2011 As 1981: Week Two

Week One

So Week One was a partial week, with only 37 FBS games on the docket. Week Two sees 53 games, but once again, there aren't that many big-time, marquee matchups. And for the second straight week, LSU plays in the biggest game.

College Gameday Location: South Bend.

No. 2 LSU 32, No. 15 Notre Dame 17 (in South Bend)

As you probably know, the F/+ rankings like Notre Dame quite a bit. They're going to need quite a bit of love, however, with the schedule at hand: LSU, @Michigan, @Purdue, Michigan State, Florida State, USC, Navy, Georgia Tech, @Air Force, @Penn State, @Miami. Five straight home games in October and into November, followed by a three-game road trip to finish up. The 1981 version of Notre Dame went 5-6 against that schedule (despite allowing just 14.5 points per game -- they went 0-4 in one-possession games); a good 2011 version may not fare any better.

No. 3 Oregon 41, Kansas 32 (in Lawrence)
No. 6 Alabama 40, Georgia Tech 30 (in Birmingham)
No. 8 Stanford 36, Purdue 26 (in West Lafayette)
No. 10 Nebraska 16, Iowa 10 (in Iowa City)
No. 11 South Carolina 40, Ole Miss 28 (in Columbia)
No. 12 Wisconsin 32, Michigan 29 (in Madison)
No. 16 Michigan State 14, Illinois 13 (in East Lansing)
No. 17 Ohio State 28, Duke 20 (in Columbus)
No. 18 Georgia 45, California 25 (in Athens)
No. 23 West Virginia 29, Virginia 28 (in Charlottesville)
Tennessee 40, No. 25 USC 35 (in Los Angeles)
Arizona 48, UCLA 12 (in Tucson)
Colorado 37, Texas Tech 31 (in Boulder)
Northwestern 63, Indiana 35 (in Evanston)
Penn State 35, Cincinnati 30 (in State College)
Vanderbilt 23, Maryland 19 (in Nashville)
Wake Forest 34, N.C. State 27 (in Winston-Salem)

Georgia Tech was a damn impressive team early in the season, though we didn't really know it in Week Two. Basically, after losing to LSU, Alabama rides out a less-than-amazing win versus the Yellow Jackets in Birmingham. They remain in the Top Ten, but there are probably some "What's wrong with Bama?" rumblings.

Another fun result: Tennessee over USC. Anybody remember how iffy USC was in September? And how interesting Tennessee was before Justin Hunter went down? Using the week-to-week Adj. Scores instead of a full-season number for these results produces an interesting upset here. Meanwhile, Arizona whomps UCLA, Nebraska holds off Iowa in a non-conference game, a weak Ohio State squad survives Duke, and West Virginia outshoots Virginia. Some fun results here.

No. 1 Oklahoma 38, Wyoming 23 (in Norman)
No. 4 Boise State 42, Washington 35 (in Seattle)
No. 5 Florida State 37, Memphis 11 (in Tallahassee)
No. 21 Missouri 32, Army 24 (in Columbia)
Tulsa 28, No. 14 Arkansas 25 (in Fayetteville)
Arkansas State 24, UL-Monroe 19 (in Monroe)
Arizona State 38, Utah 10 (in Tempe)
Baylor 41, Bowling Green 29 (in Waco)
BYU 28, Air Force 27 (in Provo)
Clemson 27, Tulane 25 (in Clemson)
Louisville 28, Toledo 27 (in Louisville)
New Mexico 28, UNLV 27 (in Las Vegas)
North Carolina 38, East Carolina 16 (in Chapel Hill)
Northern Illinois 30, Idaho 29 (in Dekalb)
Ohio 23, Minnesota 15 (in Minneapolis)
Oregon State 28, Fresno State 25 (in Corvallis)
San Diego State 18, Colorado State 15 (in Ft. Collins)
SMU 29, North Texas 24 (in Dallas)
Temple 27, Syracuse 21 (in Philadelphia)
Texas 34, Rice 9 (in Austin)
Utah State 21, Nevada 17 (in Logan)
Western Michigan 9, Kent State 8 (in Kent)

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm using week-to-week Adj. Score results instead of just some full-season rating to create these projections. That means that odd upsets can happen, and Arkansas is the first victim. The Hogs were really only a decent team at the start of the season before improving significantly by November; they fall victim to a poor performance and a decent opponent in Week Two. Timing is everything.

Meanwhile, Bob Stoops' Sooners hold off Dave Christensen's Cowboys to start their alleged national title run, BYU holds off Air Force, and Ohio knocks off Minnesota in Jerry Kill's Gopher debut.

No. 13 Virginia Tech 66, Appalachian State 13 (in Blacksburg)
No. 22 Florida 54, Furman 32 (in Gainesville)
Ball State 44, McNeese State 21 (in Muncie)
Eastern Michigan 31, Akron 23 (in Ypsilanti)
Iowa State 20, Northern Iowa 19 (in Ames)
Kansas State 10, Eastern Kentucky 7 (in Manhattan)
Louisiana Tech 37, East Tennessee State 17 (in Ruston)
Miami (Ohio) 34, William & Mary 20 (in Oxford)
Navy 40, Delaware 17 (in Annapolis)
Rutgers 48, N.C. Central 0 (in New Brunswick)
San Jose State 41, Santa Clara 17 (in San Jose)
UTEP 31, Stony Brook 24 (in El Paso)
Washington State 64, Idaho State 21 (in Spokane)

1. LSU (2-0)
2. Oklahoma (1-0)
3. Oregon (2-0)
4. Florida State (2-0)
5. Boise State (2-0)
6. Alabama (1-1)
7. Texas A&M (1-0)
8. Stanford (1-0)
9. Oklahoma State
10. Nebraska (1-0)
11. South Carolina (2-0)
12. Wisconsin (1-0)
13. Virginia Tech (1-0)
14. Georgia (2-0)
15. Michigan State (1-0)
16. Ohio State (1-0)
17. Mississippi State (1-0)
18. Auburn (1-0)
19. Missouri (1-0)
20. Florida (2-0)
21. Notre Dame (0-1)
22. TCU (0-1)
23. West Virginia (1-0)
24. Arkansas (0-1)
25. Texas (1-0)

That's right -- Oklahoma State has yet to actually begin its season.

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