Week two full of bipolar teams

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It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world … of college football.

Where to begin? Week two brought us as many head-scratchers as it did locks and CFT has its team of expert doctors to diagnose the problems.

The team who’s too hard on itself: Look, we know losing to Boise State was tough, but did Virginia Tech really have to take it out on itself by losing at home to James Madison? The Hokies are better than that. Or, at least, we thought they were.

The teams whose laughter turns awkwardly into tears: This could actually diagnose most of the ACC right now. Miami appeared to be heading into Columbus on a full head of steam before the Buckeyes flat out took it to ’em 36-24. Florida State’s bandwagon was getting pretty full  (heck, even I was on there). Then, Oklahoma came to play. Nearly four hours and a good drumming later, Florida State took its bandwagon back to Tallahassee. This time it was a lot less full.

Georgia Tech laid an egg against Kansas, who was the laughing stock of college football a week ago with a loss to North Dakota State.

Split Personalities: Jacory Harris seemed unstoppable in week one against Florida A&M. In week two, he returned to his old ways by throwing four interceptions against Ohio State.

Oklahoma barely survived Utah State, leaving many people wondering if the Sooners could contend for a Big 12 title. Then, as if magical Barry Switzer fairy dust fell from the skies of Norman, the Sooners came out and dominated Florida State.

In week one, USC’s defense looked awful, but the offense sure made up for it. In week two, the Trojans barely escaped Virginia.  Defense — check. Offense — not so much.

The time bomb waiting to explode: South Carolina has looked impressive in its first two games of the season with wins against Southern Miss and Georgia. It’s actually a little scary: We haven’t seen Stephen Garcia experience a full-blown meltdown in the middle of a game yet, nor have we seen Steve Spurrier blow a fuse, be carted off the field, only to reappear a few minutes later with a new visor.

They’re also running the ball. Daggum it. What’s going on here?

The Diagnosis: We’re going to have to run more tests to see if/how these problems can be fixed. Results should be posted in about twelve weeks or so, right around the first week of December.

Royal Wedding barely beats CFP title game in TV ratings

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In case you didn’t already know, allow me to be the first to tell you there was a Royal Wedding over the weekend. The audience interested in watching Prince Harry wed Meghan Markel had next to nothing in common with those interested in watching Alabama and Georgia play football, but it turns out the two groups are nearly the exact same size.

According to a tweet by Front Office Sports, the Royal Wedding stands as the eighth most popular viewing spectacle of 2018 to date at 29.2 million viewers, just edging out the College Football Playoff Championship’s 28.4 million viewers.

Another similar dynamic played out when This Is Us‘s finale (on NBC!) nudged out Georgia’ Rose Bowl comeback over Oklahoma — 27 million to 26.9 million — for the No. 12 spot to date.

The good news here is that there shouldn’t be another Royal Wedding for, oh, another 25 years or so, so the 2019 CFP title game should have less competition for the No. 8 spot moving forward.

Former WKU offensive lineman will finish career with “Brohmsquad”

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Western Kentucky offensive lineman Dennis Edwards says he is going to finish his college football career with the same coach he started it with. In a message posted on Twitter, Edwards announced he will reunite with head coach Jeff Brohm, now at Purdue.

As a graduate transfer, Edwards will be eligible to play immediately this fall, which will be a nice boost to the depth at the offensive line position for Purdue. Unless he changes position, however, Edwards will likely be a backup center to provide depth. Kirk Barron returns to anchor the center of the line, one that loses just one starter from a year ago. But for a program that is still in the early stages of a rebuilding plan under Brohm, padded the depth on the offensive line can be instrumental in the sustained success for the program.

LSU officially welcomes Joe Burrow from Ohio State

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Last week, quarterback Joe Burrow announced his commitment to LSU as he prepares to move on from Ohio State. Today, LSU made it officially official.

LSU has announced it has officially signed graduate transfer Burrow for the 2018 season, making the quarterback transfer eligible to play immediately this fall. Burrow will also have two years of eligibility with the Tigers, which could be a potential boost to the entire LSU offense in 2018 and potentially in 2019.

Burrow was a four-star recruit in Ohio State’s Class of 2015, but he could not get ahead of J.T. Barrett on the depth chart. He did, however, serve as Barrett’s backup in 2016 and would have carried the same responsibility in 2017 if not for a broken bone in his right hand.

At LSU, Burrow will jump head first into a quarterback competition with Myles Brennan, Justin McMillan and Lowell Narcisse. However, it is expected Burrow will soar to the top of the depth chart fairly quickly, and in time for LSU’s season opener in Arlington, Texas against Miami on Labor Day weekend. Nothing will be a given though, so Burrow needs to get to work right away and establish himself as the best option for Ed Orgeron and the Tigers.

Jim Harbaugh says Michigan is going on safari in South Africa next spring

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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has said he wants to make a spring trip for the football program an annual event. Staying true to his word, Harbaugh announced Michigan will be heading to South Africa next spring.

“We’re going to (South) Africa,” Harbaugh said in a radio interview with WTKA-AM in Ann Arbor, according to The Detroit Free Press. “We’re going to Johannesburg and Cape Town and we’re going to do a safari. How about that? How about a safari?”

This spring, Michigan visited Paris. Last year, the team took a trip to Rome. This all started becoming a thing after opposing football coaches in the south caused an uproar over Michigan packing up the program and heading to Clearwater for some spring football practices.

Each of the past two trips for Michigan have been covered by donations from some big-money donors to the program. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and The Graham Group founder Don Graham split the bill for Michigan’s trip to Paris this spring. Kotick also took up the expenses for Michigan’s trip to Rome in 2017. It is unknown how Michigan is covering the pending expense of a trip to South Africa at this time, but if donors with deep pockets keep taking care of the charges, there is no reason not to take advantage of the travel opportunities.

In the meantime, Harbaugh has plenty of time to pick out a good safari hat to go with his finest pairs of khaki pants. Of course, he’ll probably stick to the blue Michigan cap to keep with his style abroad.