Wednesday, September 12, 2012

College Football Week 2 Review

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Heisman frontrunner Matt Barkley threw for a career high six touchdowns last week vs. Syracuse.
After an upset-free Week 1 in college football, this week featured four Top 25 upsets. (8) Arkansas was upset by Louisiana-Monroe 34-31 in OT. The Razorbacks were without Heisman hopeful quarterback Tyler Wilson in the second half. Wilson was knocked out of the game after suffering an apparent head injury. (13) Wisconsin fell to Oregon State by a score of 10-7 in Corvallis. The Badgers didn't get on the scoreboard until their was only 1:31 left in the fourth quarter. The Beavers' defense did a great job of shutting down former Heisman candidate Montee Ball. The other Big 10 team to get upset last week, (16) Nebraska, lost to UCLA 36-30 out in Los Angeles. And just a week after winning their Week 1 game 84-0, (18) Oklahoma State lost to Arizona 59-38. 

New AP Top 10:
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
2. USC Trojans
3. LSU Tigers
4. Oregon Ducks
5. Oklahoma Sooners
6. Florida State Seminoles
7. Georgia Bulldogs 
8. South Carolina Gamecocks
9. West Virginia Mountaineers
10. Michigan State Spartans

Top Three Performances by Team or Player:
1. USC QB Matt Barkley- The Heisman frontrunner threw a career-high six touchdown passes against Syracuse last week. In addition, Barkley threw for 187 yards and helped his team fight off Syracuse after a slow start at the Meadowlands.
2. Oregon Ducks RB's-Both Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas tore it up against Fresno State last week. The dynamic duo rushed for over 300 yards and five touchdowns. It's gonna take an NFL defense to stop the best running game in college football.
3. Arizona QB Matt Scott- The senior quarterback really showed his leadership skills last week when Arizona upset Oklahoma State. Scott threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 55 yards and an additional score.

Top Three Disappointments by Player or Team:
1. Oklahoma State Cowboys- After obliterating Savannah State 84-0 in Week 1, the Cowboys failed to even keep it close with Arizona last week. The Cowboys allowed 59 points which is the most points they've allowed in a game since 2008. 
2. Wisconsin Badgers- The reigning Rose Bowl champs hadn't lost a non-conference regular season game since 2003. Even worse, the usually explosive Wisconsin offense was only held to seven points. Danny O'Brien is no Russell Wilson, but he's still got to lead the Badgers on offense along with Montee Ball.
3. Arkansas Razorbacks- The Razorbacks became the first team to drop out of the AP Top 25 after being ranked 8th or lower. Arkansas choked a 28-7 lead, partially due to the fact that their starting quarterback, Tyler Wilson, was knocked out of the game with a head injury.

Game of the Week: (7) Georgia vs. Missouri

Missouri's welcome to the SEC was not as they had planned. The Georgia Bulldogs came into town, and defeated the Tigers 41-20. Despite what the score might read, the game was extremely close for the first three quarters of play. In fact, by the end of the first half, the Missouri Tigers were winning 10-9. Missouri increased their lead to eight after L'Damian Washington scored a 69 yard touchdown from James Franklin. Georgia would fight back in the third quarter, and tie it up at 17 after Aaron Murray hit Tavarres King for a seven-yard score. Missouri responded later in the third and went back up after drilling a 25-yard field goal. Unfortunately for Missouri, Georgia dominated the game from there. The Bulldogs went on to score the last 24 points of the game, including a 17 point fourth quarter. Georgia Quarterback Aaron Murray finished the day with 242 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Next Week's Five Intriguing Matchups:
1. (2) USC vs. (21) Stanford- Can Matt Barkley defeat Stanford for the first time in his career?
2.  (1) Alabama vs. Arkansas- Remember, Arkansas was ranked in the Top 10 just last week.
3. (10) Michigan State vs. (20) Notre Dame- Is Notre Dame football officially back to being elite?
4. (18) Florida vs. (23) Tennessee- The two SEC teams will clash it out in Knoxville this week.
5. (4) Oregon vs. Louisiana Tech- Can anyone stop the most dangerous offense in the nation?

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