NCAA Football Rankings 2012: Week 2's Biggest Losers
Week 2 of the college football season provided viewers with some great games and amazing shockers. What it didn't offer was a single game between two ranked opponents.
The last time that happened was...well, you don't really care, and my research staff is otherwise occupied.
The lopsided Top 25 matchups left CFB ripe for upsets, and there were plenty of them. Here are some of the surprising finishes from Saturday.
Upset: Louisiana-Monroe 34-31 over Arkansas (No. 8)
Favorite: Arkansas -30
I readily admit the final score of this game might have been different had Tyler Wilson been able to play the second half. But even if Arkansas scored 14 more points, this game would have been a huge hit on their pecking order in college football.
The Razorbacks should have had this game in hand by halftime, but they held just a 21-7 edge.
More important, how does a supposed SEC powerhouse give up 557 yards to a team from the Sun Belt conference?
Kolton Browning was very impressive on the day: 42-of-68, 412 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He also led the team in rushing with 76 yards on 15 carries.
B/R attempted to conduct an interview with the junior quarterback, but he wasn't able to speak on the phone while driving the team bus back to Monroe.
Which performance was most impressive?
This was the first win against a ranked opponent for LA-Monroe in history.
Evidently Arkansas' football team wasn't the only piece of the university looking past LA-Monroe. Their webmaster has a bit of egg on the face, too, as shared by B.J. Millican.
I could continue, but colleague Kyle Vassalo offers a complete summary of the Twitter Reaction.
CBS Sports Network just reported Tyler Wilson has broken collarbone and out 3-4 weeks.— Pat Smith(@patsmithradio) September 9, 2012
To add injury to insult, CBS Radio is reporting Wilson broke his collar bone and will miss about four weeks. This will end his bid for the Heisman Trophy and undermine Arkansas' season.
The Big Ten half of the Rose Bowl alliance
There had been efforts of creating a Big Ten/Pac 12 pact that would bring a dozen annual games between the two conferences.
It fell apart mostly because the Pac 12 plays an extra conference game, and many schools already have another annual rival game (USC vs. Notre Dame, Utah vs. BYU, etc.). ESPN.com offers additional information on the effort.
After this weekend, the Big Ten schools are the ones that might be glad the pact didn't come to fruition.
Upset: Oregon State 10-7 over Wisconsin (No. 13)
Favorite: Wisconsin -6.5
Reeser's stadium isn't an easy place to play, and the Oregon State Beavers are known for knocking off ranked opponents. Those stars aligned for the home team, resulting in a hard-fought win.
The Beavers played a balanced offense and contained star running back Montee Ball. He had just 61 yards on 15 carries as Oregon State snapped his 21-game scoring streak.
Wisconsin also had their 33-game non-conference winning streak snapped.
Upset: UCLA 36-30 over Nebraska (No. 16)
Favorite: Nebraska -4.5
Nebraska gave up 305 yards and four touchdown passes to freshman Brett Hundley in his home debut.
The story of UCLA's offense was supposed to be Johnathan Franklin. One could say he held his own, gaining 217 yards on 26 carries. He also caught an eight-yard touchdown pass.
The Bruin offense put the rest of the Pac 12 on notice. They gained 653 yards of offense and could propel themselves to an impressive record leading up to their next game with a ranked opponent—a November 16 game against USC.
The Bruins started eight freshman who will be somewhat seasoned by that point.
Upset: Arizona St. 45-14 over Illinois
Favorite: Arizona St. -5.5
The Sun Devils were the favorite in this game, and neither team is in the Top 25, but this contest rounds out the three Pac 12 vs. Big Ten games from Saturday.
The Pac 12 earned bragging rights for 2012, as the Big Ten ranked teams couldn't beat mid-level Pac 12 competition. The Big Ten will likely get another shot against Oregon or USC at the end of the season.
Upset: Arizona 59-38 over Oklahoma St. (No. 18)
Favorite: Oklahoma St. -10.5
The state of Arizona and the Pac 12 in general had a great weekend. Some fans may be wondering if it is too late to trade Colorado for almost any other FBS school, but 9-2 isn't terrible.
The Wildcats (2-0) rallied from a 14-0 deficit to take a 30-14 lead. The Cowboys (1-1) committed a rash of penalties to help in the effort but settled down and cut the lead to 30-28.
That was as close as they would come as Matt Scott and Ka'Deem Carey carried their team to victory.
Scott was 28-of-41 for 320 yards with two touchdowns. Carey had 126 yards on 26 carries and added 28 receiving yards. He had four touchdowns on the night.
Not to be outdone by the runner becoming a receiver, Scott added 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
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