If you thought crazy things happened in week 1 in college football, wait until you hear about the wild week 2. A Pac-12 squad upset one of the favorites to win the National Championship, the less high-profile team from the corn state beat their Heisman trophy-laden competitors, and an FCS squad blasted a top ACC team. Check out what happened in one of the craziest NCAAF weeks we can remember.
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College Football Week 2 Recap
The college football AP poll after Week 2 ⬇️— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 12, 2021
7. Texas A&M
9. Ohio State
10. Penn State
Oregon Ducks upset Ohio State and leap into Top 5
Heading into Ohio State’s home game with the Oregon Ducks, most felt the Buckeyes would bounce back from their week 1 victory over Minnesota. The thinking went that Ohio State struggled against the Golden Gophers because they were on the road, it was freshman C.J. Stroud’s first college game, and it was against a Big Ten rival.
But anyone who checked stats in the comeback victory against Minnesota knew Ohio State had trouble stopping the rush, which is why some college football experts weren’t surprised when the Ducks upset the Buckeyes 35-28.
The Ducks ran for an incredible 269 yards from 38 carries, a 7.1 per carry average. CJ Verdell averaged 8.1 yards per carry on his way to a 161 yards and 2 TDs afternoon. Oregon flew into the top 5 and now rank fourth. The Buckeyes fell to ninth.
Iowa beats Iowa State, now ranked #5
This was supposed to be Iowa State’s season. So far, it’s turned out to be state rival Iowa’s season. In the first week, the Hawkeyes dominated ranked Indiana 34-6. On Saturday, Iowa beat then number nine Iowa State 27-17.
The Iowa defense forced Brock Purdy into 3 picks and held Breece Hall to 69 rushing yards. For their efforts, the Hawkeyes leaped to fifth. At No. 5, Iowa is the highest-ranked Big Ten team in the nation.
Arkansas upsets Texas
After then 21-ranked Texas’ impressive 38-18 win over a good Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns squad, most felt Steve Sarkisian’s bunch might be the team to beat in the Big 12. Not so fast. The Longhorns, who will jump to the SEC in 2025, fell to one of the lesser SEC squads over the weekend. Arkansas dominated Texas 40-21. The Horns, like Ohio State, couldn’t stop the rush. The Razorbacks ran over Texas with 333 rushing yards from 47 carries. The 7.1 per rush average made the Longhorns look silly. Sarkisian might be an offensive mastermind, but if his team can’t play defense, if it especially can’t stop the rush, the Longhorns won’t beat the better teams in the Big 12.
Notre Dame struggles with Toledo, FSU falls to Jacksonville State
Maybe, Notre Dame and Florida State just aren’t that good. In week 1, the Irish and Seminoles played to an overtime classic that then #9 Notre Dame won. In the second week, the Fighting Irish struggled to get by Toledo in a 32-29 game as a -16.5 favorite. As bad as Notre Dame played, Florida State’s performance was worse.
As a -27.5 home chalk, the Seminoles were supposed to dominate the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. Not only did they not dominate, but they didn’t even win. Jacksonville State upset Florida State 20-17 on the Seminoles’ field. Just when we thought the FSU football program was on its way back, this happens. In week 3, Notre Dame hosts Purdue while Florida State is at Wake Forest. Both teams have a lot to prove on Saturday.
Coastal Carolina climbs to 16 and Michigan enters Top 25
A couple of teams showed they’re worth watching. The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers battled overmatched Kansas a -27 favorite. Coastal didn’t beat the Jayhawks against the spread. The Chanticleers did push in the 49-20 victory. Michigan played an average Washington team in The Big House. The Wolverines easily handled the Huskies 31-10. Jim Harbaugh’s squad enters the Top 25 ranked #25 while Coastal Carolina climbed to #16. Coastal Carolina should run the table and land a top bowl bid. Michigan could be this season’s surprise Power 5 Conference squad.
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