Week 2 is over and what a week it was. In a Saturday filled with Heisman candidates making early statements, even more upsets, and sweet sweet revenge, week 2 did not lack action. We Start with 2 teams in the power 5 that have us questioning if they even belong in the FBS.
On Saturday afternoon in Waco Texas, Baylor looked to bounce back from an embarrassing loss one their home turf in week 1 to Liberty. They would face UTSA, who made a bowl game last year, but should not be in any discussion with Baylor in it. Baylor a was heavy favorite going into the game and many faithful Baylor fans were thinking that week 1 was just a fluke, it wasn’t. Up until, Saturday, UTSA had never defeated a team in the power 5 and their program had only been in existence for about a decade. They dominated the game on the defensive side of the ball, and scored just enough points to shock the Baylor bears 17-10, getting a signature win for their program. As for Baylor, it just keeps getting worse as they have lost back to back games to so called “cupcakes” at home. If you look at their schedule it is hard to find a game they can realistically win or even keep close. Matt Rhule has to be missing Temple right now and has to be feeling heat as he is for sure on the hot seat.
Another upset on Saturday afternoon took place in Piscataway, New Jersey. Rutgers led by new coach Chris Ash, was feeling some hope after the hung with Washington for most of their week one game. That hope was absolutely murdered after Saturday’s game. Eastern Michigan came into this game, never winning a game against a Big 10 team (0-38) and never beat a team in the power 5 (0-54). Eastern Michigan is the ideal cupcake team and the ideal schedule filler. You schedule a team like that, crush them at home, and then get ready for conference play. Bing, Bang, Boom, three simple steps. The Eagles from Michigan had other ideas. They came in and took what they thought what they deserved, a big fat W. They won the game 16 to 13 and had Rutgers fans thinking “how bad is this going to get”. Listen, Rutgers has no place being in the Big 10 and are going to have a monumentally bad season unless something chances quick.
To be noticed as a “heisman candidate” you have to make your statement early and there are a collection of players that have done just that in week 1 and now again in week 2. To start, Lamar Jackson, who won the Heisman trophy last year and is looking to repeat, put on an absolute show in Chapel Hill on Saturday. He threw for 300 yards, added 100 more yards on the ground and had a total of SIX touchdowns, leading his team to a huge road victory against North Carolina. Lamar Jackson is a freak of nature and continues to amaze us night in and night out. Next week, he will host the third ranked Clemson Tigers in what will be a much anticipated matchup. Knowing him, he will thrive under the pressure and put on a huge performance, continuing his case for defending his Heisman trophy.
Josh Rosen also put on a display Saturday against Hawaii. He threw for 5 touchdowns in leading UCLA to a route against the Rainbow Warriors. Josh Rosen has been phenomenal in the first two weeks and has made his case as an early Heisman candidate. It will be interesting to see how far he can take this UCLA team this year.
Others Heisman hopefuls like Saquon Barkley and Sam Darnold patted there stats on Saturday to go along with impressive wins and this year might be the tigetest Heisman race we have ever seen just because there is so much talent.
Finally, on Saturday night a good can of sweet revenge was served in Columbus Ohio. Last year, the Ohio State Buckeys went into Norman and embarrassed the Oklahoma Sooners, at their house. I can guarantee you, the Sooners ever since the 00 hit in the game last year, have wanted to get revenge against Urban Meyers boys. The Horseshoe was rocking as it always is but the Sooners led by Quarterback Baker Mayfield did not look intimidated one bit. However, they did look rather hungry. The first half featured a defensive battle and going into the lockeroom, the score was tied at 3 a piece. Ohio State came out in the second half with a huge kickoff return, which lead to a touchdown, but after that it was all Sooners. Oklahoma dominated the rest of the ballgame and I do not use the word dominated lightly. They were just better in every facet of the game. Baker Mayfields confidence increased with every position and was too much for the Buckeyes to overcome. Oklahoma got its revenge, going into Colombus and winning the ballgame, 31 to 16. After the game Baker wanted to put the icing on the”revenge cake”. He ran to midfield with the OU flag and spiked it right at midfield on the Ohio States O. It was a awesome moment but some see it as disrespectful. Never the less it was a great way to end a great week in college football.