Monday, September 14, 2015

College Football Week 2: Harbaugh's Hometown Debut


If week one of college football was a little lackluster, week two definitely made up for that. The day started out strong for Michigan in Jim Harbaugh's hometown debut, defeating Oregon State 35-7. I was able to make the trip out to Ann Arbor for the game & celebrate some maize, blue, & khaki. Great to see our team on the upswing (although not trying to count my chickens before they hatch on this one). 


Some other crazy games/upsets included Toledo upsetting (18) Arkansas 16-12, (19) Oklahoma defeating (23) Tennessee in double overtime 31-24 after making a two-touchdown comeback in the 4th quarter to send the game to overtime, and (9) Notre Dame hanging on against Virginia with a touchdown & 2-point conversion score with :12 left in the game. 

Let's also not forget the night games. We have BYU's 21-point comeback against (20) Boise State where not only did they score a Hail Mary touchdown with :45 seconds left on the clock, they scored another one at :30 seconds by running 50 yards after an interception. There was also (14) LSU holding on for dear life against (25) Mississippi State, as the MSU kicker missed a game-winning field goal as time was expiring (which to be fair, was a 52-yard field goal). And then there was (7) Oregon, who had the touchdown to beat (5) Michigan State, but they had to blow it with penalties. 

FIRE: Gus Malzahn
You almost stripped Michigan of the worst loss/upset in college football history. I would have thanked you profusely for that, but it is undoubtedly true that Auburn's loss to Jacksonville State would have been worse than Michigan's to Appalachian State. Somehow, miraculously, Auburn scored a touchdown to send the game into overtime, but that even came with a ton of help from JSU who gave them incredible field position on their own 31-yard line. Even with the win, Auburn dropped 12 spots in the rankings. I don't know that I've ever seen a team drop so low without a loss. You blew it, Gus.

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MARRY: Tanner Mangum
The BYU quarterback and the guy responsible for some amazing plays the last two weeks. There was also this quote from Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio that was too great not to share as a win of the week (regarding the punt return touchdown against Oregon): "We outkicked our coverage. As did I. Where's my wife?"

KILL: These Florida Players


(14) Georgia Tech @ (8) Notre Dame 3:30pm on NBC
(18) Auburn @ (13) LSU 3:30pm on CBS
(15) Ole Miss @ () Alabama 9:15pm on ESPN
(19) BYU @ (10) UCLA 10:30pm on FOXS1

Roll Tide & GO BLUE.

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