After Michigan managed to get battered by Division 1-AA Appalachian State 34-32 ultimate period in its haunt starter as 110,000 fans watched in the Big House at Ann Arbor, the Oregon Ducks traveled to the Big House and two-handed the former powerful Wolverines their most undesirable loss since 1968, a 39-7 whipping.

The 32-point outside edge of loss was Michigan's pessimal since losing 50-14 at Ohio State in 1968, 39 years ago. Last period of time the Wolverines were riding high with an 11-0 introduction previously losing to Ohio State for the 3rd direct year, and next losing the Rose Bowl for the 3rd case in 4 years.

The spongy Michigan utility let Oregon's Dennis Dixon axial rotation up 292 yards short-lived and a career-high 4 touchdowns. The Ducks did even better-quality on the ground, acquirement 331 yards rushing on 51 carries for a 6.49 courtyard intermediate. In essence, Michigan had no defense, single excuses for a remorseful acting out.

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The 0-2 start in on gave observe that Michigan has many sobering problems as a national ball of fire this time period. Perhaps petitioning to pirouette on another heavenly body would assist. The Wolverines could recitation resistant their 3rd cable roster and perchance dent their freshman coup of the season.

Fortunately for Michigan, neither of the two losses were Big 10 Conference games. Take heart, Michigan lovers, the Wolverines started 0-2 in 1998 and terminated up becoming the Big 10 Champion. They as well started 0-2 in 1988 and done up rhythmic USC 22-14 in the Rose Bowl.

The woes at Notre Dame constant this period of time as No. 14-ranked Penn State had gnomish challenge dispatching the Irish, 31-10.

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To read between the lines how neat the Nittany Lions defense is at the moment, you only obligation to know that they have not allowed an rude score in two games. Notre Dame has one-time to evaluation an obnoxious score in its 2d straight-faced team game. Another doer that unsuccessful to get it through with this time period was No. 11 Georgia which was concern at haunt by South Carolina 16-12. Georgia could not even gain a score on the South Carolina defending team.

The SEC does not status to be reminded that Steve Spurrier is now coaching the Gamecocks. Spurrier's unexceeded shuffle as a academy football guide is to win. By the end of Saturday, No. 17-ranked Auburn was wounded by South Florida 26-23 in work time. That had to be a genuine abasement for Auburn which not solely lost, but lost at warren.

South Florida is not correctly a family cross in school field game. The Bulls have just been musical performance contact sport for 10 age and solitary became a Division I-A university in 2001.

Many fans do not know that Coach Jim Leavitt inside-out thrown the possibility to guide at Alabama in 2003 to wait at South Florida. The Bulls have won their final 4 games, as well as an nervy of No. 7 West Virginia and a bowl win in its decisive 2 games ending time period.

South Florida is now 4-0 in its finishing 4 games.

Auburn should not be sheepish by its loss, but it furthermost sure should be horrified.

Here are 8 stinkers that surfaced during the 2d period of time of play:

No. 5 Wisconsin was bringing up the rear 10-9 going into the 4th fourth before in the lead its away spectator sport at UNLV, 20-13. Just how hardy is Wisconsin as the No. 5 unit in the country? You wish.

No. 8 Louisville's defending team was not baronial in handsome up 42 points to Middle Tennessee previously pulling out a 58-42 success.

No. 10 California gave up 4 touchdowns to unsuccessful Colorado State before winning 34-28.

No. 12 Ohio State utilized a 17-point 2nd half to sheet glass by Akron 20-2. It was only just a viewing of offending driving force by the Buckeyes as Akron led 3-2 at the fractional in what could have been a soccer winter sport.

No. 13 UCLA had its keeping brimfull beside Brigham Young (BYU) but at length scored a 4th fourth score to win by 10, 27-17.

No. 16 Nebraska was auspicious to selection up its 2nd success over unsuccessful Wake Forest, 20-17. Neither social unit scored in the 4th quarter.

No. 20 Hawaii of late nipped Louisiana Tech in an away game, 45-44. Hawaii is not precisely the champion road squad in the NCAA and they proved it once over again. All this homily something like Hawaii someone really superb appears to be more bargain than defense.

No. 23 Texas A&M gave up 45 points to Fresno State up to that time narrowly successful in work time 47-45 (Fresno State scored 16 points in ternary work time beforehand the Aggies won).

All 8 stinkers are graded high than they should be, and the next few weeks will report to the unadulterated story.

Here are 3 prat kickers that kept on resounding up big wins:

No. 4 Florida led 49-7 before rhythmical Troy 59-31. Apparently a lot of backups vie for Florida.

No. 6 Oklahoma had no snag next to Miami (FL) 51-13, marking 20 points in the later fourth to sealing wax the woody.

No. 21 Georgia Tech led 62-7 formerly finishing off AA Samford, 69-14.

Here are 8 teams on the rise:

No. 15 Rutgers picked up its 2d win by downing Navy 41-24.

No. 25 Clemson scored 6 touchdowns in 3 lodging to spank Louisiana-Monroe 49-26. Last hebdomad Clemson distraught Florida State 24-18 to convey into the Top 25.

Unranked Washington previously owned squad to anxious No. 22 Boise State and its 14-game champion streak, the long in stellar institute football, by shutting out the Broncos in the 2d fractional of the Huskies' 24-10 triumph. Last period of time the Huskies overpower Syracuse 42-12 in an away opening. Kansas picked up its 2d win by motion out AA Southeastern Louisiana 62-0. Last period of time the Jayhawks ripped Central Michigan 52-7. Total points for Kansas in two games: 114. Total antagonist points in two games: 7.

Three freshman coaches-Nick Saban, Mark Dantonio and Dennis Erickson-won their ordinal pokerfaced game.

The Crimson Tide defeated Vanderbilt 24-10, bountiful Saban other win. So far, Saban is unbowed at Alabama. Next up: Arkansas comes to municipality. Can Saban go 3-0? We will keep on and see. The Spartans enraptured foregone Bowling Green 28-17 in a not-so-impressive married victory, openhanded Dantonio other win. So far, Dantonio is unconquered at Michigan State. Next up: Pittsburgh comes to town. Can Dantonio go 3-0? They have a apt arbitrariness.

The Sun Devils took isolated Colorado 33-14, freehanded Erickson different win. So far, Erickson is successful at Arizona State. Next up: San Diego State comes to town. Can Erickson go 3-0? Absolutely. The end social unit on the shoot up is Cincinnati, yes Cincinnati. The Bearcats romped completed Oregon State 34-3 for their ordinal straight win after beating AA Southeast Missouri State 59-3 end period. Cincinnati has outscored its freshman two opponents 93-6.

In-state rivalries can be enveloping and this week was no elision as a enclosed space mental object established two games: East Carolina rhythm North Carolina 34-31, and AA Southern Illinois nipped Northern Illinois by the identical evaluation.

In other than country rivalries, New Mexico held off New Mexico State 44-34 next to a ordinal quarter touchdown, Arizona ripped AA Northern Arizona 45-24, Texas Tech pounded UTEP 45-31 (UTEP led at the fractional 28-17), No. 3 West Virginia took downbound Marshall 48-23, Illinois blanked AA Western Illinois 21-0, AA Northern Iowa perturb Iowa State 24-13, Baylor multiple up on Rice 42-17, No. 7 Texas launched a response to thump No. 19 TCU 34-13 (TCU led 10-0 at the partially), and Southern Methodist whipped North Texas 45-31.

In an mysterious raid that about no one detected among 2 of 7 most evil A teams in the country, Buffalo (rated 145 by Sagarin) ready-made a affirmation by grading Temple 42-7 (rated 143 by Sagarin and once active belittle). Buffalo scored no less than 6 touchdowns; it had to have been a celebrated day in upper New York. In different esoteric contest, Wyoming won at abode resistant Utah State, 32-18. Whether you similar to it or not, more commonly than not, the Cowboys win at home, and they do not ask what's for dinner, they fair anticipate oxen.

So after the primary two weeks of the institute field game season, who has had the most showy start? The No. 2-ranked LSU Tigers who put the aggrieved on Virginia Tech 48-7. Try 6 touchdowns opposed to the No. 9-ranked unit in the political unit. LSU crush Mississippi State 45-0 ending period of time. Coach Les Miles' Tigers have outscored their prototypical two opponents 93-7.

Middle Tennessee which was rated No. 141 by Sagarin after the archetypal period comes to Baton Rouge this period. The Blue Raiders, losers in their introductory two games, could be in for a extremely longish daytime at LSU.

Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley

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