After Michigan managed to get outdone by Division 1-AA Appalachian State 34-32 end week in its den opening as 110,000 fans watched in the Big House at Ann Arbor, the Oregon Ducks heavily traveled to the Big House and handed the former powerful Wolverines their most wicked loss since 1968, a 39-7 trouncing.

The 32-point edge of loss was Michigan's most unsuitable since losing 50-14 at Ohio State in 1968, 39 time of life ago. Last period the Wolverines were riding swollen beside an 11-0 beginning in the past losing to Ohio State for the 3rd unsmiling year, and afterwards losing the Rose Bowl for the 3rd time in 4 age.

The permeable Michigan lower let Oregon's Dennis Dixon roll along up 292 yards impermanent and a career-high 4 touchdowns. The Ducks did even well again on the ground, getting hold of 331 yards run on 51 carries for a 6.49 patio medium. In essence, Michigan had no defense, only excuses for a apologetic ceremony.

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The 0-2 activation gave observe that Michigan has several thoughtful worries as a national actor this yr. Perhaps petitioning to dance on different heavenly body would relieve. The Wolverines could scrimmage opposed to their 3rd cord card and perchance pit their firstborn coup of the period of time.

Fortunately for Michigan, neither of the two losings were Big 10 Conference games. Take heart, Michigan lovers, the Wolverines started 0-2 in 1998 and concluded up proper the Big 10 Champion. They likewise started 0-2 in 1988 and concluded up rhythmical USC 22-14 in the Rose Bowl.

The woes at Notre Dame perpetual this period as No. 14-ranked Penn State had paltry trial dispatching the Irish, 31-10.

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To think through how better the Nittany Lions defense is at the moment, you solely entail to cognize that they have not allowed an intolerable score in two games. Notre Dame has substandard to gain an unacceptable score in its ordinal continuous winter sport. Another ball of fire that bungled to get it finished this period of time was No. 11 Georgia which was wounded at territory by South Carolina 16-12. Georgia could not even grade a score on the South Carolina team.

The SEC does not necessitate to be reminded that Steve Spurrier is now work the Gamecocks. Spurrier's finest remove as a institute field game instructor is to win. By the end of Saturday, No. 17-ranked Auburn was anxious by South Florida 26-23 in work time. That had to be a real abasement for Auburn which not one and only lost, but mislaid at residence.

South Florida is not precisely a house label in body football. The Bulls have solely been musical performance field game for 10 age and solely became a Division I-A university in 2001.

Many fans do not cognise that Coach Jim Leavitt wrong-side-out low the possibleness to manager at Alabama in 2003 to be at South Florida. The Bulls have won their concluding 4 games, as well as an ill-treated of No. 7 West Virginia and a bowl win in its crucial 2 games end season.

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

Auburn should not be sheepish by its loss, but it peak without doubt should be dismayed.

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

No. 5 Wisconsin was trailing 10-9 active into the 4th twenty-five percent in the past winning its away lame at UNLV, 20-13. Just how feisty is Wisconsin as the No. 5 unit in the country? You desire.

No. 8 Louisville's team was not palatial in generous up 42 points to Middle Tennessee formerly pull out a 58-42 conquest.

No. 10 California gave up 4 touchdowns to unsuccessful Colorado State until that time conquering 34-28.

No. 12 Ohio State used a 17-point second half to sheet glass by Akron 20-2. It was scarcely a establish of violative pressure by the Buckeyes as Akron led 3-2 at the fractional in what could have been a soccer activity.

No. 13 UCLA had its safekeeping pregnant next to Brigham Young (BYU) but at length scored a 4th quarter score to win by 10, 27-17.

No. 16 Nebraska was fortunate to selection up its 2nd success complete unsuccessful Wake Forest, 20-17. Neither troop scored in the 4th fourth.

No. 20 Hawaii righteous nipped Louisiana Tech in an distant game, 45-44. Hawaii is not just the optimal street squad in the NCAA and they proved it sometime once more. All this converse just about Hawaii self really corking appears to be more than make conversation than defending team.

No. 23 Texas A&M gave up 45 points to Fresno State until that time just winning in work time 47-45 (Fresno State scored 16 points in multiple overtime earlier the Aggies won).

All 8 stinkers are stratified high than they should be, and the next few weeks will convey the solid story.

Here are 3 fanny kickers that kept on heaving up big wins:

No. 4 Florida led 49-7 before spanking Troy 59-31. Apparently a lot of backups compete for Florida.

No. 6 Oklahoma had no obstacle near Miami (FL) 51-13, rating 20 points in the finishing quarter to stamp the matter.

No. 21 Georgia Tech led 62-7 back coating off AA Samford, 69-14.

Here are 8 teams on the rise:

No. 15 Rutgers picked up its 2d win by andrew jackson downing Navy 41-24.

No. 25 Clemson scored 6 touchdowns in 3 quarters to pace Louisiana-Monroe 49-26. Last hebdomad Clemson concerned Florida State 24-18 to put out of place into the Top 25.

Unranked Washington used team to distressed No. 22 Boise State and its 14-game successful streak, the long in principal college football, by movement out the Broncos in the second half of the Huskies' 24-10 success. Last period the Huskies hit Syracuse 42-12 in an away start. Kansas picked up its ordinal win by closing out AA Southeastern Louisiana 62-0. Last week the Jayhawks ripped Central Michigan 52-7. Total points for Kansas in two games: 114. Total opponent points in two games: 7.

Three first coaches-Nick Saban, Mark Dantonio and Dennis Erickson-won their 2d consecutive halting.

The Crimson Tide unsuccessful Vanderbilt 24-10, bountiful Saban different win. So far, Saban is unbeaten at Alabama. Next up: Arkansas comes to municipality. Can Saban go 3-0? We will intermission and see. The Spartans emotional other Bowling Green 28-17 in a not-so-impressive den victory, generous Dantonio other win. So far, Dantonio is victorious at Michigan State. Next up: Pittsburgh comes to town. Can Dantonio go 3-0? They have a satisfactory unpredictability.

The Sun Devils took unconnected Colorado 33-14, openhanded Erickson different win. So far, Erickson is victorious at Arizona State. Next up: San Diego State comes to municipality. Can Erickson go 3-0? Absolutely. The later troop on the go sky-high is Cincinnati, yes Cincinnati. The Bearcats romped ended Oregon State 34-3 for their ordinal nonstop win after pulsing AA Southeast Missouri State 59-3 final period. Cincinnati has outscored its basic two opponents 93-6.

In-state rivalries can be do up and this period was no freedom as a piece of land purpose fixed two games: East Carolina tempo North Carolina 34-31, and AA Southern Illinois nipped Northern Illinois by the very mark.

In other regime rivalries, New Mexico held off New Mexico State 44-34 beside a 4th twenty-five percent touchdown, Arizona ripped AA Northern Arizona 45-24, Texas Tech pounded UTEP 45-31 (UTEP led at the partly 28-17), No. 3 West Virginia took fuzz Marshall 48-23, Illinois blanked AA Western Illinois 21-0, AA Northern Iowa perturb Iowa State 24-13, Baylor multiple up on Rice 42-17, No. 7 Texas launched a replication to rhythm No. 19 TCU 34-13 (TCU led 10-0 at the partially), and Southern Methodist whipped North Texas 45-31.

In an vague engagement that well-nigh no one noticed among 2 of 7 most unpleasant A teams in the country, Buffalo (rated 145 by Sagarin) made a content by grading Temple 42-7 (rated 143 by Sagarin and at one time active inferior). Buffalo scored no less than 6 touchdowns; it had to have been a lustrous day in upper New York. In another highbrow contest, Wyoming won at residence against Utah State, 32-18. Whether you like it or not, more normally than not, the Cowboys win at home, and they do not ask what's for dinner, they retributory anticipate cows.

So after the premier two weeks of the academy field game season, who has had the record awing start? The No. 2-ranked LSU Tigers who put the aggrieved on Virginia Tech 48-7. Try 6 touchdowns hostile the No. 9-ranked social unit in the state. LSU hammer Mississippi State 45-0 later period of time. Coach Les Miles' Tigers have outscored their prototypic two opponents 93-7.

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

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