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Riding the fences – Week 2

Sep 7, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; South Florida Bulls head coach Charlie Strong on the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

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Each week HornSports will take a look back at the national scene in college football, so mount up and let’s ride out and check the perimeter.

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LSU bested Texas in a thrilling contest between teams both ranked in the Top 10. Since the game however, both schools have devolved into side shows involving air conditioning and players doing the Horns Down gesture. Rather than legit arguments, it feels like both sides are trying to stoke their fan bases for the teams’ 2020 game in Baton Rouge.

Close but not quite, the sequel: In 2018, Army took OU to overtime before losing. On Saturday they did it the same thing, except against Michigan. It’s easy to cheer for a service academy that is a major underdog to a P5 team, but deflating to see those hard fought efforts get dashed in OT.

The Texas A&M Aggies were driving for a 4th quarter moral victory against Clemson but Kellen Mond threw a goal-line interception. Cue sad trombone.

The second Saturday of college football saw more D2 over D1 upsets than all of 2018 combined.

Cincinnati’s 46-year old head coach, Luke Fickell, led his team through Bearcat fans and into the stadium while wearing AirPods like a player. Way to connect with your fans, coach.

Down 10 points in the 4th quarter, Colorado executed a flea flicker for a 96-yard touchdown. Nebraska answered with their own long touchdown on very next offensive play but the Buffaloes used momentum from the trick play for a comeback win

In Week 3 Syracuse plays No. 1 Clemson who they beat in 2017 and narrowly lost to last season. On Saturday with the game against the Tigers looming in a week, Syracuse was annihilated by Maryland. Was Syracuse looking ahead to Clemson?

After 2 weeks, there are only 3 teams with wins over two P5 opponents: Clemson, UNC, and Hawaii. Additionally, the Mountain West leads all conferences with six wins over P5 teams.

After a pair of overtime losses on Saturday, FSU and Tennessee fans are bailing on head coaches who, as of two weeks ago, were going to lead their programs back to relevancy. UCLA, Miami & Michigan fans are at the front of the line to join the party.

Maryland scored a total of 142 points in the Terp’s first two games. That is the highest point total in consecutive games in Maryland football history and is the third highest total by an FBS team since the 1930’s.

The SEC already has four losses to non-P5 schools, but that’s a better look than the Big 12’s nine games versus FCS competition:

After a weather delay, Cal upset Washington in dramatic fashion. The game ended at 4:23AM EST.

Charlie Strong’s record as head coach at South Florida is headed in the wrong direction – USF has lost eight consecutive games. The offense is struggling with a new OC and OL coach, and quarterback Quinton Flowers isn’t around to save the day.

An 0-2 start has the Miami Hurricanes reeling under first-year head coach Manny Diaz. The Canes allowed UNC to convert a 4th & 17 play leading to the Tarheels’ go-ahead score. Uglier than the team’s record has been hearing coaches blame the execution of the play call on that 4th down play.

Even more than USF and Miami, things are not well in Tallahassee. FSU squeaked out an OT win against Louisiana Monroe on Saturday, in front of a very sparse crowd. The good news is that not many fans were on-hand to see the Seminoles’ performance. The bad news is that a Tallahassee Democrat writer is calling this the lowest point in the history of the program.

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