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5 Things The Sports Whisperer learned about Week 2 in College Football.
#5) Clemson has found their leader on the field… his name is Kelly Bryant.
#3 Clemson defeated #15 Auburn, 14-6 on Saturday night in front of 81,799 fans in Clemson, South Carolina. This game was not pretty but Clemson quarterback, Bryant, found a way to get his team a win. Bryant was 19-29 for 181 yards and rushed for 59 yards scoring twice on the ground. This was the maturation process of a young quarterback growing up on the field right before our eyes. It is not always going to be pretty or easy but when a QB can lead his team when things aren’t going well, it is a great sign. Clemson’s wide receiver, Hunter Renfro is not the fastest, biggest or strongest receiver in the country but he has got a lot of Julian Edelman in him. There is no other player in the country I would rather have on third down. He will be a solid pro and if the Patriots or Packers draft him, he will catch 80 passes easy. Clemson’s defense will be tested next week when they play at Louisville.
#4) Can Louisville quarterback win back-to-back Heisman’s?
Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy last season and he is doing everything he can to win it again. #17 Louisville defeated North Carolina 47-35. Jackson was a one man show. He was 25-39 with 3 passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 132 yards and scored three rushing TD’s. In two games has has throw for over 700 yards and rushed for 239 yards and has 8 total touchdowns. If Jackson can someone how lead his team to a victory of Clemson on Saturday he could be the front runner again. The last time someone won back-to-back Heisman’s? Ohio States Archie Griffin 1974-75.
#3) #5 Oklahoma dominates #2 Ohio State, 31-16, in Columbus Ohio.
This was the Sports Whisperer’s lock of the week. I had The Sooners winning by 7 or more points. The score was tied 3-3 at halftime when quarterback Baker Mayfield took over the game, he completed 27-35 passes, passed for 3 touchdowns and 386 yards. Ohio State’s national championship hopes were officially washed away on Saturday. Oklahoma’s head coach Lincoln Riley is the youngest coach in college football ( 33 years old). He went into Columbus an out coached Urban Meyer. Not a bad way for a young coach to build his resume. Oklahoma should be a national championship contender.
#2) #15 Georgia wins in South Bend,20-19 over #24 Notre Dame.
Freshman quarter back Jake Fromm managed the game to help the Bulldogs get a signature win for Kirby Smart. The former Alabama defensive coordinator is now 10-5 as the Georgia coach. This could be the win that catapults this team into the top 10. After finished the 2016 campaign with a 4-8 record, head coach Brian Kelly is on the so called “hot seat.” In 8 years in South Bend, Kelly has a record of 60-32 and has only 1 losing season. Kelly is a good coach but ND fans must understand that this program is not going to compete for national championships year in and year out like they did back in their glory days. High school players have a wide variety of options now. Fans need to understand that when schools like Nebraska and the “Fighting Irish” win 10 games that is a great season. Kelly doesn’t need to be fired.
#1) #6 USC gets signature win over #14 Stanford 42-24.
Coming into the Season I had USC’s Sam Darnold as the Heisman Trophy winner and the #1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He did not do anything on Saturday night to make me change my mind. In arguably, the biggest regular season game of his career, Darnold was sensational throwing for over three hundred yards and 4 touchdowns. He did have 2 interceptions but the young quarterback has the size, 64 220lbs and temperament to lead this team to a Final Four playoff appearance. USC’s RB, Ronald Jones II rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns. In two games, he is averaging 6.7 yards per carry, 275 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns. USC is the class of the PAC-12.
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