The (Not So) Little Guys: Wild Blue Yonder

Week two of college football is officially in the books, and with professional football kicking off last Thursday all levels of football are finally under way.  I hope that you will come back tomorrow when I release my Top 25 and Playoff Picture for the week, but for today here’s a little teaser.  Week two of “The (Not So) Little Guys” for your reading pleasure.

10. Old Dominion Monarchs (2-0) (LW: Beat Norfolk State 24-10)

9. Toledo Rockets (1-0) (LW: Beat Arkansas 16-12)

8. Houston Cougars (2-0) (LW: Beat Louisville 34-31)

7. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2-0) (LW: Beat New Mexico 40-21)

Tulsa RB D'Angelo Brewer breaks a tackle in the 40-21 win over New Mexico (Photo Courtesy of Mark Holm/Associated Press)
Tulsa RB D’Angelo Brewer breaks a tackle in the 40-21 win over New Mexico (Photo Courtesy of Mark Holm/Associated Press)

The first of a few apologies this week needs to be issued to Phil Montgomery and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.  They have already exceeded my expectations for the season starting with two straight victories in Montgomery’s first season in Tulsa.  As you might expect from the former Baylor offensive coordinator, they are getting it done with offense.  The Hurricane racked up 600 yards of offense on Saturday and did it in a reasonably balanced manner with 321 passing yards and 279 rushing yards.  Zach Langer and D’Angelo Brewer spearheaded the rushing attack with both topping 130 yards on the ground.

6. Northern Illinois Huskies (2-0) (LW: Beat Murray State 57-26)

5. Charlotte 49ers (2-0) (LW: Beat Presbyterian 34-10)

4. Temple Owls (2-0) (LW: Beat Cincinnati 34-26)

3. Ohio Bobcats (2-0) (LW: Beat Marshall 21-10)

Dec 2, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Ohio Bobcats head coach Frank Solich during the MAC Championship against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Ohio Bobcats head coach Frank Solich during the MAC Championship against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

A second apology of the week goes to the Ohio Bobcats.  While they were predicted to get to at least four wins in the 4 Down preview, they seem well on their way to exceeding those expectations too after dispatching of 2014 C-USA champion Marshall over the weekend.  With the exception of Devon Johnson, the Bobcats shut the vaunted Herd offense down holding them to 106 passing yards.  Johnson did get loose for 170 rushing yards, but everyone else on Marshall had a combined -13 rushing yards (yes, that is a negative number).  A final apology needs to be issued to Marshall who is the first 2015 victim of the curse of having me on their bandwagon.

2. Memphis Tigers (2-0) (LW: Beat Kansas 55-23)

1. Air Force Falcons (2-0) (LW: Beat San Jose State 37-16)

USAFA DB Weston Steelhammer (Photo Courtesy of Justin Edmonds/Getty Images North America)
USAFA DB Weston Steelhammer (Photo Courtesy of Justin Edmonds/Getty Images North America)

The Falcons have been pretty solid on both sides of the ball so far this season with a combined score over two games of 100-23.  A pretty impressive feat, but that two-way execution will need to continue this week with the Falcons traveling to East Lansing to take on Michigan State, who in case you live under a rock is coming off of a huge win over Oregon.  Here’s the Falcons best shot to win the game: Michigan State comes out flat after a big, but emotionally draining win over Oregon and Air Force’s hybrid option attack is able to play keep away from the Spartan offense and protect the football.  Dropping the “Steelhammer” on defense wouldn’t hurt either.  As with anytime 4 Down mentions the Falcons, Kyle Shaw this one’s for you.

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