Iowa at CFP! Texas will not survive the SEC! Reality check for excessive reactions in week 2


Texas did not return. It is neither Florida State nor USC.

After impressive openings, these teams were given a generous dose of reality in Week 2. He ruled the Longhorns Arkansas, The Seminoles lost to the FCS program for the first time in the worst possible way, and the Trojans looked uninspired in the ugly loss of Stanford at the Colosseum it led to the dismissal of coach Clay Helton on Monday. So, looking back, we may have gotten carried away with our exaggerated reactions from the first week.

That’s why we love college football, a sport in which Iowa State is a play-off threat for College College, and the next is still the second best team in their home state.

Here are a few more overreactions from week 2:

Michigan will beat Ohio State

Ohio State it hadn’t looked this vulnerable for a while, following Oregona stunning 35-28 win on Saturday in Horseshoe. Buckeyes back CJ Stroud and misdemeanor is not a problem; he threw 484 yards with three touchdowns and one pick when adding 35 for 54. But the defense is in a mess under first defense coordinator Kerry Coombs, who was hired after Jeff Hafley left to become Boston Collegewas the head coach of 2020. Coombs has long had a reputation as an excellent recruit and capable defense coach, but he never called performances above the high school level. The defense of the state of Ohio last season was not good, and this year it looks worse.

“I am responsible,” Coombs told reporters Saturday. “It’s my job, so we have to play better. When we say we have to play better, I don’t blame the players. The standard of our defense is the standard of excellence, and I have to work better.”

All the blame doesn’t fall on Coombs ’feet. In the 2017 and 2018 employment classes, the state of Ohio signed 11 defensive players ranked in the top 100 of the ESPN 300. These included Chase Young,, Shaun Wade i Jeff Okudah. After Urban Meyer moved Coombs to hire Alex Grinch as defense coordinator in 2018, Coombs left the program to join Tennessee Titans staff and, in turn, employment of the Buckeyes in defense dropped dramatically. They signed only one defensive player who was ranked in the top 100 of the ESPN 300 in the 2019 and 2020 classes (defensive end Zach Harrison, which has yet to develop into a real star). That’s the puzzle current head coach Ryan Day faces: Defensive fights can apply to X’s and O’s as well as Jimmys ’and Joe’s.

Still, let’s not get carried away Michigan they finally beat Ohio State, which hasn’t happened since November 26, 2011. Yes, the Wolverines looked good in Saturday’s 31-10 win against Washington, but they will need more than a fullback Cade McNamara and a passing game to win over an OSU-caliber team. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, have more than two months to improve on defense.

Texas will not survive in the SEC

As we warned you last week, block those proclamations “Texas is back.” After looking so good in the win against 20 points Louisiana at the opening, the Longhorns lost 40-21 in Arkansas on Saturday. Hogs amassed 471 yards of fouls, including 333 in a hurry, while averaging 7.1 yards per carry. Five Arkansas players had at least 40 yards. The Longhorns were kept without a bag and had only two quarterback pressures.

“Over time, they kind of exhausted us, so our defense was off the field … it kind of exhausted us,” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said. “Forty-seven attempts to hurry. We never put pressure on them to throw the ball. I think that’s part of it. [was] we simply did not do it offensively to take away any pressure on the defense. “

On the other side of the ball, the Texas offensive line could not oppose what was considered an below-average SEC defensive line (but it could be much better than that). Texas star Bian Robinson it was held at just 69 yards in 19 single-attempt attempts, and the Longhorns even struggled to run against a three-man front.

After only two games, it is too early to say that Sarkisian will fail. It’s too early to say the Longhorns won’t be able to compete whenever they move from the Big 12 to the SEC, whether it’s in 2025 or earlier. From then until then, Sarkisian and his staff must dramatically upgrade their talent on both lines of battle. Since 2008, Texas has selected three offensive line players in the NFL draft, none in the first round. During that period, Alabama composed of 19 offensive line players, including eight first division players. Even worse, Vanderbilt since 2008, there have been six such players, including one in the first division. Texas fans have wondered why the twin sons of former American Longhorns, Blake Brockermeyer, James and Tommy, signed a contract with Tide.

Iowa will do CFP

After blasting Indiana in the opener, Hawkeyes once again slipped past the state of Iowa in a Cy-Hawk game, winning away 27-17. In defense, Iowa is good enough to challenge a big ten title and a potential spot in the CFP. Hawkeyes extorted seven turnovers in two games and turned them into 37 points (20 against the state of Iowa). They didn’t allow 25 points in 24 consecutive games, the longest streak among Power 5 teams. Iowa had six interceptions in the first two games and the 70 best on FBS since 2017. Punter Tory Taylor is a weapon for positioning on the ground.

“There’s no secret formula, we play defense the way we play it,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.

And there is no secret insult to Iowa. As is typically the case under Ferentz, there is nothing dazzling on that side of the ball. He ran 39 times for 67 yards and averaged 5 yards per pass in his sixth win in a row over his state rival. The Hawkeyes will need much, much more than an attack to get through the big ten. The good news: They don’t play Ohio State or Michigan in the regular season and they win Penn State at home. Departure on October 30 at Wisconsin may be the biggest remaining obstacle.

Arkansas is the second best team in the SEC West

Alabama is clearly the best team in the SEC West, and no one else is even close. LSU remains in disarray, and coach Ed Orgeron could be in trouble if things don’t improve in a hurry. The Tigers announced Monday they will escape John Emery Jr.. will not play this season, allegedly because of academics. The LSU averaged just 3.5 yards per carry in a 34-7 win against FCS enemy McNeese State (Division II Argonauts West Florida averaged 4.8 yards in a 42-36 win against the Cowboys a week earlier).

Br. 7 Texas A&Mthe train slowed down a bit with news from Monday that a quarterback was leaving Haynes King will miss indefinitely with lower leg injury. Sophomore Zach Calzada he was a little shaky in the 10-7 win Colorado. After a less than impressive opening against Louisiana Tech,, Mississippi StateThe defense was solid in a 24-10 win versus NC State.

Still, Arkansas ’win against Texas was the most memorable statement in the SEC West last weekend. Are the Hogs good enough to finish right behind Tide in coach Sam Pittman’s second season? Probably not. But what the 59-year-old former offensive line coach has done in such a short time is pretty impressive. He waited three decades to become the head coach, and Hogs is already buying what he sells. Remember, he took over a program that was 1-23 in SEC games. After passing 3-7 last season, taking the Hogs to a bowl game in Year 2 would be a huge step, and they are more than capable of it.

Georgia has a controversy

Georgia starting back JT Daniels did not play in last week’s 56-7 game against UAB due to oblique injury. Bulldog coach Kirby Smart said Daniels faced injury before opening Clemson, but then it got worse during that game and woke up in pain the next day. Smart said Monday that Daniels felt better after a few extra days of treatment, but his status for Saturday night’s game against South Carolina (19:00 ET, ESPN and ESPN application) is uncertain.

“The approach is rest, recovery and treatment, and we did the best we could with that,” Smart said. “The biggest thing they’ve told us is that you don’t want to make it worse.”

In the absence of Daniels, a former walker Stetson Bennett had a record day against the Blazers, scoring five touchdowns in the first half. He is obviously Georgia’s number 2 defender, but Daniels’ injury would probably have to last, or he would have to fight hard on his return, for Bennett to regain his starting job. Bennett occasionally played well last season, but faltered in losses to Alabama as well Florida. In his defense, he battled injuries in both games, but the reaction on social media was so bad that Bennett discarded his iPhone. He may be the only student on the UGA campus who uses a flip phone.


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