So if we learned anything this weekend, it’s that Brock Osweiler is really tall, the Big House hosted its first ever night game, and the NCAA doesn’t let little things like logic get in its way.
Rained out last weekend in the third quarter, the statistics from Michigan’s win over Western Michigan last weekend don’t count in the NCAA’s mind. They just didn’t happen. For what it’s worth, the NCAA said that Michigan, Western Michigan, the Big Ten and the MAC may count the statistics, which they agreed they would. Keep in mind that the NCAA still counts the 34-10 win for Michigan and loss for WMU, but nobody actually did anything in the game to reach that outcome. It makes perfect sense for a sport that allows human perception and computers to determine who plays in its championship game.
Recapping the week in 500 words or less, this is what we learned about the season:
- Arizona waited too long to play more aggressively against Oklahoma State. When they finally did, it was too late as the Cowboys held a multi-touchdown lead.
- FIU is going to be a top 25 team at some point if they continue to play like they did in the first two weeks.
- Auburn responded to a lot of naysayers after their close call against Utah State, but they cannot continue to win these tough games all season long.
- Iowa State seemed to play with more energy than the Hawkeyes, as quarterback Steele Janz led the way with four touchdowns, and kept several plays alive late in the game to keep the Cyclones alive. The potential for a 9-0 start was there for Iowa, but obviously no more.
- Wisconsin is loaded on offense and the defense looked great, too. Watch out. Wisconsin and Stanford could have something to say about the national title by the end of the season.
- As A.J. McCarron seemed to take control of the quarterback job at Alabama, it became clear that the search for the starter at Penn State isn’t going quite as well.
- This weekend confirmed it: the SEC East is wide open. South Carolina is still the favorite, Georgia began to come alive late in the loss to the Gamecocks, the Gators look good in their new pro-style offense, and Tennessee looks like they could have something to say about it, too. The Vols’ trip to the Swamp next weekend will tell us more.
- Speaking of the Gamecocks, that defense is underrated—especially the defensive line led by Melvin Ingram, who after his 68-yard TD run on the fake punt is the Gamecocks’ second-leading rusher this year.
- The Oregon Ducks got things working against Nevada this weekend after struggling to do so against LSU in the opener. The late-season matchup with Stanford will be huge both in the Pac-12 and nationally.
- That was a great bounce-back win against Air Force for TCU. They’ll be favored until the November 12 matchup with Boise State.
- Speaking of the Cougars, they couldn’t maintain an early lead Saturday night as they fell to Texas, who pulled Garrett Gilbert in the second quarter in favor of a rotation of Case McCoy and David Ash. Wide receiver Jaxon Shipley played well in the win, too, as McCoy-to-Shipley 2.0 was instrumental on the game-winning drive. The new McCoy-Shipley combination took a first step out of the shadows of its elder brothers.
- I’m not worried about Utah playing with the so-called ‘big boys’. They were resilient against USC even if they didn’t get the win.
- Notre Dame keeps getting in its own way with turnovers, which allowed Michigan to stay in the game all night before stealing the win with two seconds on the clock. Until they can stop the turnovers, they won’t go anywhere.
- All the best to Jerry Kill as he recovers.
This week’s player who Proved He’s Worth the Hype is Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler, who faced high expectations all off-season and answered against Missouri with an efficient performance for 353 yards and three touchdowns in the overtime win. Osweiler also added a rushing touchdown. He started 11-for-13, finishing 24-for-32 on the night. He and the Sun Devils still have a ways to go to live up to this year’s expectations, but Friday night’s win was a good start.
The New Household Name of the week is FIU wide receiver/return specialist T.Y. Hilton, who exploded in the Friday night win over Louisville for 268 total yards with 201 of those yards coming in the passing game. He caught both of quarterback Wesley Carroll‘s touchdown passes, which allowed FIU to go up 21-3 early in the second quarter. The Golden Panthers would not relinquish the lead all night and held on—thanks in large part to a very impressive and athletic defense—for the 24-17 win. It was FIU’s first win against a team from a BCS automatic qualifying conference in school history. Hilton’s 201 receiving yards set a school record, breaking the one he set previously (199 receiving yards).
Plenty of big games in Week 3 starting Thursday night with a SEC West contest.
Thursday, September 15
- LSU @ Mississippi State, 8:00 PM ET, ESPN
Friday, September 16
- Boise State @ Toledo Rockets, 8:00 PM ET, ESPN
Saturday, September 17
- West Virginia @ Maryland, 12:00 PM ET, ESPNU
- Auburn @ Clemson, 12:00 PM ET, ABC
- Pittsburgh @ Iowa, 12:00 PM ET, ESPN2
- Washington @ Nebraska, 3:30 PM ET, ABC/ESPN
- Michigan State @ Notre Dame, 3:30 PM ET, NBC
- Tennessee @ Florida, 3:30 PM ET, CBS
- Texas @ UCLA, 3:30 PM ET, ABC/ESPN
- Navy @ South Carolina, 6:00 PM ET, ESPN2
- UCF @ FIU, 6:00 PM ET
- Louisville @ Kentucky, 7:00 PM ET, ESPNU
- Arizona State @ Illinois, 7:00 PM ET, Big Ten Network
- Ohio State @ Miami, 7:30 PM ET, ESPN
- Oklahoma @ Florida State, 8:00 PM ET, ABC
- Utah @ BYU, 9:15 PM ET, ESPN2
- Stanford @ Arizona, 10:45 PM ET, ESPN
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