By Joel Silverberg / @JoelSilverberg
Two weeks of college football are behind us and we’re starting to learn just a little bit more about who can realistically contend for the playoff come December. Here’s a look at who shined and who didn’t from over the weekend.
The Good: Clemson. The Tigers went into a tough place to win in College Station, only committed four penalties and didn’t turn the football over while withstanding a fourth quarter comeback attempt from Texas A&M. The Aggies aren’t the best team Clemson will face this year, but beating a Jimbo Fisher coached team on the road isn’t too shabby.
Honorable Mention: Arizona State. It’s still very early, but the Herm Edwards experiment in Tempe is off to a good start. Down by ten in the fourth the Sun Devils rallied to stun No. 15 Michigan State 16-13 and as a result are now No. 23 in this week’s AP Poll.
The Bad: USC. The Trojans didn’t look sharp until late in their opener against UNLV and never got the offense going in a 14-point loss to Stanford on Saturday night. USC quarterback JT Daniels threw two picks and lost a fumble.
Honorable Mention: Michigan State. Blowing a ten-point, fourth quarter lead to Arizona State is catastrophic for Sparty’s playoff chances. Michigan State is on thin ice already with a road trip to Penn State and home games against Michigan and Ohio State still on the schedule.
The Ugly: Florida. Feleipe Franks was awful for the Gators, who lost to Kentucky for the first time in 32 years and for the first time in Gainesville in nearly four decades. Benny Snell Jr. tore up Florida’s defense, which gave up more than 450 yards to the Wildcats.
Honorable Mention: Arizona. Kevin Sumlin hasn’t gotten off to a good start with the Wildcats. Arizona got pounded by Houston a week after dropping its opener to BYU.