Things We Learned in College, Week Two

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at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.

Week two college football action is in the books! To start off this week, I’d like to say that all of us at LWOS are thinking of those of you in the path of Hurricane Irma. By now, I hope all of you are somewhere dry and safe to ride out the storm. Obviously, football takes a back seat in such a situation; as far as I can tell, all of the Florida schools called off their games. Whatever it does to scheduling or standings, cancelling these games was clearly the right call.

Michigan 36, Cincinnati 14

Don’t let the score fool you — this game was much closer than it should have been. Repeated minor miscues for the Wolverines added up to a 17-7 score at the half. The Michigan defense is dominant — the Wolverines had two pick-sixes this week, after giving up a pair last week — but the offense and special teams need to cut down on the untimely brain cramps.

Louisville 47, UNC 35

Lamar Jackson is making his case for another Heisman Trophy. He threw for 393 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions. He also rushed for 132 yards and three more touchdowns. On the other hand, Louisville’s defense surrendered passing touchdowns to both freshman Chazz Surratt (two) and LSU transfer Brandon Harris (one). The Heels also scored a rushing touchdown and one on a kick return. Assuming that Florida State is no longer in the race, could Louisville challenge Clemson for the division?

Oklahoma 31, Ohio State 16

Lamar Jackson: I want that Heisman

Baker Mayfield: Hold my beer

The Sooners did not play well in the first thirty minutes, losing fumbles on back-to-back drives and missing a field goal. At halftime, the game was tied 3-3. The Buckeyes actually took a 10-3 lead on their first possession after the break, but Oklahoma stormed back with touchdowns on four of their next five drives. Nine Buckeye penalties for 87 yards didn’t hurt the Sooners’ cause.

Needless to say, if Ohio State wants any chance at the Playoff this year, they cannot lose another game and will probably need some help in the form of Michigan and Penn State losses.

Boise State 44, Washington State 47 (OT)

I’m almost glad I didn’t come across this on TV last night, because I wouldn’t have been able to turn it off. Scrolling through my Twitter feed this morning, it sounds like it was entertaining, but I’m guessing it ended after 1 o’clock on the East Coast.

Scary Starts

Kentucky waited until the fourth quarter to have more than a one-point lead on Eastern Kentucky. Ole Miss was only up by one point at halftime on UT-Martin. Both went on to win- in fact, Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson set a school record with 489 passing yards- but if they start like that in SEC play…

Surprises of the Week

Duke 31, Northwestern 10

Is Duke better than expected, or is Northwestern that much worse?

 

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at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.

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