Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sports: College Football (Week 2)

The second week of college football did not bring the excitement of the first week as a seeming shift in scheduling saw a lot of top teams facing off against unranked opponents, but still, there were a few upsets and close calls that show just how fragile that high ranking can be. 

1Alabama still stays at the top with a solid win over Western Kentucky. 2Clemson had a tougher time putting away Troy. 3Florida State crushed Charleston Southern University. 4Ohio State beat Tulsa by 45 points. 5Michigan took down UCF. 6Houston shut out Lamar. 7Stanford had a bye-week. 8Washington defeated Idaho by 45 points. 9Georgia barely scraped by Nicholls by 2 points. The SEC East is looking weak. 10Wisconsin beat Akron by 44 points. That rounds up the top ten, so not a lot of excitement there. 
The game that I was looking forward to the most was the SEC East matchup between two unranked teams, the Florida Gators hosting the Kentucky Wildcats. The game turned out to be a blowout and I watched Quarry (great show by the way) and the first part of the US Open Women's Championship before giving up at halftime. Every team in the East has had difficulties, the top two teams are Tennessee and Georgia and both narrowly escaped defeat from unranked opponents in the first two weeks.

The SEC West had some surprises as Arkansas beat 15TCU showing signs of trouble for the BIG 12. Baylor, West Virgina, and Texas look to be the remaining teams in the predominantly Texan conference and I'm curious which one will rise to the top to get a chance to compete in the playoffs, if any of them do. The storyline I've picked up on these last two years is that the Big 12 doesn't have a championship, which prevents one team from rising to the top.

The only other surprise to come out of Week 2 were the Central Michigan Chippewas defeated the 24Oklahoma State Cowboys because of some strange ruling and extra time. I'm not paying too close attention to this outcome and this weekend in sports relies on the excitement of the first week of NFL, which I think was the anticipation of the college schedule. I'll be looking forward to Conference play picking up next weekend. 

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