NCAA Football Week 2 Thoughts and Opinions: My First Trip South, ACC and FCS

David HedlindAnalyst IISeptember 14, 2010

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: A cheerleader for the Tennessee Volunteers cheers against the UCLA Bruins on September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. UCLA beat Tennessee 19-15. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Thoughts and Opinions is going to be a bit short this week.  I went to Tennessee to watch the Oregon at Tennessee game and due to that I was limited in what I actually saw.  I did manage a few games, some recorded, and highlights so I did see some stuff. 




First of all, I want to say thank you to all of Tennessee.  The fans were great.  Sure, I heard a little smack talk but nothing too bad and half the time the person that said it would turn around and still wish you a nice visit to Neyland. 


Food was great. Girls were, WOW.  Is that a good description? Whatever. Go down there you will see what I mean. 


The only thing I can say that I didn’t like is how packed in it is.  It’s like they used little kids to measure out the seats.  I guess that’s how they stuff in that many people. 


Oh yeah, don’t forget to check the weather report before you go.  Tennessee lightning, thunder and rain storms, not so much fun. 


Cross the Line


I saw where in the Marshall vs. West Virginia game as well as the Notre Dame vs. Michigan game where someone flipped the ball out before they crossed the goal line.  How this happens at this level, I don’t know.  Make sure you actually score before you let go of the ball. 




Here are a couple weird numbers for Oregon. 


In game one against New Mexico, the Ducks had 72 points and had 720 yards of offense.


In two games Oregon has scored 120 points.  Playing time for two games? 120 minutes. 




Going into week three there are 46 undefeated teams. 


Among them, at least one team from all 11 FBS conferences, except the Sun Belt.  However, I think Middle Tennessee would have been had they not lost Dasher. 


The entire Big XII South. 


16 of the preseason top 25. 


This number will decrease by at least nine this week.


Michigan, Forgetting Last Season?


Last year, 2-0 start including a four point win over Notre Dame.  This season, 2-0 start including a four point win over Notre Dame. 


Last season, started out 4-0.  This season, with the schedule ahead should start at least 4-0.  


Last season, young quarterback that started the season with 526 total yards, six touchdowns and one interception.  This season, young quarterback who has started the season with 885 total yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. 


I will give you that this year looks better coming from the qb spot but lets not jump to “Michigan is back” just yet.  Last year looked promising and turned quick. 


ACC Blues


For all the abuse the Big East gets about people calling it the worst of the BCS conferences, the ACC took a huge hit this weekend.  I am sure most of you already know the top teams in the ACC all lost to teams from other conferences. 


There were four ACC teams ranked last week.  Now only two remain.  Virginia Tech has taken the greatest drop starting the season in the top 10.  Losing to Boise State in the opening week, a lot of people kept them high since Boise State was ranked in the top 5.  Losing to FCS James Madison however, has dropped them out of the rankings. 


Beware the FCS

I already wrote that article.  None of the FCS wins I called for have happened yet, there are still some to be played.  There have been four so far this season and I didn’t see any of them coming.  The message stays, on any given Saturday, anything can happen.