Michigan, UGA well-positioned after wins

Devin Gardner and Aaron Murray have put their teams in position to make conference title runs. Getty Images, USA TODAY Sports

The Week 2 Takeaways center on Saturday’s three big wins by Georgia, Michigan and Miami ... and two big losses. What in the heck, Texas and USC? Also: Braxton Miller’s knee and whether Jadeveon Clowney’s draft stock really is slipping (hint: some NFL teams sure hope so).

1. Georgia and Michigan are well-positioned after wins

I couldn’t help but notice that the two biggest games of the day finished with the home team winning 41-30. The games were really very similar, which was fitting because in both cases the wins set up their teams well for the future. Georgia and Michigan jumped out to early leads, held off various charges throughout from South Carolina and Notre Dame, respectively, and eventually pulled away thanks to key drives led by their quarterbacks.

For Aaron Murray, that meant a lot more. As ESPNU’s Anish Shroff mentioned to me, the senior had Donkey Kong on his back when it came to big games. Murray was 1-9 versus top-15 teams in his career, with the only win coming despite three interceptions. Now he has two such victories. With LSU coming to Athens at the end of September and more big games on the docket after that, that's a very positive development for UGA.