Sunday Blog 2: Sooners surprise sans Stoops

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, left, celebrates their win over Ohio State with teammate Jordan Thomas on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Oklahoma defeated Ohio State 31-16. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

The Sunday Blog comes at you with Irma-geddon right around the corner. But we can still talk some college football, right?

  1. This is simple. Sometimes we’re so wrong about things. Sometimes we’re not. We are two weeks into this college football season and already so many things have blown up in our faces. Like Billy Murray says in Scrooged, “I was wrong about everything.” Almost everything.

* I was wrong about Oklahoma. I thought there would be a dip after Bob Stoops left. Hardly. That was an impressive performance on both sides of the ball. And clearly, I was wrong about my preseason No. 1 team Ohio State. Sheesh.

* I was wrong about Auburn. I didn’t have the Tigers unseating Alabama, but I thought they would be potent offensively. Instead, Jarrett Stidham was sacked 11 times. Some of that was poor coaching.

* I was wrong about Lamar Jackson. I thought the Louisville quarterback had no chance to repeat as the Heisman Trophy winner. He could be the frontrunner by the end of next week’s game.

  1. Someone forgot to set the alarm clocks for East Carolina and Baylor. Nice starts. ECU, which inexplicably fired Ruffin McNeill two years ago, is now 3-10 under Scottie Montgomery and has opened the season with a loss to James Madison and a blowout loss to West Virginia. We knew Baylor would have its problems, but Matt Ruhle was coming to save the day. The Bears have lost to Liberty and Texas-San Antonio to open the season. Yikes.
  2. Two upstarts in the SEC to keep your eyes on are Mississippi State and South Carolina. The Bulldogs had an impressive win at Louisiana Tech (the game included a third-and-93 for the losers but I’m sure you have seen what happened by now) and South Carolina is the only 1-0 team in the SEC and also got that win on the road.
  3. My Associated Press ballot looks so different from my preseason ballot it just shows you how crazy the sport is. Here is my top 10: Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson, USC, Penn State, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Washington, Ohio State, Wisconsin.



  1. Ohio state koolaid Pat they lost too many players last year. Just look at the progress from Clemson they scored 0 points and had a better team. You guys just make pics off reputation every year and when it falls apart excuses. Best defensive line lol Indiana threw for 400 and Mayfield lit them up for 386 wow. Pat you know Urbans offenses are predictable

  2. What truly amazes me is how schools like Oklahoma (not that different than U.F.) can get TRUE FRESHMAN to play like veterans. The Gator D.B.’s have potential, but O.U.’s rookies played like grown men Saturday. Beating Ohio State the way they did was a surprise to me (too).
    I hope U.F.’s freshmen SHOW UP against U.T., or else it will be a long year. And the Gators won’t have a ”rescheduled game against L.S.U.” -to give them another shot at the S.E.C. East- this year!
    ”Now or never” on so many different levels for the 2017 Gators!