The Most Underrated Thing Was …
Texas just rolled a ranked team.
It’s not like the Longhorns cranked up Eastern Creampuff Tech 38-18. They beat the both-poll No. 23 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns with relative ease.
Oh sure, Penn State going into Wisconsin and coming away with a nasty victory in a blast of a game was celebrated with balloons, and UCLA rightly got a ton of love for its win over LSU, but Texas just beat a ranked team by 20.
So either 1) Texas deserves more credit for coming up with a convincing victory to start the Steve Sarkisian era, or 2) the pollsters were getting cheeky by putting Louisiana in the top 25 in the first place, or 3) both.
We all correctly hammered on Washington losing at home to Montana, and got all over Oklahoma for doing everything possible to give away the game to Tulane.
Social media nitpicked the Ohio State win over Minnesota and Oregon’s fight over Fresno State. North Carolina got roasted for its performance against Virginia Tech, but it gets sort of blown off when a team comes out and does its job against the preconceived notion of the polls.
The same goes for Iowa.
It was 18 in both preseason polls, and No. 17 Indiana looked and played like it didn’t belong on the same field. From jump, the Hawkeyes were dominant in their 34-6 win – as if that was to be expected.