College Football Games Week 2: Quinn Ewers tackles turnover at Texas State, Alabama aims to smash freshman QB

With the circus hitting town this week in Austin, Texas, where ESPN College GameDay and Big Noon on Fox pull off their 18-wheel production trucks, coach one of the Demigods (Nick Saban) arrives to fight his call to one-time play genius (Steve Sarkissian), Remember this often: Queen Ewers is basically a real student playing #1 Alabama.

High school coach Riley Dodge responded: “Maybe as a real freshman.” TexasThe five-star midfielder who officially enters Saturday as a rookie.

The Ewers spent up to a gap year after high school chasing fortunes for name, image, and example while, yes, playing the 2021 season in Ohio State. ‘Playing’ is probably an exaggeration as Owers took the court for some shots against him Michigan State Last season he did not throw a pass in the Buckeyes uniform.

That’s what makes Dodge’s ideas so compelling. Until last Saturday, he was the last coach to watch Ewers throw a pass in competition. That was two years and two teams at South Lake Carroll High School. Ewers was reclassified after his first year in the preparatory superpower in order to enter Ohio State early. In what would have been his final year in high school, he held a purse into a college superpower.

What is the meaning of football? CJ Stroud was the starter and was on his way to a record season.

“Just get a taste of college football and run the college football schedule in terms of wisdom and practice,” Dodge predicted.

Now, Ewers has returned to his home state to be asked to be an essential part of answering the eternal question: Is Texas back? The Orangebloods won’t say it out loud, but Saturday’s progress may be measured by playing close to Alabama. Crimson Tide enters as a 20-point favorite, according to Caesars Sportsbook.

“I don’t think it means the end of it all, but I do think it’s an important game for the show, in the sense that it was a game they put a lot of time into that kind of moment against,” said Dodge, who was once part of the Texans team under both Mac Brown and Charlie Strong. A program that has been running the show for a very long time…

“If they don’t get a win… the biggest thing they want to see is growth and being competitive. That’s the biggest thing. What people want to see in burnt orange is some fighting and moving that thing into the fourth quarter.”

That’s what Texas football is about these days: keeping it close. But you have to start somewhere. Ewers had a serviceable opener against Louisiana Monroe Complete 16 of 24 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. He knocked out the best wide receiver, Xavier Worthy, a few times but also found a tight end for Ja’Tavion Sanders for those two notches.

“We can’t expect him to ride this bike and do it with training wheels,” Sarkissian said of the quarterback. “We had to let him go.”

Austin is probably where Ewers should have ended from the start. But in this age of transportation, the road to success sometimes passes through the gate. He committed to Tom Hermann early on before it became clear that the former Texan coach wasn’t going to make it. Who can blame him? At that point, there was no indication that Texans would fix things by hiring an influencer like Sarkissian.

But Ewers was able to cash in on the NIL’s fortunes. Like a typical freshman, his brain started pulling his car on Saturday on campus during the Longhorns’ first game. Unlike the typical freshman, Ewers drives an exotic Aston Martin thanks to those NIL deals. (It is not known whether the campus policemen have withdrawn or not. who – which A specific car, but you get the point.)

On a regular schedule, Saturday will mark the second game of the Ewers’ real new college season. But little is normal about schedules, college football, and Ewers these days. One reason for the quarterback to be reclassified and committed elsewhere is that Ohio State allowed high school athletes to earn NIL and Texas did not.

On Saturday, we start to find out if the Ewers is the NIL phenomenon running football or the biggest Texan thing since Colt McCoy earning a few bucks off the field.

These teams haven’t met since the 2010 BCS Championship Game. In that match, McCoy was knocked out of the game’s fifth strike after a (legal) injury by Alabama’s Marcel Darius. It can be said with some certainty that Texas has not been the same since then.

That is why this game may also be a telltale sign of the program: which way to go? Before answering that, perhaps we should ask, which way is Ewers headed? very soon?

“One of the biggest mistakes people make is [thinking] This will be the game that will define our programme, Sarkissian said. Maybe not. I’m not worried about that.”

It must be sark. Alabama is a nearly three-point favorite in the biggest game at Daryl K. Royal since 2006 when Ohio State came into town, winning 24-7. It’s time to show some progress. ‘Hooters’ is still only a few months away from losing the house in kansas. The six-game losing streak was the longest the Texans had experienced since 1957.

Landing Arch Manning bought Sark some honeymoon time…but not much. Manning won’t arrive until next year, but as far as you can tell, Owers is already playing for his job. Manning, the No. 1 top recruit not only in 2023 but over the past few years, is the expected quarterback for the future.

This is a long way to plan. Texans will settle on Ewers being the quarterback for the time being. He will face Heisman Prize winner Bryce Young. Saban and Alabama are ruthless against most everyone but especially against real freshmen.

Unheard of first-year quarterbacks to beat Saban. in 2019, ClemsonTrevor Lawrence became fourth. Ewers is not Trevor Lawrence. Not yet at least. Let’s move it over on Saturday first without a parking ticket

The events of the second week

Immediately, Florida QB Anthony Richardson is the best player in the country. The question is whether the number 20 Kentucky Better than No. 7 before Utah Coming to the swamp? Sure, Wildcats can strut their stuff in Gainesville, Florida. They have won two of the last four meetings having not won any in the previous 31 streak seasons. The Gators climbed an astonishing 26 positions to 12th in the AP’s Top 25 after not being a season starter rider.

number 9 Baylor at number 21 BYU The 2023 Big 12 Championship game looks like. At the moment, it is a referendum on two ascending programs. BYU is 22-4 in the last 26 games. (For reference, Alabama is 24-2 at the same spa.) The Bears have not played a non-conference rated opponent on the road since 2010. BYU is 0-4 against the top 10 opponents at home since 2000.

Hendon Hooker had a great training at Tennessee. Shout out, Josh Hubble. Entering the match against the number 17 Pittsburghhe have 11-1 Ratio of touch to point of interception as a member of volunteers (33–3). Adding at the beginning of the Virginia Techcareer numbers are still staggering: 55 Relegation to 10 interceptions. Perspective: In 2021, the nationwide TD-INT ratio was 2.1-1. No. 24 Tennessee scored at least 40 points in four consecutive games, setting a school record. That last time was with Peyton Manning in 1995.

So here’s what happened to Michael Benckis Jr. The Indiana Move now in Washington Throwed for 345 yards and four touchdowns in the opening game against Kent State. Fully healed and thriving Under the leadership of former Hoosiers offensive coordinator Kaelen DeBoer, the Penix should be a West Coast phenomenon this season. Portland State Come calling Saturday.

You have been warned: number 16 Arkansas – 8 favorite points at home against South Carolina – It is the second best cover price difference game since 2020. This is a great road proof game for Spencer Rattler.

Happy Birthday Big 12, which falls on the 26th on Friday. On September 9, 1996, Kansas State get over Texas Tech 21-14 in the first Big 12 competition. A strong hand lock for those who can name the remaining teams in the league from that day.

Boise State Andy Avalos coach (in New Mexico) may already be in trouble. The Broncos coach for the second year is 7-6 after a disappointing loss to Oregon. Boys legend Chris Petersen didn’t lose his sixth game until his sixth season.

Speaking of pressure, LouisvilleScott Satterfield looking at 0-3 start After losing a disappointing explosion Syracuse. UCF in and Florida Next up, both on Friday nights.

Fun game of the week: Mike Leech (Washington State) good fish (ArizonaHe did not play college football. Neither team will be able to stop the other. take over.

Big week for air raid Dana Holgorsen also won the No. 25 Group of Five No. 1 candidate Houston Returning to his ancestral home as a coach at Texas Tech. Holgorsen was an assistant at Leitch for eight years (2000-2007) as they reinvented the quarterback position. This is the Cougars’ last chance against the Power Five. (Well, if you don’t count Kansas coming to Houston next week.)

Big answer 12: Eight – Texas and Oklahoma (soon to leave for SEC), Baylor, KS, KS, IowaAnd the Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

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