Week 2 is in the books and it’s time for the recap.
We’ll start off with #18 Penn State at #1 Alabama. In the first half, Penn State showed signs of life, moving the football downfield, getting production, but then they would turn it over and Alabama would capitalise. By the second half, Penn State looked utterly beaten and disheartened. Freshman QB Rob Bolden started his first game on the road, in front of a small crowd of 101,000+ fans Saturday night. If that doesn’t make you mature a little, I don’t know what does. Alabama won convincingly 24-3 and are in no danger of losing their top spot.
Next, #12 Miami (FL) at #2 Ohio State. Like I mentioned in the week 2 predictions, I thought Miami had the talent to beat Ohio State and they showed that talent at times with their blazing speed, but it just wasn’t enough to top Terrell Prior and the Buckeyes. Prior showed once again that he can win the big games (a point he was often criticised for early in his college career).
The yearly battle between Notre Dame and Michigan also played out today. Both teams have been less than impressive the last 2-3 years but entered this game with high hopes for the 2010 season, both having won their season openers the week before. Notre Dame was feisty and took Michigan down to the last minute but Denard “shoelace” Robinson proved to be a one man wrecking crew, rushing for 258 yards….yeah, let that set in. 258!!! And oh yeah, he’s their QB, so he also added another 244 through the air…no big deal. Michigan and Notre Dame are arguably the 2 most storied programs in the nation and this kid set records for both. Unfortunately for ND, he set the record for longest run EVER in South Bend (87 yard TD run) and for Michigan he set the highest single game total offense by a QB (501 yards) who’s record did he beat? His own…from the week before. Listen up folks! If Robinson can stay healthy this season, he WILL win the Heisman trophy.
#4 TCU rolled against Tennessee Tech 62-7.
#7 Oregon at Tennessee looked like it was gonna be an upset alert after Oregon struggled until the very end of the first half to get any production on offense and entered halftime 13-13. Final score? Oregon won 48-13. Ouch!
On the home front, dominating performance from #20 Utah, who faced UNLV at home. The Utes were riding a huge season opening victory against Pittsburgh last week, where they allowed 0 sacks and defensively held Pitt to below average #s. Against UNLV, they even more stifling on defense, not allowing a single point by UNLV’s offense, and held the Rebels scoreless on 2 4th quarter goal-line stands. The O-line once again allowed 0 sacks and the Utes were able to win 38-10 with starter Jordan Wynn resting a thumb injury.
Out in Colorado Springs, the BYU Cougars squared off against rushing powerhouse Air Force. I’ve always thought AF was the hardest team in the Mountain West Conference to figure out. Utah has fits playing them every year as it always ends up a barn burner. On the other hand, BYU never seems to have issues with Air Force. That was not the case today, however, as the Falcons edged BYU in the first half leading 21-14 going into the locker room and running away with it (no pun intended) in the second half, winning 35-14. I think a lot of BYU’s struggles here had to do with this game being the first road starts for both Nelson and Heaps. (Heaps looked horrific) 33% completion for 15 yards, 0 TD’s and an INT is a one way ticket to riding the pine, son.
Utah State cruised to a 38-17 victory over Idaho State, after being up 38-3 at half. Gary Anderson is sure getting the Aggies back on track. I’m gonna go with the outlandish prediction and say Utah State ends up with a winning season this year.
That’s it for this week. Look for upcoming articles soon “5 Things to Remember and 5 to Forget” and another Q&A with a Ute player.
Written by Dan Condie