College Football: Week Two Highlights and Low Points

College Football: Week Two Highlights and Low Points
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    Two weeks of college football does not make a season.

    Even so, a few teams found out just hard it will be for them to land a playoff berth following stinging defeats over the weekend.

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With 10 games to go before the conference championships are held, much can happen. What has happened so far this season will have a big impact on the rest of the year.

The following are among the key highlights and low points of the current season.

Notre Dame

It is always hard to figure out where the Fighting Irish will be in any given year. This year, Notre Dame routed its first two opponents by a margin of 31 points each. After ripping Rice, the Irish appeared headed for a big battle with the Michigan Wolverines in town. That battle never materialized as Notre Dame blanked Michigan 31-0, the first time since 1984 the Wolverines were shut out.

Eight of the Irish’s 12 games this season are home or neutral events with five big contests remaining including games against No. 15 Stanford, No. 1 Florida State, No. 16 Arizona State before closing out the regular season with games against No. 21 Louisville and No. 9 USC. Win out and the Irish should have its playoff ticket punched. The odds of going undefeated are still heavily against Notre Dame, however.

BYU

Like Notre Dame, BYU is a national program and an independent at that. Despite not having a league to identify with, the Cougars are making a name for themselves. That was especially evident last Saturday when BYU visited the Texas Longhorns and hooked the ‘Horns, 41 to 7.

Remember the name Taysom Hill, the Cougar quarterback who ran for three touchdowns on Sat., the second consecutive year BYU trashed Texas. Hill’s Heisman stock rose with the win despite not having a passing TD following three against UConn to open the season. Hill is a threat on on the ground and in the air, and will most likely lead the Cougars to a major bowl game this season.

SMU

The Mustangs were expected to have a tough time against Baylor and they did, losing the opening game of the season 45 to 0. North Texas wasn’t supposed to be a big challenge as the Mean Green were coming off of a 38 to 7 shellacking from Texas. Little did SMU know that its 43 to 6 road loss to North Texas would lead to head coach June Jones quitting before Saturday’s tilt with No. 7 Texas A&M.

SMU was never in the game on Sat., putting up its first score of the season on the last play of the game. A five field goal effort by Trevor Moore was all North Texas needed although other players contributed. Jones quit the team early in the week, citing unspecified personal reasons.

Fresno State

Analysts predicted that Fresno State would win the Mountain West Conference and they may still do it. However, after back to back routs to USC (52 to 13) and Utah (59 to 27) and with Nebraska up next, the Bulldogs hardly seem to have what it takes to win the MWC West division.

The Utes scored early and often in routing the Bulldogs with Travis Wilson throwing for five touchdowns, a collegiate best. Utah took 24-0 and 45-7 leads before coasting the rest of the way. The Dogs will need to get their act together quickly as the Cornhuskers come to town.

This Weekend

The only scheduled game this weekend between ranked teams has No. 6 Georgia traveling to No. 24 South Carolina. The Gamecocks have not looked impressive this season and need to win to regain respectability. The Bulldogs had the week off following a big 45 to 21 victory over the Gamecock’s nemesis, Clemson, to start the season.

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