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College Football Scores 2012: Most Surprising Outcomes from Week 2

CORVALLIS, OR - SEPTEMBER 08:  Quarterback Sean Mannion #4 of the Oregon State Beavers celebrates with fans after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 10-7 on September 8, 2012 at the Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2012

The great thing about college football is that every week matters.

If you are a national contender, your dreams can be ruined in Week 1 or Week 2 just as easily as they can at the end of the year. The second week of college football might not have changed the course of the season, but there were still a few games that had surprising outcomes.

 

Oregon State 10, Wisconsin 7

Wisconsin came into the game as the No. 13 team in the country with hopes of competing for a national championship. They expected to have tough games in the Big Ten, but the Badgers could not have imagined that their first loss would be to Oregon State.

Heisman contender Montee Ball was held to only 60 yards rushing, his lowest mark since 2010. Quarterback Danny O'Brien only completed 20 of his 39 passes in his second game with his new school.

The credit has to go to the Oregon State defense, which held Wisconsin off the board for 58 minutes of game time. It broke a 33-game nonconference winning streak for the Badgers, and it will send them back to the drawing board before the league season.

 

Maryland 36, Temple 27

This game is not going to affect the national picture, but it is still surprising that Maryland has already been able to match its win total from last season. The team's second win was on the road over a Temple team that should contend for a Big East title this season.

The two faced each other last season in Maryland, and the Owls came out with a 38-7 victory. Things were much different this time around, as there were seven combined turnovers, a blocked field goal and a safety.

The Terps will still likely lose quite a bit of games this season, but this win might help take Randy Edsall off of the hot seat for now.

 

Michigan 31, Air Force 25

The fact that Michigan came out with a win is not surprising, but the final score is closer than many could have predicted. After a disappointing performance against Alabama, Michigan needed to come out and dominate. Unfortunately, that did not happen.

Quarterback Denard Robinson had a game to remember with over 200 yards throwing and 200 yards rushing, but the rest of the team did not give him much support. Fitzgerald Toussaint only managed seven yards on eight carries, and the defense allowed 417 total yards.

Air Force was only able to win seven games last season, so Michigan still has some issues to work out before conference play begins.

 

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