What an impactful week of College Football this was! Is Iowa in the driver’s seat for the Big Ten? Has Oregon put the Pac-12 back on the road to the playoff after a few years off of it? Is this going to be one of the most open races for the title? So many teams either struggled or lost games they shouldn’t have. What does that mean for the rest of the season?
Let’s dive in and talk about it! – here are my final words on College Football week two.
Down goes the Buckeyes
It’s been five years since the Pac-12 last had a representative in the College Football playoffs. But after two huge wins in two weeks (UCLA over LSU and Oregon over Ohio State), the Pac-12 seems to be back.
Ohio State hadn’t lost a home game since 2017 and had won nine in a row against Oregon. Coming into the game, no one (including myself) was giving the Ducks much of a chance. Except for our Vice President, Dacota who had the Ducks winning. Yet, after an action-filled game, it was Oregon that came out on top.
Mario Cristobal’s team put on an incredible performance, even more so when you consider they were missing 5 starters on defense, including Kayvon Thibodeaux. Even with those starters out, they found ways to put pressure on CJ Stroud. As most people are putting the blame on this loss to the OSU defense, I actually think what is messing with this year’s Buckeyes team is that CJ Stroud is not a great fit for this offense. Yes, he put up a lot of great numbers in the two games he has played, but he hasn’t been consistent, and more importantly, he doesn’t run the football.
There were so many opportunities for the Buckeyes to come back or take control of this game, but they fell short because of an overthrow or a missed opportunity to run. After years of having running quarterbacks that came move the chains, that is really lacking here for Ohio State. I think a change at quarterback is needed eventually with the current makeup of this team.
As for Oregon, what a game for the offense. Former Boston College QB Anthony Brown threw for 236 yards and rushed for 65 more. While the team as a whole ran for over 269 yards on 38 attempts, including 161 yards by star running back CJ Verdell.
Is Oregon now in the driver’s seat for the Pac-12 title and a spot in the playoff? I’m not quite there yet, I am interested in seeing their matchups against Stanford and UCLA down the road to see how they do in those conference matchups.
My final 21 observations from College Football week two
- I want to first call out the great way the many colleges and stadiums celebrated the 20th anniversary of 9/11. It was a great way to show respect and love to those that lost their lives over 20 years ago. In this day and age of fighting and disagreements, let’s remember how we can all come together as one. It could serve us well.
- Jacksonville State with the huge upset over Florida State! This is App. State over Michigan level of upset to me. I just can’t believe how much the Seminoles have fallen. I thought they were back after last week, I guess not.
- Notre Dame squeaks past Toledo. Notre Dame is falling apart, injuries on both sides of the ball are starting to add up. There are big games coming up, you have to hope as a Notre Dame fan they will have enough time to fix their issues.
- Iowa looks dominant again against Iowa State. That defense of Iowa looks like enough to take them pretty very in the Big Ten this year. The Hawkeyes are allowing just 4.3 yards per play and the defense is a big reason why this team is 2-0 after playing quality opponents in Iowa State and Indiana. Also, Iowa’s defense has tallied three touchdowns through two games – pretty eye opening stat.
- Is there a QB controversy looming at Florida? While Emory Jones is playing ok, Anthony Richardson is just doing work, Richardson averaged 38.1 yards per play over seven touches in Florida’s win over South Florida. Through two games, Richardson is averaging 21.2 yards per play. Should be interested to see what happens in the next game against Alabama.
- BYU finally beats Utah. After nine losses in a row, the Cougars finally broke through with a victory. BYU emerged with the victory by winning the battle up front by rushing for 219 yards, having an edge on third downs, and in the turnover margin. Also, quarterback Jaren Hall (241 total yards and three overall scores) delivered a clutch performance.
- Arkansas owned Texas. The Razorbacks dominated the line of scrimmage in the win over Texas. Arkansas pounded the Longhorns for 333 rushing yards, with five players accounting for 40-plus yards on the ground. Additionally, the Razorbacks’ defense punished Texas’ offensive line, accumulating three sacks and 11 tackles for a loss.
- Clay Helton may be back on the hot seat. USC somehow managed to hit another new low, losing 42-28 to a Stanford team that nearly got shut out by Kansas State the week before. This was the Helton Era in a nutshell: dumb penalties, costly turnovers, a blocked punt, missed tackles and fans streaming to the exits early. Is another tarmac firing coming soon?
- Texas A&M struggled against Colorado, and they may be struggling for a bit more. They lost their QB Haynes King early in the game and the initial word is he will be out a few weeks. Without him they turned to Zach Calzada who struggled for most of the game until the last drive where they scored their only touchdown.
- Are the Wolverines good this year? I thought coming into the season that we would see another struggling season for the Wolverines, but they are playing very well and had a nice 31-10 victory over Washington. The big question is, were the Wolverines good or the Huskies just that bad?
- Wild game in Arkansas. Most people probably missed this game but there was a wild one over the weekend. Memphis outlasted Arkansas State 55-50 and each team had 680 total yards. Calvin Austin III had 239 receiving yards and three touchdowns on six catches, an average of 39.8 yards per catch. He became just the fourth player since 2000 to rack up that many yards and TDs on six or fewer catches.
- Did you see the falling cat? In what became the viral highlight of the weekend, a cat that was falling at Hard Rock Stadium was caught using an American Flag and is just fine, check it out!
- Kentucky finally has a QB! After winning eight games in 2019 with a receiver playing quarterback, it was crazy to see Kentucky with an actual quarterback playing! The Wildcats’ 35-28 win over Missouri also saw RB Chris Rodriguez Jr. go off for 206 yards.
- TCU with a quiet win over California. Rallying from a 19-7 deficit to win 34-32. TCU could be a sleeper team in the Big-12 this year.
- Illinois is lost. Since beating Nebraska in Week 0, Illinois has lost at home to UTSA and got drubbed 42-14 by Virginia this week.
- Navy’s offense continues to struggle. After playing bad last year, many chalked it up to a lack of practices due to COVID, but it continues to be a problem. They lost 23-3 to Air Force, they fired their OC and then hired him back. Let’s see what happens here.
- Georgia was without their starting quarterback this week and had to turn back to Stetson Bennett, and all he did was throw for four touchdowns in his first five passes in the 56-7 route of UAB.
- Michigan State scored a 75-yard touchdown on the first play. If that’s not crazy enough, its the second week in a row they have done that!
- Oklahoma wasn’t playing around this week. They won 76-0 over Western Carolina, I had to go check to make sure Western Carolina was actually a college to ensure we didn’t have another Bishop Sycamore on our hands, but sadly this is a real college.
- Auburn scored 60 points for the second game in a row. It was the first time since 1932 they have done that! They have a big matchup against Penn State next week, it will be interesting to see how they do there.
- Presbyterian again went without punting, attempted three onside kicks and won 68-3 over Fort Lauderdale. Just another normal day for them.
My prediction record after College Football Week One
- Last week: 13-4
- Overall: 28-9
- Upset Picks Overall: 1-2
Last week was a tough one, Oregon, Stanford, & BYU all pulled out upsets I wasn’t expecting. My thinking on Iowa State and it being their year was wrong.
But on the bright side I did finally break through with an upset pick as I picked Arkansas over Texas.
My Personal College Football top 10 (and playoff predictions)
After the first week, here is who I have in my College Football top 10:
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
Here is my predictions for the College Football playoffs:
My Heisman Predictions after Week Two
- Bryce Young
- Desmond Ridder
- Spencer Rattler
- CJ Verdell
- Blake Corum
Looking ahead to College Football Week three
Here are your biggest games for week three.
- Michigan State at Miami (FL)
- Virginia Tech at West Virginia
- Cincinnati at Indiana
- Alabama at Florida
- Auburn at Penn State
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