Week Two Conference Roundup
09/14/2009 § Leave a comment
USC’s late touchdown drive and two-point conversion sealed the 18-15 win over Ohio State, Oregon won a shootout with Purdue 38-36, and UCLA beat Tennessee 19-15 for a solid performance in big games. Despite leading 17-3 at halftime, Stanford couldn’t hold off Wake Forest, losing 24-17.
Washington topped Idaho 42-23 to break a long losing streak that included the entire 2008 season. California beat Eastern Washington 59-7. Oregon State held off a late-surging UNLV, winning 23-21. Arizona beat Northern Arizona 34-17. After building a 35-6 halftime lead, Hawaii blasted Washington State 38-20.
Pac 10 Overall Record (OOC): 13-4 (76%)
Pac 10 vs. BCS (OOC): 4-2 (67%)
The SEC fell in their only big non-conference matchup this week, as UCLA held on to edge Tennessee 19-15. Last year’s divisional champs Florida and Alabama won convincingly against lightweights Troy and Florida International, respectively, although the Bama-FIU game was close for longer than one would have expected.
In-conference play was highlighted by the dramatic South Carolina-Georgia matchup in which each team put up 20+ first half points and then combined for just 24 points in the second half. Georgia came out on top of the slugfest 41-37. LSU handled Vanderbilt 23-9 and Auburn topped Mississippi State 49-24.
SEC Overall Record (OOC): 13-2 (87%)
SEC vs. BCS (OOC): 3-2 (60%)
It was a big week for the Big Ten in terms of level of competition, as the conference faced off against 5 BCS teams. In the highest profile contest, Ohio State fell to USC 18-15. Iowa beat up on Iowa State 35-3. Penn State cruised to a 28-7 win over Syracuse. Purdue couldn’t hold off Oregon, losing 38-36. Michigan scored late to upset Notre Dame 38-34.
Elsewhere, things were remarkably tight, with only Illinois truly dominating in a 45-17 win over Illinois State. Northwestern beat Eastern Michigan 27-24, Indiana beat Western Michigan 23-19, while Central Michigan took down Michigan State 29-27. Wisconsin went into double overtime before finally knocking off the always-pesky Fresno State 34-31. Minnesota fended off Air Force thanks to a 17-point surge in the fourth quarter.
Big Ten Overall Record (OOC): 18-4 (82%)
Big Ten vs. BCS (OOC): 4-3 (57%)
Iowa State-Iowa was the only BCS-level OOC game for the Big 12 this week, and the Cyclones were outmatched 35-3. The Big 12 managed to find a few other challenges though, as Toledo took down Colorado 54-38, Louisiana-Lafayette stunned Kansas State 17-15, and Houston pulled the upset of the week over #5 Oklahoma State 45-35.
Meanwhile, Texas led Wyoming by just 3 points at halftime before exploding with a 28-0 second half to win 41-10. Missouri needed a two touchdown fourth quarter to beat Bowling Green 27-20.
Oklahoma shut out Idaho State 64-0, Kansas beat UTEP 34-7, Nebraska took down Arkansas State 38-9, and Texas Tech beat Rice 55-10.
Big 12 Overall Record (OOC): 16-6 (73%)
Big 12 vs. BCS (OOC): 3-1 (75%)
The big ACC game was the Thursday night thriller as Georgia Tech beat Clemson 30-27. Wake Forest outlasted Stanford 24-17. Duke crushed Army 35-19. North Carolina scored all of their 12 points in the fourth quarter, and it was enough to top UConn 12-10. Virginia Tech knocked off Marshall 52-10, while Boston College stuffed Kent State 34-7. Virginia fell to Mountain West heavyweight TCU.
NC State trampled Murray State 65-7, while Florida State needed their 12-point fourth quarter to off Jacksonville State 19-9 and Maryland went into overtime to beat James Madison 38-35.
ACC Overall Record (OOC): 11-8 (58%)
ACC vs. BCS (OOC): 2-4 (33%)
The Big East again failed to notch a win against a BCS foe, failing in their two tries this week as Syracuse lost to Penn State 28-7 and Connecticut fell to North Carolina 12-10.
Cincinnati destroyed Southeast Missouri State 70-3. Pittsburgh doubled up on Buffalo 54-27. West Virginia held giant-killer East Carolina scoreless in the second half to win 35-20. Rutgers beat Howard 45-7 and South Florida beat Western Kentucky 35-13.
Big East Overall Record (OOC): 10-3 (77%)
Big East vs. BCS (OOC): 0-3 (0%)