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The Sunday Afternoon BCS Report: Week 2

Dan SmithCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 12:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball while defended by Taylor Mays #2 of the USC Trojans at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The two big games lived up to the hype.  Michigan beat Notre Dame in an instant classic.  Northern Ohio fans got to see yet another long, heartbreaking drive in the Trojans win over the Buckeyes. 

Jim Tressel was able to use his conservative gameplan as the Buckeyes kept the game close.  There are no moral victories and this was a game the Buckeyes could have won.  Terrelle Pryor made some big plays, but freshman Matt Barkley looked like John Elway on the final drive for USC.  The Buckeye defense was able to keep Joe McKnight in check.  Pete Carroll showed a lot of faith in Barkley and was rewarded with a HUGE BCS regular season playoff win.

There were some upsets in week two.  Oklahoma State was the first top 5 team to lose to an unranked team.  Houston went into stillwater and now the Cowboys are out of the National Title chase. 

UCLA was able to steal a win in Knoxville against the Volunteers.  There were no major upsets by the ACC teams as Maryland held on against James Madison and Florida State outlasted Jackson State. 

Time for the list:

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The National Title Race

1 Florida

2 USC

Conference Power Ranking

1 SEC

2 Pac-10

3 Big 12

4 Big 10

5 Mountain West

6 Big East

Week 3 Preview:

The big game is Florida vs Tennessee.  Lane Kiffin has been talking about this game since Tennessee hired him.  And although it is a big game it might not be a close game.  Arizona goes to Iowa as a couple of 2-0 teams look to stay undefeated.