College football week 2 is in the books. After every week fans can take away things from what happened on the field. Here are five things learned from college football week 2.
1. The Sun Belt Owned the Big 12
Going into the weekend, the Big 12 was favored to win all of their games. Three of the games came against the Sun Belt Conference. Kansas State hosted Arkansas State, Louisiana traveled to Iowa State and Coastal Carolina took on Kansas for the second straight season. All three Big 12 schools lost.
Iowa State’s Brock Purdy struggled, which resulted in ULL taking advantage. Ragin’ Cajuns quarterback Levi Lewis was able to hit a deep ball and the team had great special teams to win the game. For Arkansas State, Jonathan Adams had a fantastic day and couldn’t be stopped. He finished with three touchdown catches and could not be guarded. Coastal Carolina was in control of the game against Kansas from kickoff to the end of the game. Is the middle to bottom of the Big 12 not great this season? Will the conference’s chances to make the College Football Playoff? There are a lot of questions surrounding the Big 12 after the weekend.
2. Games Getting Postponed is Going to be Normal
For the second straight week, games were postponed due to COVID. FIU vs. UCF, Marshall vs. ECU and Louisiana Tech were all postponed this week. This will change tv schedules and make things harder later in the season, as teams will have limited free weekends before the end of the season.
It didn’t just stop at this week, as Houston and Memphis were set to play on Thursday, but the game was postponed. This is going to happen all season. All football fans can hope is that important games like conference championships don’t need to be canceled.
3. Spencer Rattler is the Real Deal
After producing three pro quarterbacks in a row in Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts, the Sooners have another quarterback who looks like he can be a star. Spencer Rattler was a highly-recruited player out of Arizona and got his first start against Missouri State this weekend. He completed 14 of 17 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns.
This first look at Rattler starting was impressive. He completed deep balls and was efficient. Rattler will still need to prove himself against better competition, but he is off to a good start. He has already put Heisman voters on notice.
4. Florida State still has a lot of work to do
Florida State was favored in their opening game against Georgia Tech. Although they played great defense and had some impact plays on special teams, the Seminoles dropped their opener to the Yellow Jackets 16-13. Mike Norvell has a lot of work to do to get Florida State back on track.
The offense specifically needs to be improved. Their offensive line hasn’t been good for years and it wasn’t much better in this game. James Blackmon didn’t look sharp at quarterback and the team barely cracked 100 rushing yards. Norvell needs to get the offense rolling before Florida State will compete in the ACC.
5. Quarterbacks are Playing at a High Level
There were several quarterbacks that produced big numbers this weekend. It was a good weekend for quarterbacks to build momentum for the rest of the season. With so many quarterbacks playing well, a few will be highlighted here.
Trevor Lawrence completed 22 of 28 passes for 351 yards and a touchdown against Wake Forest. Sam Ehlinger helped Texas beat UTEP by going 25 of 33 for 426 yards and five touchdowns. While he wasn’t crisp early in the game, Sam Howell had a nice day by going 25 of 34 for 295 yards and a touchdown.
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