Week 2 is in the books and it’s time to hand out some Superlatives. There weren’t many good games to choose from for most of these so hopefully things will pick up in Week 3. Here we go:
MVP – Kansas State QB Jake Waters: The Wildcats of Kansas State jumped out to a 13 point lead early in their game against conference foe Iowa State but quickly allowed 28 straight points. The transfer from Western Iowa Community College was able to rush for two touchdowns and lead the Wildcats to a 32-28 come-from-behind conference victory. Waters ended the game 16-for-29 passing for 239 yards and 138 rushing yards on 20 carries with 2 touchdowns.
Coach of the Week – Notre Dame – Brian Kelly: Entering the final installment of the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry, Kelly said all the right things. We all kind of knew that Notre Dame had a better team than Michigan but still we waited to see how things were going to play out. Well as it turns out, Kelly had his players ready to play. After the initial nerves and butterflies finally subsided the Irish proceeded to take Michigan out behind the woodshed on their way to a 31-0 win over their rival.
Game of the Week – USC at Stanford: There were only two games last Saturday between ranked opponents and this game had everything you wanted out of a good college football game: ranked opponents, rivals, coaches with bad blood, both with conference and national championship aspirations, some shenanigans and a wild finish. It’s no secret that the Trojans and Cardinal do not like one another but a lot of people don’t know about the beef between Trojan head coach Steve Sarkisian and Cardinal head coach David Shaw. Sarkisian accused Shaw of telling his players to fake injuries in last season’s Stanford/Washington game in Palo Alto when Sarkisian was still the Huskies’ head coach. Then the Pat Haden came down from the press box to dispute the game officials’ call on an unsportsmanlike penalty and ejection of a defensive captain. USC was able to hold Stanford scoreless in the second half and forced two turnovers in the wildest game of the early 2014 season.
Coach Who Needs To Pick Up His Check At The Back Door – Michigan – Brady Hoke: The Wolverines actually outgained the Fighting Irish 289 yards to 280 yards on Saturday night but lost the turnover battle four to nil. What bothers me about Brady Hoke, who I like, is that he doesn’t wear a head set on the sideline or have a playsheet or notepad or anything on the sideline. If I were a Michigan fan, this would bother me as Hoke looks lost on the sideline as he stands among the players with his arms folded. It was the final game of the series between the two schools and his team got housed 31-0 all while Hoke did his best ‘Im not a coach’ impression on the sideline.
Uniform of the Week – Army Black Knights: This was the first time we got a look at the 2014 Black Knight uniforms and at first I was kind of iffy on the whole stenciled numbers idea but when actually put on a uniform in action I really liked them. I also like the detail of having the players names on the front right just as it does on their actual West Point uniforms. Plus, the all black helmets are a simple but very noticeable touch.
Dud Uniform of the Week – East Carolina Pirates: Purple is a tough color to pull off correctly and when it’s one of your team colors you have to own it. East Carolina decided to use it sparingly on their road black uniform (which is odd in itself) which turned out just looking silly. Black and purple do not look good together and East Carolina and my retinas found out the hard way. If purple is one of your colors you can’t just throw on your normal road unis with black pants and a new black helmet.
Tune in to the Southern Football Report this Saturday from 10am until Noon as we will recap the Friday night high school football action as well as preview all the top games on Saturday!