College Football Musings -- Week 2

Some tried to dub it "Super Saturday" or "Monster Saturday" but for the top teams in college football it turned out to be more like "Re-establishment Saturday." A weekend that had the promise of shaking up the upper levels of college football turned out simply to remind us of certain realities.

Among those realities: that the SEC is still supreme, that Oregon may be awfully good, that the Big 12 is strong again and the ACC should no longer have an automatic bid to the BCS. Then again, neither should the Big East.

ACC Disaster Part One --- For the Almost Competitive Conference to gain some national respect it needs Florida State and Miami to approach what they once were. Well, as an old Gator fan might way, wait ‘til next year. FSU was humiliated by Oklahoma 47-17 and had to score late in the game to make it that close. Miami, meanwhile used a fourth quarter TD to "only" lose by 12 at Ohio State. "The U" managed just one offensive TD against the Buckeyes. So much for the Florida twosome making a move up the polls.

ACC Disaster Part Two --- While the Florida schools were losing to national powers, two other schools, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech were having "tech-nical" difficulties adding a level of embarrassment to the league. The Hokies, who lost a heartbreaker to Boise State Monday night clearly didn't recover from it and managed to lose to James Madison 21-16. That loss may have hurt Boise State as much as it did Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech somehow found a way to drop a 28-25 decision to Kansas. The same Kansas team that lost to North Dakota State 6-3 opening day. Between those outcomes and the ongoing scandal at North Carolina you gotta know the bowls with ACC tie-ins are cringing right now.

Denard Robinson for Heisman --- Well, that's probably a bit premature but the Michigan quarterback was sensational leading the Wolverines to a 28-24 win at Notre Dame. Robinson, a sophomore from Deerfield Beach, Florida ran for 258 yards and two TD and passed for another 244 and a score as a one-man gang against the Fightin' Irish. Notre Dame obviously lacks speed on defense, but it was still a pretty amazing performance.

Tide Rolls --- Alabama did not have its Heisman Trophy winning running back or its best defensive lineman. So what? Alabama outclassed Penn State in Tuscaloosa 24-3 to make a statement that beating the Tide this year will take one heck of an effort. Trent Richardson, the best No. 2 RB in the country ran for 144 yards while Greg McElroy had another mistake free performance (16-24, 229, 2 TD) in a dominant performance. You know the game is one-sided when a traditional power with a Hall of Fame coach kicks a field goal with less than 10 minutes to play in order to avoid a shutout.

It Should Have Kept Storming --- Tennessee and Oregon had to sit out a lengthy lightning delay in Knoxville Saturday night. Unfortunately for the Vols, the storm passed. Tennessee led 6-0 at the time the game was stopped and made it 13-3 shortly thereafter, Then in a game that was reminiscent of Florida/Tennessee 1995, the Vols surrendered 45 unanswered points. The Ducks superior speed showed on a 72-yard run, 76-yard interception return and 80-yard punt return. Those big plays left Derek Dooley's team demoralized and Neyland Stadium rather desolate.

Well, It Was Improvement --- Not many coaches can say that after a 52-17 loss, but New Mexico's Mike Locksley can. The former Florida assistant dropped that 35-point decision to Texas Tech, but it was much better than the 72-0 drubbing they suffered at the hands of Oregon in week one. Next up is Utah which is likely to drop the Lobos to 0-3 on the year and 1-14 under Locksley. His may be the hottest seat in college football.


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