The Week 2 college football roundup. The 5 things that matter, winners and losers, overrated and underrated, and what it all means.
College Football Week 2 Roundup
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Coach Hot Seat Rankings | Heisman Trophy Race
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3 Thoughts On Every Game ACC | Big Ten | SEC
5. Winners & Losers From Week 2
And that’s that. Barring a horrendous injury or a total meltdown, the 24-10 win over Texas A&M was the only thing standing in the way of the Tigers and a 12-0 run before the ACC Championship. No team left on the schedule is currently ranked.
Loser: The Heisman chances of the Clemson stars
There just aren’t any big games left for Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne to play. They might be in the hunt because they’re two of the nation’s best players, but A&M was the spotlight game, and neither one made enough of a Heisman statement.
Winner: North Carolina
The team that seemed to invent ways to lose close games last season has now won two straight tight battles to start the year 2-0 under head man Mack Brown. Now – with Wake Forest and Appalachian State up next – going 4-0 seems possible before hosting Clemson in Chapel Hill.
Oh go ahead and throw in the Dolphins’ 59-10 performance against Baltimore, too. On the plus side, the Canes have a QB in Jarren Williams. However, after the loss to UNC, Miami is the ACC’s only 0-2 team. Also a loser? Both Bethune-Cookman and Central Michigan – they’re up next for The U.
Winner: Army’s reputation
Remember, maybe – maybe – two or three Army starters would crack the Michigan two-deep, and yet the Knights pushed around the Wolverines into meltdown panic mode in the 24-21 overtime thriller.
Loser: Michigan offense
It ran for 108 yards, averaged 2.4 yards per carry, lost three fumbles and avoid disaster several other times. As a team, the nine penalties were painful, and the inability to stuff the Army offense almost led to the upset. And now it has to deal with a Wisconsin team in two weeks that won its first two games by a combined score of 110-0.
Speaking of high-powered offenses …
Remember, Syracuse was favored when the lines first game out, but the public had other ideas as it swung the odds the other way. With 42 points at halftime, 650 yards of total O, and 142 points in the first two games, this Terp thing is working under Mike Locksley.
Loser: The Big 12
Seven Big 12 teams are still unbeaten, and Texas can still get into the College Football Playoff by running the table, but barring a minor miracle, it’s Oklahoma or bust now for the CFP. West Virginia is bad, Kansas is worse, and there hasn’t ben one decent win so far from the entire league.
Winner: All things Georgia
Georgia 63, Murray State 10. Georgia State is 2-0 after beating Furman, Georgia Southern got by Maine, and Georgia Tech got by USF 14-10 for head coach Geoff Collins’ first win with the program.
Loser: All things Nevada
Nevada came up with two field goals against Oregon, and UNLV scored one touchdown at home against Arkansas State. The two Silver State programs lost their games by a combined score of 120-23.