Week Two - Not Exactly a Monster Weekend
Scott Haynes, College Football Senior Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
The second week of the college football season had all the makings of a truly special weekend. However, the marquee matchups failed to deliver. Oklahoma made light work of Florida State. Alabama did the same to Penn State, and two returns for touchdowns are the only thing that kept the score somewhat close in Columbus between the Buckeyes and Hurricanes.
Still, there was plenty of action to keep one's attention and some surprising outcomes that could shape the BCS title race even at this early stage.
WORST-CASE SCENARIO: Coming into the 2010 season, the Boise State Broncos knew that to have any chance to play for the national title, a big win over what was supposed to be a tough Virginia Tech squad in the season-opener was a must. Well, the Broncos delivered with an entertaining performance against the Hokies, and certainly made some people believe that a non-BCS school could in fact play for a national championship. However, the Boise State balloon may have burst (or at the very least has a slow leak) thanks to Virginia Tech's loss to FCS foe James Madison this past weekend. A win over the Hokies doesn't seem that impressive just one week later, does it?
HERE'S TO YOU, MR. ROBINSON: Rich Rodriguez has said that Denard Robinson may be the fastest quarterback he has ever coached. That is saying a lot, considering the talent he had in West Virginia prior to his arrival at Ann Arbor. Robinson single-handedly led the Wolverines to victory in South Bend this week, amassing a whopping 502 yards of total offense against Notre Dame. After two games, he leads the nation in rushing, despite being a quarterback, and is a very early front-runner for this year's Heisman Trophy. Kudos to Robinson for not only the personal achievements, but for restoring some faith in the Michigan program in 2010.
ACC-YOU LATER: The ACC had four ranked teams heading into last week, When the smoke cleared on week number two, just one remained standing. Georgia Tech faltered at Kansas, Florida State was crushed at Oklahoma and Virginia Tech of course, suffered an unforgivable loss to James Madison. All three teams tumbled out of the top-25 as a result. The Miami Hurricanes suffered a loss as well, but dropping a game at second-ranked Ohio State was nothing to be ashamed of and kept Miami in the rankings. While not one of the nation's premier conferences, the ACC had a chance to really make a name for itself this past week. It probably achieved that, but certainly not the name it was hoping for.
|Denard Robinson single-handedly led the Wolverines to victory, amassing a whopping 502 |
yards of total offense.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Michigan's Denard Robinson headlines the quarterback play in week two, as his 502 yards of offense (258 yards rushing, 244 passing) were simply eye-popping.
Other signal-callers of note include Arkansas' Ryan Mallett (400 yards, four TDs vs. Louisiana-Monroe), Oklahoma's Landry Jones (380 yards, four TDs vs. Florida State), Hawaii's Bryant Moniz (343 yards, three TDs vs. Army), Nebraska's Taylor Martinez (106 yards, passing, 157 yards rushing, two TDs vs. Idaho), Ohio State's Tyrelle Pryor (233 yards passing, one TD, 113 yards rushing, one TD vs. Miami-Florida), Baylor's Robert Griffin III (297 yards passing, two TDs, another two rushing scores vs. Buffalo), Washington's Jake Locker (289 yards, four TDs vs. Syracuse) and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick (241 yards passing, two TDs, 161 yards rushing two TDs vs. Colorado State).
Tailbacks who stood out were San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman (150 yards, four TDs vs. New Mexico State), Houston's Bryce Beall (195 yards, three TDs vs. UTEP), South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore (182 yards, two TDs vs. Georgia), Iowa's Adam Robinson (156 yards, one TD vs. Iowa State), Alabama's Trent Richardson (144 yards, one TD vs. Penn State), Tennessee's Tauren Poole (162 yards, one TD vs. Oregon), LSU's Stevan Ridley (159 yards, one TD vs. Vanderbilt) and Michigan State's Edwin Baker (183 yards, one TD vs. Florida Atlantic).
Pass-catchers with big days included Washington's Jermaine Kearse (179 yards, three TDs vs. Syracuse), Kentucky's Randall Cobb (98 yards receiving one TD, one passing TD and one score on a punt return vs. Western Kentucky), Wake Forest's Chris Givens (159 yards, one TD vs. Duke), Duke's Connor Vernon (181 yards, two TDs vs. Wake Forest), Notre Dame's Kyle Rudolph (164 yards, one TD vs. Michigan) and Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles (124 yards, one TD vs. Florida State).
SNEAK PEEK: There are 21 ranked games this week, but only one top-25 showdown, with 24th-ranked Arizona playing host to ninth-ranked Iowa. Despite the lack of top-25 matchups, there are still plenty of games worthy of checking in on, including 10th-ranked Florida at Tennessee, eighth-ranked Nebraska at Washington, Baylor at fourth-ranked TCU, Clemson at 16th-ranked Auburn, Mississippi State at 15th-ranked LSU and sixth-ranked Texas at Texas Tech. Games involving a pair of non-ranked opponents that could be fun to watch are Georgia Tech at North Carolina, BYU at Florida State and Notre Dame at Michigan State.