After Michigan managed to get bested by Division 1-AA Appalachian State 34-32 end period in its quarters start as 110,000 fans watched in the Big House at Ann Arbor, the Oregon Ducks heavily traveled to the Big House and bimanual the former mighty Wolverines their bad loss since 1968, a 39-7 walloping.

The 32-point outside edge of loss was Michigan's most wicked since losing 50-14 at Ohio State in 1968, 39 time of life ago. Last period the Wolverines were riding glorious near an 11-0 set off previously losing to Ohio State for the 3rd continuous year, and consequently losing the Rose Bowl for the 3rd occurrence in 4 time of life.

The spongy Michigan indirect let Oregon's Dennis Dixon roll up 292 yards transitory and a career-high 4 touchdowns. The Ducks did even greater on the ground, getting hold of 331 yards run on 51 carries for a 6.49 yard intermediate. In essence, Michigan had no defense, simply excuses for a remorseful public presentation.

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The 0-2 open gave thought that Michigan has every bookish complications as a national worker this time period. Perhaps petitioning to skip on another celestial body would aid. The Wolverines could recitation against their 3rd twine roll and peradventure pit their archetypal coup of the time period.

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

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

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To appreciate how bang-up the Nittany Lions defense is at the moment, you single obligation to cognise that they have not allowed an unacceptable score in two games. Notre Dame has failed to gain an distasteful score in its 2d straight halt. Another doer that failed to get it done this period was No. 11 Georgia which was bothered at hole by South Carolina 16-12. Georgia could not even win a score on the South Carolina defence.

The SEC does not call for to be reminded that Steve Spurrier is now employment the Gamecocks. Spurrier's go-to-meeting reallocate as a academy football game coach is to win. By the end of Saturday, No. 17-ranked Auburn was worry by South Florida 26-23 in work time. That had to be a real comedown for Auburn which not individual lost, but mislaid at surroundings.

South Florida is not just a social unit mark in institute contact sport. The Bulls have individual been musical performance football game for 10 eld and just became a Division I-A academy in 2001.

Many fans do not know that Coach Jim Leavitt rotated downhill the chance to teacher at Alabama in 2003 to maintain at South Florida. The Bulls have won their past 4 games, plus an flustered of No. 7 West Virginia and a bowl win in its concluding 2 games ending time period.

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

Auburn should not be disgraced by its loss, but it utmost of course should be dismayed.

Here are 8 stinkers that surfaced during the second period of play:

No. 5 Wisconsin was down 10-9 going into the 4th quarter formerly prizewinning its distant spectator sport at UNLV, 20-13. Just how feisty is Wisconsin as the No. 5 squad in the country? You determine.

No. 8 Louisville's team was not splendid in big up 42 points to Middle Tennessee in the past actuation out a 58-42 conquest.

No. 10 California gave up 4 touchdowns to unsuccessful Colorado State earlier successful 34-28.

No. 12 Ohio State used a 17-point 2nd partially to glide by Akron 20-2. It was hardly a demonstrate of lewd driving force by the Buckeyes as Akron led 3-2 at the half in what could have been a association football halting.

No. 13 UCLA had its safekeeping in depth beside Brigham Young (BYU) but ultimately scored a 4th common fraction score to win by 10, 27-17.

No. 16 Nebraska was fortunate to gather up its 2nd finish terminated unsuccessful Wake Forest, 20-17. Neither squad scored in the 4th common fraction.

No. 20 Hawaii freshly nipped Louisiana Tech in an distant game, 45-44. Hawaii is not accurately the superior road team in the NCAA and they proved it erstwhile once again. All this bargain in the order of Hawaii woman really pious appears to be more verbalize than squad.

No. 23 Texas A&M gave up 45 points to Fresno State beforehand hardly prizewinning in overtime 47-45 (Fresno State scored 16 points in triplex work time past the Aggies won).

All 8 stinkers are stratified high than they should be, and the side by side few weeks will william tell the true fiction.

Here are 3 buttocks kickers that kept on reverberant up big wins:

No. 4 Florida led 49-7 back hammering Troy 59-31. Apparently a lot of backups contend for Florida.

No. 6 Oklahoma had no hitch near Miami (FL) 51-13, grading 20 points in the ending simple fraction to trademark the concordat.

No. 21 Georgia Tech led 62-7 up to that time finishing off AA Samford, 69-14.

Here are 8 teams on the rise:

No. 15 Rutgers picked up its 2nd win by landscapist Navy 41-24.

No. 25 Clemson scored 6 touchdowns in 3 living accommodations to assault Louisiana-Monroe 49-26. Last period of time Clemson troubled Florida State 24-18 to modify into the Top 25.

Unranked Washington used defence to in pieces No. 22 Boise State and its 14-game conquering streak, the long in central institute football, by closing out the Broncos in the 2nd half of the Huskies' 24-10 accomplishment. Last week the Huskies pummel Syracuse 42-12 in an distant start. Kansas picked up its 2nd win by movement out AA Southeastern Louisiana 62-0. Last time period the Jayhawks ripped Central Michigan 52-7. Total points for Kansas in two games: 114. Total foe points in two games: 7.

Three freshman coaches-Nick Saban, Mark Dantonio and Dennis Erickson-won their 2d consecutive spectator sport.

The Crimson Tide licked Vanderbilt 24-10, giving Saban other win. So far, Saban is successful at Alabama. Next up: Arkansas comes to municipality. Can Saban go 3-0? We will hold and see. The Spartans touched onetime Bowling Green 28-17 in a not-so-impressive familial victory, bighearted Dantonio another win. So far, Dantonio is unbowed at Michigan State. Next up: Pittsburgh comes to municipality. Can Dantonio go 3-0? They have a corking uncertainty.

The Sun Devils took unconnected Colorado 33-14, bountiful Erickson another win. So far, Erickson is unvanquished at Arizona State. Next up: San Diego State comes to municipality. Can Erickson go 3-0? Absolutely. The finishing squad on the shoot up is Cincinnati, yes Cincinnati. The Bearcats romped terminated Oregon State 34-3 for their ordinal undiluted win after rhythmical AA Southeast Missouri State 59-3 final period of time. Cincinnati has outscored its firstborn two opponents 93-6.

In-state rivalries can be shut up and this hebdomad was no elision as a field end approved two games: East Carolina lash North Carolina 34-31, and AA Southern Illinois nipped Northern Illinois by the said win.

In some other put across rivalries, New Mexico control off New Mexico State 44-34 next to a fourth fourth part touchdown, Arizona ripped AA Northern Arizona 45-24, Texas Tech pounded UTEP 45-31 (UTEP led at the partially 28-17), No. 3 West Virginia took lint Marshall 48-23, Illinois blanked AA Western Illinois 21-0, AA Northern Iowa disquieted Iowa State 24-13, Baylor doubled up on Rice 42-17, No. 7 Texas launched a retort to overcome No. 19 TCU 34-13 (TCU led 10-0 at the fractional), and Southern Methodist whipped North Texas 45-31.

In an highbrow affray that well-nigh no one noticed among 2 of 7 most unsuitable A teams in the country, Buffalo (rated 145 by Sagarin) made a verdict by building Temple 42-7 (rated 143 by Sagarin and previously going belittle). Buffalo scored no smaller quantity than 6 touchdowns; it had to have been a storied day in high New York. In other out-of-the-way contest, Wyoming won at dwelling hostile Utah State, 32-18. Whether you like it or not, more than normally than not, the Cowboys win at home, and they do not ask what's for dinner, they of late expect cows.

So after the prototypical two weeks of the institute football game season, who has had the most important-looking start? The No. 2-ranked LSU Tigers who put the injured on Virginia Tech 48-7. Try 6 touchdowns opposed to the No. 9-ranked unit in the res publica. LSU stuff Mississippi State 45-0 closing time period. Coach Les Miles' Tigers have outscored their eldest two opponents 93-7.

Middle Tennessee which was rated No. 141 by Sagarin after the prototypical period of time comes to Baton Rouge this week. The Blue Raiders, losers in their prototypal two games, could be in for a unbelievably nightlong afternoon at LSU.

Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley

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