The middle of Week 2 wasn’t scintillating, but it showcased what some of the top teams could do. What are the 5 Things That matter in the wins by Florida, Alabama, USC, Notre Dame and Wisconsin?
Florida 45, Kentucky 7
For all those – right here front and center – who assumed the Florida offense didn’t have any pop after the way it played against UMass, there goes that with Luke Del Rio taking target practice throwing for 320 yards and four scores. However, as good as Florida looked, this was about the Kentucky offense that was an absolute and total disaster.
Yeah, the Gator D is solid, but UK is an SEC team with plenty of talent and weapons – going 3-of-14 for 55 yards with three picks isn’t okay, ever. Drew Barker was awful.
Alabama 38, WKU 10
I had heard all week that Western Kentucky’s passing game and high-powered offense was going to be a dangerous test for the Tide D coming off the USC win. Whatever. The Hilltopper running game was hit by a brick coming up with just 23 yards on 22 carries, but the Bama secondary did the most work with two picks and clamping down everything WKU tried to do. The biggest overall takeaway going forward, though, is that Jalen Hurts is the quarterback. Blake Barnett didn’t get too many opportunities to let it rip, but Hurts looked the part of a quarterback for a national title-level team.
USC 45, Utah State 7
Apparently, USC didn’t like what happened against Alabama. The Crimson Tide might be fantastic, but with the quarterbacks rolling now, it would’ve been interesting if the Trojans played Utah State first before dealing with Bama – fine, the Tide would still win. Both Max Browne and Sam Darnold were great, the weapons got to show what they could do, and the defense was a rock against the Utah State spread. The Trojans showed their resiliency going into the Stanford game. It was the perfect answer.
Notre Dame 39, Nevada 10
Texas might have come up with the win, but all anyone behind the scenes wanted to talk about was DeShone Kizer as a possible first round NFL Draft pick. How did he answer the loss to the Longhorns? 15-of-18 for 156 yards and two scores with a pick. It was the answer of a win the Irish needed, stopping the Nevada Pistol attack cold while cruising to the win.
Wisconsin 54, Akron 10
Akron put up huge offensive numbers with a big day from the passing game in the opener against VMI. Wisconsin didn’t allow the Zips to do anything giving up 136 yards through the air, allowing just a field goal on D, and only giving up a touchdown on a punt return.
Corey Clement left with a leg injury that didn’t appear to be too serious, but everything else rocked and rolled for the offense in the perfect performance following the LSU game. While some were having problems with the MAC this week – hello, Oklahoma State – Wisconsin was air-tight.