The Clemson Tigers continue their reign atop college football. Although Alabama is ranked No. 1, you can make a strong argument that Clemson should take the top spot after beating a very good Auburn team on Saturday night.
Clemson’s defensive line was incredible in the win. Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins was unblockable up front, with two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss, while defensive end Austin Bryant was a wrecking ball off of the edge. Bryant ended with four sacks and four tackles for loss in the game as Clemson pressured Jarrett Stidham all night long.
Biggest Win of Week 2 – Oklahoma 31, Ohio State 16
Very few called for Oklahoma to come into Columbus and pull off the upset, much less win by 15. Baker Mayfield torched the Buckeyes defense for 386 yards and three touchdowns as the Sooners overcame a frustrating start in the first half. Oklahoma moved the ball with ease, getting the ball into Ohio State’s half of the field on all five of its possessions, but could only muster three points because of a combination of turnovers and miscues.
The defense stepped up huge in rookie head coach Lincoln Riley’s first big win. They held the Buckeyes to just 350 total yards of offense and kept J.T. Barrett in check all night. How’s that for a Big XII defense?
Biggest Upset of Week 2 – UT San Antonio 17, Baylor 10
There weren’t that many upsets in Week 2 and UTSA was only an 11.5-point underdog. However, this loss officially signaled the end of Baylor. In the aftermath of the Art Briles scandal, the Bears completely collapsed last year. They lost their last six regular season games and looked totally unable to stop teams on defense.
The defense let them down in a shocking loss to Liberty in their home opener, but the offense was just unable to move the ball against UTSA. Baylor managed only 275 total yards of offense and it’s hard to imagine this team coming back from that. One is an anomaly, but two is a trend.
Closest Call of Week 2 – Washington State 47, Boise State 44 (3 OT)
This one took three overtimes to sort out, but Washington State finally prevailed. The Cougars were listless on offense for the first 50 minutes of this game, but rallied in the final 10 minutes under backup quarterback Tyler Hilinski to get the job done. Washington State was down 31-10 late in the fourth, but scored three touchdowns in just six minutes of game play to get the game to overtime. The win keeps Wazzou in the Top 25 and without a blemish in the loss column.
Strangest Game of Week 2 – California 33, Weber State 20
California had no business winning this game. The Golden Bears’ defense was blitzed by Weber State. The Wildcats racked up 571 total yards of offense and went into halftime with a lead. However, mistakes and the inability to convert on fourth down killed the Wildcats chances in this game. Weber State had four fumbles on the afternoon (three lost) and turned the ball over on downs three times inside Cal’s 15-yard line. The Wildcats could’ve thrust the dagger in Cal numerous times over the course of the game, but just couldn’t get it done.
Biggest Letdown of Week 2 – Georgia 20, Notre Dame 19
Every time you think Notre Dame is back, the Fighting Irish remind you to not get your hopes to high. Everything was going Notre Dame’s way heading into this game; the Irish were going to face a freshman quarterback at home in front of a raucous crowd, they were playing a team that didn’t look too hot in its opener, and they had a very talented quarterback of their own. However, they once again found a way to fall. It’s become second nature for this program for the last two decades or so and diehard fans have to be wondering when it’s going to end.