WEEK TWO IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The Best: 1) Ohio State, 2) Oklahoma, 3) Missouri.
Perhaps there have been less impressive performances than the ones Ohio St, Michigan, and Notre Dame displayed on Saturday but, they don't readily come to mind. To their benefit, at least all three escaped with wins.
Michigan State recovered from its West Coast debacle last week at Cal, to defeat Eastern Michigan, 42-10. Coach Mark Dantonio commented later, " I suppose this week I remembered how to coach". Ahem.
Oklahoma kept its record perfect by blowing out Cincinnati 52-26, while Minnesota went on the road to defeat the Falcons of Bowling Green and remained undefeated.
Coach Tim Brewster of the Golden Gophers stated "We have to grow up quickly with the schedule we have in the Big 10". Who knows? 47 years out from their last appearance in the Rose Bowl, maybe Minnesota will be the sleeper in the Big 10 this season.
The Best: 1) Southern California, 2) Arizona State, 3) California.
While the mighty Trojans took the week off in preparation of the big game with Ohio State, there was thunder elsewhere on the left coast. A lurid excessive celebration penalty against the Washington Huskies cost Coach Ty Willingham's kiddie-korps a near certain overtime with Brigham Young. Seizing the moment, the Cougars continued the nation's longest winning streak, 28-27.
Hundreds of miles away Weber State thought they had the answer for the Warriors of Hawaii. Late into the night the two teams battled before the Big Sky member succumbed to QB Tyler Graunke's coming out party with the Warriors, 36-17.
California showed it means business this season. After dismantling Mark Dantonio's fine Michigan St squad last week, Coach Jeff Tedford led a near slaughter-house raid upon Pullman, Washington. When the Bears were finished, the Cougars had lost 66-3.
The Desert Report: Dennis Erickson's Sun Devils flexed their muscles this week and more than one Georgia fan was caught peeking. The powerful Arizona State squad crushed Jim Harbaugh's Stanford 41-17.
Mike Stoops' Arizona Wildcats pinned down Tom Amstutz's Toledo Rockets, 41-16. Texas routed Mike Price's Miners, 42-13 in El Paso, while New Mexico bowed again. This time to hapless Texas A&M, 28-22.
The Best: 1) Penn State, 2) UConn, 3) West Virginia.
Despite player suspensions and press reports to the contrary, "Penn State isn't dead yet" proclaimed a banner unfurled in Beaver stadium shortly before the match with Mike Riley's Oregon State squad.
The Nittany Lions proved it on the field by bombing the Beavers 45-14. "We were outplayed from the get-go" sighed the Beaver coach. The former Alabama defensive back under Bear Bryant can take solace. He is hardly the first coach to take a whipping from Joe Paterno, major college football's all-time winning coach.
West Virginia proved to be upset victim No. 2 this season for Skip Holtz's rowdy Pirates. The Mounties were inept all afternoon and left town losers, 24-3.
The school where Skip Holtz used to be head coach, UConn, was showing itself to be a threat in Big East football by defeating Temple in overtime, 12-9.
New Coach Paul Johnson's power running game proved too much for the beantown strollers as Ga Tech defeated Boston College on the road in ACC action, 19-16
Perennial "small-college" power New Hampshire proved to be too much for the Black Knights of the Hudson. On a rainy day in West Point, UNH rolled over the Army, 28-10.
Syracuse continued to make its case for being the worst team in the country. This week losing to the Akron Zips, 42-28.
The Best: 1) Florida, 2) Georgia, 3) Auburn.
Recovering nicely from an overnight Hurricane Watch, the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest drove down the field in the final minute to defeat the Ole Miss Rebels, 30-28. Score one for the ACC versus the SEC this season.
Alabama, Auburn, and Arkansas were all unimpressive in their three wins, while Florida overwhelmed tiring Miami 26-3. South Florida escaped Central Florida in overtime, 31-24.
Another SEC power, Georgia, destroyed the defending Mid-American Conference Champion Central Michigan Chippewas, 56-17. Don't look now but, the Bulldogs sleep-walked through this one and appeared to be able to annihilate this team by any margin they wished. Bad news for the rest of the league.
South Carolina was not so fortunate. Spurrier's Gamecocks traveled to Music City for a Thursday night match-up with the Commodores of Vanderbilt. Carolina went down for the 2nd year in a row to Bobby Johnson's well-coached and disciplined squad, 24-17.
And lastly, there was dancing in the streets of Lexington, Virginia as the Keydets of VMI won a game, defeating St. Francis 49-0.