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College Football Week Two: Winners and Losers

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Week two saw breakouts, standouts, and some surprises. Here are my winners and losers:

  1. Oklahoma Sooners: After a shaky start, quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns as the Sooners kicked it into gear and defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes 31-16. Mayfield and the Sooners avenged last year’s loss. Think it’s time to take the Sooners, seriously.
  2. USC Trojans: Quarterback Sam Darnold threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Ronald Jones III rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns as the Trojans defeated the Stanford Cardinal 42-24. The Trojans had 625 total yards, very impressive offensive showing.
  3. Clemson Tigers: Quarterback Kelly Bryant rushed for two touchdowns. The defense had 11 (yes, you read that) sacks as the Tigers held off the Auburn Tigers 14-6. The defending champs saying, “don’t forget about us.”
  4. Georgia Bulldogs: Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship’s go-ahead 30-yard field goal with just over 3:30 minutes left and a late recovered fumble helped the Bulldogs hold off the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 20-19.
  5. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson: Jackson had 525 total yards and six touchdowns as he led the Cardinals passed the North Carolina Tar Heels 47-35. Jackson reminding us, “hey, remember me, I’m the reigning Heisman winner!”
  6. Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Mason Randolph: Randolph threw for 335 yards and three touchdowns as the Cowboys defeated the South Alabama Jaguars easily 44-7. You’ll be hearing Randolph’s name in the Heisman discussion, too.
  7. Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners: Quarterback Dalton Sturm threw for two touchdowns and rushed for 98 yards as the Roadrunners, from C-USA and in their seventh year of football, defeated the Baylor Bears 17-10. It’s the Roadrunners’ first win over a Power 5 team, beep, beep!!

Losers:

  1. Ohio State Buckeyes: The Buckeyes just couldn’t move the chains in their loss to Oklahoma.
  2. Stanford Cardinal: The defense gave up 625 total yards in their loss to USC.
  3. Auburn Tigers: Despite having the edge in time of possession, the offense only had 117 total yards, also quarterback Jarrett Stidham was sacked 11 times in their loss to Clemson.
  4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: A late turnover cost the Irish, a chance to win in their loss to Georgia.
  5. Baylor Bears: The Bears were only 2 for 12 on 3rd downs and had just over 21 minutes in time of possession in their loss to Texas-San Antonio. Once again, not the start first year coach Matt Rhule wanted.

Storylines going into Week Three:

Tennessee meets Florida in an early SEC showdown. Clemson’s defense will try to slow down Louisville’s Lamar Jackson. Texas goes to L.A. and face USC.

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Heisman Trophy Finalists Include Joe Burrow, Justin fields, Jalen Hurts, Chase Young

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The finalists for the Heisman Trophy have been unveiled and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young are headed to New York this weekend for the 85th edition of the award for the most outstanding college football player.

The winner will be announced on Saturday night during a ceremony that kicks off at 8pm est on ESPN.

“In my opinion, he should win it,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura. “In my opinion, he’s going to win it. The best thing about Joe is he’s a team player. All he wants to do is win this game. Individual awards are not high on his list. That’s what makes him such a great team player.”

While Burrow may have the most momentum heading into the ceremony, and is the likely number 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young is the first Ohio State defensive player to finish in the top four in Heisman voting, and Young is the first defensive player from the Big Ten to do so since Michigan’s Charles Woodson won the award all the back in 1997.

Young led the nation with 16.5 sacks and in tackles for loss per game with 1.9.

Additionally, Ohio State is the seventh school to have multiple players invited to the Heisman ceremony in the same year, but the first to have both an offensive player and a defensive player.

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Rutgers Brings Back Greg Schiano with Eight-Year, $32 Million Deal

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Rutgers is bringing back Greg Schiano as their head coach following a lengthy negotiation process that has led to an eight-year, $32 million deal, according to ESPN.

“Today we open the next great chapter for Rutgers Football,” Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs said. “Coach Schiano is absolutely the best person to lead our program. He brings a quality of leadership and integrity that will make all of us proud in the years ahead. I couldn’t be more excited for our student-athletes and our fans.

“A lot of hard work lies ahead, but we will all keep chopping together with Coach to achieve success in the Big Ten. We all know what the goal is and we all must do our part. I can’t express enough appreciation to Greg and Christy Schiano, the first family of Rutgers Football. Welcome back!”

Schiano went 68-67 from 2001-2011 as Rutgers head coach.

“Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family,” Schiano said in a statement put out by the school. “I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. I look forward to embracing that challenge once again. This is a great opportunity for all of Rutgers to pull together to get us back to where we all know we belong. It will take everyone on this campus and in the State of Rutgers to get this done.”

Schiano left Rutgers in 2012 to become the head coach of the Tamp Bay Buccaneers, in a tenure that lasted just two years.

“I commend Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs and Coach Schiano for reaching an agreement following very complex negotiations to bring on this new, exciting chapter for Rutgers Athletics,” Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. “We are all thrilled to welcome Coach Schiano. He is the right coach at the right time to build our Big Ten football program into a long-running source of pride for Rutgers.”

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Ole Miss Fires Matt Luke

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Ole Miss is moving on from head coach Matt Luke, who was fired on Sunday following three seasons at the helm of the Rebels.

“After evaluating the overall trajectory of our football program, we did not see enough momentum on the field and determined a change is necessary in order for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level” Athletics director Keith Carter said in an official statement.

“While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program. We will always be grateful to Coach Luke for his leadership, particularly from a recruiting, academic and overall culture standpoint. At the same time, winning is important, and we know that we can compete for championships at Ole Miss.

“A search is underway to find a new head coach who can build a complete program that attracts top talent, develops them as young men and sustains a winning mentality. We will be looking for the leadership, energy and commitment to excellence necessary to compete in the Southeastern Conference and galvanize our passionate fan base.”

Luke compiled a 15-21 record during his tenure at Ole Miss.

According to the Clarion Ledger’s Nick Suss, the firing of Luke was not well-received by some of the players, with some storming out of the team meeting angry over the decision.

Many are speculating that the Egg Bowl was what set the firing in motion. However, it is worth noting that attendance was becoming an issue in the midst of a losing season, and with a new athletic director in the fold, change was likely coming sooner or later.

 

 

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