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Georgia makes early statement to other college footbll title contenders

Think about this a reminder. An empathic statement. An opening salvo.

Georgia, evidenced by its 49-3 evisceration of Oregon, didnt go anywhere.

Alabama is everyones national championship favorite, and the Crimson Tide supported that hype in Week 1, its starters needing just over a half to put on 48 points without allowing any.

Ohio State may be the team everybody else is picking, an organization loaded on offense featuring the potential No. 1 pick in the NFL draft in quarterback C.J. Stroud and arguably the nations best receiver in Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Regardless of the absence for some of the overall game because of injury of Smith-Njigba and fellow top wideout Julian Fleming, the Buckeyes still overwhelmed No. 5 Notre Dame late in a 21-10 win, showing grit and defensive fortitude that has been lacking sometimes this past year.

Georgia? Well, Georgia have been somewhat forgotten after losing so many key players from last years championship team, a sensational and record-breaking 15 players drafted in to the NFL. Jordan Davis, Travon Walker, Nakobe Dean, Quay Walker and George Pickens, among numerous others, are no more Bulldogs.

Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, it didnt appear to matter. Kirby Smarts annually loaded recruiting classes have created Alabama-esque depth. His team looked different, more aesthetically pleasing than last years bullies, and much more dynamic offensively.

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Georgia Bulldogs running back Kenny McIntosh celebrates following a touchdown run contrary to the Oregon Ducks.
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Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV, the former walk-on who supposedly wasnt sufficient this past year until he won everything, was in complete control. He could possibly be better still this fall. Bennett got whatever he wanted, throwing for a career-high 368 yards and two touchdowns while completing 25 of 31 passes. Versatile running back Kyle McIntosh appeared as if a star, catching nine passes for 117 yards. The tight end room can be an embarrassment of riches, a physical, playmaking group which includes studs Brock Bowers, Arik Gilbert and Darnell Washington. The defense wasnt quite as suffocating and violent as last years record-setting unit, nonetheless it held Oregon with out a touchdown, the 1st time which has happened to the Ducks since 2017.

Now, with time, maybe well learn Oregon was vastly overrated, that the Ducks didnt deserve the No. 11 ranking. It had been their first game under a fresh coach, former Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning, therefore there have been bound to be growing pains. They appeared as if a Division III team contrary to the Bulldogs.

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Ohio State defensive tackle Ty Hamilton (58) tackles Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Audric Estime.
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Again, Alabama and Ohio State were impressive. Both are obviously favorites to attain the playoff. Georgia, taking into consideration the opponent, was better this week. It had been dominant, it had been sharp also it even showed some qualities last years national championship team lacked.

Mullen it over

Somewhere, Dan Mullen needed to be wondering what couldve been. Questioning his decision never to go all-in with Anthony Richardson. He still will be the coach at Florida.

Instead, Mullen didnt fully invest in Richardson, who did battle a hamstring injury while splitting time with Emory Jones, and lost his job. New coach Billy Napier inherited Richardson, and watched him slice up No. 7 Utah for three rushing scores and 274 yards of offense within an upset victory.

The electric, dual-threat Richardson only showed glimpses of the last year, though it is fair to wonder how Floridas 6-7 season could have gone differently had Mullen not tried playing musical chairs along with his quarterbacks. Jones used in Arizona State following the dismal season and Richardson has begun to illustrate why more and more people including yours truly thought Mullen made this type of mistake in how he handled his quarterbacks, resulting in this past year being his final season in The Swamp.

Irish eyes are smiling

Notre Dame and its own fans had to like what they saw Saturday night in Columbus. They probably enjoyed Sunday evening as much.

As the 11-point loss at Ohio State was somewhat disappointing following a quick start, new coach Marcus Freeman had his team ready and pushed the Buckeyes beyond anyone couldve reasonably expected. Then, hated former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly dropped his opener at LSU on, of most things, a blocked extra point at the horn.

Kelly, who somehow has lost that southern accent he suddenly found, didnt distinguish himself in his first game, losing to mediocre-at-best Florida State, a team picked fifth in the ACC Atlantic. The favorite Freeman, meanwhile, had already endeared himself to the group of fans along with his recruiting up to now, and he gave Irish fans confidence he is able to coach, too.

Top 10

1. Alabama (1-0)

Alabama starts its regular season for real Saturday at Texas. Its 55-0 pasting of Utah State was a glorified scrimmage.

2. Georgia (1-0)

Could it be too early to take into account a Georgia-Alabama showdown in the SEC Championship game? Georgia looked awesome in its 49-3 dismantling of overrated Oregon, the initial game where the Ducks didn’t score a touchdown since 2017.

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Yulkeith Brown scores a touchdown for Texas A&M.
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3. Ohio State (1-0)

It had been sometimes sluggish, partly because of injuries at wide receiver, and there have been some nerves for three quarters, but any make an impression on a top-15 team is significant. Especially after Ohio State went 2-2 against such teams this past year.

4. Texas A&M (1-0)

Yes, the opponent (Sam Houston State) was a cupcake, but quarterback Haynes King throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns was significant. It had been the initial 300-yard passing game for a Texas A&M quarterback in 20 games.

5. Clemson (0-0)

Clemson and DJ Uiagalelei get three opponents designed for blowouts to start out the growing season before facing Wake Forest and N.C. State in back-to-back weeks. Not a stress-free, 3-0 start ought to be concerning to Dabo Swinney and Tigers fans.

6. Michigan (1-0)

In writing, that is Michigans best offense in Jim Harbaughs tenure also it looked the part against Colorado State at The Big House, rolling up 440 yards of offense in a 51-7 blowout.

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Cade McNamara and Jim Harbaugh
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7. Notre Dame (0-1)

Even yet in defeat, there is too much to like for Irish fans. New coach Marcus Freeman had his team prepared and prepared to play. The defense was impressive. No shame in falling short at Ohio State.

8. USC (1-0)

The Trojans last scored this many points (66, in a shellacking of Rice) back 2008, when Pete Carroll was the coach plus they were a premier program. Yes, Lincoln Riley can do just fine at USC.

9. Oklahoma (1-0)

Lincoln Riley and Caleb Williams werent missed on Saturday, as new quarterback Dillon Gabriel produced three touchdowns to create Brent Venables successful in his coaching debut.

10. Baylor (1-0)

Eight different Bears scored touchdowns in a cakewalk of a make an impression on Albany, a warm-up to 1 of the greatest Week 2 games next Saturday, a vacation to BYU.

Heisman Watch

(in alphabetical order)

RB Braelon Allen

Another great Wisconsin running back started his season as you’ll expect against an opponent like Illinois State: With 148 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.

QB Stetson Bennett IV, Georgia

His Cinderella run isnt up at this time. Last years championship-winning quarterback found where he left off, throwing for 368 yards and two scores in a 49-3 decimation of Oregon.

QB Anthony Richardson, Florida

Think about this the sophomores coming-out party, a three-rushing-touchdown, 274-yard performance to lead Florida to a come-from-behind victory over favored Utah.

QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State

Stroud was as impressive as he was most of last year, once you consider he didnt have two of his top three receivers and he still performed well following a shaky start, throwing two touchdowns passes within an 11-point make an impression on Notre Dame.

QB Bryce Young, Alabama

Last years winner started his defense with a bang: Six touchdowns and 295 yards of offense in just a little over a 1 / 2 of action in a demolition of Utah State.

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