10 Teams That Wish They Had a Mulligan for Week 2
There is nothing like a mulligan, particularly in sports. But, for these 10 teams, a mulligan is out of the question.
Week 2 of the college football season is now complete. While there were hardly any upsets, there were a few teams who went down to surprise defeats. There were also a few others that were so close to pulling off upsets that they will undoubtedly be thinking about those losses throughout the week.
But which teams wish they had a mulligan? After all, everybody deserves a do-over at least once.
Here are the 10 college football teams that wish they had a mulligan for Week 2.
No. 10 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
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Not that Western Kentucky stood much of a chance coming in, but the Hilltoppers were coming off an impressive victory over in-state rival Kentucky.
There was plenty of momentum for Western Kentucky heading into a road contest against Tennessee.
Most of that momentum disappeared when the Hilltoppers turned the ball over five times in the first quarter over a six-play span.
That took a 3-0 lead and turned it into a 31-3 deficit.
Western Kentucky was never able to recover. The Hilltoppers went on to lose the game 52-30, with seven turnovers, and never really gave themselves a chance to beat the Vols.
No. 9 Colorado State Rams
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Not many people expected Colorado State to be able to hang with Tulsa, particularly on the road, but when the Rams jumped out to an early lead and continued to lead in the fourth quarter, it became very possible.
Trailing 27-17 with just over 13 minutes remaining, Tulsa scored the final 13 points of the game, capped off by a 34-yard field goal as time expired to pick up the win 30-27.
Colorado State was that close to pulling off the upset, but in the end it came up just short.
No doubt the Rams would like a mulligan, at least on that fourth quarter.
No. 8 Indiana Hoosiers
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After a dominating victory over Indiana State in Week 1, the Hoosiers were unable to keep the momentum going, falling 41-35 at home to Navy.
It was the first game of the season for the Midshipmen. It was also one Indiana needed to get to have a legitimate shot for a bowl game.
Once again, the defense let the Hoosiers down, allowing 515 yards. Out of those 515 yards, 444 came on the ground.
At 1-1, it will be hard for the Hoosiers to pick up the six necessary wins to qualify for a bowl game.
No. 7 Richmond Spiders
The next team on the list is a FCS member. The Richmond Spiders nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the week, falling at North Carolina State 23-21 in a heartbreaker.
Leading 21-20 with under a minute remaining, Richmond saw North Carolina State kicker Niklas Sade knock a 48-yard field goal through to give the Wolfpack the victory.
While this was not a league game, nor one anybody expected Richmond to win, to be that close and go down has to be gut-wrenching.
Richmond stayed in the game by forcing four turnovers.
I am sure the Spiders wouldn't mind another shot, particularly after blowing a double-digit lead.
No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
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Notre Dame was an underdog heading into its game against Michigan, but the Fighting Irish would certainly like another chance to knock off the Wolverines in what might be the last time they ever play in the Big House.
These two bitter rivals went toe-to-toe on Saturday night, but in the end, Michigan just had a little too much for Notre Dame.
The Wolverines came out with a 41-30 victory.
If head coach Brian Kelly could get a mulligan on this game, he certainly would have a few tricks up his sleeve.
No. 5 Tulane Green Wave
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Tulane had a chance to start the season 2-0, but the Green Wave instead fell 41-39 at home to South Alabama.
Quarterback Nick Montana proved just how talented he is. He completed 29-of-47 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns with only one interception.
His main target was senior wide receiver Ryan Grant. Grant caught 14 passes for 187 yards and two scores.
In the end, it was defense that proved to be the downfall for the Green Wave.
Tulane allowed 465 yards of offense to South Alabama, trailing 28-7 in the second quarter and also digging itself a 12-point halftime deficit.
The win would have allowed the Green Wave to start 2-0 with some very winnable games on the schedule.
No. 4 USC Trojans
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It is not often that USC loses a home opener, particularly to a team like Washington State.
That was the case on Saturday night, as the Trojans fell 10-7 to the Cougars.
The loss is nothing short of devastating. USC was held to 193 total yards on offense as the Trojans continued to struggle on that side of the ball.
Star wide receiver Marqise Lee caught seven passes but only totaled 27 yards. The Trojans could only manage 54 yards through the air.
Defense was a strong suit once again, but a better offensive game plan could have gone a long way for USC.
No. 3 Cincinnati Bearcats
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After dominating Purdue 42-7 in Week 1, Cincinnati fell flat on its face in a 45-17 drubbing at the hands of Illinois.
The Bearcats simply could not catch a break, as the Fighting Illini moved the ball up and down the field with relative ease.
Illinois finished the game with 522 yards of offense.
What added even more to the disappointment was the injury to senior starting quarterback Munchie Legaux.
The Bearcats signal-caller went down with a devastating knee injury that might mark the end of his college career.
No. 2 Texas Longhorns
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After losing 19-16 to Virginia, it was hard to imagine BYU would play as well as it did against Texas.
The Longhorns were dominated by the Cougars, falling 40-21 in a game very few saw coming.
Texas had no answer for BYU quarterback Taysom Hill. The sophomore rushed for 259 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. He also passed for 129 yards.
Texas did have two receivers go over 100 yards, but the very talented Longhorns defense had no answer for the rushing attack of BYU. The Cougars rushed for 550 yards on the day.
Mack Brown might find himself on the hot seat with a few more performances like this one.
No. 1 Florida Gators
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There is no question which team is topping this list.
Florida went on the road against in-state rival Miami, committed five turnovers and fell 21-16 to Miami.
That is a loss that will undoubtedly be on the minds of Florida fans heading into a bye week.
Once again, it was the offense that continued to struggle to put points on the board. The 413 yards gained were completely overshadowed by those five turnovers.
A mulligan would be huge right now for Florida. One less turnover and this game could have ended completely differently.