After the most thrilling weekend in college football history, it was going to take some true fandom to get through Week 2’s lackluster matchups.
In Week 1, seven Top 25 lost and ratings records were set. This Saturday was supposed to be a lot more tame with no ranked teams playing each other. But then all the weird, wacky and wonderful things we love about college football ensued.
Central Michigan beat Oklahoma State on a controversial Hail Mary lateral on an untimed down, which officials later said they were wrong to call in the first place. Tennessee beat Virginia Tech in front of a record 156,990 fans while playing a football game at Bristol Motor Speedway. Arkansas beat TCU in double overtime, which was complete with trick plays from Bret Bielema. BYU tried to go for two to beat rival Utah in the final minute, but the play failed.
Week 3 will feature primetime matchups like Notre Dame-Michigan State, Ohio State-Oklahoma and Louisville-Florida State.But Week 2 did just fine on the entertainment front.
Here are three things to remember moving forward from this weekend:
1. Oklahoma State on wrong side of worst call ever?
The Cowboys lost to Central Michigan on a play that never should have happened. Oklahoma State was up 27-24 with four seconds to go and just needed to run the clock down. So coach Mike Gundy had quarterback Mason Rudolph throw the ball as far as he could out of bounds. The clock expired, but because there weren’t any receivers running downfield and Rudolph was in the pocket, officials called intentional grounding.
With the clock reading 0.00, the referees awarded the Chippewas an untimed down. With one play left, receiver Corey Willis caught a lateral from Jesse Kroll at the OSU 12-yard line after a Hail Mary and ran into the end zone for a game-winning touchdown. Central Michigan had won in an unbelievable turn of events.
But after the game, MAC and Big 12 officials said that the game should have ended after the penalty and Central Michigan should not have had that extra down. But the score remains.
Gundy admitted he shouldn’t have called a passing play on fourth down, but unfortunately for Oklahoma State, the score cannot be reversed. It will be interested to see how the College Football Playoff selection committee views this result later on in the season.
2. Nick Saban will never be happy
No. 1 Alabama beat Western Kentucky 38-10 and now the reigning national champions are 2-0 before playing Ole Miss next week. But Nick Saban was furious after the game, telling reporters he felt “almost embarrassed” with the way his team played.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever been this disappointed after winning a game, maybe ever,” he said via AL.com. “We have lots of work to do. We’re going to play a lot better teams. I didn’t think we practiced very well this week. I didn’t think we prepared very well for this game. I don’t think we respected the team we played. Like I said before, when you’re arrogant, it makes you complacent. It creates a blatant disregard for doing things right. If we don’t start doing things right, we’re not going to have the kind of success we’re capable of.”
He also gave offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin an “ass chewing” with 46 seconds left in the game.
This is classic Saban. It’s not as much that he didn’t like the score of the game, but perhaps rather a way to send a message to his team ahead of next week’s SEC West clash with No. 18 Ole Miss. The Rebels have beat the Crimson Tide two years in a row.
3. Sluggish start for Clemson
No. 2 Clemson has been underwhelming so far this season. First, the Tigers struggled to get out of Auburn, escaping with a 19-13 win in Week 1. Then this week they had trouble beating Troy at home, winning just 30-24.
“Everybody wants to see us score 50 points, 60 points and everybody wants it now,” quarterback Deshaun Watson said after the game. “We’re not going to do that. First we’ve got to execute and find our rhythm.”
Clemson was supposed to be the most dominant team coming back this season returning so many starters from its national title contending group of last year. But the offense has been a little slow to start. That’s not to say the Tigers won’t find their groove as the season goes on — that’s what happened to Ohio State last year.
It’s a long season.
Source: USA Today Fan Sports Poll