NCAA College Football Week 2 RecapSunday, September 9, 2012 21:06
A look back at Week 2 of the 2012 NCAA College Football Season.
Pac-12 Up; Big Ten Down
Recent years have not been particularly kind to the Pac-12. Sure, USC (prior to the sanctions and now, apparently, again), Oregon and Stanford have performed, but the rest of the teams in the league have at best shown up for a season occasionally, if that.
While the 2012 season is only through Week 2, perhaps the Pac-12′s fortunes have changed. Oregon State, UCLA and Arizona all scored major upsets over ranked teams, the first two over SEC squads (#13 Wisconsin and #16 Nebraska, respectively) and the latter over the Big 12′s #18 Oklahoma State. UCLA and Arizona were subsequently rewarded by the pollsters in joining USC, Oregon and Stanford in the Top 25.
Speaking of these big victories, has anyone noticed the unusually large number of major conference inter-conference match-ups the first two weeks of the season? With so much criticism thrown at the cupcake-scheduling by BCS conference teams early each year, it seems that the last couple seasons have finally exhibited a trend in bigger, more meaningful non-conference match-ups.
Which doesn’t mean that there haven’t been such games–which brings us to the largest upset of the weekend: Louisiana Monroe 34, #8 Arkansas 31 in overtime. Oh, yeah, almost needless to say in regards to one of these BCS/non-BCS games, this was an Arkansas home game.
The Warhawks will remember that game for a long time, their first over a ranked team since joining the FBS in 1994 (the Warhawks are 4-34 overall against the SEC).
As for Arkansas…well, the Razorbacks were considered a national championship contender coming into the season. Not so anymore. The Razorbacks plummeted in the new polls, completely out of the AP and down to #21 in the Coaches Poll–really makes you wonder if that was because of some block voting on the SEC coaches part to keep their conference’s strength of schedule strong.
Finally, in the various debuts of teams involved in the latest round of conference shuffling, Texas A&M (now SEC) lost its first game of the season; Missouri lost its first SEC game after winning a non-conference game in Week 1; West Virginia (now Big 12) had a bye week after winning in Week 1; and TCU (moving up into the BCS ranks) dominated on both sides of the ball in its first game as a member of the Big 12.
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