As quickly as the season started, we are now two weeks into the 2014-2015 college football season. Here’s a look at some of the Top 25 action from Saturday.
#1 Florida State 37 – Citadel 12
For the second week in a row, the Florida State Seminoles scored 37 points. However, this weekend their defense also played much better and they were able to beat the Citadel by 25 points for their 18th straight victory. Jameis Winston did a great job of spreading the ball around to 10 different receivers, and he was able to put up 256 yards and 2 touchdowns in the process. Karlos Williams and Dalvin Cook also scored on the evening, both reaching the end zone on short runs in the first half. Roberto Aguaya also had plenty of practice, as he had three field goals from 22, 27, and 24 yards out on Saturday. Although the Citadel scored 12 in the final quarter, this game was 34-0 at the end of three. Now 2-0 on the season, the Seminoles still have the best odds in the nation at 4/1 to win the College Football Championship. They’ll be in for their biggest challenge thus far next weekend, when they take on a ranked Clemson team.
Florida Atlantic 0 – #2 Alabama 41
Last weekend West Virginia was able to keep things close with the #2 team in the nation. However, this weekend the Crimson Tide got off to a huge 21-point first quarter and they never looked back as they routed Florida Atlantic. While Blake Sims got plenty of reps last weekend and followed it up this weekend with 214 passing yards, Jake Coker would also enter the game and throw for 202 yards as well. It’s the first time in the program’s history that two quarterbacks have thrown for more than 200 yards in a single game. The other big name on the evening for Alabama was Armari Cooper, who had 189 yards on 13 receptions. Now Cooper is just 15 yards away from Ozzie Newsome with the third-most receiving yards in school history. On the ground, Kenyan Drake had 45 yards and a touchdown, while TJ Yeldon had 43 yards but failed to find the end zone. Alabama should have an easy time next weekend against Southern Mississippi, but they’ll then play the Florida Gators the following weekend. The way things are right now, the Crimson Tide sits at 8/1 odds to win the National Championship.
#7 Michigan State 27 – #3 Oregon 46
In arguably the most anticipated matchup on Saturday, the Michigan State Spartans went to Oregon and gave the Ducks plenty to handle in the first half. Despite being on the road against one of the best teams in the nation, the Spartans were able to take a 24-18 lead into halftime. Unfortunately for them, they would only score one more field goal, while the Ducks were able to really get things going in the second half and put up 14 in each of the final two quarters. Marcus Mariota was 17/28 on the evening and had 318 yards and three touchdowns. He was able to connect with Devon Allen twice in the end zone, as the receiver finished the night with 110 yards on 3 receptions. Royce Freeman also had two touchdowns for the Ducks, along with 89 yards on 13 rushing attempts. For the Spartans, Connor Cook threw for 343 yards on 29/47 attempts. And although he found the end zone early in the game, he also threw two interceptions as well. Michigan State remains the Rose Bowl and Big Ten defending champions, and there is nothing to be ashamed of in losing at Oregon. However, they’ll certainly have their work cut out for them if they look to still play for a National Championship later this year. Michigan State dropped to 20/1, while Oregon still has impressive 9/1 odds.
Tulsa 7 – #4 Oklahoma 52
The Sooners’ offense has been on a roll thus far this season. After putting up 48 points last weekend against Louisiana Tech, they followed it up with 52 points against Tulsa on Saturday. The man that everyone had their eyes on was Sterling Shepard. The receiver set career highs against Tulsa last season, and he picked up right where he left off when the two teams match up again this season. On Saturday, he’d match his career high with 8 receptions, and he’d also set a new personal best with 177 yards receiving. Throwing the ball to Shepard was Trevor Knight, who was 21/34 with 299 yards and two touchdowns. Keith Ford had most of the touches on the ground, as he scored twice and had 87 yards rushing on 10 attempts. Alex Ross also had an 82-yard run that resulted in a touchdown. The Sooners have the 10th highest points total in the entire nation, and their offense has been hitting on all cylinders thus far this season. Next weekend they’ll head up against Tennessee, in hopes of improving to 3-0 on the season.
San Jose State 13 – #5 Auburn 59
The Cinderella team of last season continues to roll this year, as #5 Auburn got a huge win over San Jose State, 59-13. Cameron Artis-Payne has stepped into the leading role in the backfield after Tre Mason left for the NFL, and he had 112 yards and 3 touchdowns on 16 carries on Saturday. Nick Marshal also rushed for a touchdown, and threw for one as well. This was the 12th time in a row that Auburn has scored more than 30 points, which sets the mark as a new school record. The Tigers currently sit at 12/1 odds and they’ll face their toughest matchup yet next weekend against a ranked Kansas State team.
Virginia Tech 35 – #8 Ohio State 21
Despite getting a win last weekend against Navy, the Ohio State Buckeyes still fell three spots in the polls as they looked to have a more difficult time than expected. To follow things up, things got even worse for Ohio State as they fell to Virginia tech on Saturday, 35-21. After the news that Braxton Miller was out for the season, many people expected the Buckeyes to have a hard time this season. However, not many expected it to come this early against a Hookies team that has now improved to 2-0. JT Barrett wasn’t nearly as successful in this game as he was in his first, going just 9/29 and racking up 3 interceptions. As for Virginia Tech, they were led by Michael Brewer with 2 touchdowns and 199 yards on 23/36 passing. The game was tied up at 21 when the Buckeyes scored the first points in the fourth quarter, but Virginia Tech would answer back with 14 unanswered as they upset Ohio State in front of their biggest crowd in history. The Buckeyes are now at 20/1 odds and they’ll surely drop even further this week. They obviously have some things that they need to figure out, especially if JT Barrett continues to play like he did on Saturday.
Lamar 3 – #9 Texas A&M 73
The team that had the biggest jump in the polls this past week was Texas A&M. After their huge blowout win over South Carolina on the first night of the season, Texas A&M jumped 14 spots in the polls, and they also improved to 18/1 odds to win the NCAA Championship. Though he wasn’t quite as impressive as he was in the opener, Kenny Hill looked impressive as he threw four touchdowns and for 283 yards on 17/26 passing. Kyle Allen also saw significant time in the backfield for the Aggies, going 12/16 for 122 yards and two touchdowns of his own. Lamar did have the ball for nearly 10 minutes more than Texas A&M, but the Aggies certainly made it count for more when they were on the field. The Aggies had 630 total yards, while the Cardinals had just 243. Texas A&M will hope for another boost in the polls before they play Rice next weekend, and you can check back with sportspicks.com for handicap insight and information for all betting odds.
Northwestern State 6- #10 Baylor 70
There was no messing around when Baylor took the field on Saturday against FCS Northwestern State. The Bears racked up 49 points in the first half alone, and they’d follow it up with 21 more in the second. Seth Russell had five touchdown passes in the first half, and he also racked up 438 yards on just 16 completions. Three of those passes went to KD Cannon in the first half. Baylor also had five rushing touchdowns, including one each from Russell, Shock Linwood, and Johnny Jefferson, and two from Sila Nacita. Despite having back-to-back blowouts and having the third highest points per game total in the nation, the Bears are at 30/1 odds to win the NCAA Championship this year. They’ll hope that will change as they move forward and play Buffalo next weekend.
Here is the rest of the results from this weekends Top 25 games
Memphis 35 – #11 UCLA 42
Sam Houston State 0 – #12 LSU 56
#14 USC 13 – #13 Stanford 10
#15 Mississippi 41 – Vanderbilt 3
Michigan 0 – #16 Notre Dame 31
#17 Arizona State 58 – New Mexico 23
Western Illinois 3 – #18 Wisconsin 37
McNeese State 24 – #19 Nebraska 31
#20 Kansas State 32 – Iowa State 28
Eastern Carolina 23 – #21 South Carolina 33
San Diego State 27 – #21 North Carolina 31
SCST 7 – #23 Clemson 73
#24 Missouri 49 – Toledo 24
Murray 21 – #25 Louisville 65