The landscape of college football and the playoff to come didn’t change very much in week one. But week two had quite a lot to say about it. For starters, one team that is very unlikely to make it now is Wisconsin. The Badgers came into play on Saturday ranked no. 6 in the country. They left home feeling disappointed and upset as BYU came to town and won 24-21 thanks to a very sloppy showing from the Big 10 team. BYU capitalized on turnovers and a fine motion-based offense to stun the Badgers and give themselves an impressive victory that takes them to 2-1 (2-0 on the road) this season. This was Wisconsin’s first loss since 2003 outside of the conference, so it is a very big surprise to see them fall in this manner. The Badgers are now 2-1, and if they have any hope of making it to the CFP, they will have to be perfect for the rest of the season.
The other big game of the day saw no. 12 LSU win 22-21 over no. 7 Auburn in an instant classic in the Bayou with a last second field goal to win it in regulation. In an SEC West that is ridiculously difficult due to the presence of Alabama, this is a huge win for them. They still remain alive with a shot to making it to the SEC Championship and the playoff as a result. Now, they just have to continue to play well and see where the chips fall elsewhere. The other game high-profile game pitted no. 4 Ohio State against no. 15 TCU in Arlington. TCU kept it close throughout, but the Buckeyes pulled away late to win 40-28 and underline their title credentials. Other ranked teams to lose included no. 22 USC, losing 37-14 to Texas,no. 17 Boise State, losing 44-21 to no. 24 Oklahoma State, and no. 23 Arizona State losing to San Diego State 28-21.
In other football-related news, sources are indicating that the Cleveland Browns are looking to move away from wide receiver Josh Gordon come Monday. The troubled wide-out has reportedly finally, I might add, “broken the trust” of the team. As a result, they will be looking to release the very talented yet troubled man from his contract. It would be a big, big move, but it is one that is probably likely and the best decision for all. Gordon needs a wake up call, and this could be the way to do it.
And in the rest of the world’s football, “The Zlatan” did it again. The hulking Swedish striker scored his 500th goal in soccer on Saturday night in Toronto for his LA Galaxy team in a 5-3 loss. And it was a beautiful one at that, adding to his legend. His goal cut the deficit to 3-1 and his side came back to tie it only to give up two goals at the end of the match in their chase for the MLS Playoffs.