Wow! What a Saturday it was in college football. Close games, last second finishes, conference matchups, rivalry games, and much more gave fans everything they asked for and more in Week 2. There were even FCS teams who gave Power 5 teams all they had plus more (I’m talking about you, Southern Illinois and Samford). For fans across the nation Saturday brought back the drama that makes college football so great.
To start off the recap, let’s take a look at the Big Board updated after Week 2.
Berger’s Big Board
- Ohio State
First Two Out:
Next Best Four
- West Virginia
- Penn State
Now for the best and worst from Week 2.
Biggest Surprise: Kentucky – A celebration nearly 31 years in the making, the Wildcats beat Florida for the first time since November of 1986. Mark Stoops’ squad fought hard in a gritty game, and led by RB Benny Snell, the Wildcats were able to give Dan Mullen’s team their first loss of the season. The second of two SEC East matchups on the day, this game didn’t disappoint and proved to be a great upset special for the evening. Congratulations to Stoops and the Wildcats on their program’s first win against Florida this decade, century, and millenium.
Biggest Disappointment: Arizona – My gracious what a disaster Arizona is! Most people thought before this season that Kevin Sumlin would bring some resurgence back to the Wildcats. Given that Sumlin has a Heisman candidate at QB in Kahlil Tate, many thought his team would be solid in his first year. However, it seems Sumlin has taken Arizona and made them worse, and all within the first two weeks of September. After last week’s loss to BYU some thought they could bounce back Saturday against Houston. In short, the Cougars led 31-0 at the half and Arizona was essentially out of it at that point. Arizona had a small rally in the second half, but in the end, it still struggled in all aspects of football. Simply put, Arizona looks awful and it seems they won’t get any better anytime soon.
Best Performance: Penn State – Coming off an ugly overtime win against Appalachian State last week, the Nittany Lions were picked to win against Pitt, but not by a lot. Pitt did hang with Penn State for most of the first half, and that was about it. The Panthers didn’t cross midfield in the second half until the fourth quarter and Penn State just out-everything’d Pitt in the second half. Given the wet conditions, the Nittany Lions truly decimated the Panthers through the muck that was Heinz Field. The 51-6 win in the Battle of Pennsylvania was a completely different showing by the Nittany Lions than what transpired against Appalachian.
Worst Performance: Florida State – After getting smacked by Virginia Tech on Monday night, the Seminoles would bounce back easily against an FCS opponent like Samford, right? Nope. This game was an absolute dumpster-fire for the Noles. The defense did force five turnovers in wet conditions, but the offense was just abysmal. So far, the Willie Taggart era in Tallahassee has started out with one blowout ACC loss and one close win against a team they should’ve blown out. Simply put, Florida State looks more like Struggle State.
Best Heisman-like Performance: Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State – Hill accounted for 227 total yards and 3 TDs in Mississippi State’s 31-10 win against Kansas State. He made plays all over the field and helped lead the Bulldogs’ offense to a solid outing in a hostile road environment. Hill isn’t on many, if any, Heisman boards at this point in the season, but if he continues to have games with these type of stats, he certainly will sooner rather than later.
Best Moment: Kansas beating Central Michigan – On paper this may not seem that big, but this is HUGE for the Jayhawks. This win is not just any win for Kansas. This win came on the road and snaps a 46 road game losing streak. FORTY-SIX straight losses on the road. Let that sink in. Beating the Chippewas 31-7 gives the Kansas football program something they haven’t had in a long while in Lawrence: hope.