1.) Michigan has become Exhibit A for the case against preseason polls. Voters put them in the Top 10 on the basis of their history and helmets, pure and simple.
2.) Tyrone Willingham: 2-0. Charlie Weis: 0-2.
3.) After thoughts one and two, it should be noted that Michigan plays Notre Dame this week, and someone is going to have to win.
4.) If there was any question about how bad Syracuse was after Week One, Week Two settled it. The Orange lost 35-0 at Iowa, had only 1 yard of offense in the first half, didn’t get a first down until five minutes into the third quarter, and ended with five first downs and 103 yards.
5.) If there is going to be a BCS-buster among the mid-majors this season it looks like it will have to be Hawaii. Boise State, TCU, BYU, Southern Miss and Fresno State all lost Saturday. Hawaii, meanwhile, escaped in overtime, when Louisiana Tech tried for the instant win by going for two… and missed.
6.) It might be time to slide LSU ahead of USC in the national rankings. Based on two games, the Tigers might just be super.
7.) If I got mulligans on my preseason Pac-10 picks, I would move Oregon and Washington up and Arizona and Oregon State down.
8.) South Florida may have been invited into the Big East mostly for the number of television sets in the Tampa Bay market. But the Bulls may have suddenly shot up to the status of second-best team in Florida.
9.)In case you missed it, Appalachian State stayed focused enough to take care of business against Lenoir-Rhyne, 48-7.
10.) As always, our final thoughts are saved for the Huskies:
Washington jumped to a 24-7 lead midway through the second quarter and then rode its defense to a 24-10 win over 22nd-ranked Boise State. The win snapped BSU’s 14-game winning streak – the nation’s longest – and gave the Huskies their first 2-0 start since the Holiday Bowl season of 2001.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
The Huskies proved that they could beat a good team even when freshman quarterback Jake Locker isn’t at his best. The UW defense held the Broncos to their lowest point total since 2005. And the crowd of 70,045 gave the Huskies a significant home field advantage, which might only grow from here.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
Once Boise State adjusted to the UW offense, the Huskies seemed unable to answer back. Locker had a fumble and threw his first career interception, and there could have been other picks. After a big game against Syracuse, tailback Louis Rankin couldn’t get untracked and was held to 45 rushing yards.
Cornerback Byron Davenport finally played after a long-term hamstring injury, but quickly hobbled off with another hamstring issue. That keeps UW dangerously thin in the secondary. Boise picked on freshman Vonzell McDowell with some success. Roy Lewis may be as crucial to the defense as Locker is to the offense.
THE WEEK AHEAD
UW takes another step up in class as No. 10 Ohio State visits Husky Stadium at 12:30 p.m. Saturday for a game nationally televised on ESPN. The Buckeyes (2-0) moved up two places in the national rankings after their 20-2 defensive domination of Akron, which managed just three first downs and 69 total yards.