The second week of the college football season failed to really delivery much, instead serving as nothing more than an appetizer for this week and the much-hyped Alabama vs. Texas A&M game.
We saw some old-timers return to glory in Michigan and Miami, while perennial contenders USC and Florida failed to deliver much of a punch.
Mike Leach returned to his pirate ways and once again, the Ol’ Ball Coach was stunned at South Carolina.
Instead of wasting more time talking about what Lane Kiffin can’t do, I decided to talk about what Mike Leach can do.
Leach is one of the founding fathers of the new-age spread offenses, as he brought it to the Big 12 at Texas Tech and made scoreboard operators go nuts with all his passing.
However, against the Trojans, Leach decided on a different method: whatever worked.
The passing game had moments, the run game was non-existent, but Wazzu still claimed a 10-7 victory inside The Coliseum.
Defense was the name of the game for the Cougars, as they returned an interception for a touchdown and limited Cody Kessler and Max Wittek to 54 yards passing on 11 completions.
If you remember the heyday of Southern Cal, 54 yards passing typically came by way of the first completion of the game.
Right now, things could not be better for Leach and Washington State, or worse for Kiffin and the Trojans.
Brady Hoke and Michigan needed a win over Notre Dame, as all the talk about the rivalry coming to an end seemed to focus on the Wolverines being upset about it.
The Irish made a run, but behind Devin Gardner, UM was too much.
Did this victory prove Michigan to be a national title contender? Not really.
Did it show them as a Big Ten contender? Well, in that league, of course they are.
Florida looked like a fish out of water vs. Miami, as Jeff Driskel and the Gators failed to perform under the spotlight.
And I’m not even talking the kind of national spotlight Florida is used to competing in the SEC.
This was just an intra-state rival that really shouldn’t have even been in the game.
Miami did nothing after a spectacular first quarter; the Gators did it all for them.
Turnovers in bunches, failed opportunities inside the red zone and just a true lack of leadership from the top down.
Florida has the talent, as they bring in top recruiting classes each and every year; what they lack of leadership at the quarterback position and the right kind of coach for these players.
Texas didn’t lose to a conference rival, or even an intra-state one like the Gators.
Instead, Mack Brown and the Longhorns went on the road and were ran over by BYU, as the Cougars piled up 550 yards rushing.
Yes, 550 yards rushing to Brigham Young University.
Changes have already been made by Brown, but the big change needed – Mack himself – has yet to be done. Maybe one more loss like this could seal the deal.
Georgia proved itself as a possible national title contender a week after falling to Clemson on the road.
The Bulldogs silenced Jadeveon Clowney and South Carolina, as Aaron Murray finally showed his true promise and led the Bulldogs to a 41-30 victory.
Even pondering for a moment that UGA could start the year an ugly 0-2 seemed incredible, and Murray showed why it wasn’t in the cards. Todd Gurley was a big help, but it mostly fell on the shoulders of the much-maligned quarterback.
Murray has failed countless times against other Top-10 schools, but this weekend belonged to him. He threw four touchdowns, including an 85-yarder to Justin Scott-Wesley that iced the game for the ‘Dawgs.
Playing in the SEC, Georgia will have plenty of big-time challenges left, but those also present perfect chances to get right back into the talk of competing for the big trophy at the end of the year.