How refreshing is this season of college football? Ohio State has not looked like Ohio State. Clemson gets taken to the wire against Georgia Tech. Alabama gets tested for the first time in what seems like two years. A lot to recap here including our winners, losers, game of the week and CS Top 10. Let's get into it.
Game of the Week: Alabama 31-Florida 29
What started out looking like another Alabama trouncing of an SEC East opponent turned into about as entertaining of a game as we could have had for the SEC on CBS opener. Trailing 21-3 Florida gradually strung together scoring drives and managed to stop a hire powered Crimson Tide offense. We even had a kick returner muff the kickoff and have the ball roll out at the one. Florida then faced a 3rd and 10 from their own one, and five plays later, found themselves in the end zone. With all due respect to Miami, that drubbing on opening day no longer seems that impressive, as they are clearly not a good team. Alabama has shown signs of weakness and they can be caught this year. Incredibly excited to see them play Ole Miss and Texas A&M later in the season.
Penn State: An incredible night in Happy Valley as the "Whiteout Game" once again united the country in unanimous fashion about how Beaver Stadium is the best atmosphere in the country. Sean Clifford, who I have been very skeptical of, completed 28/32 and 12/12 in the second half. The defense made all of the plays they needed to to win. Penn State now has two tremendous wins against Wisconsin and Auburn. This Nittany Lion team is legit. Their games at Iowa, at Ohio State, and home against Michigan (perhaps another white out) are going to be tremendous.
Florida: I referred to it above but Florida can definitely be in the SEC title game. They managed to control the line of scrimmage against Bama and shoed they will be able to put up points just as they did a season ago with Kyle Trask and Kyle Pitts. Dan Mullen has don't a fantastic job recruiting and coaching for this program. Florida is an elite program again.
Ole Miss: Matt Corral looks like he could be this seasons Heisman. The defense will always have concerns but this team can score like no one else. It will be tough to just try to outscore Bama, but hell, maybe they can. That is how good Lane Kiffin's offense is for the Rebels. To no one's surprise, the SEC is deep and it is very very fun.
Cincinnati: It was a game they had to have. It started out shaky not even picking up a first down until the second quarter and having 4 false starts in the first half, but they dominated Indiana in the second half. Indiana is an underrated tough environment to play in and Cincinnati went in their and took a huge double digit win. If Notre Dame can beat Wisconsin on Saturday, we are going to have a gigantic showdown at Notre Dame Stadium on October 2nd.
Clemson: Man that 2019 title team seems so long ago doesn't it. After getting bullied by Georgia in the season opener the Tigers just struggled with Georgia Tech at home. Considering their performance and weakness of their schedule they have to blow a team like this out if they want to return to the CFP. Clemson has to figure it out before it's too late.
Miami: The U is not back. I hate to say it because The U is awesome but struggling against Appalachian State and getting smoked by Michigan State at home is a terrible look on the status of the program. They are wasting the last season of D'Eriq King by not surrounding him with enough talent to be successful. Tough times in Dade County.
UCLA: It's not UCLA's fought they were ranked 13, after all you play whoever is on your schedule, you don't have a say as to what the Associated Press is thinking. Fresno State is a good football team. But given how they looked in their first two games, you can't look like that against a G5 school at home.
Alright now time for week 3 of the CS Top 10: