College Football: What We Learned After Week 2

There were some humongous games on the schedule in college football Week 2, and they produced memorable results for die-hard and casual fans alike.  We saw revenge at its finest, guts and glory, and well, Rutgers being Rutgers. I take a deeper look at these stories and much more while examining what we learned Week 2 in college football.

1. Oklahoma’s Sweet Revenge on Ohio State

Last year, the Ohio State Buckeyes swept through Norman, Oklahoma, and defeated Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners on their home field. They won by three touchdowns, roughed up Mayfield, and looked dominant. It was this loss that the Sooners had on their mind the rest of the season, and they rolled to ten consecutive victories and a Sugar Bowl victory. The Buckeye game gave Mayfield plenty of motivation to play well last night in Columbus, and he did. Mayfield shredded Ohio State’s defense to the tune of 386 yards and three touchdowns and Oklahoma routed Ohio State 31-16. The Sooners’ huge win will no doubt vault them into the top three or four in the rankings heading into Week 3.

2. Tom Herman and The Longhorns Respond Big

Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns were under a ton of fire for their embarrassing season opening loss to the Maryland Terrapins. Hosting San Jose State yesterday, the Longhorns set to work rectifying that debacle and did so in very good fashion. The Longhorns’ much-maligned defense held San Jose State to just 171 yards and eight first downs. On offense, with quarterback Shane Buechele out of action, freshman Sam Ehlinger stepped up and lead them to seven touchdowns (six on the ground). Texas still has a lot to prove, especially with their next game against USC, but this was the perfect rebound needed.

3. Georgia Takes Down Touchdown Jesus

You are the Georgia Bulldogs. You are without your starting quarterback, Jacob Eason. You are entering South Bend and Touchdown Jesus. You are a seven point underdog against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. And what do the Bulldogs do? They go in, play relentless defense and slug out a huge victory for the program and the SEC in general. Head coach Kirby Smart relied on the two-headed rushing attack of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. Georgia’s defense stepped up big and the Irish lost their mojo offensively. In the end, the Bulldogs hung onto a one-point lead to claim their second win of the season.

4. Just give Lamar Jackson the Heisman Trophy already

Well, I am kind of kidding, but after two weeks of awesome play, it is starting to trend in that direction. Although Louisville hasn’t really played a team that should give it any trouble to this point, what we have seen from Jackson in these two weeks gives us reason to hope he’ll become the first person to finally match the great Archie Griffin and win a second Heisman Trophy. In two games, Jackson has 1,010 total yards and eight touchdowns. He’s almost the only thing keeping Louisville competitive right now and will likely have to keep up that pace all year. The real test comes next week because Clemson is next.

5. The MAC shocks the B1G – Oh Wait, It’s Rutgers

When a Mid-American Conference team goes on the road against a B1G team and gets a huge and hard-earned victory, it makes for big news. Such was the case with the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Saturday as they held on to defeat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 16-13. The ending would prove dramatic and comical at the same time, as Rutgers committed a ghastly 15-yard penalty to take themselves out of field goal range and cost itself the victory. It would extend Rutgers’ ten-game losing streak to eleven, the nation’s worst. It also marked the first time in 39 attempts that the Eagles defeated a Big Ten Conference team.

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