Two weeks into the college football season and things are happening. Sparse data points abound, upon which we can draw conclusions and rewrite narratives. Here are some of the most striking storylines begging for overreaction.
Herm Edwards is a Genius
A bunch of absolute idiots spent the offseason telling you why the ESPN-to-Tempe transition was going to be a disaster. Shows how much they know. Edwards’ Sun Devils are 2-0 and knocked off Michigan State this weekend in a grinding, tough affair. The players, fans, and administration are buying into his front-office-type structure.
Alabama Should Go for Two After Every Touchdowns
The Crimson Tide appear to be unstoppable, with Tua Tagovailoa rendering any quarterback controversy questions obsolete. This could be the best offense Nick Saban has ever had. But somehow, after all of these years of subpar kicking, Alabama is still in search of a reliable guy to boot the ball through the uprights. They’ve missed three extra points in two games. I’m not A mathematician but it may be worth going for two after scores.
Georgia is Even Better Than Last Year
The Bulldogs walked into South Carolina and suffocated all hope. They are big, they are fast, they have offensive weapons to burn. Quarterbacks are completing 81 percent of their passes. Three different rushers have eclipsed 100 yards. It’s striking how little drop off there’s been after an armada of talent shipped off to the NFL.
The State of Florida is a Wasteland
Florida lost to Kentucky for the first time in 32 years. Florida State is 1-1 with a scary win over freaking Samford. Miami got boat raced by LSU. Raise your hand if you have any real confidence any of these three teams will rebound and put together a 10-, or even 9-win season.
Kyler Murray is Baker Mayfield 2.0
Baker Mayfield’s successor has looked incredible, accounting for seven touchdowns and a cornucopia of highlight plays. The Sooners have destroyed both opponents with style. Murray is shining in his second-best sport and will be asked to carry even more of the load with running back Rodney Anderson out for the year. Hop on those favorable Heisman odds while they’re still available.
Jimbo Fisher Knows What He’s Doing
College Station was rocking on Saturday as Texas A&M took Clemson to the brink. Fisher appears to be way ahead of schedule in restoring the magic. Meanwhile, folks in Tallahassee are looking at another .500 year. Life is all about timing, folks. Kudos to Jimbo for getting the deep-pocketed Aggies to fashion his lifeboat out of solid gold.
Chip Kelly Lost It
UCLA is 0-2. Once revered as a football genius, Kelly could be resigned to living in the purgatory of a slow rebuild. Any cache he once had is being diminished by the second. There’s a non-zero chance the Bruins go 2-10 this season. Enjoy!
Duke is a Football School
David Cutcliffe has a sleeping giant in Durham. The Blue Devils embarrassed Northwestern on the shores of Lake Michigan. A swarming defense has allowed 21 total points this year. Junior quarterback Daniel Jones is solid and trustworthy with the ball. Keep an eye on this team.