Who said it was a bad week of games? There were plenty of big things happening to start out Week 2. What are the 5 Things That matter in the wins by Nebraska, Michigan, Central Michigan, Georgia and Clemson?
Michigan 51, UCF 14
It’s great when you don’t play well and you still hang 51 on the board in a blowout loss. Michigan couldn’t run the ball a lick and gave up 275 yards on the ground, but Wilton Speight was more than fine throwing four touchdown passes as the Wolverines were never threatened. It’s the perfect cliché scenario going into the Colorado game – Michigan won 51-14, and there’s still a lot for the coaches to yell about.
Speaking of playing poorly in a blowout …
Nebraska 52, Wyoming 17
This was a much, much tighter game than the final score would indicate. Wyoming was right there deep into the second half with a chance to come up with one big drive to make it scary, but five interceptions killed the upset hopes. Tommy Armstrong bombed away for the Huskers – highlighted by a beautiful 55-yard touchdown pass-catch to Jordan Westerkamp – while the defensive front shut down Brian Hill, holding him to 49 yards and a touchdown. Up next for Nebraska is Oregon – the team appears ready to do something big.
Central Michigan 30, Oklahoma State 27
It’s the play of the year so far in college football, and it’s one of the best Hail Mary moments you’ll ever see. But the last-gasp bomb to Jesse Kroll and lateral to Corey Willis for the improbable game-winning touchdown was just part of the breakout game for Central Michigan. Cooper Rush is already a solid pro prospect, and his 361-yard, four touchdown day didn’t hurt his stock.
For Oklahoma State, it was a total disaster of a loss with Pitt up next and Baylor and Texas to follow. The biggest problem? A running game that averaged just 2.3 yards per carry with 58 yards on 25 carries.
Georgia 26, Nicholls State 24
It’s why you use Nicholls State to start the true freshman – you can screw up and still win. However, Jacob Eason’s rocky 11-of-20, 204-yard, one score, one bad pick game was just a part of the problem. It’s not like Nicholls State moved the offense, but it took advantage of its chances to make it close late. Georgia got the win – score doesn’t matter – but it’s a horrible, horrible thing for Nick Chubb to run 20 times in a game like this, and until further notice, Greyson Lambert will be the QB when the heat is on.
Clemson 30, Troy 24
It’s going to be a grind at times, but 2-0 is 2-0 is 2-0. Troy battled and fought all game long, and it certainly wasn’t intimidated by Death Valley, but Clemson’s offensive issues – and a Ray-Ray McCloud dropped ball before crossing the goal line – had a lot to do with too-tight game.
As good as Wayne Gallman was against Auburn, that’s how much he struggled against a supposedly mediocre Trojan defensive front. Even worse, Deshaun Watson isn’t on target yet. He ran fine and he cranked up the passing yards, but he threw two picks and for the second straight game he didn’t play up to the hype quite yet. Fortunately, the Tigers get South Carolina State up next to get ready for Georgia Tech.