What faculty soccer’s Week 2 schedule lacked in high-profile video games, it greater than made up for in drama.
A number of groups within the high 10 survived shut calls regardless of upstart performances from scrappy groups eager on pulling an upset early within the season.
Ohio State was one group that didn’t survive an upset-minded opponent, because the Oregon Geese marched into the Horseshoe in Columbus and pushed the Buckeyes round in a 35-28 victory. The win was Oregon’s first victory over Ohio State in program historical past and snapped a nine-game shedding streak to the Buckeyes. It additionally gave the Pac-12 a severe early-season increase for a attainable School Soccer Playoff berth.
Elsewhere, Texas A&M and Notre Dame each survived regardless of trailing late to unranked groups. Each the Combating Irish and the Aggies scored with lower than three minutes left — 1:06 and a couple of:41, respectively — on the clock to keep away from upsets on Saturday.
Iowa joined Oregon as the most important climbers within the Energy Rankings this week following a 27-17 victory over rival Iowa State in Ames, and Ohio State tumbled out of the highest 10 following the large loss.
With the motion of Week 2 behind us, it is time to try faculty soccer’s Energy Rankings.
Possibly Nick Saban was on to one thing a couple of days in the past when he went on a rant about his group’s incapability to play a full 4 quarters in opposition to Miami and the way gamers had been permitting themselves to be affected by every part from the climate to the media. He questioned whether or not they revered Mercer sufficient, and when kickoff lastly arrived, it regarded like he was proper. Alabama began out sloppy in opposition to the FCS foe, punting on every of its first two drives offensively. Ultimately the Tide bought their act collectively, in fact. Bryce Young threw three extra touchdowns and no interceptions, and Alabama gained, 48-14, to arrange a top-15 showdown at Florida subsequent Saturday. — Alex Scarborough
Nicely then. With the Dawgs going through an excellent Group of 5 protection with backup quarterback Stetson Bennett beginning instead of the injured JT Daniels, it was straightforward to guess they could battle for a bit in opposition to UAB. As an alternative, they scored a first-round knockout. Bennett was 10-for-12 for 288 yards and 5 touchdowns. The unimaginable Georgia protection allowed solely 174 yards, and the one factors UAB scored had been on a garbage-time pick-six. The 56-7 win additional established Georgia as Bama’s most formidable challenger early within the season. — Invoice Connelly
Bulldogs QB Stetson Bennett throws for 288 yards and 5 touchdowns to steer the Dawgs to a 56-7 victory over UAB.
The Geese beat Ohio State for the primary time in class historical past, and left little doubt they had been the higher group — even with out star defensive gamers Justin Flowe and Kayvon Thibodeaux, who had been sidelined with accidents. Oregon racked up 269 speeding yards and three touchdowns on 38 makes an attempt and completed with 505 yards of whole offense. Oregon’s skill to maintain drives — together with a 99-yard landing drive within the first quarter — wore out Ohio State’s protection. Quarterback Anthony Brown completed with 236 passing yards and 121 speeding yards. Twelve of his 18 completions went for first downs. — Heather Dinich
Clearly, there was far an excessive amount of drama in Week 1 for Lincoln Riley’s liking. Oklahoma needed to maintain off an impressed effort by Tulane to win 40-35. So not wanting to return down that street this week, the Sooners made fast work of outmanned FCS foe Western Carolina in a 76-0 rout. Spencer Rattler threw 5 landing passes — to 4 completely different gamers — within the first half as Oklahoma raced out to a 45-0 halftime lead, and the one query from there was what number of extra factors the Sooners felt like placing on the board. — Chris Low
The Hawkeyes saved the Cy-Hawk Trophy with their sixth straight win over Iowa State as Kirk Ferentz continued his mastery over Matt Campbell, who’s 0-5 in opposition to him. Iowa’s protection shut down Iowa State’s stars, holding QB Brock Purdy to 138 yards and choosing him off 3 times, whereas limiting operating again Breece Hall to 69 yards. Iowa had simply 173 whole yards — simply 23 within the second half — but was in whole management. The Hawkeyes are actually 2-0 with wins over then-No. 17 Indiana and No. 9 Iowa State, their first top-10 street win since 2009. — Dave Wilson
Blame it on a Large 12 hangover, however Cincinnati slogged via a half in opposition to FCS faculty Murray State earlier than pulling away 42-7. The Bearcats scored the ultimate 35 factors, propelled by quarterback Desmond Ridder and operating again Jerome Ford. Cincinnati continues to characteristic a extra aggressive downfield passing assault, as Ridder averaged 11 yards per completion. Ford recorded his first profession three-touchdown efficiency, and the protection recorded 5 takeaways (three interceptions, two fumble recoveries). Sluggish begins will not lower it when the schedule will get more durable, however Cincinnati ended up successful quite comfortably. — Adam Rittenberg
The Tigers put FCS foe South Carolina State to mattress earlier than the tip of the primary quarter and cruised to a straightforward 49-3 win. Contemplating the numerous expertise hole, the sport served as extra of an offensive tuneup for Clemson, which was held with no landing in its 10-3 loss to Georgia within the opener. By two video games, Clemson has but to permit an offensive landing. — Kyle Bonagura
Zach Calzada went via about eight completely different phases of participant improvement in simply 4 quarters. Thrust into motion when beginning quarterback Haynes King suffered a leg harm, Calzada was largely overwhelmed and rushed. A&M trailed 7-3 after three quarters, and he misplaced a fumble inches from the Colorado purpose line halfway via the fourth. However given one final likelihood, he threw a stunning 18-yarder to Isaiah Spiller, and the Aggies survived. Successful along with your backup QB would not need to be fairly. — Connelly
Emory Jones began at quarterback, however backup Anthony Richardson stole the present as soon as once more in a 42-20 win over USF. Richardson went 3-for-3 for 152 yards and two scores, whereas including 115 yards speeding and one other landing — changing into the primary Florida participant with not less than 100 passing yards and 100 speeding yards in a recreation since Tim Tebow in 2009. Richardson additionally occurs to put on No. 15. If there was any draw back to his efficiency, it was this — Richardson tweaked his hamstring on his lengthy landing run. The information was much less glowing for Jones, who threw for 151 yards and a landing, but additionally had two interceptions. Nonetheless, coach Dan Mullen was adamant afterward he’s sticking with Jones as his starter. — Andrea Adelson
The Nittany Lions had a neater time this week in comparison with final week in opposition to Wisconsin. Penn State beat Ball State on Saturday 44-13 in a recreation that was by no means actually shut. Quarterback Sean Clifford accomplished 21 of 29 passes for 230 yards and one landing whereas operating for 66 yards and a rating. The group mixed for 240 yards on the bottom and finally was capable of get backups a while towards the tip of the sport. The protection held Ball State to only 4 of 16 third-down conversions and had two interceptions within the recreation. — Tom VanHaaren
The Buckeyes’ protection had no reply for Oregon’s balanced offense and could not decelerate a speeding assault that averaged 7.1 yards per carry. It was an evening of doubtful distinctions for Ohio State, which snapped a 23 home-game successful streak, and surrendered essentially the most speeding yards to an opponent in Ohio Stadium since 2014 in opposition to Indiana. Quarterback C.J. Stroud wasn’t the issue — he threw for 484 yards and three touchdowns — however he was sacked twice on the final two drives of the sport and threw an interception with 2:50 left within the recreation. — Dinich
The Irish sneaked by Toledo of their second shut recreation of the season. It took a late landing for them to go forward and keep forward to win 32-29. Notre Dame operating again Kyren Williams fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Toledo, and the Rockets finally scored to take the lead. Quarterback Jack Coan dislocated his finger, bought it mounted on the sideline and threw the successful landing with 1:09 left within the fourth quarter. Coan was sacked six instances and threw two touchdowns and one interception within the win. It wasn’t fairly, and the protection struggled to maintain factors off the board, however Notre Dame is 2-0 on paper. — VanHaaren
The Bruins had been off this week following final week’s assertion win in opposition to LSU and can head into subsequent week’s recreation in opposition to Fresno State as probably the most attention-grabbing groups within the nation at this level. Fresno State ought to present a stiff take a look at, and a loss would nullify plenty of the positive factors from beating the 2019 nationwide champions. — Bonagura
The Rebels are 2-0 and have not damaged a lot of a sweat. For the second straight week they cruised to a straightforward win, and this time with coach Lane Kiffin on the sideline. Kiffin missed final week’s 43-24 season-opening win over Louisville after testing constructive for COVID-19. He had a front-row seat Saturday for the 54-17 win over Austin Peay. Matt Corral had 4 landing passes within the first half, and Ole Miss by no means actually regarded again after that. — Low
Quarterback Matt Corral throws for 281 yards and 5 touchdowns as No. 20 Ole Miss routs the visiting Governors.
The Chanticleers overwhelmed Kansas via the air, on the bottom and on particular groups in rolling to a 3rd straight victory over the Jayhawks on Friday night time. With all however three starters getting back from final season’s 11-1 group, the Chanticleers did not have many issues coming into 2021. However junior Reese White has shored up one of many few holes by rising as a big-play again. He ran 14 instances for 102 yards with three scores in opposition to Kansas. He had 62 yards with two scores on simply seven touches in a season-opening win in opposition to The Citadel. The one-two punch of Reese and Shermari Jones will go a great distance towards changing CJ Marable, final season’s main rusher. — Mark Schlabach
The thrill surrounding the primary top-10 matchup in Cy-Hawk historical past led to disappointment because the Cyclones as soon as once more failed to interrupt via in opposition to the Hawkeyes. Iowa State’s protection made it powerful on the Hawkeyes, holding them to 1.7 yards per carry, however the offense had 4 turnovers as Brock Purdy struggled below strain, going 3-of-8 for 37 yards and two interceptions in opposition to the blitz earlier than finally being benched for Hunter Dekkers. Matt Campbell has made historic strides at Iowa State however is now 0-5 within the one which hurts essentially the most. — Wilson
The Hokies bought off to a sluggish begin in opposition to Middle Tennessee, however that was not a serious shock contemplating they had been coming off a extremely charged, emotional win over North Carolina on opening weekend. Three scores to open the second half helped put the sport away and sealed a 35-14 victory. Braxton Burmeister took a shot to the pinnacle early within the recreation however got here again to throw for 142 yards and a landing. Raheem Blackshear had two landing runs. The protection held Center Tennessee to 66 yards speeding. — Adelson
The offense wanted a get-well week in opposition to Eastern Michigan after a particularly disappointing opening loss to Penn State. The Badgers acquired an enormous raise from operating again Chez Mellusi, because the Clemson switch turned the primary Wisconsin participant to open his profession with consecutive 100-yard speeding efforts since Corey Clement in 2013. Mellusi led the Badgers with 144 speeding yards and a landing on 20 carries however needed to share time with Jalen Berger. Isaac Guerendo additionally had an 82-yard landing run. However Wisconsin’s cruel protection as soon as once more rose up, permitting solely three first downs and 92 whole yards. — Rittenberg
Arkansas welcomed Texas to its future dwelling within the SEC with a 40-21 victory that did not even really feel that shut. The Razorbacks racked up 333 yards and 4 touchdowns — regardless of not having any 100-yard rushers — on the bottom because the Longhorns simply did not have any solutions in Fayetteville. Texas turned to backup quarterback Casey Thompson, who rushed for 2 touchdowns late, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to rally previous an improved and hungry Arkansas group. — Shea Carlson
In spite of everything that UNC’s offense misplaced from the 2020 group, quarterback Sam Howell knew extra can be on his shoulders this fall. Howell responded from a troublesome opening loss at Virginia Tech to hold the Tar Heels to their first victory Saturday in opposition to Georgia State. He led UNC not solely in passing (352 yards) but additionally in speeding (104 yards), logging landing runs of 62 and 22 yards. Extensive receivers Antoine Green and Emery Simmons flashed big-play potential as UNC wanted barely seven minutes to exceed its Week 1 factors whole. The Heels’ protection restricted a pass-heavy Georgia State offense to three yards per try. — Rittenberg
It has been a very long time since 2009; simply ask BYU. The Cougars erased a nine-game shedding streak to bitter rival Utah on Saturday night time by holding the Utes’ offense to only seven factors over the primary three quarters of their 26-17 victory. Jaren Hall threw for 3 touchdowns within the win, together with a landing proper earlier than the half that prolonged BYU’s result in 16-9 on the break. Utah scored 10 factors within the fourth quarter, however the Cougars’ lead by no means felt in query, and the followers in Provo can sleep straightforward tonight figuring out the streak is lastly over. — Carlson
Jaren Corridor completes a cross to Gunner Romney ultimately zone for a 4-yard BYU rating.
It took a while to get going, however after falling behind 10-7 to UNLV within the second quarter, the Solar Devils scored the sport’s ultimate 30 factors to win 37-7. QB Jayden Daniels accomplished 20 of 29 passes with a pair of touchdowns as ASU moved to 2-0 with a troublesome recreation in opposition to BYU subsequent week. ASU is one in every of simply three groups within the Pac-12 nonetheless undefeated. — Bonagura
After leaping out to a 14-point lead in opposition to Missouri, the Wildcats discovered themselves in a battle. However, after the groups traded touchdowns all through the ultimate three quarters, the early touchdowns paid dividends as Kentucky outlasted the Tigers 35-28. Chris Rodriguez Jr. had a profession day speeding the soccer, racking up 206 yards and three scores within the victory. A key matchup with the Florida Gators in three weeks now looms giant for Kentucky. — Carlson
You may’t show a lot as a brand new coach once you begin the season in opposition to Akron and Alabama State, however Bryan Harsin can level to each victories and say that his groups performed effectively from begin to end. And, let’s face it, consistency was not precisely the hallmark of the earlier regime. In order that’s one thing. A 62-0 beatdown of Alabama State on Saturday additionally confirmed what could possibly be an improved Bo Nix at quarterback. Once more, the competitors is what it’s, however the junior seems to have cleaned up among the errors we have seen from him the previous two seasons, finishing 29 of 39 passes for 383 yards, 5 touchdowns and no interceptions via two video games. — Scarborough
Do not look now, however Jim Harbaugh is having a good time together with his Michigan group this season. The Wolverines bought a prime-time slot in opposition to Washington this week and didn’t disappoint the Large Home devoted. The Huskies sputtered on offense all through the sport, going scoreless within the first half whereas Michigan constructed a 10-point lead. A Huskies subject purpose within the third quarter did little to discourage the Wolverines, who had been led by Blake Corum‘s three touchdowns. Washington scored a late landing, however by that time it was all Michigan. Harbaugh & Co. cruised to a 31-10 win. — Carlson