While there wasn't a real big marquee matchup in the college football world in week two of the season, I don't think there's any doubt it provided more excitement than last week. Shootouts, upsets and nail-biters showed up on both coasts without any Tessitore magic as he was in Missouri watching the Tigers get clobbered in their entrance to the SEC.
Game Of The Week:
(24) Arizona 59 - (18) Oklahoma State 38
A week after trouncing the Little Sisters of the Poor, or as they are now called, Savannah State, Oklahoma State ran into the Reincarnation of Rich Rod Tour in Arizona. As usual, the defense from the former West Virginia and Michigan coach left much to be desired, but running back Ka'Deem Carey scored four touchdowns to lead a Wildcat offense that looked to rival the old Mountaineer offenses of the early 2000s. It's early, but maybe there's another name in the Pac-12 outside of USC and Oregon that we should keep an eye out for.
Upset of the Week:
Louisiana-Monroe 34 - (8) Arkansas 31 (OT)
Earlier last week, Arkansas coach John L. Smith filed for bankruptcy. Saturday night, it seemed like his team did as well as the Warhawks of Louisiana-Monroe took down national championship contender Arkansas. Quarterback Kolton Browning capped off a 412-yard passing performance by using his legs to scamper 16 yards in overtime for the game-winning touchdown after Arkansas could only muster a field goal during their extra-time possession. Maybe the most impressive stat was ULM's 6-for-7 conversion rate on fourth downs.
Next up for Arkansas, who fell completely out of the rankings after the loss: #1 Alabama.
Alternate Upset of the Week: UCLA over Nebraska
Other Notable Games:
(2) USC 42 - Syracuse 29
The Trojans ran into some early trouble away from sunny California, but Matt Barkley school-record six touchdown passes, three going to Marquise Lee to subdue the upset-happy Orange in Metlife Stadium. Oh yeah, and some guy named Silas Redd ran for 107 yards. Moving on...
(7) Georgia 41 - Missouri 20 and (24) Florida 20 - Texas A&M 17
Neither team making their debuts in the SEC came out with a victory to show for it as both Mizzou and Texas A&M lost. To be honest, I didn't get to see much of the UGA-Mizzou game, but sitting in a Texas Tech bar watching Florida put the finishing touches on defeating the Aggies was a site to see. Apparently TAMU is (or rather was) Tech's biggest rival and the vitriol was thick with someone in an Aggie shirt getting booed out of the establishment after they lost. But you know, #culture.
(6) Florida State 55 - Savannah State 0
Not really a "best" game, rather your weekly "How Bad Did Those Guys Get Beat This Week?" update. The Seminoles were favored by 70.5 points in this game and probably would have covered the spread if storms rolling through Tallahassee had not caused the game to be called in the third quarter. For playing Oklahoma State and Florida State, Savannah State received $860,000 towards its athletics budget.
A question for the comments section: Is it really a price worth paying to have your players embarrassed to the tune of 139-0 over a game and a half?
Best of the Rest:
(1) Alabama 35 - Western Kentucky 0
(3) LSU 41 - Washington 7
(4) Oregon 42 - Fresno State 25
(12) Clemson 52 - Ball State 27
(21) Kansas State 52 - Miami (FL) 13
Utah State 27 - Utah 20
Maryland 36 - Temple 27
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