There's a new number one in town. Despite trailing in the 3rd quarter, King Mariotta and the Ducks grooved into a John Bonham rhythm Saturday afternoon. They were unstoppable once they did, leaving little doubt they're more than just flashy offense--in even flashier uniforms
Marcus Mariotta's now the Heisman frontrunner, right? He has to be. Down early in the 3rd quarter, Mariotta began to slice through the violent Spartan defense like Valryrian steel.
Week 2 Status: Spitting gold
The early game versus Tulsa was somehow the only game worth watching at 11am. Sure, Tulsa didn't look very good. But the Sooners--normally late bloomers--played like they were already in midseason form. Trevor Knight is getting more comfortable by the week, and the defense is suffocating. The resume isn't that impressive thus far, but the Sooners are by far the most complete Big 12 team I've watched so far this season. As of now, they have a playoff spot on lock.
Week 2 Status: Still firing shots at Bama. (wow)
3. Florida State
After a scare against Oklahoma State last week, the Seminoles look like they're back to where they left off last season. Florida State's now won 18-straight games, which is something Bobby Bowden couldn't even do. So it seems a little unfair to pick apart a 32-12 victory over Citadel--even if it was rather uninspiring. They get a bye week before playing Clemson, and once they get past that game, it's gravy from there.
Week 2 Status: Clive Owen chilling.
Even in an off-week, the Bulldogs are still generating a lot of buzz and praise. Georgia's often good, but it also seems like they're always one play away from being great. As far as balance goes, they may be the most complete team--which, by default, makes them the best team--in the SEC. Georgia has a reputation for popping their own balloon, but they haven't shown any signs of that happening. Yet.
Week 2 Status: Cautiously Optimistic
No one's talking about Auburn. And Gus probably likes it that way.
Week 2 Status: "Can we beat Kansas State?" and "will our defense catch up with us" musings.
Bama is just kind of...boring. It was a great weekend for Blake Sims, in the sense that he proved that he should be starting over Jake Coker. It was also a great weekend for Lane Kiffin and Nick Saban pictures. Even with a more convincing win than last week's game against West Virginia under their belt, it just seems like the Tide are going to take a step back this season. Even if "stepping back" means a trip the Cotton Bowl. Saban and Kirby Smart aren't adapting well to the new age offenses. Texas A&M's Air Raid, Auburn's pop pass heavy no huddle, and even Mississippi State's spread option will give Bama trouble this season. Translation: not sold on these guys.
Week 2 Status: Sleepy
The 13-10 win over Stanford felt a lot like a Big 10 game. It also felt like it was scripted with weird penalties and Pat Haden running out on the field playing father for Steve Sarkisian. The whole "bringing daddy" on the field doesn't really help the University of Spoiled Children mantra. But hey, their defense looked great, and Cody Kessler is playing like a darkhorse Heisman candidate.
Week 2 Status: Zack Morris
8. Texas A&M
Kenny Hill didn't let up in the Aggies' home opener against Lamar. He finished with 283 yards passing and 4 touchdowns. Not a bad way to break in the new stadium.
Week 2 Status: Still Trill (Z-Ro edition)
Gross, right? I'm not entirely convinced Baylor is a Top Ten team (yet) either. I mean, they blew out SMU--a team that got blown out by North Texas last Saturday. Even though it was against Northwestern State, the Bears were without Petty and were still fire. Even with Seth Russell and a handful of receivers absent, KD Cannon came away with six catches for 226 yards. I still think they're going to get into trouble with their questions on defense. But like Kenny Trill jumped right in for A&M, Russell did the same, and the idea of Baylor as a system is scary.
Week 2 Status: Imposing
Leonard Fournette scores a redzone touchdown versus Sam Houston State and does the Heisman pose in celebration. That's the most fair recap of that game.
Week 2 Status: Fournette
|1. Oregon (2)||97|
|3. Florida State (2)||93|
|8. Texas A&M||73|
|11. Notre Dame||62|
|12. Michigan State||42|
|13. Arizona State||42|
|16. Virginia Tech||40|
|17. Kansas State||37|
|18. Ole Miss||36|
|22. Mississippi State||12|
|24. North Carolina||9|