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Week 2 Playoff and Heisman Watch

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0)

Last Week: W – Western Kentucky – 38-10

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Of course their dominant win over a cupcake opponent this week wasn’t as impressive as their beating of USC last week, but Jalen Hurts showed off at quarterback with 287 yards and two touchdowns. With the Crimson Tide’s ability to always and forever to run the football with anybody, that is the sort of production from quarterback they need to be seeing.

2. Florida State Seminoles (2-0)

Last Week: W – Charleston Southern – 52-8

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Having an undefeated Clemson be bumped from the projected playoffs does not mean they cannot get back in. With a much pro talent as that team lost their was going to be some tough victories early in the year, but this is just saying Florida State is playing better right now. The Seminoles followed up their impressive victory over Ole Miss with a throttling of Charleston Southern. They are a cupcake opponent but at last they completely rolled over them.

3. Stanford Cardinal (1-0)

Last Week: Bye Week

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Stanford may have had a bye week but their performance in Week 1 was good enough to keep them in the third spot. No reason to move them down right now.

4. Michigan Wolverines (2-0)

Last Week: W – UCF – 51-14

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It was a slight step up in competition for the Wolverines from last week, but hey, if a power team is going to schedule opponents they should blow out, they better do more than just blow them out. Michigan has at last done that back-to-back weeks.

Rose Bowl: Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) vs. Washington Huskies (2-0)

Ohio State has outscored their first two opponents a combined 125-13. Look, Bowling Green and Tulsa as opponents do make us want a lot more out of the Buckeyes, but last week it was the JT Barrett show and this week they showed off a lot of other great talent to win the game. They have a lot of guys to rely on. Washington got another huge game out of Jake Browning as he completed 23 of 28 passes for 294 yards and five touchdowns. Washington is clearly the second-best team in the Pac-12 right now.

Sugar Bowl: Ole Miss Rebels (1-1) vs. Texas Longhorns (2-0)

Ole Miss came back from their close loss to Florida State with a pretty convincing victory over Wofford. The rest of the SEC has to step up more to take advantage of the one Rebel loss but despite losing a game Ole Miss just feels like the second-best team in the SEC right now. Oklahoma State losing to Central Michigan was beyond a surprise so unless they run the table and win the Big 12 they won’t get into the Sugar Bowl and really they have no shot at the playoffs anymore. Texas put a whooping on UTEP with Shane Buechele showing off he has the goods at quarterback, completing 22 of 27 passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns.

Orange Bowl: Clemson Tigers (2-0) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-1)

Clemson will have every opportunity to get back into the playoff picture but barely escaping against teams they should be blowing out is not the way to impress who is picking these games. As mentioned, with all the NFL talent the lost there has to be an adjustment period right now, so we’ll see how things go for them throughout the season. As for their opponent in this game, picking that is almost impossible so let’s just say Notre Dame still, which responded to their close loss to Texas with a win over cupcake Nevada. Next week’s game against Michigan State will have a big impact on this second selection for this game.

Cotton Bowl Bowl: Houston Cougars (2-0) vs. Tennessee Volunteers (2-0)

Yes, Houston shutout Lamar, but any 42-0 shutout has to be looked at as an impressive feat. Even Michigan last week gave up three points to a team. That they blew out. Right now there is no team on their schedule that really seems capable of beating them until maybe Louisville at the very end of the year. And Tennessee gets in against them. The Volunteers beat up on Virginia in front of the largest college football crowd ever, bouncing back well from last week’s struggle.

Dropping Out

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Oklahoma State Cowboys (L – Central Michigan – 30-27): You can complain about the referees that have now been suspended all you want but Oklahoma State never should have been in a game that close against Central Michigan in the first place. That’s a bad loss to have and takes the Cowboys hopes of one of these big bowl games away.

On the Cusp

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Michigan State Spartans (Bye Week): Next week’s game against Notre Dame is going to be a big one, so if they beat them, they probably jump into the Orange Bowl.

Wisconsin Badgers (W – Akron – 54-10): The Badgers will probably still take a bit of time to get in, but the way they handled LSU last week and destroyed their cupcake opponent this week they have to be a team that we think can threaten their opponents. Now they happened to have a severely brutal stretch coming up after Georgia State that goes: @ Michigan State, @ Michigan, vs. Ohio State, @ Iowa vs. Nebraska. That might be the most brutal run in the country but we’ll certainly see if they are legitimate soon.

Key Week 3 Games

Louisville Cardinals (2-0) vs. Florida State Seminoles (2-0: We fully expect Florida State to win this game, but Louisville is a top 10 team, at home coming off a bit longer of a rest. If they catch the Seminoles then the ACC is wide open.

Ole Miss Rebels (1-1) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0): Another situation where the road team is expected to bowl over the home team, but Ole Miss is a ranked opponent that has a great quarterback, is at home and it’s an SEC game. Anything can happen in this one.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-1) vs. Michigan State Spartans (1-0): These are two very, very tough teams that have a ton of talent. Michigan State played a classic Michigan State type of game in Week 1 but had their early bye week to sort some things out. Notre Dame almost needs this win to avoid suffering a second loss this early in the year.

Heisman Watch

lamar-jacksonLamar Jackson – QB, Louisville

37/62 (59.7%), 697 Pass Yards, 7 Pass TDs, 1 INT, 318 Rush Yards (9.9 YPC), 6 Rush TDs

Christian McCaffrey – RB, Stanford

126 Rush Yards (5.7 YPC), 2 Rush TDs, 7 Rec, 40 Rec Yards (5.7 YPC), 16 PR Yards, 28 KR Yards

Deshone Kizer – QB, Notre Dame

30/42 (71.4%), 371 Pass Yards, 7 Pass TDs, 1 INT, 112 Rush Yards (4.9 YPC), 2 Rush TDs

JT Barrett – QB, Ohio State

35/53 (66.0%), 498 Pass Yards, 6 Pass TDs, 1 INT, 85 Rush Yards (3.9 YPC), 3 Rush TDs

Shane Buechele – QB, Texas

38/53 (71.7%), 524 Pass Yards, 6 Pass TDs, 1 INT

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