Here we go then, hopefully you’re feeling right back into the swing of things and college football is back to being part of your weekend routine.
We had a little warm up with week 0, then a bumper slate last week for week 1, and now week 2 is (already) upon us and with the NFL returning this weekend, it feels like football iosi front and centre again!
Here is your week 2 UK TV preview.
Kansas (0-1) @ #17 Coastal Carolina (1-0) – Brooks Stadium, Conway, South Carolina
Saturday 11th September 12.30am (UK)
Coastal Carolina 25.5 point favourites at the time of writing.
Each and every Monday here at Full 10 Yards CFB, we are going to be bringing you our weekly college football top 25. This week, Coastal Carolina was not in it, they ranked 27th in our composite rankings. We understand that this is upsetting, no more so than for our friend, Simon Carroll, from The Touchdown and Collapsing Pocket Pod…
However, what I will say is that if Coastal Carolina beats a Power-5 opponent on Friday night, I can guarantee that they will be ranked by us on Monday.
Which means, they will be ranked by us on Monday.
Coastal Carolina is a team who are a lot of fun and albeit they were everyone’s darlings of college football last season, they are a very good football team who again, will win a lot of games this season.
Kansas on the other hand are… Well… An historic basketball programme.
These teams met almost one year ago to the day – September 13th 2020, the Jayhawks were on the end of a 38-23 loss and I don’t see that there’s been too much improvement from the team that didn’t win a game last season – At least they’ve broken their duck this season with a week 1 victory. Last year the game was in Lawrence, but now the lowly Jayhawks have to go on the road, so the odds are stacked against Kansas in a lot of ways and it’s going to be tough to follow up with another win.
25.5 point favourites really does say it all. What Jamey Chadwell did with this team last year was phenomenal and I think they could post a similar season record this season too (11-1 overall, 8-0 in conference in 2020).
The Chanticleers are talented and they have a handful of NFL guys on this roster – Grayson McCall at QB, Isaiah Likely at tight end and possibly the best of the bunch is Jeffret Gunter who plays as an outside linebacker.
I made a similar write up on the Michigan State @ Northwestern game last week that heavily favoured Northwestern. I did namecheck a couple of Michigan State players in that one but still felt that I had a bit of egg on my face after the Spartans won.
Well this one was all about Coastal… So Coastal by a million.
PS. I had Coastal ranked 23rd in my own personal rankings, direct the hate to @AJMoore21 on Twitter
#13 Florida Gators (1-0) @ South Florida Bulls (0-1) – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Saturday 11th September 6.00pm (UK)
Florida 28.5 point favourites at the time of writing
By American standards this matchup is somewhat of a local derby, Steve Spurrier Field and Raymond James Stadium stand a mere two hours and 129 miles apart. Because of that, there should be a fairly rowdy atmosphere in Tampa, with fans descending from Gainesville on the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the South Florida Bulls.
Despite the Gators losing a lot of talent to the NFL Draft earlier this year, this game shouldn’t be too much of a challenge for Dan Mullen’s men. They come into the game off a fairly comfortable 35-14 victory over Florida Atlantic, and will likely use the game to help Emory Jones further adapt to his new role as the starting QB.
Despite the relative ease of the Gator victory in game one, Jones was outplayed by FAU’s N’Kosi Perry. After being tipped for big things all off-season, the Junior signal caller threw two interceptions and struggled to move the ball through the air, relying on the use of his legs and Malik Davis in the run game to shift the chains. Mullen will be looking to see more this week, especially with Anthony Richardson waiting in the wings.
South Florida took a beating in their opening game, losing 45-0 to NC State. Quarterback tandem of Cade Fortin and Timmy McClain completed 14 passes on 33 attempts whilst throwing three interceptions. They’ll be facing an even tougher test this week against a good Florida defense that features highly rated talent such as Zachary Carter (DE), Ventrell Miller (LB) and Trey Dean (S). Whilst no one is expecting the Bulls to get anything from the game, if they feature former three-star recruit Xavier Weaver (WR), then they might give the home fans something to cheer about.
#9 Iowa Hawkeyes (1-0) @ #10 Iowa State Cyclones (1-0) – Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa
Saturday 11th September 9.30pm (UK)
Iowa State 4.5 favourites at the time of writing
The game of the weekend. Sadly the matchup doesn’t have a catchy name like the ‘Red River Showdown’, instead someone thought it was a good idea to call it the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. Catchy!
Name aside, this has all the makings of an early season classic. The Hawkeyes blew past Indiana in week one, putting up 31 points in the first half and limiting the Hoosiers to two field goals throughout the whole game. The Cyclones weren’t as convincing, spluttering past Northern Iowa, but there’s no doubt of the talent on their roster.
Brock Purdy (QB), Breece Hall (RB) and Xavier Hutchinson (WR) are one of, if not the best skill position tandem in the Big 12. When you add Charlie Kolar into the mix, it’s fair to say that they’ve got the potential to be a match for anyone when they’re firing on all cylinders. In their season opener the Cyclones featured Hall often, as he carried the ball 23 times and caught four passes for 100 all-purpose yards. Expect the number of carries to drop in week two with the return of Kolar, but the Hawkeyes defense would be wise to load the box more often than not on early downs.
Iowa is a strange beast as a football team, perhaps reflecting the blue collar nature of their fans, the Hawkeyes are a true three yards in a cloud of dust proposition. Last weekend’s win against Indiana saw everything centre around Tyler Goodson on offense and Riley Moss on defense. Goodson rushed for 99 yards and a TD, whilst Moss picked off Michael Penix Jr twice.
However, against the Cyclones, Kirk Herentz will be screaming for more from his QB, Spencer Petras. Petras has always been a game manager, even with weapons like Ihmir Smith-Marsette at his disposal last season. If they’re to take down the Cyclones, he’ll need to step up his game, if he doesn’t then this game will likely go to Matt Campbell and Iowa State.
#15 Texas Longhorns (1-0) @ Arkansas Razorback (1-0) – D.W.R Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Sunday 12th September 12am (UK)
Texas 7 point favourite at time of writing
Texas couldn’t have asked for a better start to their season. Put on upset alert by nearly everyone, the Longhorns eased past Louisiana 38-18 while bedding in a new starter at QB.
Hudson Card stepped up with the eyes of a nation on him and delivered a good, competent performance, completing 66% of his passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. The redshirt freshman displayed a nice quick release and good short to medium accuracy. However, Steve Sarkisian will be wanting to see Card using his legs outside the pocket, showcasing what made him the second ranked dual threat QB in the 2020 class.
Outside of the new QB, Bijan Robinson (RB), Jordan Whittington (WR) and the Longhorns defensive front came to play in week 1. Robinson is arguably the best RB in college football, and Texas are clearly set on running their offense through him until Card finds his feet. He’ll have the ball in his hands a lot in week two if Ray Thornton and DeMarvion Overshown can continue to put as much pressure on the opposition signal caller.
Arkansas are clearly on the up under Sam Pittman. In KJ Jefferson they’ve got a promising dual threat QB, but in Trelon Smith (RB) and Treylon Burks (WR) they’ve got two of the most electric playmakers in the division. Burks could well be the best receiver in football, but he needs Jefferson to get the ball out of his hands quickly to bring him into play. If Jefferson can do that, whilst finding the optimum time to run the ball, then this Razorbacks offense can be dangerous.
But perhaps the most intriguing player on the Razorbacks team is Safety Jalen Catalon. Catalon is the prototypical strong safety, hard hitting with a great sense of anticipation, he’s not afraid to get stuck in amongst the tackle in the run game. He’ll have to be at his best in what will be a very close game against Robinson and the Texas offense.
Washington (0-1) @ Michigan (1-0) – Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sunday 12th September 1am (UK)
Michigan 6 point favourites at the time of writing
Michigan made light work of their in-state rival, mainly behind the running of Blake Corum, who averaged just a tick under 8 yards a carry, racking up 111 yards and a score. Corum was the headline act of a heavy dose of rushing that was used in week 1 – Michigan ran the ball 40 times overall, with Hassan Haskins also carrying 13 times to Corum’s 14.
All of this meant that Junior QB, Cade McNamara only had to throw the ball 11 times last weekend. He completed 9 passes, of which two went for 6 points – So it was an efficient game overall, and he’ll be looking for much of the same, albeit against much tougher opponents.
Speaking of those opponents, the Washington Huskies will be looking to make amends for what was a banana skin loss to a FCS school in what was a disastrous week 1 for the Pac-12 North as a whole. I don’t think Washington has become a bad team overnight, or indeed, over the offseason and am happy to put that down to a blip.
The Washington defense in particular is still full of talent; linebacker Edufaun Ulofoshio and defensive backs Kyler Gordon and of course, Trent McDuffie will be a problem for the Wolverines. Washington are always well coached on the defensive side of the ball and their zone-heavy defensive scheme which rarely places less than five defensive backs on the field at one time does make it tough for opponents to score on them through the air.
Given the talent on the defensive side of the ball for Michigan also, with the likes of Aidan Hutchinson, Dax Hill, I would expect this one to be a low scoring affair. I’ll be particularly interested to see how Washington left tackle Jaxson Kirkland deals with Aidan Hutchinson coming off the edge for the Wolverines – That battle should make this game worth watching all on its own.
With Ronnie Bell out for the season for UM, and Dylan Morris throwing three interceptions against Montana I do wonder if we’ll see much action through the air at all. I also wonder if Washington does struggle to move the ball through the air, I wonder if calls for Sam Huard will grow stronger.
#21 Utah (1-0) @ BYU (1-0) – LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah
Sunday 12th September 3.15am (UK)
Utah 7 point favourites at time of writing
Now, here are two teams who simply do not like each other.
If you want a rocus crowd, in a beautiful setting, with some hard-hitting football being played on the big green rectangle, The Holy War might be worth staying up for, or setting an alarm for (delete as appropriate), or at last checking out on ESPN Player when your trying to wish Sunday away whilst you’re waiting for the NFL slate.
Utah are the rightful favourites here and will be looking to build upon their 9 game streak over the Cougars in what is the 101st meeting between the two sides, ever since the first meeting in Salt Lake City in April of 1896. If the Utes are victorious their winning streak of 10 will be the longest either school has held over the other at any one time.
So in the early hours, there will be pride, at stake there will be a potential record streak at stake and most of all, there will be the Beehive Boot at stake.
The Beehive Boot is a 100-year old Pioneer boot which isn’t actually just between these two schools but is awarded to the best performing school in the state of Utah, but as the biggest schools in Utah (sorry, Utah State), the Holy War game goes a long way to deciding where the boot ends up at the season’s conclusion.
On the field, to me at least, Utah are the far superior team at the moment. Kyle Whittingham is an unbelievable coach who has performed miracles in Salt Lake City. They have a veteran QB in Charlie Brewer, a solid offensive line, Theo Howard and podcast favourite, Brant Kuithe and defenders like linebacker Devin Lloyd.
BYU has lost their starting QB in Zach Wilson, Dax Milne and Matt Bushman from their offense as well as lineman Brady Christiansen and Tristan Hoge. All of whom are an immense amount of talent to lose for a programme like BYU, so games like this against talented and battle-hardened teams like Utah is a tough ask.
However… Given that this is a local-derby. Given that it’s in Provo. And given that BYU will want to put on a show since they are looking to showcase themselves as a potential Big XII team…
Well I still think Utah wins, but maybe it’s closer than it should be.
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