College Football Musings: Week Two

Our second week of college football musings focuses on traditional powers that are anything but powerful, the new second-best team in Florida and the first signs that there is a new contender in the SEC East.

Much to do at "The U" ----- Miami Hurricanes fans are like most college football fans; they tend to be quite delusional. ‘Canes partisans had convinced themselves that the promotion of Randy Shannon would instantly transform "The U" back to national prominence. In a word, nope! Miami gained all of 139 yards while allowing 411 in a 51-13 humiliation at the hands of Oklahoma. Miami's quarterbacks were 11-of-24 for 87 yards.

Never heard the song ----- One of the best things about watching Michigan games is hearing the best fight song in all of football. At least that's how it used to be. That song was heard less frequently than "Achy Breaky Heart" as Michigan was drubbed by Oregon 39-7 in the big house. Oregon displayed a speed advantage reminiscent of Glendale back in January and amassed an unheard of 624 yards of offense. Lloyd Carr had planned to resign at the end of the season, but that announcement should come at once so Michigan can start wooing former Wolverine Les Miles at LSU.

Drown out the echoes ----- At least Michigan can move the football. Notre Dame and offensive genius Charlie Weis have yet to score an offensive touchdown this season. Notre Dame was dominated by Penn State 31-10 with the only TD coming on a pass interception. The Irish netted zero yards on 26 runs and 144 overall. After starting out 19-4 Weis has dropped four straight games by a combined score of 149 to 51. It's the first time Notre Dame and Michigan have both started the season 0-2, making next week's game at Ann Arbor anything but must see TV. In fact most of the audience will be like the rubber neckers passing by a crash scene on the highway trying to evaluate the carnage.

Noles win, but just barely ----- After getting outplayed by Clemson opening day, FSU figured to have a walk in the park against UAB, a 3-9 team from a year ago that had just eight returning starters and a whole new coaching staff. The Blazers were destroyed by Michigan State, 55-18, but they put quite a scare into the ‘Noles. They led 17-3 at one point, 17-10 at the half and were tied at 24 in the final minute of the third quarter before FSU prevailed 34-24. The win may have been a costly one. FSU's best player, running back Antone Smith left the game with a concussion.

Beware the Head Ball Coach ----- Steve Spurrier doesn't throw it all over the field any more, but his Gamecocks are now legit SEC contenders after beating Georgia in Athens 16-12. Neither team managed even 350 yards of offense, and both settled for field goals over and over and over again. Still, Carolina got the win and with three of their other four Eastern Division games at home, they have to be viewed as a threat.

A new No. 2 in the Sunshine State ----- After two weeks, it's pretty clear, the South Florida Bulls are the second best team in Florida right now. USF went up to Auburn and beat the Tigers in overtime, 26-23. I admit I thought it was a mistake to kick the tying field goal instead of trying to win the game from one yard out, but they got it done. Has anyone noticed that seven of the eight teams in the Big East are 2-0? Only hapless Syracuse has failed in the first two weekends.

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