15 Biggest College Football Takeaways From Week 2
Biggest Takeaways from College Football: Week 2
College football is obviously well under way and as we head into the third week of play, there are plenty of things to discuss from last week. Week 2 ended with quarterback injuries, team surprises, coaching disappointments, team celebrations and fan craziness.
There are things that some teams need to work on, while others are happy with their perfect record. The ACC has become the conference to beat so far and Johnny Manziel is still raking in the haters. Nebraska seems to be rocking cradles and Jadeveon Clowney has been quite the letdown so far. Teddy Bridgewater is making a name for himself, but A.J. McCarron is getting off to a very slow start. Arkansas State has a wardrobe malfunction and the Florida Gators need to put away their egos and put on their practice pants.
One college coach lost his job and another one is dealing with a tough quarterback situation. James Franklin is back and one team may be better than everyone originally thought. While some of these things were expected before the season started, other issues are simply shockers. Some coaches need a wake up call and others are on the right track.
Which teams have such big problems that the rest of their season will be affected? Which players really aren't as bad as they seem? What teams are just doomed? Here are 15 of the biggest takeaways from Week 2.
Teddy Bridgewater is on Fire
No. 8 Louisville has made it clear that their starting QB is hot. Bridgewater threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns during their romp with Eastern Kentucky. Bridgewater had a strong start to the season and talk surrounding his talents includes a Heisman Trophy.
The ACC is a Force to be Reckoned With
There has been a shift in supremacy during Week 2. Florida State won their season opener against Pittsburgh and Clemson beat SEC great Georgia last week. Miami celebrated an upset over Florida, who was ranked 12th at the time. The SEC better watch it’s back.
Florida Needs Help
After a tough loss to Miami, the Gators dropped to No. 15 in the polls. They lost many of their top players to the NFL and that seems to have had a negative effect so far. Their Week 2 match up against Miami showed flaws within the Gators defense and QB Jeff Driskel lacked enough stability to keep a solid flow of the game.
Oregon May Be the Best
The ducks are arguably the most put together team in college football. They are ranked just under Alabama at No. 2 and average about 63 points per game. Running back De’Anthony Thomas is a fantastic addition to the Ducks roster. Thomas had a career-high 18 carries for 128 yards and two TDs in his first game.
Johnny Football Isn't That Cocky
There’s no doubt that Johnny Football has been rubbing fans the wrong way. But his teammates seem to disagree with the Manziel haters. Aggies RB Ben Melena told ESPN that the allegations surrounding Manziel have actually made them a better offense. Melena also says that he created the “cash sign” and Manziel now uses it too.
McCarron is Starting Slow
Against Virginia Tech, Bama's quarterback A.J. McCarron had his worst game, with just 10-of-23 completions and 110 yards. Texas A&M is up next and McCarron should be worried. Against Manziel, the Tide might have low completion percentages and too many interceptions.
James Franklin in Back
Missouri’s senior QB is back and ready to lead the Tigers this season. 2012 was filled with injuries, but now he is healthy and ready to play. Crucial plays and uninterrupted scoring drives by Franklin helped the Tigers celebrate a 38-23 win last Saturday.
Zach Mettenberger is More Confident Than Ever
Mettenberger is second in the SEC in passing yards and tied for first in passing TDs. This is something that he would never have done last year. LSU has a great balance this season and Mettenberger is in the zone for Week 3.
Texas Has Big Problems
The Longhorns hit an all-time low since their loss to BYU Saturday. They have had difficulty securing a quarterback and to make matters worse, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was fired.
Nebraska is Really Young
The Cornhuskers are growing, there’s no doubt about that. Their defense is inexperienced, but talented. Many of their players played their first college game during Week 1 and for some, it was their first time playing since high school.
USC Needs a Good QB
Lane Kiffin finally chose Cody Kessler as starting QB, but the offense has been struggling. Max Wittek was fighting for the starting position too. The longest completion for both was eight yards.
Jeff Driskel Needs a Wake Up Call
The Gators QB has accuracy, but he needs to prioritize in order to have success this season. Driskel accounted for 3-of-5 turnovers against Miami. He simply can’t do that against teams like Georgia or South Carolina.
Arkansas State Needs a New Wardrobe
In last week’s game against Auburn, the Red Wolves were penalized 28 yards for wearing the wrong jerseys. Coach Bryan Harsin says the uniforms had no effect on their 38-9 loss.
Jadeveon Clowney Still Isn't Scary
With so much hype, Clowney isn’t quite living up to expectations. Despite his impact on almost every play, fans still aren’t convinced after Week 2. He didn’t have any sacks, touchdowns or anything spectacular. In fact, Clowney sat out during his first game because he was tired.
Amanda Borges is a contributing writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @aborgesn!