2017 College Football Week 2: What We Learned

College football is rolling! Here’s a few takeaways from the second weekend:

  1. Baylor is worse than any of us could have imagined. This is a team that many argued was deserving of the NCAA’s harshest penalty, the death penalty, which shuts down the entire program for a minimum of one year. It’s only been handed down once (to SMU), and if there’s ever been an argument to hand it down again, Baylor is it. While the NCAA hasn’t handed down any punishments, it seems that karma has. After a deflating 48-45 defeat at the hands of Liberty (FCS), Baylor lost a 17-10 heartbreaker to UTSA (FBS – barely). Baylor is 0-2 for the first time since 2003, and they honestly look like they could go 0-12 pretty easily at this point.
  2. Baker Mayfield is a savage. Oklahoma traveled to Ohio to take on the 2nd ranked Buckeyes of Ohio State, which is no easy task. Mayfield rose to the occasion to say the least, throwing for 386 yards and three touchdowns. The win, however was capped off by Baker Mayfield grabbing an Oklahoma University flag after the game, running to the Ohio State logo at the 50 yard line, and planting the flag right into the turf, claiming his territory. It was a winner’s move, and Baker Mayfield proved on Saturday that he’s a true winner.
  3. College football has been exciting, but a little predictable. For the second straight week, there were almost no upsets in the AP Top 25, besides #5 Oklahoma beating #2 Ohio State. This is a trend that undoubtedly won’t last long. If I know anything about college sports, it’s to expect anything and everything from every game and every team on every Saturday. You never know when a no-name FCS will take down an FBS powerhouse, or when Alabama could come tumbling down. Continue to expect the unexpected, and get ready to see some Cinderella’s in the making in the next few weeks.
  4. Lamar Jackson hasn’t lost his step. The Louisville QB and reigning Heisman winner flaunted his talent in a 47-35 road win against North Carolina. He had 525 combined yards (393 passing, 132 rushing) and six combined touchdowns (three passing, three rushing) in what was one of the most dominant quarterback performances in recent memory. If he keeps this up, Jackson could very easily be looking at winning the Heisman in back-to-back seasons.
  5. Oklahoma State’s offense is electric. Mike Gundy’s team has annihilated both of their first two opponents. The Cowboys have 1145 offensive yards after just two games, averaging 325.0 passing yards per game and 247.5 rushing yards per game. This team is definitely one of the two favorites to win the Big 12 this year, with only the Oklahoma Sooners truly standing in their way (who they play on November 4). This team is for real. Buy stock now if you haven’t already.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s just getting started. Get ready for some more exciting non-conference play this weekend!

Sam Smith

Sam has been with MSB since 2015. He covers stories ranging from all things Maryland to breaking national stories, specializing in the NFL, and college football and basketball. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas, where he attends Southern Methodist University (SMU).

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