Baker’s Dozen: Top College Football Teams after Week 2
Nick Saban may have delivered an “ass-chewing” to his team and coaching staff, but the Tide chewed on Western Kentucky all day. Their defense was dominant against an explosive Hilltopper offense, and some of the missed throws and miscues will be cleaned up headed into this week’s showdown at Ole Miss.
2. Florida State
DeAndre Francois is living up to his Famous Jameis comparisons. As long as he doesn’t have any lawsuits on the horizon, this kid should lead Florida State to a big season. They travel to Louisville this weekend for one of the most exciting matchups of the young season.
Another little game in the Big House for Michigan as the Wolverines pounded UCF. Jim Harbaugh’s group isn’t treating these lowly teams like warm up games as they have been firing on all cylinders on both sides of the ball. Wilton Speight — awful name aside — looks like the guy who can carry this team once the competition finally shows up in Ann Arbor.
4. Ohio State
“When it rains, it pours” is a great sports expression for a blowout. In Ohio State’s case, it was actually weather-related this past Saturday. The Buckeyes beat up on Tulsa in the middle of a monsoon and look like they have replaced all those guys who left for NFL. Urban Meyer takes his Buckeyes to Norman, Oklahoma this weekend with a hungry Sooners team waiting.
Normally teams struggle without their star quarterback, but the Cougs followed up their upset of Oklahoma with a shutout of FCS Lamar as Greg Ward Jr. rested on the sideline with a shoulder injury. Houston poured in 511 yards of total offense as they battled a downpour of their own that caused a long delay. Lamar couldn’t even amass 75 yards of offense on the day. Seriously.
UTEP couldn’t quite offer the same old-school Texas shootout that Notre Dame provided the Longhorns last weekend, but this Shane Buechele kid is bad news for the rest of the Wild West (Big 12). Four touchdown passes and another big win later, he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down which is what this snake bitten Texas fan base needs.
Did Clemson just struggle to beat Troy? Yes. Will they be fine? Probably. Is Ray Ray McCloud a dumbass? YUP! Clemson needs to show a little more consistency as a team before they are just welcomed back to the College Football Playoff and guys like McCloud are not helping them find that rhythm by starting the touchdown celebration at the five-yard line.
Well they didn’t struggle this week, but they didn’t have much success either. I really need to see more from this team. What was that? Stanford didn’t play this week? Yeah, eighth sounds good.
9. Lamar Jackson
The Lamar Jackson Cardinals (not to be confused with the Lamar FCS Cardinals of “less than 75 yards vs. Houston” fame) are ROLLING in the early going. 610 yards and 5 touchdowns is incredible for the star quarterback. 235 yards from the others guys is cool too, but you know its whatever. 610 by himself! Jackson is off to an incredible start and he has a chance to make a real statement in Week 3 as he welcomes Florida State on to his home turf in Louisville.
Now that I’ve seen them chow down on two weak opponents, the Washington Huskies are my favorite team in the Pac-12. They have the most complete team and may have the best coach in the conference. People forget that Chris Peterson is an elite coach because he took so long to leave Boise State behind. In their September 30th showdown with Stanford, I expect the Huskies to lift their leg on the Cardinal.
One of these true freshman quarterbacks had to struggle this week and unfortunately it was Jacob Eason. His stat line: 11/20, 204 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. Not terrible, but this team just had no rhythm against a the ferocious Nicholls State Colonels. Yes that was sarcasm, but the Colonels do feature Netflix superstar Randall Ollie of “Last Chance U” fame so that has to count for something.
12. Notre Dame
Notre Dame is going to struggle to stop people all season, but DeShone Kizer has been blessed with way more than the luck of the Irish. This guy can absolutely ball and we’ll see if he can rectify the loss to Texas by conquering Sparta in their match-up against Michigan State.
13. Ole Miss
It is fair to say Wofford in Oxford is a better time than Florida State in Orlando. The Rebels won easily with a conservative game plan and probably tested a few plays and formations that they will use in their next game against Alabama. Can Ole Miss be the first team to beat Nick Saban three times in a row? If they do, maybe Chad Kelly will still have a future in the adult film industry.