed against Hawaii, but this is beyond belief. How can Cincinnati dominate Purdue and then be dominated by Illinois? BYU lost a close game to Virginia. The same Virginia that seems to lose to 1-AA teams early every season. Then, the Mormans DOMINATED Texas in a historic fashion. Unfortunately for all of the new entries except Georgia, they probably won’t be there at the end of the season. SEC EAST: Georgia is number one this week, and they may still be there after LSU visits. Based on their porous defensive play, LSU should beat them in three weeks. Florida gets the week off to enjoy watching the Miami game films before restoring hope to the Tennessee faithful. South Carolina plays Vanderbilt next week. They were my pick to win the EAST, but they’ll need LSU and another team to beat Georgia. Though they are 2-0, if Tennessee upsets Oregon next week, it may be the upset of the season. Missouri has an open week before playing another stiff. Kentucky did look a lot better roughing up Miami OH, but they shouldn’t expect the same this weekend against Louisville. SEC WEST: Texas A&M beat Sam Houston State badly as they were supposed to. They have had three starters on defense suspended for the past two games. Since these suspensions four times longer than Manziel’s, I hope they involved high level felonies. They play Bama next week in the HUGE game of the week. If both teams play like they have so far, A&M should win. I’m not going so far as to pick them. Alabama was idle, and not gaining any points caused them to slide from 2nd to 11th. Don’t worry. If they win on Saturday, they’ll gain plenty of points. LSU dropped eight spots for playing UAB. Unfortunately, when you’re on top, the only way to go is down. They shouldn’t drop as much after disposing Kent State this weekend. Ole Miss beat SEMO, and it cost them thirteen spots. They may not gain much back now that Texas is ranked 101. Arkansas should coast by its third stiff, Southern Miss. Auburn jumped up to 10th which is more of a function of the teams around them playing bad teams than their victory over Arkansas St. They and Mississippi State play Saturday in a game that could decide which team secures last place in the WEST. BIG 10: There were only two or three intriguing games this weekend. Illinois made their game with Cincinnati intriguing with the upset, Northwestern beat Syracuse just like last year, and Michigan beating Notre Dame. A lot of us felt Notre Dame would struggle because of their QB situation, but they had a chance late in this one. Michigan might be pretty good, but we may not know for sure until they play Ohio State. None of their other opponents are inspiring much fear. There should be some entertaining games this weekend with four teams playing PAC 12 opponents and the IOWA-IOWA ST match-up. BIG 12: Oklahoma and Oklahoma State may not be horrible. Texas Tech and Baylor could be okay, too. I am surprised the Oklahoma-West Virginia game was that close considering the fact that West Virginia barely slipped past Bill & Mary last week. Texas Tech-TCU this weekend should be fun. I hope Rice beats Kansas. Ole Miss-Texas could be historic. PAC 12: All 12 teams played Saturday, but there were only 1.5 games worth mentioning. Oregon destroyed Virginia. They were supposed to. Washington State beat USC. This wasn’t supposed to happen. I’m not upset about it, just surprised. Better match-ups this weekend. Colorado-Fresno State should be competitive. Now, USC-Boston College and Washington-Illinois look competitive, too. ACC: I heard some announcers during the Florida-Miami game discussing how the ACC is beating the SEC this year. They are doing well. A little better than expected, but the record between the conferences is 2-2. Miami’s win over Florida may be one that gives them some momentum, but I doubt it. They could actually see a better offense when they take the field again in two weeks to play Savannah State. Duke-Ga Tech could be a fun one to watch Saturday. ULM-Wake Forest, too. Boston College-USC is a train wreck special. ALL THE REST: Tulane lost to South Alabama. As bad as Tulane is, this shouldn’t happen. South Alabama is in its first full season as a 1-A member and lost last week to Southern Utah. They are now the lowest ranked team to not lose to a 1-AA team, so far. SMU barely beat Montana State 31-30 while Western Michigan lost to Nicholls State and Georgia State lost to Tenn-Chattanooga. There shouldn’t be any games to mention upcoming unless these teams rise up and upset the big boys or get upset by lower division stiffs. THE RANKINGS:
|WEEK 2||POINTS||RECORD||LAST RNK|
|43||TEXAS SAN ANTONIO||2.179515||1||–||1||41|
|74||SAN JOSE ST||-3.6664||1||–||1||53|
|83||NEW MEXICO ST||-5.15901||0||–||2||90|
|122||SAN DIEGO ST||-34.7883||0||–||2||125|
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