Amazing week of football
Domination, heartbreak and triumph: very familiar words when describing college football, and with two weeks down with the third being wrapped up by the time this article comes out, we have seen quite a few examples of each.
The season kicked off with a pair top 25 games, and the results could not be more skewed. No. 9 Tennessee barely escapes with a win against Appalachian State with a final score of 20-13 after going to overtime. However, later that night, No. 19 Louisville demolishes the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 70-14.
Next was the main course, with the first full Saturday line up of the season. The first set of games was headlined by a top 25 showdown between No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 15 Houston. After a very competitive game, Houston came away with the upset victory over the Sooners 33-23, giving Houston a marquee win over a power five conference team. At the same time, two Big Ten juggernauts dominated lesser opponents, where both No.6 Ohio State and No.7 Michigan each won by 60 points, respectively.
The next set of games that proved to be even more exciting were two unranked teams earning huge wins over top 25 opponents. After an overtime thriller, Texas A&M defeated No. 16 UCLA 31-24. There was also a defensive battle between No. 5 LSU and unranked Wisconsin at the first major college game played at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. Finally, with a late game field goal, Wisconsin edged out LSU to score the upset with a final score of 16-14.
Other notable matchups from week one include No.1 Alabama cruising past No.20 USC 52-6, proving why the defending national champs are the best team in the country. Also, No.18 Georgia bested No.22 North Carolina with a score 33-24, and No.4 Florida State beat No.11 Ole Miss 45-34. Finally, to wrap up week one, there was a barnburner between No.10 Notre Dame and unranked Texas. After a back-and-forth game, Texas pulled off a huge upset, winning in double overtime 50-47.
This year was an opening weekend to remember; seven ranked teams were beaten to mark the highest number in any first week in NCAA history. Even though four of these teams lost to other ranked opponents, there will be major implications involving the playoffs. Since the new playoff format was implemented a few years back it is even harder to contend for a national championship with one loss. Teams like LSU or Oklahoma’s only chance of making the playoffs is to win their respective conferences and hope some top teams get a loss.
After one of the most exciting opening weekends in recent memory, week two was very lackluster. However, there is always a silver lining, and in week two, it was in the form of the last second Hail Mary that propelled Central Michigan over No. 22 Oklahoma State, which many people are already calling play of the year. More highlights from week two include No.2 Clemson barely edging out unranked Troy 30-24 and No.1 Alabama sticking to its dominant ways, beating Western Kentucky by 20 points.
Leading in to week three, the ranking committee has shown a win does not guarantee the same spots in the standings. No.5 Clemson was moved down three spots after barely winning in week two. Furthermore, dominating wins even over lesser teams will get the committees’ attention, proved by No.3 Ohio State and No.4 Michigan.
Week three has some very interesting matchups; such as the top ten battle between No.2 Florida State and No.10 Louisville. Furthermore, there are some top 25 matchups between No.3 Ohio State and No.14 Oklahoma, as well as No.12 Michigan State and No.18 Notre Dame. Finally, No.1 Alabama looks to continue their dominance over No.19 Ole Miss. Even with the playoffs in the distance, no team can afford to lose this week.