1. Georgia: (56-7 win vs UAB)
Without JT Daniels, the Bulldogs still rallied to beat UAB at home, 56-7.
The “mailman” Stetson Bennett, a quarterback whom I thought filled in admirably at the beginning of the season last year (I thought he was good enough to transfer out), completed 10 of 12 passes for 288 yards and five touchdowns coming out of the bullpen again in this one.
The Georgia defense? Still good. They only allowed 47 passing yards & held UAB to one-third down conversation on the day.
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2. Alabama: (48-14 win vs Mercer)
Bryce Young completed 19 of 27 pass attempts for 227 yards and three scores in their win against Mercer.
One of those touchdowns went to Ohio State transfer Jameson Williams, who tallied 31 receiving yards on three receptions. John Metchie III had five receptions for 70 yards & Jojo Earle caught the ball seven times for 85 yards.
Brian Robinson Jr ripped off 10 carries for 70 yards and a score, while talented sophomore Jase McClellan had a 21-yard reception that led to a touchdown as well.
3. Oklahoma: (76-0 win vs Western Carolina)
Coach Lincoln Riley said that this weeks practice for Oklahoma was “uncomfortable” after the team let Tulane back in the game after being up 37-14 at halftime last week (that very same Tulane team scored 69 points in a blowout win Saturday. Look for them to potentially upset Ole Miss next week).
The Sooners were up 45-0 at half this week but kept their foot on their throat to finish off the game.
Spencer Rattler sat the 2nd half after throwing 5 touchdowns in the first half. Who’s OU’s back up you ask? Five star, first overall ranked QB in the 2021 class, Caleb Williams.
The future is looking bright for Oklahoma this season if they continue to play how they’re supposed to and in the future with Caleb Williams coming into the fold next season.
4. Oregon: (35-28 win vs Ohio State)
Oregon came into the Horseshoe and NEVER allowed Ohio State to have a lead, despite 484 yards, three-touchdown effort from CJ Stroud.
Anthony Brown had 301 total yards and two scores in this one, but the star of the day was running-back, C.J. Verdell. Verdell ran for 161 yards and two scores, while also bringing in three catches for 31 yards and a score via the air.
What’s even more impressive? Oregon pulled this off without their two best defenders in future top draft pick, Kayvon Thibodeaux & linebacker Justin Flowe.
5. Iowa: (27-17 win vs Iowa State)
Iowa’s the ONLY school in the nation to currently say they have two wins against ranked opponents. Both opponents were top-ten teams in my Cream of the Crop rankings.
They only had 106 yards through the air & 67 on the ground, but the Hawkeye defense forced the Cyclones to give up the football four times in this one.
Michael Penix Jr & now Brock Purdy have both thrown three interceptions against this secondary. Both of those Quarterbacks I would consider above average at the college level. Iowa’s secondary is just that good.
6. Clemson: (49-3 win vs South Carolina State)
After facing a stout Georgia defense in week one, Clemson got a breather in week two against South Carolina State.
So D.J. Uiagalelei should look great, right? Wrong. He completed just 14 of 24 passing attempts for 171 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. He salvaged his day with two scores on the ground, as he had five carries for 23 yards.
Running back Will Shipley had 80 yards on eight carries for two scores & Justyn Ross had a score as well, as he had three receptions for 52 yards.
If Clemson can get their offense to improve they’ll be a tough out, considering they’ve given up just THIRTEEN points this season, with one of their opponents being my first ranked team in the nation.
7. Ohio State: (28-35 loss vs Oregon)
Their defense is just bad, as their what was supposed to be stout defensive line allows big run after big run and didn’t get a SINGLE sack against Oregon.
The Buckeyes had an opportunity to tie the game late, but an interception from Stroud stopped their drive & chances of winning.
Ohio State won’t win the Big-10 if they continue to be weak at the line of scrimmage.
8. Notre Dame: (32-29 win vs Toledo)
Just like the disappointment of Ohio States’ defensive line, Notre Dame’s offensive line is supposed to be good, year in and year out, and hasn’t played to expectations this season.
The fighting Irish struggled to get anything going on the ground, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry. Kyren Williams struggled in this one but still managed 103 total yards and a score. His fumble late, however, almost cost his team the game.
Jack Coan had 239 yards passing with 2 touchdowns and an interception but led the game-winning drive.
Talented Freshman QB Tyler Buchner came in and played well, completing all three of his passes for 78 yards and a touchdown, as well as gaining 68 yards on seven carries, but Coan’s last drive will let him keep his job… for now.
9. Cincinnati: (42-7 win vs Murray State)
The Bearcats started slow… I mean REALLY slow, but they pulled away at the end.
Desmond Ridder threw for 243 yards, two scores, and no interceptions. Jerome Ford goes for over 100 yards again this week, as he had 113 yards and three scores in this one.
If it wasn’t for Murray State’s five turnovers, who knows how this game would’ve turned out.
10. Texas A&M: (10-7 win vs Colorado)
Quarterback Haynes King went down with a lower leg injury and A&M struggled to get anything going until backup Sophomore Zach Calzada hit Isiah Spiller with a touchdown late into the 4th quarter.
Spiller only had 20 yards on 2.5 yards a carry, but he proved his worth with a team-high six receptions for 56 yards.
11. UCLA: (Didn’t Play)
UCLA did not play this week, but their play against Miami & LSU early this year proves their worth as a contender in the PAC-12. I predicted them to win the PAC-12 South this season and after USC’s performance against Stanford this week, we should expect them in the PAC-12 title game against Oregon.
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12. Penn State: (44-13 win vs Ball State)
Against Wisconsin in week one, Sean Clifford completed just 54.5 percent of his passes, but moved the ball better against lesser competition and completed 72.4 percent of his passes in this one.
Speedster Jahan Dotson hauled in five balls for 65 yards and a touchdown.
If Clifford can continue to take care of the ball and the Lions can continue to play stout defense, they’ll be a contender in the Big-10.
13. Florida: (42-20 win vs USF)
I questioned if Emory Jones would remain the starter this week, but Dan Mullen stuck with him.
However, Anthony Richardson outperformed him again this week, as he completed all three of his passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He also made four carries turn Into 115 yards and a score on the ground.
Emory Jones produced 151 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions with his arm, with 81 yards and a score with his legs.
I think Florida can be legit contenders down the road if they commit to Richardson moving forward.
14. Iowa State: (17-27 loss vs Iowa)
Iowa State didn’t look good in Week One, and in my Cream of the Crop week one rankings article, I predicted Iowa to upset Iowa State.
Brock Purdy completed just 13 of his 27 pass attempts for 138 yards and threw three interceptions.
He got benched in this one for Freshman Hunter Dekkers, who completed 11/16 passes for 114 yards & a touchdown.
Like Florida above them, Iowa State now has a QB controversy.
15. USC: (28-42 loss vs Stanford)
USC led the game in first Downs gained, total yards, and time of possession. However, NINE penalties, losing the turnover battle, and the Trojans giving up big plays were enough to get the team beat.
This team is still plenty talented in my opinion to win the PAC-12 championship with Kedon Slovis, Keaontay Ingram, Darwin Barlow, Drake London & Drake Jackson. It’s up to head coach Clay Helton to get the most out of them.
16. Liberty: (21-13 win vs Troy)
It was a closer game than what the Liberty Flames would want.
Consequently, Malik Willis had to put the team on his back, as he completed 13/18 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
Additionally, he added 93 yards on the ground and scored another touchdown.
17. Arizona State: (37-10 win vs UNLV)
We hadn’t seen much of Jayden Daniels this season but got to see his whole repertoire on Saturday. He completed 20/29 passes for 175 yards and two scores but also threw a rare interception in this one.
He also showcased his dual-threat ability with 125 yards rushing on the ground. Senior running-back Rachaad White helped him out with 90 yards rushing and two scores (He had two touchdowns in week one as well).
18. Ole Miss: (54-17 win vs Austin Peay)
In week one I was shocked by the Rebels’ defensive improvement & they continued to impress in week two. Ole Miss registered five sacks, eleven tackles for loss & forced two turnovers.
Heisman hopeful quarterback, Matt Corrall threw as many touchdowns as the team had sacks and had 316 total yards in this one.
He seems comfortable with Senior wideout, Dontario Drummond (9-177-1 last week) as he had six receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
19. Costal Carolina: (42-29 win vs Kansas)
We know about Grayson McCall, as he completed over 80 percent of his passes again in this one for 245 yards and two touchdowns.
Alternatively, let’s talk about Junior Reese White, as he churned 102 yards on the ground for three touchdowns. The playmaking RB now has five total on the season.
To complete the trifecta, let’s talk about Wideout Jaivon Heiligh, who had 998 yards and ten scores last season. This year? He had six receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown in week one, along with six receptions 122 yards and a score in this week’s game.
20. Arkansas: (40-21 win vs Texas)
Arkansas ran for 333 yards. Texas had 256 yards TOTAL.
The “Runnin’ Razorbacks” (Go ahead and put that on a shirt, I dare you) DOMINATED the line of a scrimmage, as they had three sacks and ten tackles for loss.
Their Offensive line dominated at the point of attack and allowed the Hogs to rip off big run after big run for an average of 7.1 yards per tote. Three different players had a rushing score.
If QB KJ Jefferson can take care of the ball, Arkansas has the blueprint to rattle off a lot of wins.
21. Virginia Tech: (35-14 win vs Middle Tennesee)
Virginia Tech I was worried would ride the high of upsetting North Carolina into this week’s game and underperform.
At halftime, it was a mere 14-7 game, but the Hokies scored on their first three possessions in the second half and cruised to victory.
The win in large part came on the back of Raheem Blackshear thanks to his two second-half touchdowns.
22. TCU: (34-32 win vs California)
We didn’t see much of Zach Evans’s Week One, which was a disappointment, but MAN did we get a good look on Saturday. He had 22 carries for 190 yards and a touchdown. Simply put, without him, Cal beats TCU handily.
Max Duggan threw a pick-6 in this one, but besides that was great, as he had 305 total yards and four scores.
The Horned Frogs secondary isn’t where it should be necessary, but with Evans and Duggan, this team will be hard to beat in Big-12 play.
23. Auburn: (62-0 win vs Alabama State)
Speaking of hard to beat. Through two games, Auburn has outscored opponents 122-10.
Of course, their games have been against two inferior opponents, but the Tigers will have their first real chance against Penn State on the road next week.
Bo Nix will look to prove to everyone he’s come a long way as a QB & Tank Bigsby will look to finally play the whole game and make his Heisman case. He has 241 yards (TEN yards per carry) and two scores in this young season.
I got the Tigers upsetting the Nittany Lions next week.
24. Miami: (25-23 win vs Appalachian State)
I kept Miami in the top 25 after a loss to Alabama in week one and I badly wanted to drop them out in week two. However, a wins a win.
Miami’s going to need more from D’Eriq King, as he had 200 passing yards, 79 rushing & zero scores.
25. North Carolina: (59-17 win vs Georgia State)
North Carolina and Sam Howell got upset in week one. How did they respond in week two?
Sam Howell had 352 yards passing, three touchdowns, and added 104 yards and two scores on the ground for a total of 456 yards and five touchdowns.
Clemson has struggled to score points so far this season & Miami hasn’t looked good to start. North Carolina can win the Coastal division and can shock the world vs Clemson in the ACC title game if Clemson doesn’t fix their offensive problems.