The second week of the college football season presented some huge opportunities and some severe disappointments for several conferences. Starting this week, we will break down and grade how each league did the previous week.
Week 2 record: 9-3
Overall record: 18-6
Buzz: Four teams played teams from the Football Championship Series with only Duke and Miami playing teams ranked in the Football Bowl Subdivision and both of those were losses. Virginia’s win over Penn State in the final minutes and Maryland’s surprise upset of Temple gave the conference a big push in the right direction.
Week 2 record: 6-2
Overall record: 15-2
Buzz: Sure, the Big 12 won six games Saturday but it was the games that the league didn’t win that left many people scratching their heads. While Kansas is in the middle of a rebuilding effort, no one in Lawrence would have thought the Jayhawks would fall to Rice. After opening with an 85-0 win over Savannah State, Oklahoma State suffered a major letdown against Arizona. Iowa State was the most impressive, pulling off a 9-6 win over arch-rival Iowa on the road.
Week 2 record: 4-4
Overall record: 9-6
Buzz: It was a rough second week in the Big East. Most of the four victories over the weekend were against FCS opponents minus Cincinnati’s win over Pittsburgh and USF’s nail-bitter against Nevada. Syracuse held strong against No. 2 USC for most of the game but faltered late. Meanwhile, new addition Temple fell flat against a very bad Maryland team while Connecticut stumbled against N.C. State.
Week 2 record: 6-6
Overall record: 16-8
Buzz: After opening the first week of the season with a 10-2 record, the Big Ten watched as the floor fell out from under them. Wisconsin, Nebraska, Penn State, Illinois, Iowa and Purdue all suffered big time losses in the second week. Five of those losses were by an average of three points or less. Only the Illini were blown out in their game against Arizona State.