Week 2 was great and I’m not talking about the burger! We all know that I forgot about Notre Dame by raising them to number 4 in my ranking.
I hear all season from Irish fans about how underrated they are. But after their gutsy performance against No. 3 Ohio State, a 21-10 loss, they soared. They were competitive and physical against the talented Buckeyes in Columbus until the very end. How am I rewarded? They lose to Marshall, 26-21, at home. Unfortunately, they not only lost; they were completely outmatched, outmatched, and outplayed. A disaster. The Marcus Freeman era is now off to an 0-3 start and the Irish are finished for any national CFP consideration for the rest of the year. Fuhgeddaboudit!
The Irish weren’t the only busts
But that was not all. Appalachian State beat No. 6 Texas A&M, 17-14, at College Station? The Aggies and their coach Jimbo Fisher are full of talent but little effort. They are teasers in the SEC. What about Texas’ defense against No. 1 Alabama? Sure they lost at the buzzer, 20-19, on a field goal, but what an effort! Texas must be back! NO! They lost their starting quarterback, Quinn Ewers, and still have a plethora of tough games ahead of them. That was his “bowl” game.
Finally, there was a last-minute Georgia Southern 45-42 win at Nebraska. The Huskers, favorites by three touchdowns, had a chance to tie it on the final play but missed a field goal. But who cares? This can’t happen! That’s why coach Scott Frost was kicked out the next day. Nebraska would have saved $7.5 million by waiting two more weeks, but the stench on the field was so unbearable there could be no waiting. 5-21 in one score games. 3-9 last season and 16-31 overall. I wasn’t “fixing” any problems; he was the problem. Frost played on Nebraska’s national championship teams and was the prodigal son when he was hired five years ago. Ultimately, it was an absolute disaster. We told him that after the Northwestern loss, he was training for his job every week and he correctly predicted that a loss would kill him. Have a good trip!
All of this tells you to forget about pre-season rankings. They’re relatively useless unless you’re talking about the big three, Alabama, Georgia, and the state of Ohio.
What we know:
◘Iowa lost to Iowa State, 10-7. In Week 1, the Hawkeyes produced a field goal and two deep goals to defeat FCS South Dakota State, 7-3. In two games he has cleared more times than he has scored (16-14). Last year, his scoring offense ranked 99th out of 130, averaging just over 23 points per game. So who has been his offensive coordinator? None other than Brian Ferentz. Yes, the son of Iowa Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz. Anyone else in that position would have been fired long ago. Brian Ferentz has been the offensive coordinator since 2017. The word that comes to mind here is nepotism.
◘Fox’s “BIG NOON KICKOFF” has been on campus in an effort to duplicate the atmosphere of ESPN’s “GameDay.” The only problem is that they usually have their marquegame at noon ET when a third of the country is still waking up on the West Coast. Last week’s Alabama/Texas game should have been in prime time under the lights for the entire country to see. The television audience would have been ten times higher at the start and three times higher overall. Do they know what they are doing to maximize their audience? Obviously not.
In the countryside
No. 13 Miami (2-0) +7 at No. 24 Texas A&M (1-1): Why are the Aggies still ranked after last week’s 27-14 loss to Appalachian State? Shouldn’t the Mountaineers be ahead of them? Miami comes to town with quarterback Tyler Van Dyke. Or is it him? He has thrown for 456 yards against inferior competition. This is the biggest game yet for new Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal, who intends to push Miami back to the top of the charts. Take the points but I see that A&M prevails.
No. 12 Brigham Young (2-0) at No. 25 Oregon (1-1): Why are the Ducks classified? They have a long way to go after being battered by Georgia, 49-3, in Week 1. The Cougars have a strong offensive line and defeated a solid No. 17 Baylor team in overtime, 26-20. Eugene is one of the toughest places to play, but it’s all about the Bo Nix show for the Ducks. If he plays well at quarterback, they win; If he doesn’t, well, you guessed it. He flips a coin.
No. 6 Oklahoma at Nebraska (1-2) +12: Why this game? History, tradition, heated rivalry at the same time. Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, Greg Pruitt, Steve Owens, Turner Gill, Brian Bosworth, Keith Jackson. The list goes on and on. Two of the 10 winningest shows of all time. Greatest game of all time: Thanksgiving 1971, both undefeated in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 Big Eight winner-takes-all. The game lived up to all the hype, Nebraska scoring a late touchdown and prevailing, 35-31, with Pawtucket’s own Chris Schenkel on the ABC call. Now they are in different leagues and play maybe once a decade. So why is this newsworthy? Because the Huskers just fired Frost and are now led by interim coach Mickey Joseph. Because it’s the 376th consecutive inning at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium dating back to 1962 and the first big test for new Sooners coach Brent Venables, that’s why I’ll be in Lincoln for kickoff. The Huskers don’t just cover, they win outright. Go to the big red!
This article originally appeared in The Providence Journal: Ken Schreiber’s top Notre Dame football rankings collapse