Ok, so week two was expected to be no surprises. Just another week of regular non-conference football.

We were wrong…

Central Michigan 30 — Oklahoma State 27

What did we learn?

Obviously, the jokes about officials and brain capacity can fly. This a game Oklahoma State technically won. A misapplied rule gave Central Michigan an untimed down that led to a dramatic Hail Mary touchdown and upset of the Cowboys.

All the obvious arguments can be made, and have been made; but the thing we really learned from this game is that Oklahoma State still has no identity in the run game. This was obvious from the first quarter when Oklahoma State’s gameplay was to use the pass to set up the run (10 of first 11 plays were designed pass plays). The problem is the Cowboys never set up the run. Even though Chris Carson and Justice Hill ran well, they were given limited carries and the run was never taken seriously by the Chippewa defense.

Coach Gundy does not believe in his run game at the moment, or else the final play from scrimmage for OSU may not have been an ill-fated pass attempt.

Oklahoma 59 — Louisiana Monroe 17

What did we learn?

It’s good to be home. The Sooners christened newly bowled in Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium with a blowout win over an inferior opponent. After a disappointing loss to Houston, and with an upcoming mega-game with Ohio State, Oklahoma needed a big, easy win.

Baker Mayfield only played a half and finished with 244 (14–20) and 3 TD, but the biggest improvement came in the run game, where Oklahoma established a team YPC average of 6.3. Joe Mixon finished with 117 yards on 14 carries, while Samaje Perine had 2TD on the ground.

Oklahoma had 46 rushing attempts compared to 26 a week ago. As preparations begin for the Buckeyes next Saturday, look for Oklahoma to continue to push forward with a strong running attack.

Ohio State 48 — Tulsa 3

What did we learn?

Ohio State is really good? Tulsa did not have the horses to compete in this game, although they gave it all they had in the first half. If not for back-to-back pick sixes by the Buckeye defense, Tulsa could have been staring at a very different halftime deficit.

Really, the Ohio State defense made all the difference. Dane Evans was held to no TDs with four interceptions, and the run game only tallied 58 yards after rushing for over 300 a week ago. Once the Buckeyes got on track offensively in the second half, the game was put out of reach.

The Tulsa defense still showed signs of improvement in game 2, holding J.T. Barrett in check after his 7 TD performance in week one. They should be able to have several positive takeaways moving forward to week 3 and beyond.