By Ashley Guinan September 11, 2013
So far we’ve seen some great games, and it’s only going to get better as the season goes on. Almost everybody knows the big news items: Alabama plays TAMU this weekend, Georgia beat South Carolina in a huge SEC East matchup, USC and Texas lost to unranked teams, Texas fired their Defensive coordinator following the loss to BYU, Braxton Miller is nursing an injury, Munchie Legaux is out for the season, and Sports Illustrated starting releasing the first of a five part series on illegal benefits at Oklahoma State this week. Got it? I think I covered most of the big items that have been talked about over and over! Here are some quick hits of the lesser known story lines of college football this week.
Tough Man Award: Landon Feichter, Safety, Purdue–Feichter broke both his hands in a week 1 loss to Cincinnati, and had to have teammates help him put on socks/shoulderpads last week. He wore a splint and taped up his hands and played in the second game of the season. Talk about tough. He is going to have to find a new level of tough, and sit out for the foreseeable future after breaking a leg during the week 2 game vs. FCS opponent Indiana St.
“For the Love of the Game” Award: See above. Feichter wins this award too. The Junior realized he only had so many football games left and wanted to play even with two broken hands. Other players may have nursed the injuries against an FCS team, but Feichter clearly loves football and wanted to be a part of his team’s first win of the season.
Fun Stat: After two games of play, DE Shilique Calhoun of Michigan State has scored more touchdowns that MSU’s offense. Calhoun returned a fumble for a touchdown in the first week, and returned both a fumble and interception in week 2. Meanwhile, MSU will most likely play their fourth quarterback this week.
Fun Stat #2: Kansas State leads the nation in average punt return yards, with 47 yds/return. On the flip side, they are last in the nation in average punt return defense, giving up 49 yds/return. There are limited returns factoring in to those numbers this early in the season, but it is interesting.
Eye-opening Stat: Baylor is averaging 736.5 ypg so far.
Team of the Week: Washington State. I said to a friend during the first half “Washington State will start being relevant again. Probably not this year, but soon, now that they are in year 2 with a great coach.” They ended up pulling off the unlikely upset, because they did not give up all game. It was apparent early last season that Mad Mike Leach had them believing in themselves again. Should be fun to see how quickly the old pirate gets them to a winning season now that they have a signature win.
My weekend lineup: TCU @ Texas Tech, UCLA @ Nebraska, Bama @ TAMU, Ohio St @ Cal, Oregon St @ Utah. It should start getting more difficult to choose one game at each time slot now that we are getting into the meat of the season!