The early season schedules for college football often include many games which appear, on paper, to be lopsided affairs. There are quite a number of FCS opponents that share the fields with their much larger and more powerful FBS brethren; and, many schools from the, so-called, Big 5 conferences schedule plenty of home games against, what should be, weaker teams from the mid-major and lower conferences. As a result, there are more games on the schedule with at least one FBS team participating; there are more ho-hum games with run-away scores; and, there are more games in which one team never trailed at any point in the game. It’s kinda-sorta like the college football version of pre-season football or spring training baseball. But … not for everyone.
Sometimes, those early season patsies don’t follow the script and put quite a scare into their bigger brother teams … and, sometimes, even steal a rather embarrassing win from them. And, you do get those big-time, top 25, or even top 10, match-ups sprinkled in the schedule to keep things interesting. This is what makes college football so fun from the first kickoff to the last. And, that is what the 2014 College Football Week 2 schedule had in store for us.
The 2014 Week 2 slate included a total of 74 games with at least one FBS football team on the field. Of those 74 games, 43 (or 58%) of them were won by teams that led throughout the entire game. Only 9 of those games were won by the visiting team. A few of those games were relatively highly anticipated contests between big-time football programs, like: Virginia Tech’s 35 – 21 victory over Ohio State; and, Notre Dame’s 31 – 0 dismantling of Michigan. That psssssssttttttt you heard this weekend was the air being let out of the Big Ten’s conference bravado balloon.
Of the 31 games in which the ultimate winner trailed by at least 1 point or more at some time in the game, 13 of those games were won by the visiting team. And, of those 31 games with some sort of comeback involved, 9 games (4 visiting teams and 5 home teams) overcame deficits of 10 points or more.
Three winning teams trailed in their game by 10 points at one time: Wyoming, in their 17 – 13 victory over Air Force; Iowa in their 17 – 13 win over Ball State; and, Illinois in a 42 – 34 victory over Western Kentucky. Duke, NC State and Colorado each had to come back after trailing by 11 points against Troy, Old Dominion and Massachusetts, respectively. North Carolina had to overcome a 2 touchdown, 14 point, deficit before pulling off the win against San Diego State. And, Kansas State was down by 15 points against Iowa State before notching their victory. But, no team overcame a larger deficit than our Week 2 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner.
And the winner is … New Mexico State!
After spotting Georgia State a 17 – 0 lead early in the 2nd quarter, the Aggies outscored the Panthers 34 – 14 to come away with a 34 – 31 victory. New Mexico State rallied from behind to take the lead in the 4th quarter, 27 – 24, but Georgia State managed to get the lead back, 31 – 27 with only 2 minutes and 30 seconds left on the scoreboard clock. The Aggies secured the victory and their notoriety as the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner for Week 2 by scoring the winning touchdown on an 11 yard pass from Tyler Rogers to Teldrick Morgan with just 15 seconds left in the game.
Congratulations, New Mexico State Aggies!
You can read our Week 1 Report by clicking here.