The hope now is that the Frogs make it to the top of Everest. Win the Big 12, make the playoff, and bring home some hardware that hasn’t taken up permanent residence in Fort Worth since 1938. And while outsiders might shake their heads, those that bleed purple hold out hope. The Frogs have done it before, and that means it can happen again.
The tournament is just a day away and even though SMU couldn’t sneak in, there should still be plenty of activity around the area as DFW gets ready to host the Final Four at Jerry World in a few weeks.
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Another week of college football, another group of upsets. This is getting ridiculous.
- #20 Wisconsin
- #18 Tennessee
- #17 BYU
- #9 Virginia Tech
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Mississippi State
- Oklahoma State
The Horned Frogs got off to a great start last week, upending Grambling State with ease, 56-0. This week, they play their first game against a Big 12 opponent as a member of the Big 12.
Technically, Kansas is in the Big 12, but I can’t imagine this game being a very tough match for the Frogs.
After all, Kansas has only won six Big 12 games since the 2008 season.
The Jayhawks did get quite the makeover this season though, albeit not a great one. Former Notre Dame Head Coach, and NFL defensive coordinator Charlie Weis took over the struggling program, and he brought with him Fighting Irish transfer Dayne Crist.
Crist has struggled so far this year, and was a key reason Kansas lost to Rice last week. He threw two interceptions, the second with less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Rice’s ensuing drive led to the game-winning 45-yard field goal.
Kansas’ defense has allowed opposing offenses (South Dakota State and Rice, mind you) to total 814 yards of offense, 443 passing and 371 rushing, and score 42 points.
That doesn’t bode well for them, with the potent, dual-threat offense the Horned Frogs are bringing to Lawrence this weekend.
It should be an easy win for the Frogs, as they advance to 2-0 on the season.
More weekend picks:
#18 Tennessee vs. #19 Florida
Pick: Tennessee-24, Florida-17
Georgia Tech vs. Virginia
Pick: Virginia-31, Georgia Tech-20
#21 Stanford vs. #2 USC
Pick: USC-37, Stanford-24
#15 Michigan State vs. Notre Dame
Pick: Michigan State-42, Notre Dame-20
Arkansas vs. #1 Alabama
Pick: Alabama-27, Arkansas-24
Week 2 in the college football season really did a number on my rankings.
Five teams in my Week 1 Top 25 found themselves out of the rankings in Week 2, so let’s jump right in.
- #25 Rutgers (def. Howard, 26-0)
- #22 Washington (lost @ LSU, 3-41)
- #18 Oklahoma State (lost @ Arizona, 38-59)
- #17 Nebraska (lost @UCLA, 30-36)
- #5 Arkansas (lost vs. Louisiana Monroe, 31-34)
So, without further ado, here is Week 2’s Top 25 (scroll over the image for more detail, or look below the image. Sorry about the formatting, we’re working to improve it).
The Big 12 is expected to announce a new television deal with ABC/ESPN and Fox worth $2.6 billion Friday, according to ESPN.com. ABC/ESPN and Fox will share the rights to broadcast football, while ABC/ESPN will have exclusive rights to Big 12 basketball, according to the article by Brett McMurphy.
The Big 12’s board of directors will formally vote on the deal Friday morning, which will extend through the 2024-2025 season. The math works out so that each school will receive $20 million a year, putting them just behind the Pac 12, where every team gets $21 million a year.
My first reaction: What???
The Big 12 is content with a deal that doesn’t even break even with an inferior conference? That seems a bit ridiculous to me. It hasn’t been said yet, but I’m assuming that there will be a clause in the deal that says if the Big 12 adds teams, say they go to 12 or even 14, the deal can be renegotiated to, at the very least, keep every school at the $20 million/year mark.
Now, the new deal also includes a grant of rights clause, stating that if any team is to leave the Big 12 for another conference, all of their media rights and revenue would remain with the Big 12.
That’s a big deal for a conference that was on the brink of collapse just over a year ago.
That’s pretty much it for now, but hopefully we’ll know more tomorrow.
It was certainly a busy weekend for college football, both on the field and in the rankings. Big wins and upsets, major injuries and breakout performances all had a say in making the weekend great.
It has become a running theme that at least one FCS team will upset their FBS opponent in week 1. Pitt became the latest to fall to an “inferior” foe, as they were knocked off, quite handily, by Youngstown State.
Other FBS teams to lose to an FCS opponent:
Memphis (20-17 to Tennessee Martin)
Idaho (20-3 to Eastern Washington)
Middle Tennessee St. (27-21 to McNeese State)
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at how things shifted from our preseason poll.
#25 — Rutgers (W, 24-12 vs. Tulane)
Last Week: #24
#24 — Georgia Tech (L, 20-17 in OT vs. Virginia Tech)
Last Week: #20
Quick bit: Tevin Washington made everyone forget his solid performance by throwing the worst interception of the weekend.
#23 — Baylor (W, 59-24 vs. SMU)
Last Week: NR
Quick bit: Nick Florence picked up where RG3 left off in throwing for 341 yards and 4 touchdowns. There’s a storyline to watch.
#22 — Washington (W, 21-12 vs. San Diego State)
Last Week: #22
#21 — BYU (W, 30-6 vs. Washington State)
Last Week: #23
Quick bit: The Cougars absolutely stifled Washington State’s offense in Mike Leach’s return to coaching.
#20 — Louisville (W, 32-14 vs. Kentucky)
Last Week: 21
#19 — Michigan State (W, 17-13 vs. Boise State)
Last Week: #19
Quick Bit: This win would have been more impressive if Kellen Moore was still a Bronco.
#18 — Oklahoma State (W, 84-0 vs. Savannah State)
Last Week: #18
Quick bit: 84 points is impressive, but Savannah State has won two games in the last two seasons playing in the MEAC.
#17 — Nebraska (W, 49-20 vs. Southern Mississippi)
Last Week: #17
#16 — Florida State (W, 69-3 vs. Murray State)
Last Week: #16
Quick bit: The ‘Noles suffered a huge loss on Saturday when DE Brandon Jenkins hurt his foot. Jenkins will miss the entire season, as we learned Monday.
#15 — Georgia (W, 45-23 vs. Buffalo)
Last Week: #15
#14 — Wisconsin (W, 26-21 vs. Northern Iowa)
Last Week: #14
Quick Bit: It took a 4th-quarter, 4th-down stand for the Badgers to beat the fellas from the MVC.
#13 — TCU (BYE)
Last Week: #13
#12 — Michigan (L, 41-14 vs. (2) Alabama)
Last Week: #8
Quick bit: I knew Alabama was good but I didn’t expect the Wolverines to get beaten like this. The Tide plain whooped them.
#11 — Clemson (W, 26-19 vs. Auburn)
Last Week: #12
#10 — Virginia Tech (W, 20-17 in OT vs. (24) Georgia Tech)
Last Week: #11
Quick bit: The Hokies benefited greatly from a huge Georgia Tech error. Kicker Cody Journell redeems an earlier FG miss to seal it for Virginia Tech.
#9 — Kansas State (W, 51-9 vs. Missouri State)
Last Week: #10
#8 — South Carolina (W, 17-13 vs. Vanderbilt)
Last Week: #9
Quick Bit: Vanderbilt is a good team, and the Gamecocks should be happy they left Nashville with a win.
#7 — West Virginia (W, 69-34 vs. Marshall)
Last Week: #8
Quick Bit: Geno Smith got his Heisman bid off to a great start, throwing for 323 yards and 4 touchdowns, while running for 65 more yards and another score.
#6 — Oregon (W, 57-34 vs. Arkansas State)
Last Week: #6
#5 — Arkansas (W, 49-24 vs. Jacksonville State)
Last Week: #5
#4 — LSU (W, 41-14 vs. North Texas)
Last Week: #4
#3 — Oklahoma (W, 24-7 vs. UTEP)
Last Week: #3
Trending: Level (barely)
Quick bit: It took a strong 4th quarter for the Sooners to put UTEP away. Before that, they struggle mightily on offense.
#2 — Alabama (W, 41-14 vs. (12) Michigan)
Last Week: #2
Quick bit: The Tide are for real. That’s all.
#1 — USC (W, 49-10 vs. Hawaii)
Last Week: #1
Quick bit: Barkley threw for almost 400 yards and four touchdowns.