College Football Week 2: The Oregon Ducks and Other Rumblings and Grumblings
College Football brings on new intriguing stories every week.
In Week 2 of the college season, I have focused on several different things that have caught my eye.
This week I plan to discuss upsets, Heisman hopefuls, my love of the Oregon Ducks, and my feelings on Boise State and Notre Dame. Sit back and enjoy this week's Rumblings and Grumblings.
The Ducks Continue to Roll
The Ducks proved that they are a legitimate national contender on Saturday night in Rocky Top. After a slow first half (13-13 at halftime), the Ducks came out in the second half and blew up the Volunteers, 48-13.
Hats off to Chip Kelly and the adjustments that he and his staff made, because after the second half kickoff the Ducks were unstoppable.
LaMichael James ran for 132 yards and broke one for a 72-yard touchdown, Kenjon Barner returned a punt for a touchdown, Darron Thomas looked solid, and by the end of it, the Ducks had scored 45 unanswered points.
I'm pretty sure Neyland Stadium sits over one hundred thousand people and it was packed to start, but by the end of the third quarter there were only Duck fans left. The Ducks legitimately ran 100,000 people out of the building. That's an impressive stat in itself.
On a side note: I have heard naysayers claim that Tennessee is not a good football program. Really? Go tell that to Peyton Manning.
Denard Robinson Is Not From This Planet
Where did Denard Robinson come from?
I know we're only two weeks into the season, but this guy has got to be the front-runner for the Heisman. His statlines look like something you'd see after you played a game of NCAA football on your X-BOX. He's been absolutely ridiculous his first two games, here are his numbers:
Week 1 vs. Connecticut, W, 30-10: Passing: 19-22, 186 yards, 1 TD—Rushing: 29 car, 197 yards, 1 TD
Week 2 vs Notre Dame, W, 28-24: Passing: 24-40, 244 yards, 1 TD—Rushing: 28 car, 258 yards, 2 TDs.
What's even more impressive is that Michigan needed every yard that Robinson picked up in order to beat Notre Dame.
The Irish went up 24-21 on a 95-yard touchdown pass from Dayne Crist to Kyle Rudolph with 3:41 left in the fourth quarter. Robinson then came out and led a 12-play, 72-yard touchdown drive, scoring the go-ahead touchdown himself, giving the Wolverines the lead 28-24 with just 27 seconds left.
Robinson was picking up crucial third and fourth downs on the drive, proving that he is at best when the game is on the line.
You could argue that Denard Robinson and Terrelle Pryor are the top-two candidates to win the Heisman right now. If the two of them can keep playing at their current rates, it will make the Ohio State-Michigan season finale the game of the year.
First off, it's already the best rivalry in college football, and this year, the Heisman trophy and a Rose Bowl berth may be awarded strictly based on who wins this game.
James Madison Upsetting Virginia Tech and Ending Boise State's Title Hopes
I just love this because I can't stand Boise State.
I hate everything about them, from their blue field (smurf turf) to the trick plays they run.
They only play one or two tough games each season, and they play them in the very beginning before teams can really find their identity. Then, they cruise against a WAC schedule the rest of the year and expect to play in a national championship (just thinking about this makes me sick).
This year, Boise State thought they'd use beating Virginia Tech (No. 10 at the time) in the season opener as their argument as to why they should get to play in the national title game at the end of the year.
The only problem for Boise State is that Virginia Tech isn't very good.
James Madison upset Virginia Tech at home, 21-16, taking away from Boise State's once impressive victory over the Hokies, thus hurting them when national championship talks come around at the season's end.
The only "tough" game Boise State has remaining on the schedule is next week against Oregon State. The Broncos are playing the Beavers at home on the smurf turf, where they don't lose, so I would fully expect Boise State to run the table again. And even though they will go undefeated again, the Broncos won't get to play in the national championship because their resume won't be impressive enough.
With any luck, Boise State will play TCU in the "we're big kids too" bowl for the third year in a row.
Not a Good Week For Notre Dame
This was a rough week to be a Notre Dame fan. Not only did Notre Dame get absolutely killed by Denard Robinson (mentioned earlier), but they also got knocked by their most famous alum.
Earlier in the week, Joe Montana expressed how he wasn't exactly the biggest fan of the movie Rudy.
Just when I thought I couldn't love Joe Montana anymore than I already do, he goes and says something like this. I, myself, have never been a fan of the movie Rudy either. Even as a child I always found it to be very corny and never believed a lot of the plot (come on, you expect me to believe everyone turned in their jerseys so little Rudy could play? Get real).
I have a couple of friends who like Notre Dame or like the movie Rudy, and they are always taken aback when I tell them that I don't like the "inspirational" story that is Rudy.
Here's a typical conversation between I have with a friend of mine who happens to be a Notre Dame fan.
Me: "I don't like Notre Dame. I don't even like Rudy."
Notre Dame fan: "What? How do you not like Rudy. He works hard, and bla bla bla."
Me: "Yeah, I doubt all that stuff is true."
Notre Dame fan: "But the movie is based on a true story."
I would like to thank Joe Montana for being the greatest quarterback of all time and for discrediting the movie "Rudy." You go, Joe.
In other Notre Dame news: Brady Quinn has been demoted to third string on the Denver Broncos quarterback depth chart behind Tim Tebow.