Top Five Week 2 Review

Top Five Week 2 Review

I don’t really think we learned much this past week except that Oregon’s offense is still just as tough to stop and even though an opposing defense may be bigger and more physical that doesn’t always equal success. With the exception of Oregon, the top 5 teams in college football had easy outings in week 2 and that will likely be the case in week 3 as well with the possible exception being Oklahoma facing off against Tennessee in Norman, OK. Florida State and Auburn both have bye weeks and Oregon and Alabama play games that should be over by half-time so week 3 in the top 5 should be pretty slow.

1. Florida State

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The Seminoles cruised to an easy win over FCS opponent, The Citadel this past Saturday. FSU quarterback, Jameis Winston, had no problems knifing The Citadel’s defense throwing for 256 yards and 2 touchdowns while spreading the ball around to 10 different receivers. The defending national champions will have a bye in week 3 and will play their first ACC opponent September 20 when they host 23rd ranked Clemson in Tallahassee, Florida.

2. Oregon

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One of the more interesting/entertaining games this past weekend, the Oregon Ducks flipped the switch on their high powered offense late in the third quarter against 7th ranked Michigan State. Up to that point the Spartans seemed to have an answer for Oregon’s high octane offense, beating them at the line of scrimmage and keeping Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota well contained. With Oregon reeling, facing a 3rd and 10 situation late in the third quarter Mariota made a quick pitch to freshman Royce Freeman to convert and keep the drive going. The Ducks scored later in the drive which would be one of four unanswered touchdowns in a 46-27 win over Michigan State. The win over the Spartans allowed them to edge past the Crimson Tide and slide into the #2 spot in the AP poll. Oregon’s week 3 game will be against the Mountain West Conference Wyoming Cowboys in Eugene, Oregon.

3. Alabama

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The Crimson Tide had an easy day against Conference USA opponent Florida Atlantic rolling to a 41-0 win. Both Blake Sims and Jacob Coker received meaningful snaps behind center with Sims starting for the second straight game. Both Sims and Coker threw for over 200 yards with Sims completing 11-of-13 passes and Coker completing 15-of-24. Sims’ only real mistake was a fumble near the endzone. The questions about which quarterback is the true starter still remain, but I think right now it’s hard not to consider Sims the starter. With another tune up game against Southern Mississippi this week the Crimson Tide should have their quarterback questions answered in time to start SEC play against Floriday in week 4.

4. Oklahoma

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The Sooners put a beating on American Athletic Conference front runner, Tulsa, this past Saturday to the tune of 52-7. Oklahoma starting quarterback Trevor Knight completed 21-of-34 passes for 299 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Sooner’s star wide receiver, Sterling Shepard, set a new career high with 177 yards on 8 catches. While Tulsa is certainly a better opponent than The Citadel or Florida Atlantic, the Sooners competition level will be taken up a notch or two when the Tennessee Volunteers come to Norman, Oklahoma in week 3.

5. Auburn

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The Tigers sailed to an easy 59-13 victory last Saturday at home against Mountain West Conference oponent, San Jose State. Quarterback Nick Marshall made his first start of the season and completed 10-of-19 passes for 101 yards and one touchdown. Auburn’s running game continued to dominate as Cameron Artis-Payne ran for 112 yards and three touchdowns. Artis-Payne currently ranks 8th in the nation for total rushing yards after two games and the offense as a whole ranks 8th nationally for points scored per game through week 2. The Tigers will have a week off this week and then travel to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the Kansas State Wildcats in week 4 on Thursday night.


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