The 2020 season has already started in a great way.
This is technically the fourth week of the college football season, but it’s Power 5’s third week of action. Things got even more interesting this weekend when the SEC hit the scene, and we’re now less than a month away. some glorious Big Ten action.
Biggest story of the weekend? I honestly don’t even know where to start, but it should start in Norman and Baton Rouge. And if he taught us anything yesterday, it is that this has the potential to be a wild season full of upheavals and many surprises.
State of Kansas 38, No. 3 Oklahoma 35
The 2020 edition looks all too familiar to Norman̵
This is Oklahoma’s sixth defeat as a 20-point favorite since the start of the 2009 season. No other team has lost more than three in that time frame.
– Chris Fallica (@chrisfallica) September 26, 2020
The Wildcats scored 31 points in a home defeat to Arkansas State two weeks ago. They scored 24 unanswered in the second half alone to go back and defeat the Sooners. Skylar Thompson scored 344 yards total attack with a pass score and three more on the ground. True freshman queue Deuce Vaughn took four passes for 129 and added a quick score.
Spencer Rattler’s three interceptions didn’t help matters. The redshirt freshman shot 387 yards and four scores to help the Sooners reach a 21-point lead in the third quarter. He distributed the ball to nine different receivers, but it was Drake Stoops (son of former Sooners head coach) who led the way with 93 yards and a touchdown.
Footballer Blake Lynch delivered the game’s winning basket two minutes from time. Rattler’s third interception killed any chance of overtime or a Sooner win. This means the Wildcats have come out on top for two consecutive years.
Mississippi State 44, No. 6 LSU 34
Remember the time Mike Leach and K.J. Costello went to Baton Rouge to face the reigning national champions and proclaimed himself “DBU?” I remember it like it was only yesterday. And if memory serves me well, the Bulldogs threw for 623 yards and five touchdowns to upset the Bayou Bengals. In was a debut fiend for the duo as it took Leach and Costello exactly one game to set a new single-game passing record in the SEC.
I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t think Leach’s air raid crime would work in the SEC; especially against teams like LSU. And while it’s true that American cornerback Derek Stingley was held out due to a medical problem, yesterday’s performance is unforgivable for any national power. Three different Bulldog wideouts went for over 100 yards. Osirus Mitchell took seven passes for 183 yards and two scores. Kylin Hill went eight for 158 and a touchdown, and JaVonta Payton took six for 122 yards.
– Jordan Fuller (@ j_fuller4) September 26, 2020
Nobody expects the LSU offense to look like Joe Burrow and Joe Brady running things. Myles Brennan has had his difficulties despite putting up a decent stats line. The junior redshirt shot 345 yards with three touchdowns and a couple of interceptions. Terrace Marshall Jr. is the first of the team left on the field, and unsurprisingly he lit up the Bulldogs with eight holds for 122 yards and two scores.
LSU has lost more than any other team in the country. The 2019 edition saw one of the best college football quarterbacks of all time, the best offensive line in the nation, the best wideouts (or at least on par with Alabama) and one of the best tailbacks in America. I think most expected some obstacles for Ed Orgeron. I don’t think too many people expected him to come up against Mississippi State in the first week.
No. 8 Texas 63, Texas Tech 56
Texas was 15 points down with about three minutes left. A couple of touchdowns and an onside kick sent this into extra time before the Horns eventually took the lead. Regardless of the outcome, Texas fans certainly don’t feel any better about where the show is under Tom Herman. And Chris Ash’s Big 12 debut didn’t go as planned as the Red Raiders scored 56 points and pretty much did what they wanted in attack.
Bijan Robinson takes a bad fall trying to get in the way of a defender.
– CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) September 26, 2020
Sam Ehlinger threw for 262 yards and five touchdowns adding another 70 and a ground score. Joshua Moore took five passes for 73 yards and three scores; including winning and winning ones. Red Raider quarterback Alan Bowman completed 31 of 51 attempts for 325 yards with five scores and three interceptions. SaRodorick Thompson crossed the century mark on the ground and added two touchdowns. KeSean Carter and T.J. Vasher both shot in two touchdown passes.
Note: Bijan Robinson was fine even though that shot looked pretty bad.
No. 5 Florida 51, Ole Miss 35
This game was really fun to watch. Florida tight end Kyle Pitts may have gotten more passes than Ohio State in the past decade. But seriously, Pitts pulled in eight for 170 yards and four touchdowns since the rebels simply had no answer. His quarterback was superb as well as Kyle Trask shot for 416 yards with an absurd six scores.
If you like offense, then this was your jam. The Gators and the rebels combined for 1,235 yards on the day to go together for 86 points. There were also some familiar names as Emory Jones and Trevon Grimes both saw a lot of action. Jones threw a hideous interception and mostly only seems comfortable when running. Grimes took three passes for 64 yards and one score.
Emory Jones arrives at QB for the Gators … and launches an interception! pic.twitter.com/nxmML9A3xj
– K M (@ FTBeard1) September 26, 2020
For Ole Miss, it was Matt Corral’s show to Elijah Moore. Corral shot for 395 with three scores and one pick. The Gators certainly felt the effects of CJ Henderson’s departure for the NFL as Moore made 10 passes for 227 yards against a usually solid Florida secondary. Jerrion Ealy led the way on the ground with 79 and a touchdown.
No. 8 Auburn 29, No. 23 Kentucky 13
Many people were collecting feral cats in this one. Terry Wilson returns to quarterback and Bob Stoops’ defense remains mostly intact from a season ago. But it wasn’t enough away against number 8 Auburn. Bo Nix and his three second-half touchdowns proved the difference after this was close for two quarters.
Seth Williams and Eli Stove were Nix’s favorite targets. Williams led all pass-catchers with six receptions for 112 yards and a couple of scores. Stove added four for 55 and his touchdown. For the Wildcats, Wilson did well in his return throw for 239 with one touchdown and one pick. Kavosiey Smoke still has the best name in the sport, and the UK tailback went for 62 yards and a rushing score. Wildcat receiver Josh Ali added nine receptions for 98 yards.
No. 4 Georgia 37, Arkansas 10
The Bulldogs had all kinds of problems in the first half against Arkansas. Former Ohio State D’Wan developer Mathis got underway, but was clearly not ready as Kirby Smart was forced to retire in the second quarter after an interception and several other mistakes. Georgia remained 7-5 down at half-time before putting together a dominant 32-point second half to leave Fayetteville the winner.
Stetson Bennett took over the role of quarterback and the junior redshirt looked much more comfortable under the center. Bennett completed 20 of 29 passes for 211 yards and a couple of third quarter touchdowns. Bulldog ground play wasn’t your usual mighty self against the Razorbacks. Zamir White ran for 71 and a score over 13 carries, but the team averaged just 2.9 yards per carry on the day. Eric Stokes 30-yard interception return for a score helped the Bulldogs move away towards the end of the third.
Former Gator Feleipe Franks struggled with his Arkansas debut. Franks shot for 200 yards with a touchdown and two picks. Treylon Burks took seven passes for 102 yards and one score. It’s no real surprise that the Hogs ran into trouble against a Georgia defense that returned eight starters from 2019.
Stupid game of the week
No.12 Miami 52, Florida State 10
Now I have watched two Florida state football games and have officially passed the quota of the year. The Noles could be one of the worst teams in FBS right now; let alone one of the worst in the ACC. This rivalry match is what I was looking forward to. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case.
Miami is a pretty good college football team. The addition of D’Eriq King is proving to be the most important move of the offseason as he was phenomenal once again last night. King threw for 267 yards with two scores and added another 65 on eight carries. Cam’Ron Harris and Don Chaney both found the end zone on the ground twice. Tight final Brevin Jordan made another touchdown pass and has now scored in each of the Canes’ three games.
Seminole’s offense did next to nothing against the Miami defense. James Blackman still looks very bad under the center and three different FSU quarterbacks launched interceptions on the night. True freshman queue Lawrance Toafili had some decent leads, and this was one of the few bright spots for the Noles.
Next week’s lineup looks pretty juicy. Headliners will be on SEC land with Georgia hosting Auburn and the Aggies hitting the road to Tuscaloosa. Clemson is back in action with a home game against Virginia. Jeff Hafley is sitting at 2-0 and will host Mack Brown and the Heels in the 3:30 slot.
Matt Campbell and the Cyclones haven’t looked that impressive so far, but his team has been known for giving Oklahoma some trouble in the past. The state of Iowa defeated Baker Mayfield and Sooners in 2017. Next weekend Lincoln Riley will leave and try to bounce back in Ames.