Forty names, video games, groups and trivialities making information in college football, the place cussed previous Iowa can rank final within the nation in yards per play (2.8) and nonetheless don’t really feel the necessity to make a quarterback change:
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SIGNS OF LIFE
There are some early stirrings of success in uncommon locales, and a few comebacks from forgotten folks and locations. A Dash breakdown of what is going on nicely that we’d not have seen coming:
The Atlantic Coast Conference (21) has eight undefeated groups and a 19–4 nonconference file. Last yr, simply 5 ACC groups made it to 2-0. For a league recognized for a few years as Clemson or Bust, it is good to have some extra colleges making headlines. (Three different ACC groups are ranked, after the No. 5 Tigers: No. 13 Miami, No. 16 North Carolina State and No. 19 Wake Forest.)
On Saturday the ACC took the present on the street and held up nicely, going 5-1 in nonleague play. That included upset victories by Duke and Louisville, plus the return of Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman sooner than some had anticipated to lead the Demon Deacons previous Vanderbilt. North Carolina gained consecutive street video games and is averaging 51.3 factors regardless of main receiver Josh Downs lacking the previous two contests (freshman quarterback Drake Maye is legit).
The most surprising ACC groups so far:
Florida State (22). The Seminoles very almost blew a positive victory towards LSU within the remaining minute Labor Day evening, however however held on for a uncommon ACC victory over the SEC. (Last yr the file was 8–1 in favor of the SEC.) FSU is off to its first 2–0 begin since 2016, which tells you ways dangerous it has been in Tally in latest seasons. Quarterback Jordan Travis is off to a superb begin, and there are a number of switch portal additions making a right away impression.
Duke (23). The Blue Devils dragged an eight-game dropping streak into this season and have turned that round emphatically, beginning 2–0 underneath new coach Mike Elko. The former defensive coordinator at Texas A&M has instantly upgraded that facet of the ball at Duke: The opening shutout of Temple was this system’s first in seven years, and first towards an FBS opponent since 1989. The Blue Devils have not but trailed this season , and with an upcoming sport towards FCS North Carolina A&T they need to be 3–0 heading to Kansas on Sept. 24 for a uncommon significant contest between the 2 colleges not involving spherical balls and hardwood. Speaking of which…
The sight of Kansas (24) at 2–0 is sufficient to make you need to get your eyesight checked. That hasn’t occurred since 2011, and the Jayhawks have not gained their Big 12 opener since ’09. Yet right here we’re, with Lance Leipold working a reformation of America’s worst Power 5 football program. This is the primary time Kansas has scored greater than 50 factors in every of its first two video games for the reason that ’07 group, which was the most effective in program historical past. Kansas’s 7.53 yards per carry is third nationally, trailing solely Alabama and Air Force.
The state of Washington (25) is off to a brisk starting, with each Washington and Washington State 2-0 for the primary time in 5 years. The Cougars scored the massive win, upsetting Wisconsin in Camp Randall Stadium and making the promotion of 2021 interim coach Jake Dickert look higher with every passing week. Perhaps the most effective information to date for Wazzu is that it’s successful with out prize switch quarterback Cameron Ward enjoying lights-out but.
Washington, in the meantime, is getting excellent play from its switch QB. Indiana import Michael Penix Jr. is again, after a tough 2021 season. The competitors hasn’t been stellar (Kent State and FCS Portland State), however Penix has an effectivity ranking of 183.47 to date, good for twelfth nationally. The Huskies struggled to attain factors towards any semblance of protection final yr, which is why Kalen DeBoer is now the coach. Putting 97 of them on the board the primary two video games introduced some welcome enthusiasm to Seattle. But the problem steps up appreciably Saturday with Michigan State—a well-known opponent for Penix—coming to city.
Clay Helton (26), Georgia Southern. Most Sun Belt coaches are rising up the ranks. Helton goes the opposite manner, however the fired USC coach might have discovered his consolation zone within the South and within the Sun Belt. He’s led the Eagles to a 2–0 begin capped by the upset of Nebraska—a fireable offense for Scott Frost however a validating victory for Helton. He added Buffalo switch quarterback Kyle Vantrease to an skilled returning offense, and the early returns have been a vastly improved passing assault. In a loaded Sun Belt East, do not overlook Georgia Southern and Helton.
The whole Big Ten East (27) is undefeated, a mixed 14–0. While that is no surprise on the high it’s notable on the subsequent tier, the place Indiana, Rutgers and Maryland are concurrently 2-0 for the primary time in a decade. The highlights had been dramatic, late-game landing drives by the Hoosiers to beat Illinois and the Scarlet Knights to beat Boston College—Indiana going 75 yards to attain within the remaining 30 seconds, and Rutgers going 96 yards fully on the bottom. Maryland has had no want for late drama but, rolling over Buffalo and Charlotte. There’s a protracted solution to go for these applications to threaten the institution, however these powers won’t have any walkovers throughout the division.
Mohamed Ibrahim (28), Minnesota working again. The workhorse’s Achilles tendon tear within the season opener towards Ohio State final yr was one of many greatest bummers of 2021. Now he is again and battering defenses once more, producing two almost an identical stat traces: 21 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns towards New Mexico State ; 23 carries for 130 yards and two TDs towards Western Illinois. The Gophers have not performed anybody with a pulse but however could be the brand new favourite within the smoking crater that’s the Big Ten West.
Charlie Jones (29), Purdue broad receiver. A receiver going from Iowa’s offense to Purdue’s is like sending a toddler accustomed to liverwurst to Willy Wonka’s chocolate manufacturing unit. Jones caught 21 passes all final season as a Hawkeye; he has a nation-leading 21 in two video games as a Boilermaker. Injuries and graduations left a giant opening within the Purdue receiving corps, and Jones has crammed it ably.
The Army passing sport (30). The Cadets threw for 304 yards Saturday towards UTSA, which is merely probably the most stunning statistic of the final 20 years in college football. Last time probably the most ground-bound program in FBS handed for extra yardage than that was 2001. Think of it this manner: Army threw for 361 yards your complete season in ’17, and solely 4 instances within the earlier 13 seasons had even thrown for 200 in a sport. The remainder of the story: Army is 0-2 for the primary time since ’15. But blame that extra on the competitors than a sudden betrayal of all that Jeff Monken considers holy—Coastal Carolina and UTSA are high-quality Group of 5 applications.
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