My Favorite 5 - Week #2

Sep 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver Marqise Lee (9) is congratulated by teammates Will Andrew (51), Scott Starr (47) and Nelson Agholor (15) after scoring on a 100-yard kickoff return against the Hawaii Warriors at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Hawaii 49-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

By Ben Johnson - Special To SBNation.com

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A 2-2 record for My Favorite Five has left me a bit unsatisfied after Michigan and Boise State were humbled on national television. As to be expected, both USC and Arkansas clobbered an underwhelming opponent, although Arkansas giving up so many points has me worried heading into the Week #3 showdown with the Crimson Tide.

The Wolverines and Broncos were the two biggest losers in Week #1, with Michigan losing to the number one team in the country by a sizable margin and Boise State losing to the closest team to look like an Alabama (Michigan State) of all the potential BCS heavyweights across the country.

Disappointing because Boise's high profile offense failed to score a single touchdown, that would have won the game if it had occurred.

The Razorbacks have one more tune-up before hitting the heart of their schedule with Alabama, Rutgers, Texas A&M and Auburn looming in Weeks #3-6. The defense had better step it up or this season of hope in Fayetteville will go up in smoke.

USC has the biggest test of the four, traveling 3,000 miles cross-country to Syracuse (NY) to take on the Orangemen, who were impressive on defense, but left too many opportunities on the table within the special teams arena, and ended up losing by one to Northwestern.

I say trap game because for a west coast team to travel across 3 times zones in such a short period of time, history has shown us that the PAC-12 programs are vulnerable when attempting this feat.

I was impressed by the offense in particular, even though Barkley and Co. left a lot of opportunities on the table, including a couple of drops (obvious sun balls in particular) by the dynamic duo of Woods and Lee, and a costly fumble by Redd who was galloping inside the Redzone at the time. The jury is still out for me on the defensive side with Hawai'i going through a coaching change resulting in a lot of inconsistency for the Warriors in their debut with Chow.

The Kaleidoscope has me wondering about Rex Burkhead and Nebraska. Mostly if Taylor Martinez can continue to carry the load. Are the Huskers for real, especially with Burkhead on the mend? Time will tell in the Rose Bowl on Saturday.

My alma matter Oregon State has a very intriguing game with Wisconsin at home, especially after last week's hurricane spoiled their season opener. They lost to a similar program in Sac State last year, so maybe it is a fortuitous opportunity to catch the Badgers, who struggled last week, by surprise.

This is usually the week where the "Bash The PAC" campaigns begin as the Conference of Champions takes on all comers like no other with a bevy of heavyweight match-ups dotting the first three weeks of the season, and this coincides with the SEC stealing the thunder of college football as they are one of the first super-conferences to begin conference action.

This will be a prominent theme especially after Utah State upset Utah last night on national television...few people will remember the Aggies nearly toppled Auburn last year on the road, but with LSU and Nebraska probable winners over UCLA and Washington, the bashing will be a theme to watch for today, and the E - "SEC" - PN analysts will downgrade Oregon, especially with their soft schedule.

Not saying this is what will happen, but this is not the first rodeo for me on this subject...it happens like clockwork as the BCS has digressed to nothing more than a national PR campaign by ESPN and CBS, which are both in bed with the SEC.

Oregon will get a stiffer test than expected from Fresno State with a quality QB in Carr and perhaps the best running back in the nation that gets very little attention in Rouse. Things may get a little uncomfortable in Eugene today with a down to the wire thriller and potential upset.

Suddenly Oregon and perhaps USC if they fail to destroy the Orangemen, will drop their high credit rating into B-credit status with the rest of the conference struggling.

Few will mention Kentucky losing to Louisville, Auburn losing to Clemson, or the struggles at Ole Miss.

Speaking of Clemson, will the Clemson factor rear its ugly head...when will the Tigers return to normal? Only one more week without standout wide receiver Sammy Watkins so if they can survive another week, Clemson could be a factor. Then again, we are talking about Clemson so its hard to get too excited.

Speaking of the SEC, both Missou and Texas A&M begin their 100 year relationship with the SEC and I think both will pull off upsets as I believe Georgia and Florida are highly over-rated at this point.

I'm also interested in seeing how Vandy and Northwestern, as well as Duke and Stanford match-up for middle of the conference foes, and if West Virginia can continue their offensive explosion.

At present South Carolina looks awesome with their back-up quarterback...will the Wally Pipp syndrome hit in Columbia. The Cocks lead 14-0.

Look for more updates throughout the Day - Week #2 has arrived.


But without further ado, lets get to the results of the KSI Index Rating for Week #1.

The KSI Index Rating - QB's: Geno Smith - West Virginia Mountaineers.

Although there are more rated columns compared to what I am showing here within the article (because I can't fit it all on the short width of the page we have here on Conquest Chronicles, it gives you the meat and potato statistics in comparing the best of the best from the opening weekend of college football.

Name / Player

C

A

%

Eff Rate

Yds

Pass Yds/G

TD

Int

KSI Score

Geno Smith - WVU

32

3

36

9

88.9

1

200.9

8

323

10

323.0

10

4

2

0

1

105

Ryan Nassib - Syracuse

44

1

65

1

67.7

14

145.7

25

470

1

470.0

1

4

2

1

2

122

Tyler Tettleton - Ohio

31

4

41

6

75.6

10

158.1

18

324

9

324.0

9

2

4

0

1

130

Raheem Coto - Marshall

38

2

54

2

70.4

11

143.1

27

413

3

413.0

3

2

4

1

2

143

Matt Scott - Arizona

30

5

46

4

65.2

19

145.9

24

387

4

387.0

4

2

4

1

2

143

Ryan Aplin - Arkansas St

29

6

44

5

65.9

17

141.9

28

304

12

304.0

12

3

3

1

2

155

Chase Rettig - B. College

32

3

51

3

62.7

22

144.4

26

441

2

441.0

2

2

4

1

2

164

Kawaun Jakes - W. Kentucky

18

15

23

17

78.3

8

235.1

2

296

14

296.0

14

4

2

1

2

165

Taylor Martinez - Nebraska

26

8

34

11

76.5

9

212.5

4

354

7

354.0

7

5

1

0

1

169

Matt Barkley - USC

23

11

38

7

60.5

23

177.5

15

372

5

372.0

5

4

2

0

1

173

Given his eye-popping 88.9% pass completion percentage along with his 5 touchdowns on the day on 32 of 36 passing for 323 yards, you can see why Gino Smith has raced to the head of the line in the Heisman discussion.

I look for Gino to have better numbers than Barkley this year, but only due to the system that Head Coach Dana Holgerstadt runs compared to USC's Lane Kiffin.

Barkley in my mind will have a tremendous pro career given his pocket presence, decision making and accuracy throwing the ball as Gino will have to relearn many aspects of a pro offense as the spread game has not progressed within the pro setting.

I expected Michigan's Denard Robinson to be within this group and was surprised to see Nebraska's Taylor Martinez making the list. If he can stay consistent offensively and not play give away with the turnovers, the Huskers and Spartans look to be the class of the Big Ten given Ohio State is not eligible.

The KSI Index Rating for RB's: Le'Veon Ball - Michigan State Spartans Wins the Day!

The Morning Matinee - KState, Maryland, Clemson, Ohio State and Tulsa Shine:

Is there a better coach across the country than K-State's Bill Snyder? The Cats completely manhandled a Miami program that is a mere shadow of its illustrious past, 52-13. QB Collin Klein was 9 of 11 for 210 with a touch and no pics.

Don't look now but Maryland head coach Randy Edsall is 2-0 on the year after a 36-27 victory over Temple. We won't know much until next week when they square off with highly offensive West Virginia but for now...he's off the hot seat.

Clemson won a tough match-up last week with Auburn of the SEC and they have survived their two week stretch without Heisman potential Sammy Watkins, defeating Ball State 52-20. Tajh Boyd was a highly effecient 19 of 23 for 229 and three touches. The Tigers have a week off vs Furman before the ACC game of the year vs FSU on Sept-22nd.

Speaking of Auburn, has anyone had a tougher start across the country than Auburn? After a valiant effort loss vs Clemson last week, the Tigers were thumped by Mississippi State 28-10 in the SEC opener. They face UL-Monroe next week, but have LSU and Arkansas the following two weeks.

Yikes...dare I say a1-4 start for Auburn two years removed from the BCS Championship?

Ohio State had a strong second half after a closer than expected 31-16 victory over Central Florida. QB Braxton Miller is putting up video game like numbers:

18-24, 155 yds with a TD passing and 141 yds rushing on 27 carries with three touchdowns. Do you think he likes playing for Urban Meyer?

A scary scene in Tulsa as Devon Walker was given CPR on the field and transported to a local hospital when he stopped breathing after a tough catch and run. Our prayers are with you, your team and your family.

The Afternoon Matinee Is On in College Station - Games I am watching:

A&M vs Florida

Oregon State vs Wisconsin

USC vs Syracuse

Michigan vs Air Force.

....stay tuned!

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