College Football “What We Learned”: Week 2
It wasn’t a super crazy week for upsets, but there was still plenty of excitement as another week of college football got underway. Here’s five takeaways from the weekend.
- The Herm Edwards experiment is off to a great start. Arizona State got a huge win as they continue the beginning of a new era of football in Tempe, taking down #15 Michigan State at home in a close game, and pushing them to 2-0 on the season. I was among the skeptics when the Sun Devils first decided to hire Herm Edwards as their new head coach, but he’s quickly put all of the doubt to rest, at least for now.
- Florida State is not in a great spot. Fresh off an embarrassing loss on national TV last week to Virginia Tech, the Seminoles looked to bounce back at home against what should have been an easy opponent in Samford (FCS). Unfortunately, the game didn’t go exactly as planned for FSU, who got the win, but had to do it in comeback fashion in the fourth quarter. Willie Taggart has a lot of questions to answer about how he’s running this team just two games into his tenure.
- Jimbo Fisher fell just short of a much needed signature win. Texas A&M fans expect to win. They’re passionate about their football team, and believe their coaches should live up to high standards. Needless to say, the pressure was on Jimbo as the world watched to see how the Aggies would perform against powerhouse Clemson. They brought their A-game, but fell a 2-pt conversion short of sending it to OT. The A&M faithful should be optimistic that their team is headed in the right direction after this one.
- Kyler Murray is like a cheat code in a football video game. Oklahoma took care of business relatively easily in a 49-21 win over UCLA, and the storyline continues to be just how good the Sooners’ quarterback is. He threw for three TD’s, and ran for two more. It makes me wish (for the 1000th time) that NCAA Football 19 was actually a thing, because he would be insanely fun to play with. He continues to cement his spot in the Heisman race.
- Kentucky made some pretty big history. The Wildcats, for the first time in 31 years, took down the Florida Gators, and it was even more impressive that they did it on the road. It was a game that ended in what was probably the weirdest scoop and score in recent memory, but the Wildcats deserve a lot of credit for what they accomplished. To add insult to injury, a UF running back actually announced his transfer on Twitter almost immediately following the loss.
My Top 25 will be released soon, and then I’ll be back next week after another weekend full of college action!