College Football Review Week 2

College Football Review Week 2

No top 25 matchups, no problem. Week 2 in college football was high on drama.

A look back at the week that was with three college football teams that impressed and three whose weekends did not go as planned. 

Three Up 

Central Michigan

2016 Record: Straight-Up 2-0, Against-the-Spread 2-0

On the last play of the game, Central Michigan successfully ran a Hail Mary and lateral to upset No. 22 Oklahoma State 30-27.

The only problem with the astonishing play, it never should have happened. After the game, Big 12 and MAC officials released statements admitting that the untimed down should never have occurred. Officials incorrectly gave the Chippewas one more play following a penalty on the Cowboys for intentional grounding.

Nonetheless, the play counts. The win was the first for Central Michigan over a ranked opponent since 1991. The Cowboys paid the Chippewas $250,000 for the pleasure.

Next Up: UNLV


Central Michigan is now 4-0 against-the-spread vs. Power 5 teams in the John Bonamego era.

Tennessee Volunteers

2016 Record: Straight-Up 1-1, Against-the-Spread 1-1

In front of a NCAA-record crowd of 156,990 at the Bristol Motor Speedway Tennessee smacked Virginia Tech 45-24. The Vols showed fortitude by overcoming an early 14-0 deficit. Quarterback Josh Dobbs showed why he is a dark-horse for the Heisman by throwing for three touchdowns and running for two more scores.

The Vols have won eight straight dating back to last season. Last time Tennessee had a longer winning streak was 1998-99, which included the national championship season.

You almost don’t remember that Tennessee barely beat Appalachian State and it has only been one week since the slow starts for the Vols.

Next Up: Ohio


If Tennessee doesn’t stumble against Ohio next week, the Vols will be 3-0 straight-up for the first time since 2004.

Louisville Cardinals

2016 Record: Straight-Up 2-0, Against-the-Spread 2-0

Louisville rolled Syracuse 62-28 on Friday night. Sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson has propelled himself into the Heisman conversation by putting up video game-like numbers. In the season opener against Charlotte he accounted for eight touchdowns. Against the Orange, Jackson totaled 610 yards and five touchdowns.

The competition has been light but Jackson looks like the real deal. Louisville gets its first real test of the season next week when they host Florida State. Until he is stopped, the rest of the ACC is on notice.

Next Up: Florida State


Louisville is rolling; however, in the last five years at home in conference games the Cardinals are just 6-13 against-the-spread. Keep that in mind when the Noles travel to the Ville.

Three Down

Michigan Wolverines

2016 Record: Straight-Up 2-0, Against-the-Spread 2-0

Another team, another easy win. Michigan steamrolled UCF 51-14 on Saturday. The Wolverines have scored 114 points in their first two games, the most by a Michigan team since 1914 (per ESPN Stats & Info).

Michigan is a real threat to win the Big Ten and compete for the national title but Jim Harbaugh eats boogers!

That is enough to finish the week in the Three Down section.

Shame. Shame. Shame.

Next Up: Colorado


Since 2007, Michigan is 1-4 against-the-spread vs. Pac-12 opponents.

Alabama Crimson Tide

2016 Record: Straight-Up 2-0, Against-the-Spread 2-0

Alabama beat Western Kentucky rather easily on Saturday afternoon but that didn’t impress Nick Saban. Up 28 points with less than a minute to play the head coach unleashed a tantrum on offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.

We might never know what was said or why but I believe the answer lies with this stat.


Saban is clearly sick of winning but not covering against inferior competition. If you got this game at the closing line (Tide -27) congrats on the tight cover. Saban obviously wants to make sure all Bama backers get to cash their tickets. Kiffin better get on board with this idea or there will continue to be ass-chewings.

Next Up: Ole Miss


Bama has lost two straight to Ole Miss and is just 3-8 against-the-spread vs. the Rebels since 2005.

Kentucky Wildcats

2016 Record: Straight-Up 0-2, Against-the-Spread 0-2

Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns in the Gators 45-7 win over Kentucky. It was ugly for the Cats who had as many receptions as Florida had interceptions.

Kentucky has now lost 30 straight to Florida. The Gators own the fourth-longest winning streak in FBS history and the current longest streak over one opponent.

Next Up: New Mexico State


New Mexico State is 0-6 straight-up and against-the-spread vs. the SEC.

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