College Football Week 2 Blog: Can Texas Push Alabama?
Week 1 of college football had everything fans could have asked for, including a triple overtime in Texas and a 7–3 victory for Iowa. The Week 2 slate features easier games for top teams like Georgia and Ohio State, but there’s still room for plenty of chaos.
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In the third quarter of Alabama-Texas, a key call deep in Alabama territory led to serious confusion. At the end of the day, it was called incomplete – after a lot of deliberation:
The Northwestern Wildcats may be down, but at least they’re creating moments like this:
Alabama and Texas are tied 10-10 at halftime, which isn’t exactly the scoreline we expected to see. That was quite the half in this game. The Horns came out firing several deep shots to Xavier Worthy to test Bama’s corners while using as many blockers as possible to keep Dallas Turner and Will Anderson at bay. The first half pivoted for Texas on offense, however, when quarterback Quinn Ewers went down with an apparent injury to his non-pitching arm/shoulder.
ESPN’s Pete Thamel published just before the start of the third quarter that the Longhorns starter will not return for the remainder of the contest after undergoing an x-ray in the locker room.
Last year’s starter Hudson Card came into the game and the Texas offense was certainly less efficient, but still got a few shots when they could. The other story is how well the Texas defense played keeping Bama’s firepower well at bay. The Tide were also sloppy with 11 penalties in the first half, including eight in defence.
But Texas will kick for a missed chance in an impressive practice late in the first half where Texas opted to throw the basket and take the hits, which ultimately was not if on.
Things are heating up in Miami… on the sidelines:
This is called “free football”:
Oh, that’s not good… Quinn Ewers suffers a serious injury after hitting a huge shot play for Texas to knock on the door to tie this game at 10 early.
Texas needs to kick itself for that ball to hit the turf for an incomplete on that through shot. The Longhorns apparently dumped the playbook on a really good scripted opening player, with plenty of different ways to get down on the pitch, including this shooter, making sure Big Will Anderson Jr. (top of the screen) is supported. After 15 plays, they threw a field goal in the red zone to get something out of it, but the bad news came a play later when Alabama scored a touchdown.
Northwestern lost 21-0 early to Duke, but it was a game that worked well for the Wildcats:
Iowa State vs. Iowa (-3.5), 4 p.m.
Iowa’s 7–3 win did everything possible to leave a bad taste in the mouths of nearly everyone watching besides Iowa’s defensive coaching staff. Two safeties and a field goal were all the Hawkeyes could muster, and the students reportedly called for the team’s offensive coordinator to be fired. Fortunately, Kirk Ferentz’s Hawks are 6-0 against Matt Campbell and Iowa State.
Houston vs. Texas Tech (-3.5), 4 p.m.
The Cougars released an overtime squeaker against UTSA to start the season and travel across the state to face first-year coach Joey McGuire’s Red Raiders.
USC (-8.5) vs. Stanford, 7:30 p.m.
USC crossed and used two defensive scores en route to the blowout on Rice to open the season. On the other hand, Stanford has been a shell of its 2010s success for the past two years and will try to use an early season upset to restore that glory.
Kentucky at Florida (-6), 7 p.m.
The Gators won a hard-fought game against Utah to open the season and are now turning their attention to a Kentucky team that outplayed them last year at Lexington. Quarterback Will Levis is an early darling of the NFL Draft, but with issues in the running back corps and on the offensive line, we’ll see just how much he can lift the rest of a team on the move. around him.
Arizona State vs. Oklahoma State (-11), 7:30 p.m.
The Pokes have returned to the way business is supposed to be done. Last season was all about defense and running play, and Week 1 showed that an explosive passing offense can always win in Stillwater. Arizona State is bringing new QB Emory Jones to town to test out the Cowboys.
Baylor vs. BYU (-3), 10:15 p.m.
Buckle up for this match, where both teams look content to hold their own. Expect Baylor’s stifling defense to give the Cougars all they can handle, but don’t count out BYU. The Cougars showed they could be anywhere on an opponent with a dominating Week 1 win over USF.