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Pick 10, F.B.S. Notebook: Week 2 (Sept. 8)

Let’s not beat around the bush: this isn’t a great week. I mean, it’s great – better than what we’re used to, better than any non-football weekend – but it’s not great, all things considered. There’s no Michigan and Alabama to end the night; there’s no prime-time game on ABC at all, in fact. Instead, we’ll close our night with Nebraska and U.C.L.A., Georgia and Missouri and, later on, Arizona and Oklahoma State. Very, very intriguing games. But with perhaps the exception of Georgia, depending on how highly you think of the Bulldogs, these games don’t carry any title implications. That doesn’t make the games any less interesting – or change the fact that every game, especially while teams find their footing, carries some level of importance. Let’s run down the entire weekend’s action.

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    Next Up for Savannah State: The Seminoles

    Savannah State lost to Oklahoma State by 84 points. It could have been worse. Head coach Steve Davenport called Mike Gundy’s coaching style over the game’s final three quarters a “tremendously classy act.” “[T]his thing could have gotten even worse… I am graciously appreciative of the way he handled the game.” Savannah State lost by 84 points, but as even Davenport admitted in his postgame press conference, it could have been worse – the Cowboys could have hit triple-digits with ease, could have buried the Tigers, could have actually hurt the Tigers had Gundy kept his team’s foot down for the entirety of four quarters. Gundy was kind.

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      Poor, Poor, Terrible, Awful Savannah State

      A few notes on Savannah State, which had to know it was walking into a minefield. The Tigers have won two games in two years, with both victories coming over North Carolina Central – 33-30 last fall, 28-21 in 2010. The Tigers lost seven games by 20 or more points a season ago. According to those in the know, Savannah State is one of the worst F.C.S. teams in the country.

      And the worst F.C.S. team in the country drew Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State, of all teams. While breaking in a new quarterback, a few new receivers and a few new offensive linemen, the Cowboys’ walk-ons would have dominated Savannah State.

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        The Countdown

        A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.