CFB week 2 review. It’s time to assess what we already know, what we still need to know, and what to anticipate from some teams in 2022–2023 after the conclusion of week two.
Texas fell short to the Crimson Tide by one point; but did they discover Alabama’s weakness? Last Saturday, the Longhorns came within 20 yards of defeating the top-ranked Tide. The Longhorn’s defense posed a difficult threat for the Alabama offense. Without quarterback Bryce Young’s outstanding performance, the Crimson Tide wouldn’t have a chance in this contest. Young carried this group of players and led them to victory in Texas. The top-tier speed wide receiver that Bama’s offense is used to having in their potent offense is absent and that hurt them in this game.
The difficulty on the Texas offense was caused by the absence of the run game and the starting quarterback Quinn Ewers. If Ewers stays healthy the entire game, Texas should win, perhaps even by a decent margin. The Alabama defense, and the run defense, in particular, looks excellent. Although Alabama won, Steve Sarkisian has proved that he has what it takes to be the great leader in Texas. Texas will come back after a few more years of top recruiting classes.
The Swamp Drained
The second-half collapse of the Anthony Richardson-led Gators’ offense was the cause of their defeat. The Gators had a 16-13 halftime advantage, they were shut out in the second stanza and outscored 13-0 by the Wildcats. Florida came into the game fresh off a top-ten victory over the Utah Utes. Mark Stoops and his Wildcats team are never to be underestimated and it seemed like it. Richardson performed poorly overall and had two turnovers during this game, which was disappointing. Anthony Richardson had no impact on the run or pass game, while Levis kept getting better the entire game. The Wildcats were able to win this game thanks to Kentucky’s defense and second-half adjustments. I believe that the SEC East runner-up was at stake in this game.
BYU Gets Big Win
The top-ten Baylor Bears lost to the Cougars last weekend, adding a significant victory to their record. BYU quarterback Jaren Hall performed and appeared to be one of the best in college football. The offense is on fire, and the defense made a strong enough effort to force overtime and win the game. If they succeed, BYU will determine its fate. The playoff committee can’t possibly keep out a BYU team that has a win over Baylor and a chance to win against Utah and is undefeated. With Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and a potential BIG 12 championship still on the horizon, Baylor will have plenty of chances to impress the committee.
Jimbo in Jeopardy
Jimbo Fisher’s position as the program’s head coach is the hot item at Texas A&M, not the football team. Once again shocking the world, Appalachian State defeated the Aggies in College Station. Jimbo Fisher’s departure is now being demanded by the fan base, and rightfully so. I don’t understand why so many people were persuaded that a Texas A&M team, coming off an 8-4 campaign without making a single appearance in a conference championship in the twenty-first century, was a lock to make the top six teams heading into the season. Not with the defensive line that the Aggies lost, and not with a starting quarterback who is completely inexperienced. Before Appalachian State arrived, took its $1.5 million, and demonstrated to the Aggies that money cannot buy everything. Jimbo is an excellent recruiter, but as a premier head coach in this league, he is now only a distant memory.
Trouble by The Thundering Herd
With its unexpected victory at Notre Dame on Saturday, Marshall delivered an unexpected haymaker to a college football powerhouse. As a three-touchdown underdog going into the game, the Thundering Herd pulled away from the Fighting Irish in the fourth quarter and held on to win 26-21. Notre Dame didn’t fight hard enough combined that with the subpar play of Buchner’s throws. It’s as if Notre Dame keeps calling games believing that its offensive line is really strong, even though through two games, the offensive line has been average at times and subpar at others. They responded to this far too slowly, which led to Notre Dame’s 0-2 record. Marcus Freeman needs to do some great things in these next games to keep the support of the Notre Dame faithful.
Other Notable Storylines
- Nebraska fires Head Coach Scott Frost after 16-31 record with Cornhuskers
- Tennessee gets a big win over the Panthers in Pittsburgh
- USC is the team to beat in the PAC-12
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