It was another great weekend of early-season college football with some notable upsets and Heisman contenders continuing to build their résumés.
Stanford lost to USC, Clemson proved they deserve their top ranking, UCLA starts 0-2 again, Nebraska’s loss to Colorado lowers expectations for the second year of the Scott Frost era, and Tennessee… well, let’s just say that UT Chattanooga has to feel better than they usually would about going into Neyland Stadium to face the Vols.
Losses took some of the shine off of Texas and Texas A&M, both of which were riding buzz last week. In fact, in the Kickoff Top 25 Texas dropped from #8 to #17 and Texas A&M fell from #13 last week to #22 this week. The AP Poll dropped Texas from #9 to #12, Texas A&M from #12 to #16.
In one of our Games of the Week, LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow was 31 of 29 for 471 yards, 4 touchdowns, and one interception, while Tigers Wide Receiver Justin Jefferson had 9 receptions for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ohio State’s Justin Fields was 20/25 for 224 yards and a couple of TD passes, along with 42 rushing yards and 2 more TDs on the ground.
Changes in the Top 25 after Week Two
On the Kickoff Top 25, Ohio State moved up one spot to #3 after shutting out Cincinnati 42-0 while Georgia fell to #5 for allowing Murray State to score 17 points on them at home.
LSU moved up 3 spots to #4 after beating Texas 45-38. Utah moved up a couple of spots to #7. Michigan slipped 2 spots after squeaking by Army 24-21 at home, while Florida returned to the Top 10 as the 9th ranked team in the country after shutting out TN-Martin 45-0 at home.
After beating Louisville 35-17 in their opener, Notre Dame moved up from #14 last week to #10 this week, bumping an Auburn team that beat Tulane 24-6 out of our Top 10.
Comparing our Week Three Top 25 to the AP Top 25, Clemson and Bama obviously remain locked at the top, Georgia remains their #3, we agreed on LSU in the fourth spot, then the rest of the top 10 includes #5 Oklahoma, Ohio State at #6, #7 Notre Dame, Auburn and Florida advances two spots to #8 & #9, and Michigan slips 3 spots to #10.
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Kickoff Games of the Week
In this week’s issue of The Kickoff, we preview four games for Week Three: #1 Clemson at Syracuse, Arizona State at #18 (#12) Michigan State, Stanford at #17 (#24) UCF, and #19 (#20) Iowa at Iowa State.
There will be three games on Friday this week: North Carolina at Wake Forest, Kansas at Boston College, and #20 Washington State vs Houston.
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