1: Iowa Hawkeyes
The Iowa Hawkeyes came into week 2 with a lot to prove. And they did so in yet another dominant defensive performance against the #9 ranked Iowa State Cyclones. Playing a top 10 team is never an easy task, but going on the road in a tough environment and coming away with 4 turnovers and a 27-17 win showed that the Hawkeyes are for real.
In what started off a defensive battle to see who would crack first, the gutsy Iowa defense ended up victorious in that battle forcing 4 turnovers which led to multiple scores and ultimately very well may have been the difference in this game. The Hawkeyes showed that there defense is legit and they can be a true threat in the Big10 this year, especially with the door open following Ohio State’s loss.
2: Oregon Ducks
The Oregon Ducks may have pulled the upset of the week over the #3 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. This was a game many expected Ohio State to really show up too following a lackluster win the week before to Minnesota, and it was not pretty for those Buckeye fans.
The Oregon Ducks went to Columbus in one of the hardest places to play and absolutely looked outstanding. In a 35-28 win the Ducks showed real promise. The Ducks who played the whole game without turning the ball over really showed they know how to take care of the ball. On top of that, lead back CJ Verdell was phenomenal carrying the ball 20 times for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Buckeyes had no answer for him.
Following the biggest win of their young season for the Ducks, the question stands how far can this team go?
3: Arkansas Razorbacks
Might be too early to say this but Arkansas football is back. It seems like a long time since Arkansas has been the topic of discussion and beating ranked teams, but wait no longer. Arkansas put on a show against the 15th ranked Texas Longhorns beating them 40-21 where they looked much better in almost every aspect of the game.
Arkansas raced out to a 16-0 lead at halftime and never looked back. The Razorbacks seemed to have very little trouble marching down the field and putting points up against a Texas defense that did not have any answers. The Razorbacks defense? They also looked sharp as the Longhorns did not have an easy time moving the ball against this defense.
Was this a game where they played an overrated opponent, or is Arkansas legit this year? That’s a question we all want to know the answer to, and will find out come October 2nd where they face a very tough Georgia Bulldogs team.
1: Ohio State
Seems like deja vu. Last week Ohio State was in trouble against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, however they managed to pull it out in the second half in a closer than it should’ve been victory for the Bucks. However, this week it did not end the way they wanted.
In a 28-35 loss, the Buckeyes now raise some real concerns at 1-1 especially with the always tough Big10 conference games coming up soon. The Buckeyes need to turn it around and they need a sense of urgency because if they play like this in the Big10, who knows where this season will head for them but it might not be pretty.
Ohio State is still a very talented team and one loss will not cost them their season, however they need to turn it around and probably win out if they want a chance at making the College Football Playoffs.
Texas is not back. While losing your starting quarterback to the NFL is a hard thing to overcome, especially when your quarterback was so well liked by the Longhorns fans and team, Texas did not do a good job at replacing him.
In a 21-40 defeat to the Arkansas Razorbacks the biggest concern for the Longhorns besides their defense was clearly their issues at quarterback. The Longhorns quarterback Hudson Card was bad in his road opener against Arkansas. He was just 8 of 15 with 61 yards before getting replaced by backup Casey Thompson halfway through the third quarter, who was a little better and more efficient but did not do nearly enough to get them back in the game.
This raises the question, who will be Texas’ starting quarterback moving forward?
The USC Trojans had a lot of promise and potential coming into this year. Being ranked 14 going into this week’s clash with Stanford, they were big favorites playing at home. And let’s just say, things didn’t go as planned for USC.
Despite having over 400 yards of offense for USC, it was not enough as they could not get their defense off the field and struggled to get stops all game in a 42-28 defeat. Letting up 42 points to a team that was 14 point underdogs.. Not ideal for USC.
The question for USC is where do they go from here? How does their defense get back on track following an embarrassing performance to Stanford where they could not get a stop all game it felt like.
– Noah Danzig