The opening week of the season taught us a few things. Alabama and Clemson are who we thought they were. Ohio State will be just fine without Urban Meyer (especially this week), and Michigan can’t get over the hump.
Texas failed to live up to the hype — suffering another Week 1 loss at the hands of Maryland. Florida State was throttled by Virginia Tech in Willie Taggart’s debut, and Khalil Tate failed to get going in Arizona’s loss to BYU.
Here’s a look at New Arena’s Top 25 Poll for Week 2 of the 2018-2019 College Football season:
25. Miami Hurricanes
Week 1 result: Lost to LSU 33-17
Up next: vs. Savannah State
Miami entered the season as College Football Playoff hopefuls. The Hurricanes left Jerry World with a bruised ego. LSU manhandled Miami from the start, grabbing a 33-3 lead heading into the fourth. Nothing went right for the Canes in their opening game. However, Mark Richt’s group should rebound nicely with Savannah State coming to town.
24. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Week 1 result: Defeated Missouri State 58-17
Up next: vs. South Alabama
Making his first collegiate start, Taylor Cornelius led the Cowboys by throwing for 295 yards and five touchdowns. The Cowboys rushed for an incredible 436 yards while limiting the Bears to 260 yards of total offense. Oklahoma State should ease past South Alabama ahead of a tough matchup with Boise State in Week 3.
23. Utah Utes
Week 1 result: Defeated Weber State 41-10
Up next: @ Northern Illinois
The Utes may have played a terrible team, but good teams take care of business every week. After falling behind 10-7 through the opening quarter, Utah imposed its will on Weber State. Utah’s opponent finished the game with 57 yards of total offense. Tyler Huntley and Zack Moss carried the team offensively, but four offensive turnovers will not fly against better opponents. With a home game against Washington on the horizon, the Utes cannot overlook a pesky NIU squad. If they can avoid the pitfalls of a classic trap-game, the Utes will be confident when Chris Petersen’s team comes to town.
22. Michigan Wolverines
Week 1 result: Lost at Notre Dame 24-17
Up next: vs. Western Michigan
Fans in Ann Arbor are heated following their opening week loss to Notre Dame. There is still plenty of time for the Wolverines to rally and make a run at the Playoff, but the pressure is mounting. The Wolverines are now 9-9 in their past 18 games. Another out of conference loss could send Michigan spiraling into a bad place.
21. Boise State Broncos
Week 1 result: Defeated Troy 56-20
Up next: vs. UConn
The Broncos appear ready to make a run at a New Year’s Six bowl. Boise went to Troy and dismantled a solid team. Brett Rypien shredded Troy’s defense to the tune of 305 yards and four touchdowns. A Week 3 trip in Stillwater is sizing up to be a game with large implications.
20. UCF Knights
Week 1 result: Defeated UConn 56-17
Up next: vs. South Carolina State
The self-proclaimed National Champions came out firing in Connecticut. The Knights picked up right where they left off in a 56-17 humbling of the Huskies. UCF will have a relaxed week before they start preparing for games against North Carolina and FAU. The Knights will be a tough team to knock off.
19. Oregon Ducks
Week 1 result: Defeated Bowling Green 58-24
Up next: vs. Portland State
Justin Herbert looked like a Heisman candidate in the Ducks’ opening game. Oregon’s leading man threw for five touchdowns and ran for another, reminding the nation of his immense talent. The rest of Oregon’s non-conference schedule is a joke — vs. Portland State, vs. San Jose State — so we won’t know much about the Ducks until Stanford comes to Eugene in Week 4.
18. Mississippi State Bulldogs
Week 1 result: Defeated Stephen F. Austin 63-6
Up next: @ Kansas State
The Bulldogs’ defense was dominant against SFA. Mississippi State’s defense had an asinine 17 tackles for loss against the overwhelmed Lumberjacks. Keytaon Thompson impressed at quarterback, totaling 364 yards and five touchdowns through the air. Their Week 2 opponent, Kansas State, didn’t impress against South Dakota in Week 1. With that said, a trip to Manhattan will provide the Bulldogs with a good test.
17. TCU Horned Frogs
Week 1 result: Defeated Southern 55-7
Up next: @ SMU
TCU fans must be thrilled with the play of quarterback Shawn Robinson. In only one half against Southern, Robinson threw three touchdowns and ran for two more. If the Horned Frogs can get consistent play from their quarterback, they may challenge for the Big 12 title.
16. Penn State Nittany Lions
Week 1 result: Defeated Appalachian State 45-38 (OT)
Up next: @ Pittsburgh
Appalachian State almost claimed another victim on the road. The Nittany Lions had all they could handle on Saturday, needing a touchdown in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime against the Mountaineers. Penn State immediately enters a rivalry game against Pitt, giving the team no time to catch its breath following their unexpected scare.
15. Michigan State Spartans
Week 1 result: Defeated Utah State 38-31
Up next: @Arizona State
Like Penn State, the Spartans struggled at home against an unheralded opponent. Sparty trailed Utah State 31-30 with a little over two minutes remaining in the game. The Spartans face a tough task in Week 2, taking on Herm Edwards’ Arizona State Sun Devils under the lights in Tempe.
14. USC Trojans
Week 1 result: Defeated UNLV 43-21
Up next: @ Stanford
The Trojans started should-be high school senior J.T. Daniels against UNLV at the Coliseum. Daniels did enough — 282 yards and one touchdown — in leading the Trojans to victory. The freshman will face the biggest test of his young career in Week 2 as USC heads to The Farm to take on the highly-ranked Stanford Cardinal.
13. West Virginia Mountaineers
Week 1 result: Defeated Tennessee 40-14
Up next: vs. Youngstown State
Will Grier’s Heisman campaign is off to a tremendous start. The Mountaineers’ signal-caller tallied 429 yards and five touchdowns through the air in an absolute destruction of the Volunteers. WVU announced itself as a threat in the Big 12 with their Week 1 victory. A favorable schedule may result in the Mountaineers sticking around for a long time this season.
12. LSU Tigers
Week 1 result: Defeated Miami 33-17
Up next: vs. Southeastern Louisiana
The Tigers were a trendy pick to have a down year in 2018. Many pundits had Miami easing past the Tigers in Week 1. Instead, LSU put forth arguably the most impressive performance of the opening week. LSU bullied the Hurricanes throughout the night — leaving no doubt as to who the better team was. LSU’s offense showed promising signs throughout the game. This should come as a welcomed sight to fans who have become accustomed to a slow, plodding attack. LSU looks legit.
11. Virginia Tech Hokies
Week 1 result: Defeated Florida State 24-3
Up next: vs. William & Mary
The Hokies stormed into Tallahassee and dominated the Seminoles in Willie Taggart’s debut. Tech’s stout defense caused five turnovers and completely stifled FSU’s attack. The Hokies should breeze through their next four games — thus setting up a showdown with Notre Dame in Week 6.
10. Washington Huskies
Week 1 result: Lost to Auburn 21-16
Up next: vs. North Dakota
Washington had its chances against Auburn. The Huskies easily could have come away with a victory in Atlanta. Unfortunately for the Huskies, untimely turnovers ultimately cost them the win. Nonetheless, Washington remains in the Playoff mix and has plenty of time to recover. North Dakota will offer a nice reprieve before the Huskies travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Utes.
9. Stanford Cardinal
Week 1 result: Defeated San Diego State 31-10
Up next: vs. USC
Bryce Love had an awful start to the season…and the Cardinal still won by over 20 points. QB K.J. Costello’s performance must excite the coaching staff. The strong-armed signal-caller had a career day against the Aztecs, as he threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns. A Week 2 showdown with USC provides an early opportunity to make a massive statement. Unfortunately for Southern Cal, Love isn’t being held to 29 yards this week.
8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Week 1 result: Defeated Michigan 24-17
Up next: vs. Ball State
Opening the season with a impressive win over Michigan has to have Notre Dame fans jumping with joy. Spurred on by an aggressive defense and an improved Brandon Wimbush, the Irish limited Michigan’s attack throughout the game. Back-to-back games against Stanford and Virginia Tech will be critical tests, but the Irish are in a good spot after Week 1.
7. Auburn Tigers
Week 1 result: Defeated Washington 21-16
Up next: vs. Alabama State
Auburn took care of business in Week 1, winning the week’s biggest game against Washington. The Tigers have a tough road ahead of them (LSU in Week 3), but they have put themselves in a good spot. The Tigers defensive front is tremendous, and will prove to be a very difficult task for any team they play.
6. Wisconsin Badgers
Week 1 result: Defeated Western Kentucky 34-3
Up next: vs. New Mexico
A typical ho-hum performance by the Badgers in Week 1 did nothing to dissuade the notion that they are among the nation’s elite. Alex Hornibrook was precise (17-of-29, 257 yards, 2 TDs), and Jonathan Taylor proved he is one of the best backs in the country by rushing for 145 yards and two TDs.
5. Oklahoma Sooners
Week 1 result: Defeated FAU 63-14
Up next: vs. UCLA
The Sooners were absolutely dominant against Lane Kiffin’s FAU Owls. Kyler Murray proved to be an adequate replacement for Baker Mayfield, passing for 209 yards and two touchdowns on only 11 attempts. Rodney Anderson added 100 yards and two touchdowns on only five carries, while Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown hauled in six passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. The Sooners’ defense grounded the Owls from the start, and appear to be the best team in the Big 12 after Week 1.
4. Ohio State Buckeyes
Week 1 result: Defeated Oregon State 77-31
Up next: vs. Rutgers
Ohio State accumulated 721 yards of offense and scored 77 points against the lowly Beavers. Dwayne Haskins threw for five touchdowns. On the flip side, the Buckeyes allowed Oregon State to score 31 points. A Week 3 matchup with TCU will be critical to Ohio State’s season.
3. Georgia Bulldogs
Week 1 result: Defeated Austin Peay 45-0
Up next: @ South Carolina
Jake Fromm was efficient (12-of-16, 157 yards, two touchdowns) during the Bulldogs’ glorified scrimmage versus Austin Peay. There isn’t much to take from the Bulldogs opening win, though they will be a player in the long run. A trip to South Carolina could be very dangerous for Kirby Smart’s team. Win or lose, we will know a lot more about Georgia after next week.
2. Clemson Tigers
Week 1 result: Defeated Furman 48-7
Up next: @ Texas A&M
Trevor Lawrence made his collegiate debut against Furman, and immediately displayed why he was the top recruit in the nation. Lawrence looked awesome as he threw for three touchdowns. It will be tough keeping Lawrence off the field — especially with a marquee matchup with Texas A&M coming this weekend.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
Week 1 result: Defeated Louisville 51-14
Up next: vs. Arkansas State
QB Tua Tagovailoa’s statline was rather efficient: 12-of-16 for 227 yards and three touchdowns. The rest of the nation should once again be terrified of Alabama. It appears as if the Tide finally have a special quarterback.
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