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No 2-Minute Warning Powerless Rankings – Week 2

Maryland's Pride Uniforms. HT: Lost Lettermen

Maryland’s runway disaster results in win

Umm, where is the Kent State defense? Getty Images

I don’t want to kick some programs when they’re down, so the Miami Hurricanes will be excused from this ranking for the time being. Although I will say they were considered for allowing those crash-test dummy Maryland state flag uniforms to mess with them in the rain Monday night. Anyway, on with this week’s powerless rankings.

1. Louisiana Lafayette Rajin Cajuns: the powerless rankings begin with Louisiana-Lafayette, who allowed more points than any other FBS program in week one. The Ragin’ Cajuns allowed Oklahoma State to drop 61 points on them, consisting of seven touchdowns. The Cowboys passed for 458 yards in the game (second most passing yards allowed in week one, ahead of Washington vs. FCS Eastern Washington) and 208 yards on the ground (ranking Louisiana-Lafayette 97th in the FBS). This sets up our first true pillow-fight of the season, when Louisiana-Lafayette travels to Kent State in week two.

2. Memphis Tigers: You get credit for losing to a quality opponent (Mississippi State) but being down 31-7 at the half at home is laughable. Mississippi State put up 645 yards of offense in a record breaking night for Dan Mullen’s team. That’s a whole lot of yards. this could be another painful week for the Tigers of Memphis, but there is nothing new to see here.

3. TCU Defense: the big question for TCU was supposed to be the offense, without Andy Dalton under center. Baylor has some playmakers on offense, captained by Robert Griffin III, but TCU was scorched for 50 points for the first time ince allowing BYU to score 50 on them in 2005 (and TCU won that game). I don’t expect this to happen too often, and if TCU doesn’t give up more than 30 points the rest of the season I would not be surprised. Consider this a wake up call.

4. Maryland Uniforms: Uhhh, we thought they were bad before. Then they broke these out…

Maryland’s Pride Uniforms. HT: Lost Lettermen

Give them credit though. Maryland pulled out a win against the Miami Hurricanes. Randy Edsall’s dream job is off to a good start. Maryland gets a couple weeks to cook up another surprise uniform before taking on West Virginia on the pivotal September 17 for the ACC.

5. Kent State Golden Flashes : I’ll give you that you were going up against one of the top defenses in the nation, but even against such a superior opponent (Alabama) on the road, you have to manage more than zero yards of rushing. If not, make sure you head home without going in the red in rushing yardage. Kent State rushed for negative nine yards of rushing against Alabama. Nothing golden or flashy about that performance.

6. New Mexico Football: New Mexico State hosted Ohio from the MAC and were steamrolled 44-24. Forget about running the football. New Mexico State had six (6!!!) rushing yards against the Bobcats on 23 attempts (kind of looks good next to Kent State). New Mexico, on the other hand, rushed for 150 yards but were unable to score a ton of points against Colorado State at home. The Rams handed the Lobos a season opening loss by a 14-10 decision. Next up? A road trip to play the Arkansas Razorbacks.

7. Indiana Hoosiers: Hoosiers lost to Ball State. I know that I should not expect much from Indiana until their big time quarterback recruit steps foot on campus, but I did expect the Kevin Wilson era to start with a victory on the road against in-state opponent Ball State. The MAC is celebrating a win against the Big Ten, and it’s all your fault Hoosiers!

8. SMU Mustangs: Way to leave me hanging Mustangs. I spoke highly optimistically of you in my Crystal Ball Run upset alert for week one and you just didn’t keep up with texas A&M. Remember, Texas A&M is being cast as the bad guy by some in the state of Texas. You’re supposed to put up a fight! Any time June Jones has to bench Kyle Padron early in a game, it’s not good news. I still feel SMU can make a run in Conference USA, but they have a long way to go before matching up with Houston.

9.  Duke Blue Devils: If you are from a BCS AQ conference and you lose to an FCS squad, albeit one of the better ones, you earn an automatic spot on the list. Really, Duke should have already been on this list. Duke lost to Richmond form the powerful CAA from the FCS ranks. Good win for the Spiders. ACC teams picked up  five wins against FCS programs, including wins over William & Mary (Virginia) and James Madison (North Carolina) from the CAA.

10. Mother Nature: Weather delays are supposed to be for baseball, not football. Hope you got everything out of your system because we have some pretty big games coming up and I don’t want you to play a role in any of them!

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Kevin McGuire
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