Sunday, September 10, 2017

Green's takeaways from Week 2

                                           Photo Credit: Troy Toarmina- USA Today Sports

Another wild week in college football is in the books, so here are my thoughts on the second full slate of games:

1) Hurricane Irma yet another reminder of football being secondary:

As much as we crave watching college football on Saturdays at home or in stadiums across the country, the fun and excitement feels secondary with Hurricane Harvey impacting the Houston area two weeks ago and now Irma potentially hitting most of Florida this week.

Multiple games across the state of Florida have either been postponed and/or cancelled this week and Miami (FL) and Florida State’s meeting being pushed from Sept. 16 to Oct. 7 gives us a stark reminder that lives matter more than a game under the lights.

Thoughts to those affected by the hurricanes across the south with a return to some semblance of normalcy as soon as possible.

2) Baker Mayfield executes the perfect heel turn in Columbus:

Almost one year ago, Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners watched the Ohio State Buckeyes sing the fight song on their home field after losing 45-24.

Oklahoma would exact its revenge and then some in a 31-16 win at Ohio State as an energized Mayfield finished his interview with ABC’s Maria Taylor and then grabbed the school flag and waved it to his fans, before going off script and running like Usain Bolt to midfield and planted the school colors into the Ohio State logo at midfield. It felt like watching WWE’s Kevin Owens cutting a promo, but in Mayfield’s case, a non-verbal fashion as this moment will live in the archives of college football moments for years, if not decades to come.

Mayfield’s performance backed up the actions going 27-of-35 for 386 yards and three touchdowns through the air, which could be enough to garner serious Heisman Trophy consideration.

3) Penn State rolls in rivalry game against Pitt:

One of the few blemishes on Penn State’s resume’ was a loss to Pittsburgh last season, which served as a motivation tool as it won nine of its next 10 games on its way to a Big Ten Championship.

The Nittany Lions exacted revenge in a 33-14 win over Pittsburgh at Beaver Stadium behind 88 yards on 14 carries and a TD from Saquon Barkley. Trace McSorley added three touchdowns from the air to exercise one of its few demons from last season.

4) Pac-12 After Dark returns in grand style:

Despite Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon State going down at home to Houston, San Diego State and Minnesota, respectively, Washington State delivered an epic comeback against Boise State.

Down 31-10 in the second half with Luke Falk on the sidelines after suffering a concussion, the Cougars turned to Tyler Hilinski, which helped engineer a 21-0 run to force overtime. Both teams exchanged scores in the first two overtimes, until a Boise State field goal opened the door for Hilinski to find Jamal Morrow for a 22-yard TD reception to complete the comeback with a 47-44 win in triple overtime.

In a game where points were hard to come by, the Utah Utes defeated the BYU Cougars, 19-13 in the Holy War. Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley led the way with 389 total yards and a touchdown on the ground for the seventh straight in the series with BYU.

For those who are fortunate to stay up into the wee hours of the morning, there is nothing like Pac-12 After Dark.