Every Friday I run through five things I’m looking forward to finding out as we head into another weekend of college football.
This week’s topic’s include the week 2 bye, my guess at which ranked team won’t be in the top 25 come Monday, and which games I’m going to be focussing in on over the weekend.
What’s on record this week?
I’ve got some really interesting matchups set to record this weekend. Kansas v Coastal Carolina will be my first chance to watch more of Grayson McCall and Jaivon Heiligh while Iowa v Iowa State threatens to be an early season classic.
I’ve also got Washington v Michigan and Florida v South Florida on my radar. I’m not expecting USF to give Florida much to worry about, but given the number of draftable prospects on Florida’s defense in particular I’m keen to eyeball a few, while the likes of Jaxson Kirkland, Cade Otton, Aidan Hutchinson and Daxton Hill will certainly keep me interested in the game being played in Ann Arbor.
Sophomore slump or comeback kid?
Sam Howell didn’t exactly go down swinging last weekend (yes – that’s two Fall Out Boy references in the space of a few seconds, you’re welcome!) but a home matchup with Georgia State will surely give him the opportunity to restore his own confidence and build up some trust in his young receivers.
The real question isn’t how he goes this Saturday, it’s to what extent can he use this game to prepare himself and his team for the rest of the year and to what extent can he revitalise his already-falling draft stock.
The battles of top 15 teams
Last week’s Georgia-Clemson game was a treat (if you like watching high quality defense), so the Iowa v Iowa State and Oregon v Ohio State matchups have plenty to live up to this Saturday.
Oregon simply don’t win in Columbus but with potential first round draft picks on both teams – including the current #1 on many people’s 2022 draft board Kayvon Thibodeaux – this game should be one of real high quality.
How will Texas fare on the road?
Hudson Card makes just his second start for Texas and will come up against a well drilled Arkansas defense under the tutelage of Barry Odom on the road at Razorback Stadium.
For the #15 ranked Longhorns, this isn’t going to be an easy test – could they be the next ranked team to drop out of the top 25?
(Not quite) bye weeks for some
A number of major schools face a bunch of minnows this week – effectively giving themselves a bit of a bye week before the conference battles really commence.
Watch out for some high scoring games, some 5 or 6 TD games for certain QBs, and a bunch of playmakers you’ve never heard of before suddenly making splash plays!