After an opening week of upsets, surprises and shockers the college football scene returned to a state of normalcy in Week 2. I think we’re in for an exciting year and no one team stands out as a lock to win it all in my mind. Just a disclaimer for the next few weeks I’ll be going with an abbreviated version that will have a high level recap of the week but not game by game analysis only some illustrations. I’m going to be away on vacation and it will be damn near impossible to keep up with everything on a detailed basis. So this will be the NCAA Recap Lite if you will.
The Tennessee – Virginia Tech match-up was quite the spectacle as a record crowd of 156,990 watched the two square off at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. This mind boggling record shatters the previous mark of 115,109 when Michigan defeated Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium in 2013. This crowd got to witness a 5 touchdown performance from Volunteers QB Joshua Dobbs who led Tennessee to victory with both his arm (91 yards, 3 TD) and feet (106 yards, 2 TD). Tennessee are 2-0 and living up to the preseason hype of a sleeper team to watch out for.
The overwhelming majority of the Top 25 took care of business this week, a 180 degree turn from last week, with the exception of TCU who fell to Arkansas in a thriller. Arkansas dominated the first three quarters (20-7) holding what looked to be a commanding lead heading into the final quarter. TCU came storming back with 3 unanswered touchdowns (Hill/Hicks/Hill TD Runs) to take the lead with 2:05 to go. At that point TCU’s win probability jumped to 93.6%. How numbers can deceive….
Within the blink of an eye Arkansas went 58 yards in four plays with QB Austin Allen connecting with Keon Hatcher for a game tying 16 yard touchdown pass. With a minute remaining TCU got the ball back, managed to get into field goal range and their 28 yard field goal attempt was blocked as time expired. Each side traded touchdowns in the first overtime and then on the ensuing possession for TCU they kicked a field goal to start double OT. On Arkansas’ possession they gained 20 yards on their first three plays to set up a 5 yard Austin Allen run for the game winning score.
Coming off being named National Offensive Player of the Week Louisville QB Lamar Jackson decided why not make it a back to back? Louisville destroyed Syracuse 62-28 in the Carrier Dome behind an out of this world performance from Jackson. The sophomore QB passed for 411 yards on 2o-of-39 passing with a touchdown and a 94.9 QBR. He did the majority of his damage on the turf where he rushed for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns including a 72 yard run and a hurdle over a Syracuse defender that will be shown for the rest of the season. In total 610 yards, the most by a player in ACC history, and the Cardinals are off to a 2-0 start. If he keeps this up throw Jackson right into the Heisman conversation. Through two games: 697 yards passing, 318 yards rushing, 13 TD (7 pass, 6 rush), 95.3 QBR.
Elite Player of the Week
C.J. Beathard (QB) – Iowa: 19-28, 235 yards, 4 TD (3 pass, 1 rush). Win over Iowa State
Legendary Performance of the Week
Lamar Jackson (QB) – Louisville: 20-39, 411 yards, TD, INT; 29 carries, 199 yards, 4 TD. Win over Syracuse