College Football Musings: Week 2

The second full week of college football season has brought us among other things a battle between two conferences determined to sink to the bottom of the BCS, a Heisman battle that could be settled in the Big 12, a piggish version of "Survivor", delusional thoughts in South Bend and more.

ACC versus Big East ----- The ACC seemed to have an early lead in the race to be waste, but the Big East is making its move. League champ and overwhelming favorite West Virginia got a 24-3 beat down at the hands of new powerhouse East Carolina. Syracuse continued its spiral into an abyss with a 42-28 loss to Akron. Even winners like South Florida and Pittsburgh struggled to beat seemingly overmatched opponents. But the ACC showed it isn't giving up easily with Maryland falling to Middle Tennessee 24-14. Virginia managed just a 3-0 lead on Richmond into the fourth quarter. ACC favorite Wake Forest needed a last minute field goal to survive Ole Miss.

Heisman Race in Big 12 ----- Tim Tebow will be hard pressed to repeat as the winner of the top prize in college sports, and a big reason for that is the Big 12. The conference has a trio of quarterbacks off to great starts and capable of making a run all the way to NYC. Oklahoma Sam Bradford has already passed for 578 yards and 7 TD. Chase Daniels of Missouri is right behind with 568 yards and 6 scores. Colt McCoy of Texas is also making an impression. He's passed for 504 yards and 7 TD and run for another 111 and a score. By comparison Tebow has thrown for just 393 yards and 3 TD and has yet to run for a score.

Wake up the Echoes? ----- Notre Dame is celebrating a 21-13 win over San Diego State and one must wonder WHY? The Aztecs lost to Cal Poly the week before and yet had the Irish on the ropes at home. Two years ago when Charlie Weis was off to a great start with Notre Dame (19-4) I wrote that Florida got the better coach (Urban Meyer) in the long run. I was vilified by Irish partisans (even though I am one) for that assessment. I wonder how they are feeling in South Bend now that St. Charlie has managed his fourth win in the last 15 games.

Hog wild in Fayetteville ----- You could easily make the case that Arkansas has played the worst football in the SEC so far this season, but the Hogs are still 2-0 under first year Coach Bobby Petrino. The Hogs needed two fourth quarter TDs in order to survive a game with Louisiana-Monroe. The 28-27 victory came one week after the Razorbacks did the exact same thing in rallying part Western Illinois 28-24 opening day. No style points for Arkansas, but they don't ask how, they ask how many. So far it's two wins in two tries. Enjoy it while you can Hogs fans; the next four games are against Texas, Alabama, Florida and Auburn.

SEC dominance near unanimous ----- Around here we are often accused of being too provincial in our attitude that the SEC is the best college football conference. Well, it appears we have plenty of company in that viewpoint. This week's AP Poll has five SEC teams among the top eleven in the country. Georgia (2), Florida (4), LSU (7), Auburn (9) and Alabama (11) have all impressed voters from coast to coast. Gotta give a shout out to the Big 12, which is clearly in second place. Oklahoma (3), Missouri (6), Texas (8), Texas Tech (12) and Kansas (13) gives that league five highly ranked teams --- just not AS highly ranked.

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