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Week 2 2023 College Football Recap And Top Performers





This college football season has a different feel and a different tenor, one that we have not experienced since 2007.


This has been a season where teams that have received little attention in recent years have risen and grabbed the national spotlight. One could only imagine how this will feel in 2024, when the college football playoffs expand to 12 teams.


With all this noted, here is a rundown of the important lessons we learned this week.

 

What Did We Learn After Week 2?


  • For the doubters who thought Coach Prime and Colorado were one-hit wonders, they got a rude awakening after beating Nebraska soundly. So now we can also say it: this Buffaloes team is for real, and they are the most popular team in college football right now. Prime walks to the beat of his own drum, and college football purists hate it. Guess what? We love it!


  • We all owe Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers a big apology. Since last season, Ewers had not fared well against top-ranked teams, and after his performance in Week 1, many assumed that he was going to disappoint against Alabama. Instead, he elevated his game in the latter stages of the game and helped give head coach Steve Sarkisian the win he had been waiting for. As for head coach Nick Saban, well, he has a serious quarterback problem that he needs to solve if he wants his team to be a playoff contender.


  • Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels made his long-awaited return, and in the first half against Illinois, he was in his early-2022 season form when many had him in the Heisman conversation. Even though he wasn't as great in the second half, he did more than enough to remind the nation of how great he can be.


  • Georgia won, which is something we should be hearing often this season. Frankly, Ball State had no shot in this game; heck, even Brock Bowers did not have to do much.


  • Penn State absolutely dominated Delaware. With the assortment of weapons they have on both sides, dare we say they can beat Ohio State this season?


  • Speaking of Ohio State, the offense they showed in their win over Youngstown State bore some resemblance to the ones we have seen the last two seasons. A great sign was Marvin Harrison Jr.'s first touchdown of the season. If Kyle McCord can consistently perform at this level, this team will be more than fine.


  • Last week, Michigan won in the air; this week, they won on the ground, led by Blake Corum's three rushing touchdowns. The Wolverines are looking like a complete team.


  • Notre Dame looks unbeatable. They have great coaching, depth on defense, an excellent offensive line, and a quarterback in Sam Hartman who is as good as any in the nation. At 3-0, they are arguably the best team in the nation.


  • Clemson redeemed themselves in a huge way in their win against Charleston Southern. On both sides of the ball, they resembled those dominant Clemson teams from 2018–2021. This game was a big step in the right direction for a team that was losing its identity.


  • North Carolina may have the best running back in the ACC in Omarion Hampton. Had he not put the team on his back, Appalachian State may have pulled off the biggest upset of the season.


  • Will Howard and Kansas State should now have our attention. In the games they have played, they have dominated on both sides of the ball. Are they a potential playoff team? Perhaps we will find that out in a few weeks.


  • Tyler Van Dyke looked like his old 2021 self with his five-touchdown performance in Miami's win over Texas A&M. This was the signature win Hurricanes head coach Mario Cristobal had been looking for since he joined the organization last year.


  • Yes, the referees did do Baylor wrong at the end of the game. The biggest takeaway is how Utah's offense looks without Cam Rising. To say the least, they need him back in the worst way.

 

Week 2 Top Performers


Mr Everything: CB/WR Travis Hunter



Offense -

QB Quinn Ewers - Texas

TE Ja'Tavion Sanders - Texas

QB Bo Nix - Oregon

QB Tyler Van Dyke - Miami

RB Omarion Hampton - North Carolina

QB Will Howard - Kansas State

QB Jayden Daniels - LSU

WR Marvin Harrison Jr. - Ohio State

QB Jalon Daniels - Kansas

QB Sam Hartman - Notre Dame

QB Shedeur Sanders - Colorado

QB Cade Klubnik - Clemson

QB Caleb Williams - USC

QB Tyler Shough - Texas Tech

RB Jawhar Jordan - Louisville

RB Jaylin Lucas - Indiana

RB Demond Claiborne - Wave Forest

QB Kyle McCord - Ohio State

QB Anthony Colandrea - Virginia

WR Brashard Smith - Miami

WR Xavier Weaver - Colorado

WR Isaiah Alston - Army



Defense -

LB Jaheim Thomas - Arkansas

LB Aaron Beasley - Tennessee

DL Jer'Zhan Newton - Illinois

DL Andre Carter - Indiana

S Cole Bishop - Utah

DT Zane Durant - Penn State

LB Tommy Eichenberg - Ohio State

DL Trajan Jeffcoat - Arkansas

DE Taijh Alston - Colorado

DB Cooper DeJean - Iowa

DL Isaac Hodgins - Oregon State

LB Kalen DeLoach - LSU

LB Khalid Duke - Kansas State

EDGE Solomon Byrd - USC

LB Jordan Domineck - Colorado

EDGE Brendan Harrington - Appalachian State

DE Kameron Butler - Virginia

LB T.J. Parker - Clemson

DL Jasheen Davis - Wake Forest

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