Bama, Clemson, LSU Season Update

By Sean Kreager


With two weeks in the books for college football, let’s look at a couple of the top teams. First off is the number one ranked team in college football, the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide started the season off against the number three ranked Florida State Seminoles. The day was all about defense and special teams for Alabama. Alabama held the Seminoles to 250 yards with 210 threw the air and only 40 on the ground. The defense also caused three turnovers, two interceptions, one fumble, blocked a punt, and a field goal. Jalen Hurts only threw for 96 yards and one touchdown for Bama, so if there is one thing to improve on it was their passing attack.

In game two, Bama destroyed the Fresno State Bulldogs 41-10. Jalen Hurts needed to improve his game to show Bama is clearly the number one team in the country and he did his job this week. Hurts rushed for 154 yards and had two touchdowns on the ground. He also threw for 128 yards and one touchdown. While he did better this week it was only against Fresno State; he will need to work on his passing attack if they want to stay on top and win the SEC. Next week they take on Colorado State, then start SEC play the following week.

Next up is the Louisiana State Tigers and they took on the Brigham Young Cougars. The first quarter was a slow one with no teams scoring, but in the second LSU took off and went on to win 27-0. LSU defense stepped it up in a big way holding BYU to zero points, only allowing 97 total yards, 102 on the air, and negative five rushing yards. If their defense can hold up like that all year, they could take the SEC title away from Bama. Senior QB Danny Etling only threw for 171 yards and no touchdowns, he will need to improve his play if they want to take the top spot over Bama.
In game two, Etling looked better after throwing for 227 yards, one touchdown and he only completed 8/14 avera

ging 16.2 yards. The defense showed once again they are going to dominate, only allowing 68 rushing yards and 174 passing yards and caused two turnovers with both of them being interceptions. One of the big things LSU needs to do, is cut down on penalties. This week they had 11 for 74 yards and last week they had 10 for 86 yards against BYU. They also used two kickers this week. They both missed one kick each, but Connor Culp did make his second one from 45-yards out. Finding a kicker will be important for LSU, many games come down to the kicker and they could lose a major game that may cause them the SEC title.

Lastly, we are going to leave the SEC and go to the ACC and look at Clemson. Clemson dominated in their first game after losing their quarterback, leading rusher and leading receiver to the draft. They took on Kent State and won 56-3. Junior QB Kelly Bryant stepped in as the new QB of the team and threw for 236 yards with one touchdown but had one pick. Bryant also showed he can run, as he rushed for 77-yards and one touchdown on the ground.
Game one was just a warm up for Clemson as they took on the Auburn Tigers in game two. With two of the top ranked teams in the country, this was an early test for new QB Kelly Bryant and he took the challenge head on. Bryant threw for 181 yards, rushed for 59 yards and had two touchdowns on the ground. On defense Austin Bryant had seven tackles on the day with four sacks. With one early test in the book, Clemson takes on last season’s Heisman winner Lamar Jackson. If Clemson defense can contain him, they should find their way back in the college football playoffs.