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Jack Geary’s College Football Week 2 Top 25 and Analysis
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Bama looked unfazed by the apparent other top team in the nation Saturday. The Crimson Tide’s defense appeared to be unstoppable as they held Florida State to just 7 points. The all around talent on this team just looks too good to beat at the moment. It will take a while for someone to challenge this team. Saban’s crew is the team to beat once again.
2. Ohio State
The Buckeyes brushed off Indiana in the biggest game in Indiana football history, at least in the second half. OSU was down 14-13 going into halftime but then bounced back to absolutely demolish the Hoosiers totaling up to a final score of 49-21. The true freshman Jk Dobbins impressed with 181 yards. Ohio State looks more than ready to take on the Sooners at home this Saturday.
3. Penn State
As expected, Penn State handled business against the undermatched Akron Zips. Saquon Barkley’s heisman campaign got off to a great start with 172 yards on just 14 touches. The Nittany Lions will seek to avenge last year’s loss to Pittsburgh this week.
Clemson picked up right where they left off as they rolled over Kent St. on Saturday. This team appears to be pretty close talent-wise as the team last year. Kelly Bryant dazzled in week 1 but still he’s no Deshaun Watson. Clemson should be in for a barn burner against a talented Auburn team this week.
The best moment of week 1 wasn’t a one handed catch but rather a portrayal of overcoming any challenge. Jake Olson, the blind USC long snapper, snapped a perfect ball for an extra point in the fourth of quarter of the Trojans win. In addition to that great moment, USC took care of a challenging Western Michigan team who was able to limit heisman favorite Darnold to no touchdowns. Darnold needs can’t throw for 2 interceptions and 0 touchdowns if he wants to beat Stanford this week.
I give credit to Washington for at least trying to play a worthy power 5 opponent in week 1. Although, Rutgers still wasn’t talented enough to threaten Washington’s high powered offense. The Huskies will now take their total blowout game in week 2 as they try to beat Montana by a billion.
The Sooners crushed their cupcake matchup in week 1, winning 56-7. Mayfield is ready for Ohio State and the team should be eager to avenge last year’s 21 point loss. Hopefully the Sooners can make it an intriguing matchup in this game of the week matchup.
8. Florida State
No one was a bigger loser Week 1 than Florida State. Losing to the #1 team in the nation is something you can recover from, you can recoup, but losing your heisman type caliber quarterback is unbearable. The Noles will lean on true frosh James Blackman to run the table and take this team to the playoffs.
Utah State gave Wisco the works for the first half. Wisconsin probably then realized that they were playing Utah State and proceeded to drop 49 points in a row. The Badgers get ready to take on Kiffin’s desperate for a win Owls this week.
10. Oklahoma State
The Cowboys were absolutely thriving in their opener, scoring 59 points in the process. Mason Rudolph delivered some stats to back up all the hype about him. Rudolph finished with 303 passing yards and totaled 4 touchdowns. South Alabama is no match for Rudolph this week and will be his doormat as he walks all over them.
The Tigers flashed their brand new quarterback against a terrible Georgia Southern team to open the season. This game should should serve as a warmup for the season defining matchup against Clemson. This game is the perfect opportunity for Auburn to solidify themselves as a premier team in college football.
Leonard Fournette who? Derrius Guice is a more than capable replacement and has accepted his role to lead this offense. Guice should continue to improve, as will LSU in week 2 when they destroy Chattanooga.
The defense of Michigan went to work in the highly anticipated opener against the shorthanded Florida Gators. Harbaugh proved yet again that you should never underestimate his depth. Michigan can fill any position with talent and will flash talent against a pretty good football team of Cincinnati this week.
As I mentioned last week, you need to absolutely buy in on Lamar Jackson’s heisman stock. Even though Louisville barely beat Purdue last week, Lamar still brought his A-game. Jackson finished with a total of 485 yards, which was enough to carry his team to mere victory. Jackson must continue to play like a superstar to take this Louisville team to new heights.
Don’t worry Georgina fans, Jake Fromm has as much talent as the currently injured Jacob Eason. The only concern Georgia fans should have leading into their Week 2 showdown against ND is will Fromm be prepared for this moment. It was reported that Jake Fromm only knew 50% of the playbook heading into the opener against Appalachian State. Georgia will have to mentally prepare the inexperienced but incredibly talented Fromm to steal a win at Notre Dame
Stanford destroyed Rice in game that seemed like it was played a few months ago. Seriously though, Stanford should be more than prepared having 2 weeks to prepare for a showdown matchup against rival USC.
I think The U got their swagger back! Most definitely, the Canes are playing with confidence off the charts. Miami can get another confidence building win against Arkansas State leading up to the showdown against the undermanned Florida a State Seminoles.
18. Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish impressed Saturday with a 49-16 rout over Temple. Temple isn’t some FCS cupcake opponent, they were a team that produced ten wins last year and should be a competitive team again this year. Either way, ND produced three 100+ yard rushers on Saturday which is a great building block for the new offense. Wimbush could truly stamp his name on college football this week if he leads Notre Dame to a win over Georgia.
South Florida is a strange case to say the least. The Bulls were the only Non-Power 5 team ranked in Week 1. After two questionable outings against weak opponents maybe the hype should be dialed down for now. At the end for the day, wins are wins. Although, South Florida needs to start making some statements against more respectable opponents to move up in the rankings.
20. Virginia Tech
The Hokies got one of the more impressive wins over the weekend, narrowly defeating West Virginia. Virginia Tech’s cornerbacks were torched by Will Grier for 371 yards but were still able to get a fourth quarter stop when it mattered most.
21. Kansas State
K-State dominated in an easy cupcake matchup for their opening matchup. They proceed to face another under matched opponent tin week 2. This team will show its true colors as they start playing powerful conference opponents.
Florida’s offense looked flat out terrible against Michigan. The Gators were only in the game because of back to back pick sixes thrown by Speight. Although, there still is reason to believe Florida is a team worthy of a ranking spot. The suspensions have been served and Florida will return main contributors to help rack up wins. Lastly, the quarterback identity needs to be solved, Zaire should start Week 2 after a horrendous outing by Franks.
As expected, TCU dominated Jackson State. Jackson State probably doesn’t even deserve to be on TCU’s schedule but cupcake games are the normal. Therefore, not much new information was gathered about TCU besides the fact that Kenny Hill is comfortable in the system.
A week 1 comeback win against Nevada leaves me skeptical of this Northwestern team. The Wildcats should have worked out the week 1 kinks and will be able to pick up a quality win against Duke on the road this week.
The Volunteers just finished one of the most exciting games of week 1, capping of a double overtime victory against Georgia Tech. Defending a triple option for more than 4 quarters can absolutely wear you down but Tennessee found the strength to get the one stop they needed. Tennessee kept finding ways to survive and will need to finding new ways to win as the schedule improves.