It’s just Week 2 of the college football season and we’ve already got ACC conference games on the schedule. Even crazier? Hated ACC rivals Duke and Notre Dame are going at it Saturday.
Yeah, we don’t have to tell you this is an unusual season. But witness the glory of D’Eriq King taking flight in Miami on Thursday night and get a little rush of adrenaline.
There’s more where that came from this weekend. Not to mention the good stuff we have here, from frog legs to million-dollar, 20-foot-tall chicken statues.
Yeah, still weird.
The week’s best games
All times Eastern; lines courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook
Duke at No. 10 Notre Dame (-20), 2:30 p.m., NBC
Georgia Tech at Florida State (-12.5), 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN App
Missouri State at No. 5 Oklahoma (no line), 6 p.m., SoonerSports.tv pay-per-view
No. 1 Clemson (-33) at Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN App
UTEP at No. 14 Texas (-43), 8 p.m. Longhorn Network/ESPN App
D’Eriq King had a solid debut as Miami’s starter, throwing for 144 yards and a score and adding another 83 yards rushing and a touchdown in a win over UAB. Miami rushed for 337 yards as Cam’Ron Harris, Jaylan Knighton and Donald Chaney Jr. joined King with an impressive effort on the ground. But there is plenty of work to do in the passing game and a big test to come next weekend against Louisville. — Andrea Adelson
No. 18 North Carolina 31, Syracuse 6
The first three quarters were far from ideal for North Carolina. The O-line struggled. Sam Howell threw two picks. There was a plethora of special-teams disasters. It all added up to a 10-6 lead as the fourth quarter began. In the final frame, however, Javonte Williams scored three times and UNC looked completely worthy of all the preseason hype it received. That UNC could pull away so emphatically underscored one of the biggest steps forward for this year’s UNC team: There’s a lot more depth. The Heels simply wore down Syracuse on both sides of the ball, and the struggles on special teams should be something Mack Brown can work through in practice. — David Hale
Louisiana 31, No. 23 Iowa State 14
Iowa State has started slowly in recent years under Matt Campbell, then gone on to do solid things. This loss doesn’t have to cause massive panic — they’re not going to give up two return scores in every game, and usually when you outgain your opponent, you win. This was still a problematic performance, though. Brock Purdy needed a remodeled receiving corps to step up, especially in injured tight end Charlie Kolar‘s absence — and it most certainly didn’t. — Bill Connelly
Appalachian State 35, Charlotte 20
The Mountaineers came into Saturday as an easy Sun Belt favorite, but played a tight one against Charlotte. They don’t need to be concerned just yet, given Charlotte’s improvement the past few years under Will Healy. Returning four starters on the offensive line, App State decided it would run behind that line to a victory, and the plan worked. Three players had at least 13 rushes or more, with Marcus Williams Jr. leading the way with 117 yards and a touchdown. — Harry Lyles Jr.
Arkansas State 35, Kansas State 31
The Wildcats couldn’t let Arkansas State receiver Jonathan Adams Jr. beat them on Saturday, and that’s exactly what happened. Adams had three touchdowns and 99 yards, including the go-ahead touchdown with 38 seconds left in the game. Kansas State had issues with its offensive line — and even pulled quarterback Skylar Thompson for a series — but the defense gave up 35 points and allowed 330 yards passing and 159 yards rushing. It’s hard to tell if it’s getting acclimated to the season or if these are long-term issues, but Kansas State has a lot to clean up moving forward. — Tom VanHaaren
TFW it’s college football Saturday
Charlotte linebacker Peter Agabe said it better than we could. Because we’d injure ourselves in the process.
Socially distanced Dabo
2020 College GameDay hits:
Where “The more informal the better” means live handheld from the hotel training room. pic.twitter.com/pP8DGTRZ0n
— Ross Taylor (@ClemsonFBRoss) September 12, 2020
(Not so) Breakfast, my friend
Coach Corso is having breakfast by the pool at his home in Orlando during a @CollegeGameDay break. pic.twitter.com/4MZwb7DRCF
— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) September 12, 2020
A little Texas toast
The SMU-TCU Iron Skillet rivalry game scheduled for Friday has been postponed indefinitely, but SMU managed a good burn on the Horned Frogs with a little frog leg fry.
Eat like champs👑
Change of plans for us and @CoachDykesSMU this weekend so we decided to put the skillet to good use.#TCUBeat #PonyUpDallas pic.twitter.com/0XB5iatX5D
— SMU FootbaII (@SMU_Football) September 11, 2020
At long last, the wait is over
Finally, South Carolina’s $995,000 golden gamecock statue is being assembled in front of Williams-Brice Stadium. According to The State, it was originally planned for the 2017 season and was fully funded by donors. It’ll take two weeks to assemble, but when it’s done, it’ll be 20 feet tall and will weigh about 19,000 pounds.
Thankful to the generous donors who made this possible.
It’s here 🤙 pic.twitter.com/0fmowhX3Lz
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) September 10, 2020
Well, that’s something
The Bobby Petrino era begins at Missouri State on Saturday with a road trip to Norman, Oklahoma, and a game against the Sooners. That’s no easy debut. Just remember, if times get tough, you’ll always have this video of Petrino throwing a football with a bear.
Incoming! @CoachBPetrino taught Boomer how to throw a touchdown pass. Our favorite Bear has a 💯 rating for arm strength. Not so much on accuracy. 😂
The @MOStateFootball Bears open their abbreviated fall season this Saturday (Sept. 12) at Oklahoma. #GoMaroon 🐻🏈 pic.twitter.com/lu6zzcHduQ
— Missouri State (@MissouriState) September 8, 2020
They liked it, so they put a ring on it
Maybe you’ve heard of the Turnover Chain, which spawned a lot of shiny imitators. Now, witness the birth of the Touchdown Ring.
𝘉𝘓𝘐𝘕𝘎. 𝘉𝘓𝘐𝘕𝘎.@CanesFootball‘s new Touchdown Rings 💍🙌pic.twitter.com/Edh4tcYuJp
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) September 11, 2020
We all need a Little Corso
Andrew Williams of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a College GameDay superfan, and according to his dad, he asked for a set for his ninth birthday.
This kid took the desk game to another level 💯
(via @danielw2222) pic.twitter.com/htdqoJoRxr
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 10, 2020
App State from deep
The Mountaineers took the uniform reveal to new depths.
Uniforms for week 1 💦#BeatUNCC pic.twitter.com/CLUubFZj7A
— App State Football (@AppState_FB) September 10, 2020
They’re really teeing off on each other
Is there anything dads love more than golf smack? Even SEC football coaches can’t help themselves.
Jeremy Pruitt: “Every time I’ve played golf with Kirby Smart, he’s the only guy who always finds his ball in the woods. Always.”
— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 10, 2020
For the record – I don’t play golf with 25+ handicap golfers
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) September 11, 2020