Saturday No. 2 in college football is in the books. And what an unbelievable read that book is so far. This is just a rhetorical question: Has there been a better first two weeks of college football in the past 10 years? Thank the great non-conference matchups and the stunning upsets for that.
A few quick-hit observations from Saturday's games.
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The Jayhawks beat No. 17 Georgia Tech, 28-25.
When you look up "righting the ship" in your Funk & Wagnall's, there will be a picture of KU coach Turner Gill. After losing to FCS North Dakota State 6-3, he brings KU its 25th win over a ranked team. Students rushed the field and chanted "Turner Gill! Turner Gill! Turner Gill!"
2. Player Of The Day: Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan.
Hate to sound like a broken record here, but Shoelaces is here for the second week in a row. I mean, it's hard to argue; he generated 502 of yardage -- a Michigan record. Stunningly, he had 255 of it on the ground. Rich Rodriguez has found his Pat White in Ann Arbor.
3. South Carolina's running game and defense.
These are the two reasons the Gamecocks are looking like the team to beat in the SEC East. And in his first taste of SEC action, frosh running back Marcus Lattimore ran for 182 yards on 37 carries. "Fun-n-Gun" has become "Ground-n-Pound" for Steve Spurrier.
4. The Comeback Player of the Week: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma.
After a 47 percent completion rate against Utah State last week, the sophomore went 30 for 40 for 380 yards with four touchdowns and zero picks in the rout of Florida State.
5. The FCS teams beating the FBSers.
Holy Appalachian man! It's becoming an epidemic.
James Madison won at No. 13 Virginia Tech 21-16.
South Dakota won at Minnesota 41-38.
Liberty won at Ball State 27-23.
Additionally, Montana State blew a big lead and lost at Washington State 23-21 and Georgia Southern gave Navy fits before losing 13-7. Oh so close!
1. The ACC.
In the words of Beano Cook, "The ACC ... talk about a stock market crash!" Georgia Tech lost at Kansas 28-25.
Virginia Tech lost at home to James Madison 21-16.
Florida State lost at Oklahoma 47-17.
Miami lost at Ohio State 36-24.
In case you're wondering, basketball practice begins Oct. 15.
2. Penn State's red zone offense.
This could have been a close game, but the Lions had four fatal turnovers deep inside Tide territory. They had a fumble and an interception inside the 10, another interception at the Tide's 13, were limited to a field goal at the 19 and then had another pick at the 23.
Lost 19-14 at home against Rutgers.
It wasn't that they lost, it was that they dominated Rutgers yet still lost. The Panthers outgained the Scarlet Knights 371 yards to 172, but their five turnovers and 14 penalties for 136 yards choked their effectiveness.
4. Ohio State cover teams.
If the Bucks punt and kickoff coverage teams had held up their end of the bargain, the Scarlet and Gray would've won by 30 or so.
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5. TV Networks.
C'mon guys. Miami-Ohio State, Florida State-Oklahoma and Michigan-Notre Dame were all on TV at the same time. You guys owe me three sets of batteries that I used in my remote. Three. (Well, at least Oklahoma made it to where I only had to switch between two games.)
The SEC's cowbell rule.
The conference officially made it legal for Mississippi State fans to ring their cowbells -- legally, mind you -- for the first time in 36 years. Oh, as long as they didn't ring them while the opposing team was calling out signals. Annnnnnd, as you'd imagine, they didn't obey that order in their game against Auburn on Thursday.
C'mon SEC, you're smarter than that.
Five things that were painfully obvious from college football on Saturday.
1. If the season ended now, Denard Robinson wins the Heisman.
2. Ummm, yeah, Oklahoma officially was looking ahead last week.
3. Despite not playing, Boise State was probably the biggest loser on Saturday.
4. The Penn State-Alabama game was way overhyped. Lions were too young.
5. Oregon's speed is, well ... Prefontaine-like, with 1,267 yards in two games.
Drew Dudzik, QB, James Madison.
The Dukes QB ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third as JMU stunned No. 13 Virginia Tech 21-16. Dudzik was only 5 for 8 through the air, but for 121 yards, helping to give coach Mickey Matthews "the biggest win of my career."
Since America has long loved the underdog, for the Boise State Broncos to get their BCS due, all they needed was Virginia Tech to be typical Virginia Tech the rest of the season. Instead, the Hokies played like Betty White out there.
What did Boise do to deserve this?
"It looks to me like they have their big boy pads on this week." -- Dave Lapham, on KU's play vs. Georgia Tech.
"Miami just has too much speed for Ohio State." -- Bobby Bowden on ESPN Gameday.
Add to the Heisman listTrent Richardson, RB, Alabama. 22 carries, 144 yards, TD. 4 catches, 44 yards.
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma. 30-for-40, 380 yards, 4 TDs.
Jeffery Demps, RB, Florida. 11 carries, 138 yards, 255 total yards.
Cameron Heyward, DT, Ohio State. Looked like his father "Ironhead" in his 80-yard interception return.
Take off the Heisman list
Jacory Harris, QB, Miami. Four interceptions vs. Ohio State.
A.J. Green, WR, Georgia. This Heisman campaign has been called on account of a sold jersey.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma. 16 carries, 50 yards, 3.1 per carry.
Josh Nesbitt, QB, Georgia Tech. 5 for 15, 115 yards, TD. Just 40 yards rushing.
Weber State. The 'Cats beat Northern Colorado 50-47 in 4 OTs.
WSU Cameron Higgins was 33 of 54 for 340 yards and Mike Phillips caught 11 passes for 161 yards and two TDs. But the Wildcats won despite six turnovers, and their brand new lights at Stewart Stadium going out in the middle of the third overtime. They were programmed to go out at 10 p.m. local time because of a planned postgame fireworks show. The game was delayed for 15 minutes.