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Posted by on September 13th, 2012 in blog, CFF Features, Dan Pierson | No Comments

The highlight (or lowlight if you like to chant Woooo Pig Sueeeey) of week 2 in college football was definitely the Louisiana-Monroe Indians Warhawks taking down previously 8th-ranked Arkansas in Little Rock.  The tiny school from the Sun Belt Conference came into the game unafraid of the big stage (in previous years they had made trips to play Texas, Auburn, LSU, FSU, Iowa and TCU – let’s just say many of the upperclassmen have “been there, done that”) and it showed right of out the gate as they took a 7-0 lead after 6 minutes.  Early in the 3rd quarter the Hogs took seemingly insurmountable 28-7 lead, Monroe had other ideas.  Propelled by the laser-rocket left arm of junior QB Kolton Browning the Warhawks stormed back and took the game to OT; after giving up a FG on Arkansas’ initial possession Browning scrambled 16 yards (on 4th & 1) to send the ‘Hawks home with their biggest victory in school history.  A big reason for Monroe’s victory?  They were 6-7 on 4th downs, with coach Todd Berry clearly coaching like they had nothing to lose, and his attitude had a trickle-down effect on the players.  One of the biggest upsets in quite some time.  Random Monroe alumni include Doug Pederson, Stan Humphries, Marty Booker and the legendary Bubby Brister. 

 

Also getting the upset special were the Oregon State Beavers.  The Wisconsin Badgers travelled halfway across the nation to get manhandled by a Pac-12 school?  What’s the world coming to?  Granted Wisco might be a tad overrated to begin the season, but no team with Montee Ball should ever be held to 35 total rushing yards!  Elsewhere in the Pac-12, UCLA showed they may be on the rise again under Jim Mora, Arizona torched the scoreboard for 36 2nd-half points to earn them a W over Oklahoma State, and Colorado lost to FCS-level Sacramento State – earning them the honor of being the worst BCS conference team in the nation.

Air Force always seems to put up a good fight whenever they play a powerhouse team.  Even back to the days of Beau Morgan or Dee Dowis

the Fightin’ Falcons never seem intimidated no matter the opponent or venue, and that was again the case at the Big House. 

 Wearing some of the sweetest unis 

 we’re likely to see all year, AFA took the Wolverines down to the wire before eventually turning the ball over on downs on their final two possessions.  Look for the Falcons to once again be a contender for the MWC title, especially with Boise out of the picture.

Looking ahead to Week 3, USC travels up the coast to Palo Alto to take on the Cardinal.  Some critics are already beating the “over-rated” drum on the Trojans for a “sloppy” game vs. Syracuse.  We’ll see how they respond against a conference rival – my money says Trojans win going away.  Top-ranked Alabama faces their first true test of the season when they travel to face the aforementioned Razorbacks… while it may be easy to write off the Hogs, don’t think for a second the players won’t be ready to rock vs the Tide.  They may not have the horses to compete (particularly without stud QB Tyler Wilson) but I see it being closer than expected.  Tide still win, but not as handily as they would hope.  Big-10 title contender Michigan State hosts the still Independent.

 Golden Domers in a night-cap in East Lansing, while the only other matchup of Top25 teams sees Tennessee host Florida.  Make mine an order of filleted Irish with a side of blackened Gator.  And if you’re an insomniac, bored, or resident of Utah you can tune in to see the Holy War (BYU at Utah) in the final game of the night.  Hang in there Freaks, the season has started out fairly slowly… but you can count on the action picking up soon!

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