NCAA Football: What We Learned From Week Two

Chase RuttigCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2008

Yet another week has went by in the 2008 rendition of the NCAA Football season, and the level of competition increased a bit, but we won't see a marquee non-conference game until USC-OSU square off later this month, but we had some great games this week, and surprise, we even learned some things about the BCS "contenders".

ECU Is For Real

Yes East Carolina is officially this years USF, but I actually believe this team can actually contend in the BCS after winning its two hardest games on the schedule. They dismantled the Big East's marquee team, and held West Virginia to its first game without a touchdown since 2001, almost certainly ruining any chance Pat White had at the Heisman.

I personally think ECU should be higher in the BCS polls as they scheduled tough non-conference opponents and basically backed up there gamble in a hard schedule with amazing performances that have been the highlight of the week.

They will likely stay in the Top 25 for the rest of the year as their hardest game left on the schedule is at Virginia, but until then get used to seeing ECU on the winning side of things this year.

Notre Dame Is the Same Team We Saw Last Year

Yes every ones favorite NCAA team to watch on NBC played its first game of the season against lowly San Diego State on Saturday, and guess what, they had to come from behind to win.

This backs up my belief that Notre Dame's football program is on the fall from its pinnacle at the top of the college football mountain for most of its storied history while other ND sports programs (basketball) are on the upswing.

The main problem here is Charlie Weis, yes everyone blames him, but this is his second year with using the players he recruited to come to South Bend, and it is his second year of apparent failure if last night was any signal.

On the other hand you could say that this game proved that ND has the heart of a lion and will seal games when their backs are against the wall, no matter what this will be another drama, and story-filled ND football season. Just don't expect much from the Fighting Irish this year.

The SEC Is Still the Conference to Watch

Yes I know people have been saying that the Pac-10 is the best conference this year, and I agree with those people to a point, but there is one thing that goes without saying, the SEC is the most exciting conference to watch week in and week out.

It is this way because of its competitiveness and the brand of football that the SEC has adopted, fast players on both sides of the ball and lots of gun-slinging that makes it the best conference in the NCAA.

So if you have a limited amount of time to watch NCAA Football on Saturday, key in on SEC games because they will be the most entertaining games of the week, and you have Chase Ruttig's Seal of Approval.

Florida Is Back to Form

After destroying last years BCS busters in Hawaii, the Gators beat Miami 26-3 in The Swamp, continuing its march to the National Championship game, and did it in typical Gator fashion with 256 yards in the air, giving Tim Tebow a huge push in his quest at Archie Griffin, becoming the second back-to-back Heisman winner.

Expect the SEC come down to Florida and Georgia as the Bulldogs had a big game as well, beating Central Michigan 56-17 with RB Knoshown Moreno leading the way with three TD's, it appears the Heisman race will also come down to Georgia and Florida as well.

The NCAA Has a Huge Problem in its Rule Book

BYU and Washington played a hard fought game on Saturday and Washington engineered a last minute drive to apparently tie the game with an extra point attempt, but they were charged with an excessive celebration penalty for throwing the ball into the air. BYU then blocked the extra point.

I am not going to even blame the refs here, actually I blame the player and the team for lacking the mental toughness for a) even getting the penalty. and b) letting the extra point attempt to be blocked.

But if the NCAA has a problem with letting games be "decided" this way it needs to get rid of the rule, which I fell is a great rule for the NCAA, or suck it up and tell fans not to complain when their teams player goofs and lets his emotions get the better of him.

Team of the Week: East Carolina

Game of the Week: Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina Gamecocks, Vanderbilt upset South Carolina in the opening week of the SEC season 24-17.

Player of the Week: Knoshown Moreno. 169 Yards Rushing, three touchdowns

Conference of the Week: Conference USA. Proved that they have teams that can knock off the big boys with ECU dismantling formerly eighth ranked West Virginia.


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