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11. Virginia Tech 2-0
Previous Rank: 11; Last Game: W 17-10 East Carolina; Next Game: vs Arkansas State
The Hokies dominated the game in all phases but costly penalties hurt them all day. Josh Oglesby’s 2nd touchdown run of the game gave them the lead midway through the 4th quarter and they held on to beat the Pirates. East Carolina had only 112 yards of offense but Virginia Tech just could not put them away. David Wilson had a 2nd straight solid game on the ground with 138 yards on 26 carries.
12. Oklahoma State 2-0
Previous Rank: 12; Last Game: W 37-14 Arizona; Next Game: @ Tulsa
The Cowboys offense was virtually unstoppable against Arizona, jumping out to a 21-0 halftime lead. Brandon Weeden hooked up with Justin Blackmon on two touchdown passes and finished with 397 yards. Blackmon hauled in 12 receptions for 128 yards to go with his two scores and Joseph Randle scored twice among his 15 rushes for 121 yards. The defense was still leaky, allowing Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles to throw for nearly 400 yards. Tulsa stands between the Cowboys and a showdown with Texas A&M.
13. Arkansas 2-0
Previous Rank: 13; Last Game: W 52-3 New Mexico; Next Game: vs Troy
Arkansas piled up 632 yards of offense including a surprising 259 yards on the ground as they demolished the Lobos in Little Rock. Quarterback Tyler Wilson threw for 259 yards and had both a passing and rushing touchdown. It was a balanced effort offensively with five different Hogs rushing for at least 30 yards. Troy awaits but expect the Razorbacks to have their minds on their trip to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama the following week.
14. Michigan State 2-0
Previous Rank: 14; Last Game: W 44-0 Florida Atlantic; Next Game: @ Notre Dame
The Spartan defense was in total control, holding the Owls to a stunning 48 yards of total offense. Florida Atlantic was 0-10 on 3rd downs and had only one 1st down the entire game. Jeremy Langford closed the scoring with a 37-yard fumble return on the only Florida Atlantic turnover of the game. The Spartans weren’t particularly effective offensively but they controlled the ball and the game throughout. Michigan State next travels to South Bend to take on struggling Notre Dame.
15. South Carolina 2-0
Previous Rank: 15; Last Game: W 45-42 Georgia; Next Game: vs Navy
Steve Spurrier and co. pulled a rabbit out of the hat again coming from behind in the 4th quarter and then holding off a Georgia rally. Defensive end Melvin Ingram scored twice; in the 2nd quarter on a 68-yard run off a fake punt and with just over 3:00 remaining on a fumble return. The Gamecocks are living a charmed life right now and the schedule sets up well for them to potentially run the table up to their trip to Arkansas in November.
16. Ohio State 2-0
Previous Rank: 17; Last Game: W 27-22 Toledo; Next Game: @ Miami (FL)
The Buckeyes narrowly avoided losing to another team from Ohio for the first time since 1921 when the Rockets’ final pass from the Buckeye 17-yard line fell incomplete with 48 seconds remaining. Toledo outplayed the Buckeyes offensively but had a staggering 14 penalties and gave up a momentum-swinging 69-yard punt return touchdown with just 46 ticks remaining in the 1st half. Jake Stoneburner added another touchdown reception to his three from week one to help the Buckeyes avoid the upset.
17. Florida 2-0
Previous Rank: 18; Last Game: W 39-0 Alabama-Birmingham; Next Game: vs Tennessee
The Gators coasted to a shutout win over the Blazers behind a 300-yard rushing attack and a stout defense that held UAB to 1-10 on 3rd down conversions. Chris Rainey followed up his big opening-season performance with 119 yard on the ground and a touchdown. Florida outgained the Blazers 512-212 and held them to only 11 1st downs. Now an SEC East showdown with Tennessee awaits in the first real test of the season for Florida.
18. West Virginia 2-0
Previous Rank: 19; Last Game: W 55-12 Norfolk State; Next Game: @ Maryland
Geno Smith was outstanding once again, throwing for 371 yards and four touchdowns as West Virginia poured it on in the 2nd half to knock off Norfolk State. The Spartans led at the half 12-10 before Smith and the Mountaineers came alive to score the final 35 points of the game including three of Smith’s touchdown passes. Norfolk State was whistled for an unbelievable 177 yards on 19 penalties. West Virginia now faces a Maryland team coming off a big win over Miami and with an extra week to prepare.
19. Arizona State 2-0
Previous Rank: 20; Last Game: W 37-30 Missouri; Next Game: @ Illinois
The Sun Devils prevailed in overtime with an upset win over the Tigers. Brock Osweiler looked even more impressive than the season-opening win as he completed 24-32 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns while adding another on the ground. The Devils did allow James Franklin to have a huge game for Missouri as he passed for 319 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 84 yards and another score. The relatively even but sloppy game saw 23 penalties called but only one turnover.
20. Auburn 2-0
Previous Rank: 22; Last Game: W 41-34 Mississippi State; Next Game: @ Clemson
The defending national champions kept their win streak alive, outlasting the Bulldogs in a classic SEC showdown. Chris Relf was stopped at the goal line on the final play of the game to preserve their 17th consecutive win. Michael Dyer came up big with 150 yards rushing and two scores to overcome Mississippi State’s 333 rushing yards. The Bulldogs put up 531 yards and 31 1st downs but couldn’t get the last yard when they needed it.
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