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Back to some normalcy in week two of college football. There was a slight change in the rankings and a very competitive top ten match up. Some teams looked better than others and there was a near upset. Mostly a boring weekend of games but it’s still early. Here is a look at the latest Top Ten for week two:
1) Clemson Tigers (2-0) defeated #12 Texas A&M Aggies 24-10
The Tigers didn’t look sharp but got the win. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence looked ordinary for the second straight week. Even the running attack struggled to get going. Let’s give the Aggie defense some credit though. The lone bright spot on offense was wide receiver Justyn Ross, who had seven catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. The defense held firm and kept A&M quarterback Kellen Mond in check.
Next game- @ Syracuse Orange
2) Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0) defeated New Mexico State Aggies 62-10
The Crimson Tide made quick work of an outmatched Aggie team. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was very good in limited action, throwing three touchdowns. The team rushed for over 300 yards. Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy remains the top target with eight catches for 103 yards and three touchdowns. The defense had little trouble containing New Mexico State’s offense while forcing three turnovers.
Next game- @ South Carolina Gamecocks
3) Georgia Bulldogs (2-0) defeated Murray State Racers 63-17
The Bulldogs crushed the Racers in a laugher. Quarterback Jake Fromm was near perfect in a half of work, going 10-11 for 166 yards with a touchdown. The team rushed for 269 yards. The defense shut down Murray State’s ground attack and forced passes underneath for short gains.
Next game- vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves
4) Oklahoma Sooners (2-0) defeated South Dakota Coyotes 70-14
The Sooners dismantled the Coyotes in dominating fashion. Quarterback Jalen Hurts continued his sensational play in only a half of work, going 14-18 for 259 yards with three touchdowns. Running back Rhamondre Stevenson had 104 rushing yards on just six carries. Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb had 144 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense did its job against an inferior offense.
Next game- @ UCLA Bruins
5) Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) defeated Cincinnati Bearcats 42-0
The Buckeyes shut out an underrated Bearcat team. Quarterback Justin Fields had another impressive performance, going 20-25 for 224 yards with two touchdowns. He added two more rushing touchdowns. Running back JK Dobbins had 141 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The defense was excellent in keeping Cincinnati from scoring.
Next game- @ Indiana Hoosiers
6) LSU Tigers (2-0) defeated #9 Texas Longhorns 45-38
The Tigers went to Austin and beat the #9 Longhorns in an instant classic game. Quarterback Joe Burrow was terrific, going 31-39 for 471 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. LSU had three wide receivers go over 100 yards. The defense held up at the end to preserve the victory.
Next game- vs. Northwestern State Demons
7) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0) Bye
Next game- vs. New Mexico Lobos
8) Auburn Tigers (2-0) defeated Tulane Green Wave 24-6
The Tigers seemed uninspired in beating an average Green Wave team. Not terribly surprising, considering the emotional win over Oregon last week. Quarterback Bo Nix struggled again throwing the ball (19-37). The offense hasn’t clicked yet. The defense had no trouble dealing with Tulane’s offense.
Next game- vs. Kent State Golden Flashes
9) Michigan Wolverines (2-0) defeated Army Black Knights 24-21
The Wolverines struggled against the Black Knights and escaped with a win in double OT. The offense wasn’t good against an undersized defense. The defense got the stops and was lucky with Army missing a game winning field goal as time expired.
Next game- @ #14 Wisconsin Badgers
10) Texas Longhorns (1-1) lost to #6 LSU Tigers 45-38
The Longhorns lost a close one to the #6 Tigers. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger was brilliant in the loss, going 31-47 for 401 yards with four touchdowns. He also added 60 rushing yards with a touchdown. Wide receivers Devin Duvernay (154 receiving yards/two touchdowns) and Brennan Eagles 116 receiving yards/one touchdown) were outstanding, The defense was tough against the run but couldn’t stop LSU’s air attack.
Next game- @ Rice Owls