Week 2 of the college football season may as well be nicknamed “bounce-back week”, because there are plenty of 0-1 teams that look poised to turn that frown upside down and head into Week 3 even at 1-1.
After an opening weekend that was spectacular thanks to some big-time matchups, very good teams are looking to put their first mark in the win column. Long gone are the days of cupcake-only scheduling to start the year, and we have the College Football Playoff to thank for that.
Top 25 teams were looking to make a statement in Week 1, and many did. The others, well, that’s what “bounce-back week” is for.
The below teams look to be on the fast track towards redemption.
USC got spanked by the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Trojans — expected to be one of the better teams in the Pac-12, if not nationally — lost to Nick Saban’s squad, 52-6. USC was only able to accumulate 64-yards rushing and new starter Max Browne was held to 14-of-29 passing for 101 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
”Obviously one game does not make a season. We played a very good team,” USC coach Clay Helton said after the game. ”They played to their potential. The cold hard truth is we did not play up to ours.”
The Trojans’ get a respite after Alabama and before facing Stanford in the Pac-12 opener. Week 2 features the Utah State Aggies, which should be an easy win for USC.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
What. A. Game.
Notre Dame and Texas put on a classic in Week 1, and the only problem with those games is that one of the teams eventually has to lose. The Fighting Irish drew the short straw, losing in double overtime, 50-47.
Perhaps Notre Dame isn’t a true title contender this season, but expect the Fighting Irish to look like one against a Nevada team that has to travel over to South Bend to take on an Irish team that’s going to be bent on getting things back on track after the heartbreaker against Texas.
Ole Miss Rebels
With just a few minutes to go in the second quarter of Monday night’s college football game between Ole Miss and Florida State, the Rebels had a 28-6 lead and appeared to be in control of the No. 4 ranked team in the nation.
That’s when FSU quarterback Deondre Francois started to figure things out. Francois threw for 419 yards and two touchdowns while rushing nine times for 59 yards (6.6 yards per rush). Florida State forced Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly into three interceptions and a fumble, and the Seminoles came back in resounding fashion to win, 45-34.
“Anytime you turn the ball over four times, you can’t win the game,” Kelly said after the game, per Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel. “It’s on me to get better.
“You just can’t turn the ball over against a good team like that you really have to limit the turnovers. You’ve just got to take care of the ball.”
It was a terrible loss for Ole Miss but there is good news on the horizon for the Rebels. Their Week 2 opponent is Wofford, and it’s a game that’s at home.
If that’s not an easy bounce back win, Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss have bigger problems than a second-half collapse against FSU.
Other Teams Looking To Bounce Back:
— Oklahoma vs. Louisiana Monroe
— LSU vs. Jacksonville State
— North Carolina vs. Illinois
— UCLA vs. UNLV