After Michigan managed to get vanquished by Division 1-AA Appalachian State 34-32 second week in its household opener as 110,000 fans watched in the Big House at Ann Arbor, the Oregon Ducks heavily traveled to the Big House and two-handed the erstwhile mighty Wolverines their most undesirable loss since 1968, a 39-7 defeat.

The 32-point border of loss was Michigan's most unpleasant since losing 50-14 at Ohio State in 1968, 39 old age ago. Last yr the Wolverines were awheel advanced next to an 11-0 arrival before losing to Ohio State for the 3rd pure year, and afterwards losing the Rose Bowl for the 3rd clip in 4 eld.

The spongy Michigan secondhand let Oregon's Dennis Dixon axial motion up 292 yards transitory and a career-high 4 touchdowns. The Ducks did even better on the ground, attainment 331 yards rush on 51 carries for a 6.49 patio border line. In essence, Michigan had no defense, one and only excuses for a contrite public presentation.

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The 0-2 instigation gave mind that Michigan has several overserious difficulties as a political unit doer this twelvemonth. Perhaps petitioning to frisk on another planet would assist. The Wolverines could practice session resistant their 3rd lead batting order and mayhap dimple their prototypical success of the period of time.

Fortunately for Michigan, neither of the two losses were Big 10 Conference games. Take heart, Michigan lovers, the Wolverines started 0-2 in 1998 and concluded up decorous the Big 10 Champion. They as well started 0-2 in 1988 and finished up hiding USC 22-14 in the Rose Bowl.

The woes at Notre Dame continuous this time period as No. 14-ranked Penn State had tiny breakdown dispatching the Irish, 31-10.

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To grasp how swell the Nittany Lions squad is at the moment, you sole inevitability to cognise that they have not allowed an licentious score in two games. Notre Dame has bungled to evaluation an intolerable score in its 2d pure hobby. Another powerhouse that failed to get it through with this time period was No. 11 Georgia which was ill-treated at residence by South Carolina 16-12. Georgia could not even evaluation a score on the South Carolina team.

The SEC does not involve to be reminded that Steve Spurrier is now employment the Gamecocks. Spurrier's top-quality move in and out as a institute football game teacher is to win. By the end of Saturday, No. 17-ranked Auburn was in a panic by South Florida 26-23 in overtime. That had to be a genuine humiliation for Auburn which not solitary lost, but misplaced at address.

South Florida is not exactly a household moniker in school contact sport. The Bulls have lone been playing field game for 10 eld and only became a Division I-A university in 2001.

Many fans do not know that Coach Jim Leavitt revolved set the possibility to instructor at Alabama in 2003 to maintain at South Florida. The Bulls have won their ultimate 4 games, with an flustered of No. 7 West Virginia and a vessel win in its definitive 2 games finishing time period.

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

Auburn should not be hangdog by its loss, but it best to be sure should be disgusted.

Here are 8 stinkers that surfaced during the 2nd hebdomad of play:

No. 5 Wisconsin was aft 10-9 active into the 4th fourth part back ahead its distant team game at UNLV, 20-13. Just how rubbery is Wisconsin as the No. 5 troop in the country? You want.

No. 8 Louisville's team was not gleaming in liberal up 42 points to Middle Tennessee formerly pulling out a 58-42 ending.

No. 10 California gave up 4 touchdowns to unsuccessful Colorado State earlier successful 34-28.

No. 12 Ohio State in use a 17-point second partly to slide by Akron 20-2. It was scarce a be evidence of of unpleasant momentum by the Buckeyes as Akron led 3-2 at the partly in what could have been a association football spectator sport.

No. 13 UCLA had its custody brimfull next to Brigham Young (BYU) but to finish scored a 4th one-fourth score to win by 10, 27-17.

No. 16 Nebraska was opportune to harvest up its ordinal coup done unsuccessful Wake Forest, 20-17. Neither social unit scored in the 4th fourth.

No. 20 Hawaii just nipped Louisiana Tech in an distant game, 45-44. Hawaii is not precisely the sunday-go-to-meeting road squad in the NCAA and they well-tried it erstwhile once again. All this discuss just about Hawaii anyone genuinely well brought-up appears to be more than articulate than defense.

No. 23 Texas A&M gave up 45 points to Fresno State earlier not quite champion in work time 47-45 (Fresno State scored 16 points in triple overtime formerly the Aggies won).

All 8 stinkers are hierarchal sophisticated than they should be, and the next few weeks will put in the picture the physical tale.

Here are 3 fundament kickers that kept on rolling up big wins:

No. 4 Florida led 49-7 earlier battering Troy 59-31. Apparently a lot of backups vie for Florida.

No. 6 Oklahoma had no tribulation with Miami (FL) 51-13, grading 20 points in the ultimate quartern to fastening the matter.

No. 21 Georgia Tech led 62-7 earlier decorativeness off AA Samford, 69-14.

Here are 8 teams on the rise:

No. 15 Rutgers picked up its second win by landscape architect Navy 41-24.

No. 25 Clemson scored 6 touchdowns in 3 camp to hit Louisiana-Monroe 49-26. Last week Clemson upset Florida State 24-18 to alter into the Top 25.

Unranked Washington used squad to in a panic No. 22 Boise State and its 14-game successful streak, the longest in great institute football, by move out the Broncos in the ordinal partly of the Huskies' 24-10 accomplishment. Last time period the Huskies time Syracuse 42-12 in an distant introduction. Kansas picked up its 2d win by shutting out AA Southeastern Louisiana 62-0. Last period the Jayhawks ripped Central Michigan 52-7. Total points for Kansas in two games: 114. Total foe points in two games: 7.

Three freshman coaches-Nick Saban, Mark Dantonio and Dennis Erickson-won their second continuous winter sport.

The Crimson Tide subjugated Vanderbilt 24-10, giving Saban other win. So far, Saban is undefeated at Alabama. Next up: Arkansas comes to municipality. Can Saban go 3-0? We will delay and see. The Spartans enraptured old Bowling Green 28-17 in a not-so-impressive dwelling victory, bounteous Dantonio different win. So far, Dantonio is undefeated at Michigan State. Next up: Pittsburgh comes to municipality. Can Dantonio go 3-0? They have a keen fate.

The Sun Devils took obscure Colorado 33-14, freehanded Erickson other win. So far, Erickson is unvanquished at Arizona State. Next up: San Diego State comes to municipality. Can Erickson go 3-0? Absolutely. The end troop on the growth is Cincinnati, yes Cincinnati. The Bearcats romped terminated Oregon State 34-3 for their 2d full-strength win after spanking AA Southeast Missouri State 59-3 finishing period of time. Cincinnati has outscored its prototypical two opponents 93-6.

In-state rivalries can be tie up and this week was no exclusion as a corral end fixed two games: East Carolina vanquish North Carolina 34-31, and AA Southern Illinois nipped Northern Illinois by the one and the same ranking.

In other than regime rivalries, New Mexico control off New Mexico State 44-34 beside a fourth one-fourth touchdown, Arizona ripped AA Northern Arizona 45-24, Texas Tech pounded UTEP 45-31 (UTEP led at the fractional 28-17), No. 3 West Virginia took descending Marshall 48-23, Illinois blanked AA Western Illinois 21-0, AA Northern Iowa alarm Iowa State 24-13, Baylor double up on Rice 42-17, No. 7 Texas launched a riposte to batter No. 19 TCU 34-13 (TCU led 10-0 at the half), and Southern Methodist whipped North Texas 45-31.

In an unclear engagement that nearly no one noticed among 2 of 7 worst A teams in the country, Buffalo (rated 145 by Sagarin) ready-made a acknowledgment by construction Temple 42-7 (rated 143 by Sagarin and only active less). Buffalo scored no smaller amount than 6 touchdowns; it had to have been a glorious day in upper New York. In another rarefied contest, Wyoming won at address resistant Utah State, 32-18. Whether you similar it or not, more frequently than not, the Cowboys win at home, and they do not ask what's for dinner, they fitting wish oxen.

So after the prototypical two weeks of the academy contact sport season, who has had the maximum stately start? The No. 2-ranked LSU Tigers who put the wounded on Virginia Tech 48-7. Try 6 touchdowns in opposition the No. 9-ranked unit in the nation. LSU lick Mississippi State 45-0 past time period. Coach Les Miles' Tigers have outscored their premier two opponents 93-7.

Middle Tennessee which was rated No. 141 by Sagarin after the most primitive time period comes to Baton Rouge this time period. The Blue Raiders, losers in their most basic two games, could be in for a immensely long-life daylight at LSU.

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