Week 2 of the college football certainly did not disappoint. There were four games between ranked teams - including three between teams ranked in the top 14 - which are giving an early shape to the College Football Playoff picture. Of course, there were several other thrilling games and fantastic performances. We're here to break it all down in this week's College Football Final:
#5 Oklahoma shocks #2 Ohio State on the road
The Oklahoma Sooners said all week that they were going to get their revenge for last year's loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes, and they got it in a big way. Baker Mayfield threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns, guiding the Sooners to 28 second-half points in an impressive 31-16 win over Ohio State.
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Mayfield flourished on the big stage, but fellow Heisman candidate J.T. Barrett did not. The senior struggled mightily, throwing for 182 yards and an interception. He falls out of the Heisman race with his performance in this game.
#3 Clemson records 11 sacks in close win over #13 Auburn
Auburn and Clemson are both known for their high-powered offenses, but defenses ruled the day in tonight's showdown - and Clemson's emerged victorious. The Tigers limited Auburn to an astonishingly low 117 total yards in the game, which becomes even more impressive when you consider that Auburn picked up 69 of those yards on their opening drive. After that, Clemson barely allowed them to move the ball.
On the flip side, Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant provided just enough offense, rushing for two touchdowns that proved to be the difference in the game.
Are we sure that's not Deshaun Watson? Kelly Bryant with the spectacular 27-yard TD run! pic.twitter.com/LZhJIvjur0— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) September 10, 2017
Bryant finished the game with 181 pass yards with 51 rush yards and those two touchdowns.
#6 USC looks sharp in win over #14 Stanford
Following USC's narrow win over Western Michigan in their opener, many were concerned about them and star quarterback Sam Darnold. The Trojans put all of those questions to rest against Stanford, racking up 623 yards of total offense in their 42-24 win.
Darnold was much more impressive with 316 yards and four touchdowns, while Ronald Jones II rushed for 116 yards and two more scores.
Darnold did throw two more interceptions and Stanford scored on their first three possessions, but USC's defense really clamped down in the second half. The Trojans look like they're starting to figure things out.
#15 Georgia outlasts #24 Notre Dame for road victory
This game was not that pretty as both sides struggled to move the ball consistently, but it did give us perhaps the play of the day:
True freshman quarterback Jake Fromm made his first career start Georgia in Jacob Eason's absence, and he led a nine-play drive late in the fourth quarter that resulted in a game-winning field goal and a 20-19 win for the Bulldogs.
Other top 25 results
#1 Alabama 41, Fresno State 10
#4 Penn State 33, Pitt 14
#7 Washington 63, Montana 7
#8 Michigan 36, Cincinnati 14
#9 Wisconsin 31, Florida Atlantic 14
#11 Oklahoma State 44, South Alabama 7 (Fri.)
#12 LSU 45, Chattanooga 10
#17 Louisville 47, North Carolina 35
#18 Virginia Tech 27, Delaware 0
#19 Kansas State 55, Charlotte 7
#20 Washington State 10, Boise State 10 (half)
#23 TCU 28, Arkansas 7
#25 Tennessee 42, Indiana State 7
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Louisville's Lamar Jackson reminded all of us why he won the Heisman trophy last year, totaling 525 total yards and six total touchdowns against North Carolina. He also became just the second player in college football history to throw for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 in two straight games.
You simply can NOT stop Lamar Jackson pic.twitter.com/mEPejQdu9e— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) September 9, 2017
In my mind, Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield have separated themselves from the rest of the group of contenders with their play through the first two weeks of the season. You could realistically put either one in the top spot but right now, they're clearly at the top because of Jackson's insane numbers and Mayfield's Heisman moment.
Darnold and Saquon Barkley are both hanging around, as is Josh Rosen following a second straight great performance, but those three all have work to do.
These are the top plays of the day that were not included in any of the recaps above:
Simmie Cobbs is a video game cheat code pic.twitter.com/9N2ZKAtdCr— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) September 9, 2017
Next week's biggest games
Here are the biggest games we have to look forward to next weekend, and what an amazing slate of games it is:
#3 Clemson at #17 Louisville
#6 USC vs. Texas
#22 Florida vs. #25 Tennessee