And we did.
Oklahoma 59, Louisiana Monroe 17
Florida State 52, Charleston Southern 8
Washington 59, Idaho 14
Three games against non-power-conference schools, one combined score of 170-39. Obviously these three games were always supposed to be lopsided, but it's reassuring that none of them had any semblance of a scare this weekend.
Let's take a look at some of the highlight performers, bullet-style:
- Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Austin Kendall combined for 352 yards and 5 touchdowns (Mayfield sat out the second half because it was such a blowout)
- Oklahoma's Joe Mixon and Abdul Adams ran for 117 and 91 yards respectively, and Samaje Perine had 58 yards and 2 touchdowns
- Oklahoma completed passed to 12 different receivers
- Florida State's Deondre Francois threw for 262 yards and 3 touchdown (with 1 interception)
- FSU's Dalvin Cook (Future Heisman Trophy Finalist) ran for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns
- Florida State's Travis Rudolph caught 7 passes for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns
- FSU's Jesus Wilson ran a punt back 89 yards for a touchdown
- Washington's Jake Browning threw for 295 yards and 5 touchdowns
- Here are the Huskies who caught touchdown passes: John Ross (2), Dante Pettis (2), Chico McClatcher, Quinten Pounds
- Chico McClatcher and Quinten Pounds. Just back in the glow of those names
- The Oklahoma and Washington kickers both kicked 8 extra points, and the Florida State kicker kicked 7 extra points
Confidence Level: Pretty Gosh Darn High for all three of these teams
It's really easy to pick out guys who had good days from these three games, because they were competing against significantly inferior talent. But what about the last team on our list? Tennessee was the only team to play against a power-conference team:
Tennessee 45, Virginia Tech 24
No problem. Granted, Va Tech kind of stinks now, but Tennessee rebounded nicely from their Week One struggles against Appalachian State.
Josh Dobbs threw for just 91 yards, but he had 3 passing touchdowns, 105 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns. Jalen Hurd added 99 yards on 22 carries, and that was basically enough for the Vols to sink the Hokies.
The most important stat of this game was the turnover battle. Dobbs threw an interception, but Virginia Tech lost FIVE fumbles. That is absolutely not something that will happen when Tennessee starts facing SEC competition, and the scoreboard would look a whole hell of a lot different if the Hokies has turned even two of those five into points.
Confidence Level: Still Kind Of Low But Certainly Not As Low As Last Week