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College Football Top 10: Week 2
by Wayne Root - 09/05/2012
1) Oklahoma---Yes, I am crazy. I start the season thinking Oklahoma is the best team in the land. I'll keep them here until they prove me wrong. Which they almost did versus UTEP! The Sooners got off to a poor start start as they defeated UTEP 24-7. Not really an impressive start to a team wanting to play in the title game at the year's end. Maybe they were looking ahead to this week where they play the Rattlers of Florida A&M. That was a joke. I doubt the coaching staff even knows what city they are from. Landry Jones completed 21 of 36 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns in his quest to pad his stats for the Heisman. It was a bad start. 15 incompletions versus UTEP? But the real truth for those that did not have this game on your 60 inch HD was that the Sooners were up 10-7 heading into the 4th quarter. Ugly. I hope the Sooners are better prepared for this weeks game or they may get bit...by a Rattler!
2) Alabama---What a performance the Crimson Tide put on against Michigan! The final score had some heads looking in disbelief as they rolled to a 41-14 win at a neutral site. The Tide got out to a fast start, leading 21-0 after the first quarter, in their blowout of Michigan. And they were not the Tide of old where it was 6 yards off tackle and a cloud of dust. This team can pass. Quarterback A.J. McCarron completed 11 of 21 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in the route. Well maybe they still love to run the ball as true freshman running back T.J. Yeldon looked impressive, rushing for 111 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries for the Crimson Tide. The big question everybody had answered was "How strong is the Bama D after having to reload." The answer is Bama STRONG! Last year's team was rated an A+ (for National Champion) and this past week's performance was an A-OK as they limited Michigan to just 268 total yards of offense. I can't imagine the final score this week as they play the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
3) USC---This should be the lowest ranking of the Trojans this season. This team can score. Their offense is balanced and after playing under the penalty of the NCAA for two years, is now focused and shows how much heart they really have. Matt Barkley is the number 1 draft choice at this point. Last week, Barkley completed 24 of 39 passes for 351 yards and four touchdowns as the Trojans beat the Hawaii Warriors 49-10. If, and that's a big if, their defense is challenged, that may be their only weakness. But with Syracuse next week, we'll have to wait for a real test.
4) LSU---The Tigers warmed up for their next opponent by defeating North Texas 41-14. It was a game that allowed Zach Mettenberger a chance to shows his stuff at quarterback in his first collegiate start. The Tigers basically relied on their running game and Hilliard and Blue combined for 264 rushing yards. They have a difficult task this week as they travel to play the Washington Huskies. A quality game to see how the rookie QB does. I suspect it will be basic running plays and that famous hard-knock, hard-nose Defense.
5) Oregon---Not sure if we learned much in the Ducks first game of the season. It was expected that an offensive display would be put on against Arkansas State. That was not a disappointment as Oregon scored 57 points. But what was disturbing to most was that the Ducks allowed 34 points to be scored on them. Are the Red Wolves really that good or do the Ducks have some work to do? The game really wasn't all that close, but with that final score the Duck coaching staff has something to scream about this week. The back-ups were horrible on both sides of the ball. The Ducks play the Bulldogs of Fresno St. this week.
6) Florida St---This is an outrage. Last week they smacked little Murray St around to the tune of 69-3. Now they are playing Savannah St, a team that lost by 80 last week. At the end of the year when the ratings take into account their strength of schedule, the Seminoles fans better remember these 2 games. There are no stats worth displaying about last week's game. All I can say is go Savannah State!!!
7) South Carolina---The Gamecocks did what was required- just barely- in their first outing by defeating Vanderbilt 17-13. It wasn't exactly pretty, but on a positive note, Gamecock running back Marcus Lattimore didn't show any signs of rust coming off ACL surgery, running for 109 yards and two touchdowns. QB Conner Shaw may be in some trouble as a starter. He hurt his shoulder but did return in the game. He was rated a notch under poor, completing 11 passes for 67 yards. Once again, it was a typical SEC Defense that did the job racking up 6 sacks and allowing just 275 total yards. They need to improve this week and will be playing East Carolina.
8) Georgia---WOW, Georgia went for the balanced attack in their opening game against Buffalo. They showed some surprises in their 45-23 win. Aaron Murray completed 15 of 26 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns. Todd Gurley led Georgia with eight carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns, while Tavarres King caught six passes for 117 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs. That was a nice warm-up game for the Bulldogs as they now have a decent contest set for this week against the Missouri Tigers. Yes the SEC MIssouri Tigers!
9) Arkansas---Arkansas finished last week's game with 564 yards of total offense. But not against the likes of Bama or LSU. They had no trouble defeating little Jacksonville St. The good note is that Arkansas quarterback, Tyler Wilson, looked very good as he completed 19 of 27 passes for 369 yards and three TDs. It's off the play that Football Sub Division powerhouse Louisiana-Monroe this Saturday.
10) West Virginia---QB Geno Smith had a game he'll remember for years. Even if it was against Marshall. Smith was nearly perfect in West Virginia's 69-34 demolishment of Marshall as he completed 32 of 36 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns, while running for another score late in the third quarter. And he should be able to add even more padding to those early season stats, as the Mountaineers play James Madison this weekend. The only thing to watch for in this contest is to see if West Virginia can rack up more than the 655 total yards that they piled up versus Marshall.
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