As the NCAA football season started on September 3, multiple teams were coming in looking strong, but fell short.
On Saturday September 3, the Houston Cougars (ranked number 15) faced the Oklahoma Sooners (ranked number three) in what was supposed to be an epic showdown, but the Sooners came out victorious. In this situation what happened was the exact opposite with the Cougars coming out on top in a 33-23 win over the Sooners, causing them to drop down to number 14 in the rankings and Houston gaining a top 10 spot at number 6. Houston also came out on top over Lamar Cardinals in a 42-0 blowout in week 2.
The TCU Horned Frogs were at a steady ranking of number 13 in the top 25 polls, coming out on top in a shocking close win over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 59-41. It’s shocking, because in the past, TCU has had a solid team, defeating teams by more than 20 points, with a solid defense to allow no more than 28 points. TCU came out in week two losing to the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 10 in double overtime 38-41. Due to that loss, TCU is no longer ranked coming into week three, but can still fight to get a spot within the top 25 again if consistent.
The LSU Tigers came in looking strong after a phenomenal 2015-2016 season start, but had a slow finish towards the end of the season which caused them to move down in the rankings. With a brand new team, and returning starters, runningback Leonard Fournette, quarterback Brandon Harris, and wide reciever Travin Dural, the team looked pretty good on the offensive side, and the defense looking stacked as well with defensive leader and cornerback Tre’Davious White leading the defensive side. LSU came in ranked number five, but unfortunately dropped to number 21 after a loss to unranked Wisconsin. LSU did come out on top over Jacksonville State 34-13 in week two, moving them up only one spot to number 20, because Jacksonville State was not ranked.
Notre Dame came out ready to demolish the Texas longhorns again after manhandling them a year ago 38-3 in the opening game of the season. This year the Fighting Irish came in at number 10 and looked great, until they realized the Longhorns were not going down without a fight. Both sides exchanged punches, but the two teams ended up going into overtime with Texas coming out on top 50-47.
As week three comes around, who is needing to be watched out for next?