Most Impressive Victory
No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners defeat No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers 31-24 in 2OT
On the surface, this may not seem that impressive considering that Oklahoma was the higher ranked team, the favorite, and required two overtimes to eek out the victory. Dig a bit deeper, and you'll see a team that fought tooth and nail to pull themselves out of a two touchdown grave with under seven minutes to go. For fifty minutes, Tennessee was in complete control of this game and looked to make a statement win early in the season. Butch Jones was looking for that first signature victory, but Bob Stoops's team continued to claw back and forced overtime with less than a minute left. I'll be discussing their MVP from that game in a moment, but overall Oklahoma looked like a team that might be able to make their mark in the Big 12 this year. If this team manages to finish with just one loss, consider this a resume booster for their playoff hopes.
Most Impressive Player
Sterling Shepard, Wide Receiver Oklahoma Sooners
7 Catches, 74 Yards, 2 TDs
He was quiet for most of the game like the rest of the team, but completely took over when his team needed him the most. Coming down the stretch, quarterback Baker Mayfield repeatedly looked towards Shepard to make a big play when the team needed it. His first touchdown tied the game up at 17, forcing the game to go into overtime. In the second overtime, he made an acrobatic catch along the sideline in the endzone that put the Sooners up for the first time all game. The senior has been one of the most decorated receivers at Oklahoma and will likely be the most consistent target for Mayfield as this year progresses. He has shown a penchant for big plays in the past and made quite a few of them in the first game. His production should stay steady through the season.
No. 18 Arkansas Razorbacks losing to Toledo Rockets 12-16
This is, by far, my favorite game all year long. First off, fuck Brett Bielema. The Razorbacks head coach had been talking shit to several different teams in the week up to this game, including calling out Ohio State's schedule. His team then got completely embarrassed by a MAC team in a neutral cite located less than 100 miles from campus. It was an amazing sense of justice and karma all delivered as painfully as possible over the course of a sixty minute game. His team managed to gain over 500 yards, almost 200 more than Toledo managed, and still managed to score only ten points! Ten! The other two were from a safety that Toledo took with less than a minute left. How the hell does that happen?! It is an amazing stroke of futility that couldn't have happened to a more unlikable coach. The fact that he would try and downgrade Ohio State's schedule and then lose to a team that was a three touchdown underdog is a fantastic bit of schadenfreude. Woo Pig!
Did You See That?
Oklahoma outside linebacker Eric Striker going ape shit on Tennessee fans after the big victory in Knoxville. Of course, he has since been forced to apologize because no player should dare show emotion or be amped out of their mind because of a big road victory. Striker is an absolute beast and insanely brash. Watch him as often as you can.
Week 3 Game to Watch
No. 15 Ole Miss Running Rebels at No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide
With Auburn and LSU squaring off earlier in the day, this victory could help narrow down the SEC West. Last year, Ole Miss knocked off Alabama at home and had them on the outside looking in for a playoff spot. But Alabama is catching the Rebels at home this year and has looked pretty solid in their first two games. Ole Miss has been rolling up over 70 points per game so far, so it should be an interesting matchup for an Alabama team that still has some questions in the secondary. The Tide haven't done anything very exciting on offense, so it will be interesting to see if they try and air it our more if their run game begins to falter. I'll take Alabama 27-23 in this one.