NCAAF Week 2: What We Learned

We saw some great games yesterday, we also saw our fair share of blowouts and disappointments. This is why we love the game though. Some fans are scratching their collective heads this morning trying to find out where it went wrong so early in the season. Others are rejoicing a victory that they simply didn’t expect.

Clemson vs Texas A&M was one of the better games yesterday. A controversial call towards the end of the game left a bad taste in the mouths of A&M fans, but they ended up scoring anyway. The game was decided by a missed 2-point conversion. Regardless, A&M proved they belong with the big boys and in the national discussion.

Georgia stomped their foot down and demanded national respect. No one expected a blowout, but it happened. They simply manhandled South Carolina yesterday. The Gamecocks are a good team, but they looked outclassed. The Bulldogs’ performance yesterday will surely garner some top votes this week.

Wisconsin won in dominating fashion while sophomore RB Jonathan Taylor threw his name into the early Heisman discussions. I’m not a fan of rankings and Heisman talk this early, but it’s pretty obvious Wisconsin and Taylor will be mentioned all season.

A few other teams showed that they should be considered with a little more respect and reverence than initially thought. Stanford shut down USC, allowing only 3 points. Missouri, behind Drew Lock, won easily and will be a team that no one really wants to play. Cal was very impressive in their win over BYU. Their defense has really stepped up the last couple seasons. Colorado earned a hard fought win over Nebraska in Scott Frost’s homecoming. The Buffaloes are looking good so far. And Duke improved to 2-0 with a convincing win over Northwestern.

Other teams showed that maybe they were regarded a little too highly. Let’s start with FSU. They were behind most of the game before pulling away in the 4th quarter. Against Samford. And who knows what’s going on at Arizona? That team seems to be a mess right now. Khalil Tate doesn’t look like himself at this point.

A few games left me wondering if some of these teams know who they are yet. Notre Dame, who beat Michigan in Week 1, struggled against Ball State. Purdue lost to Eastern Michigan, raising EMU’s record against Big Ten teams to 2-38. Florida looked sloppy and undisciplined against Kentucky. UK had lost 31 in a row to the Gators before yesterday. This may be the best Wildcats team in quite some time.

That brings us to Arizona State vs Michigan State. When the Spartans struggled last week, everyone wrote it off by saying “MSU always starts slow”. Now we’re all wondering if they really aren’t as good as expected. Or maybe the Sun Devils are just really good. N’Keal Harry put on a show again for ASU. He’ll surely be a Biletnikoff finalist.

All in all, it was another great Saturday to be a football fan. Some questions were answered, others popped up out of nowhere. I think we should do it again next Saturday.

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