With week 2 of the college football season in the books, lets see who went over big, and who came up short.
FIRST DOWN: Team of the Week
Alabama Crimson Tide: It’s not hard to say that the top team in the country had the best week of all when they win
a home game. However, holding any team in the top 25 out of the end zone is impressive and showed how tough the defending National Champs still are. Penn State failed to land more than field goal, and they didn’t land that until the fourth quarter. Trent Richardson continues to show that he is more than capable of being every bit the impact runner that injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, with 144 yards in the 24-3 win. Voters in the polls agree, as they received 55 of the possible 59 votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll and 52 of the 58 votes in the AP Poll. With Ingram returning to practice this week, the Tide is on its way to becoming even more potent in time for their real test, SEC play.
Second Down: Player of the Week
Denard Robinson-QB-Michigan: Talk about doing it by yourself. The Wolverines sophomore QB went on the road to face Notre Dame and fought a one man war on the Irish, hitting 24 of 40 with 244 pass yards and an astonishing 258 more yards on the ground, while adding in 3 touchdowns. None of these were more critical than his final score he ran in with 27 seconds left to secure the 28-24 win and a 2-0 start. At a school like Michigan, when you set a single game record (as he did with his 502 yards of total offense) you had a tremendous week to say the least.
THIRD DOWN: Bust of the Week
Virginia Tech Hokies: Losing to Boise State to open up the season is acceptable, the Broncos have proven to be one
of the premier programs in the country and had to fight hard to overcome the opening week’s premier game versus VT. However, letting a FBS school that, while a premier program on their level, come into your house and beat you is never acceptable. Due to James Madison doing just this and riding over Frank Beamer’s boys 21-16, the Hokies rightfully fall from #13 to unranked headed into just week 3. The most interesting side note to this doesn’t even involve VT or James Madison however. It’s a much bigger story how this could impact Boise State if they run the table as expected after beating VT last Monday. Will the BCS still automatically favor them and escort them into its Championship Game still since its victory over Tech has clearly lost it’s non-conference impact now that VT has become the most over hyped team in the nation so early?
FOURTH DOWN-Trophy Contenders
Here’s how my Heisman Top 5 looks after week 2:
1. Terrelle Pryor-QB-Ohio State: 233 pass yards, 1 TD, 113 rush yards, 1 TD in 36-24 win vs. Miami
Ohio State’s junior QB was unstoppable both throwing and running, and successfully defended the Buckeye’s home turf versus their 80’s rivals. He showed what all the hype was about coming in as a freshman and is creating more and more each week in Columbus. Season: 480 pass yards, 4 TD , 55% completions; 130 rush yards 1 TD
2. Kellen Moore-QB-Boise State: Bye Week
The Broncos had a week off after playing on Monday night versus Virginia Tech, and shouldn’t have a tough time on the road vs Wyoming this week. Season: 215 pass yards, 3 TD, 60% completions
3. Denard Robinson-QB-Michigan: 244 pass yards, 1 TD; 258 rush yards, 2 TD in 28-24 win vs. Notre Dame
As mentioned above, Robinson was Mr. Everything in the best performance of the young season by any player and pushed the Wolverines into the Top 25 of both major polls. As a measure of how unstoppable he has been, he currently leads the NCAA in rushing yards, as a QB. Season: 430 pass yards, 2 TD, 69% completions; 455 rush yards, 3 TD
4. Ryan Mallet-QB-Arkansas: 400 yards, 3 TD, 65% completions in 31-7 win at Louisiana-Monroe
The Razorbacks strong armed gunner was a consistent terror for the second straight week in leading them to another win over an overmatched Louisiana-Monroe club. He hit on 16 of 20 second half attempts and added in a rushing score for good measure. Season: 701 pass yards, 6 TD, 73% completions; 1 rushing TD
5. Landry Jones-QB-Oklahoma: 380 pass yards, 4 TD, 75% completions in 47-17 win vs. Florida State
After an up and down debut, Jones settled in a decimated the Seminoles in what was supposed to be tough match up for OU. Jones hit four different Sooner receivers for scores and took a 28 point lead into halftime. He stood in the spotlight of FSU’s Heisman candidate QB Christian Ponder and took all of it for himself in a spectacular performance. Season: 597 pass yards, 6 TD, 61% completions
Worth watching: Jake Locker-Washington, Kendall Hunter-Oklahoma State, Patrick Peterson-LSU, Trent Richardson-Alabama, Christian Ponder-Florida State, Mark Ingram-Alabama
Things to look for in week 3: #8 Nebraska going into Washington….#23 Houston at UCLA and the health of its star QB Case Keenum….will Mark Ingram make it on the field vs. Duke?….Tommy Tuberville’s first game versus Texas as Texas Tech hosts the Longhorns