College football open thread & notes (week 2)

September 10th, 2022 | Written by Rob Staton

Here are the games I am planning to watch over the weekend:

Southern Miss vs Miami
Kentucky vs Florida
Baylor vs BYU
South Carolina vs Arkansas

Quarterback watch

The game of the day is clearly the Will Levis vs Anthony Richardson contest. The game is not being televised so I have opted to subscribe to ESPN Player in the UK, which is suggesting I can watch it on there (plus Southern Miss vs Miami). Levis’ starting left tackle is back in the line-up and healthy again which is a boost after he was hammered by Miami (Ohio) last week. Richardson will look to build on an impressive opener against Utah.

Tyler Van Dyke likely won’t receive much of a test given Southern Miss were beaten by Liberty last week. However, he still made impressive plays in a blowout against Bethune-Cookman and will look for a clean game with a few big throws again today.

Arkansas State will probably struggle to put up much of a fight against Ohio State and C.J. Stroud. After an inconsistent opening performance against Notre Dame, this will be an opportunity for Stroud to build some form.

Texas vs Alabama is a headline act at 12pm ET. I suspect Alabama will prove far too strong for a building Longhorns team but it’ll be a decent test for Bryce Young.

Spencer Rattler vs K.J. Jefferson will be billed as a big game between two well known quarterbacks. Rattler had a poor debut, throwing two more picks last weekend. I simply don’t think he deserves to be on the NFL radar after the last 12 months. Jefferson is a bit overrated but should be able to shine in this game.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson probably won’t play more than a half against Alabama State. He won’t be an early round pick but he has something to him. Tanner McKee gets a game against USC where he needs to show he belongs in the NFL conversation.

When you’re watching these players, this is a tweet worth noting:

It doesn’t mean the Seahawks will go all-out to draft a Carson Palmer type (after all, Russell Wilson was pretty different). However — the big, physical, athletic, successful quarterbacks within this group are likely to be the ones that catch Carroll’s eye. And John Schneider has worked hard recently to remind the local media of his interest in Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen.

Physical traits will be a big part of Seattle’s 2023 decision.

You may have also noticed this from earlier in the week…

Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and Kyler Murray.

All with exceptional arm strength. All plus athletes with mobility, escapability and the ability to improvise.

When you’re looking for quarterbacks the Seahawks might be prepared to take in round one next year, you could argue that’s where you need to start.

A reminder that if you want my pre-season thoughts on the whole quarterback class, click here.

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140 Responses to “College football open thread & notes (week 2)”

  1. Peter says:

    Very excited to hear your thoughts on the big game today. Can’t watch because here in the American west all the rage is to cut our power to prevent forest fires.

    Levi’s and richardson I hope are high on the FO list.

    The only way they walk out of their time here heads high is if this team resembles a winner again.

    Allen has that elway/Favre energy. Mahomes obviously a gamer. I’ve said it before but he’s the only young qb who looks to overtake Wilson in every metric besides yards (because a few will beat him, wilson, at that stat) over a ten year start. Just an incredible player.

    Murray. Good grief. Imagine him getting drilled over and over the last few years by this oline? He’s also got a weirdly high level of accuracy but a strange amount of turnovers compared to his completion percent.

    Looking forward to tvd when they play a challenge. Really enjoyed your breakdown of him last season and hope to see that continue.

    Dorian thompson-robinson. Of the second tier qbs he’s the one I’m most interested in. And depending how the running backs go this year I’m still enjoying Charbonnet.

    • Big Mike says:

      You live in Oregon or Cali Peter? I’m in Washington in Vancouver across from Portland (we’re just a suburb of that city that happens to be in a different state) and there’s no threat of our power getting shut off.
      Didn’t a power company in Cali get sued for a shitload of money for a fire that downed power lines started last year? I’ll assume that’s why they’re all shutting down in this present wind storm. Kills liability and we all know THAT’S what really matters.

      • Big Mike says:

        And it certainly would be great if this keeps any major fire from happening. But the cynical old guy in me says the major motivation in this (by BPA?) is to avoid liability.

        • Peter says:

          Big Mike you nailed it.

          I’m in a little town southeast of Salem. Two years ago this week raging fires in Detroit, Lyons, etc. They sued as well.

          I’m all for being proactive. This is just reactive. Current wind speeds on my property are sub 5mph. And my area of cut off is flat grasslands with a ton of waterways. I’m pissy because if I had a fire I’m better equipped as are my neighbors to put it out with field irrigation than my charming rinky dink four pick up truck local fire department.

          Also I worked for my power company. This is a million percent about avoiding liability. 1 literal mile from me is a power co-op and power is up and running. The difference, they spent the last two years upgrading as much as they could about their grid.

      • Blitzy the Clown says:

        California will shut off power during high wind events to prevent sparking fires. They’ll also cut power during high heat events like this last week to prevent overloading the system.

    • CaptainJack says:

      I’m in Southern California and have power after a week of 100 degree+ weather daily

  2. Jabroni-DC says:

    Guessing that Richardson will be off the board when Seattle picks & he might have been their first choice. Ultimately they select Van Dyke early in round 1 & are very happy to nab him.

    • Cysco says:

      I wouldn’t be so sure. Let’s see how the season pans out. This team is going to be bad. Like really bad.

    • Rob Staton says:

      It’s a bit early to be saying who’s going where and who’s going to miss out on whoever.

      Richardon’s played one game

      The Seahawks have played zero games

      Chill

      • Jabroni-DC says:

        🤷🏽 Totally chill. Having fun. 🤙🏽

        I can see Pete liking Van Dyke. Based on what you just posted about Pete’s ‘perfect’ QB being Carson Palmer & your recent observation that “There’s a bit of Carson Palmer to his game” it seems like a connecting of the dots.

        I’m guessing Seattle’s native pick will be very early but not first overall.

  3. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Ewers to Xavier Worthy! That won’t be the last time they connect this game…

    Unless he’s injured here

  4. Trevor says:

    Looks like Cristobal brought his offense to Miami. Sucks for Van Dyke and will likely make him very hard to grade. Still really early obviously but that’s what it looks like to me.

  5. KD says:

    Oof. TVD not looking particularly sharp today. That INT was bad

  6. Blitzy the Clown says:

    C’mon Texas you have to score every chance you get if you’re gonna beat the king

    • CojackTX says:

      At least 7 points left on the board…very rare to beat Bama without capitalizing on every opportunity. And I wouldn’t expect Bama to commit 11 more penalties in the 2nd half. I will probably end up jinxing myself, but for the benefit of the board, I must say that Will Anderson has been a total non-factor going against Texas 5-star tr. fr. LT Kelvin Banks. The only time I have heard Anderson’s name called is in connection with his 3 offsides penalties on the first half.

      • Blitzy the Clown says:

        Agree on Anderson, though like you, I recognize Bama’s road to CFB dynasty is littered with chumps like us 😂

        But seriously, this Longhorn defense, especially the DL, is impressive!

  7. Blitzy the Clown says:

    HOOK ‘EM HORNS!

  8. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Terrible, terrible call on roughing the passer. Young wasn’t even down.

  9. KennyBadger says:

    What an absolute joke of a call against Texas.

    • KennyBadger says:

      Um, what?! Was that an attempt to correct the call?!

    • DriveByPoster says:

      Yeah. A terrible call but the officials did a good job of recognising it & finding a way to back out of it. It’s unsatisfactory but I also think it was good officiating in the end to get to the right situation on the field.

  10. dand393 says:

    Anderson is a bonehead 3 offsides and now a late hit not playing very smart

  11. Mark says:

    Will Anderson has, I think, three offsides penalties and now a personal foul for an obvious late hit. Not the most disciplined performance ever…

  12. Romeo A57 says:

    I hope Rob is watching Alabama at Texas. This us fascinating with Alabama being so sloppy and stupid.

  13. AlaskaHawk says:

    Nice to see Texas scrapping so hard against Alabama. A couple bad ref non-calls early on from the Alabama secondary holding. But the refs corrected themselves on later plays.

    Looks like Coach Sarkisian still has the magic touch.

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      The storyline after the game will be how many penalties one or both teams have made. Alabama is playing sloppy with holding calls, offsides and other issues.

  14. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Texas have a chance here!

  15. Trevor says:

    Huge sack by Anderson with the game on the line.

    Do they go for the long FG?

  16. Blitzy the Clown says:

    it’s up to the TX defense now

  17. Starhawk29 says:

    Gutty win for Bryce Young, the kind we don’t always see out of Alabama QBs. Impressive stuff

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      A win against Texas second string quarterback. Young did gut it out against a good Texas defense.

    • Spectator says:

      I will never understand the Bama hype lol gutting out an “impressive” win for the #1team playing a non ranked team with a backup QB… young didn’t look like a top QB at all, and barely pulled out a win and really shouldn’t have. I wouldn’t put Young in the tier of any of the other guys coming out this year.

      • Starhawk29 says:

        …..Did you watch the game? I’m not a Young fan by any means, but if you watched the game you saw Texas play way above their level on defense. Bama couldn’t run the ball, few guys got open. Texas had their number. Young made some impressive, athletic plays to win the game. I don’t think he’s a surefire NFL QB, but that was an impressive response to adversity that Bama Qbs rarely face

        • Spectator says:

          I did watch the game, yes. And watched the Texas game last week (along with bama). And watching the WHOLE game and taking every play as a whole, not just highlight watching, he made Texas look better than it was. Similar to how Stroud made ND look better than they are last week. Sure, he has some impressive highlights, but with a team full of 5 stars and star transfers, he SHOULD have impressive highlights. Same as Stetson Bennett has impressive plays. But no one is claiming him to be a first rounder. Young plays poor all game and gets lucky to pull it out, making some plays at the end, and it gets jotted up to him and Alabama facing adversity and showing resolve. Never truly critiqued. Any other QB (outside the aforementioned Stroud to an extent, who seems to get a pass on his issues too) get crucified for a game like that. But he gets a pass.

          • Starhawk29 says:

            Look man, I watched the full game too, not just highlights. I dont generally post here unless I feel I’m qualified to chime in, and this time I feel alright in doing so. Bama looked under prepared. The whole team, not just Young, sucked, they shot themselves in the foot repeatedly. Will Anderson lined up offsides multiple times, the whole team was sloppy. Texas, to my eye, knew exactly what Bama was doing on offense for the first 3 or so quarters. If they had capable QB play, they probably would have won.

            All that being said, and despite his own mistakes and mis-throws, he won. He did so with little help, and showed skill in doing so. I’m not convinced he’s a 1st rounder either, but I don’t expect a QB to be perfect in college. Mistakes happen, the greats are the ones who respond. It was a leadership moment for him, same as Richardsons spin move last week.

  18. MountainHawker says:

    Rattler is a joke. I don’t understand the hype

  19. Joe says:

    I don’t understand all the talk about how they tried to trade Russ for the #1 pick to draft Allen. Since Allen was drafted 7th why didn’t they go down the draft board if they really wanted him? None of the top 7 teams would have taken that trade?

    • Jabroni-DC says:

      I imagine it was a pre draft trade scenario. To guarantee the ability to draft Allen Seattle needed the #1 pick.

    • Rob Staton says:

      You can’t execute a trade like that on the clock

      If you want Allen, you need #1. Because there was always a chance Cleveland would take him #1

  20. All I see is 12s says:

    I see lots of Seahawks fans on Twitter excited about Bryce Young and I guess that’s understandable. But I am desperately hoping the Seahawks do not take another short/small quarterback. These guys just don’t seem to win in the NFL-when it matters. I was thinking about this the other day and I guess there’s three smaller quarterbacks currently starting in the NFL: Russ, Mayfield, and Murray. Since The post LOB era, so 2018 to the present, between the three of them they have 11 seasons. They have accounted for two playoff wins one against a terrible Eagles team whose starting quarterback was knocked out and the other against a beat up Steelers team with Roethlisberger just hanging on.
    I just don’t think their games hold up in the postseason without the big time run games or the elite defense.
    RW ball was virtually the same sprite who the OC was. Second half of season Russ was almost unwatchable.
    These guys also break down. I’m team Rob all the way on this. Levis, Richardson, Van Dyke. Not necessarily in that order either.

  21. Peter says:

    Just catching up with box scores….I know Texas didn’t get it done.

    However let’s all take a moment to appreciate Marshall up two scores against #8 (?!!) Notre dame with about two minutes to go.

  22. Romeo A57 says:

    I thought they were mostly hype last year when the Ducks beat them and I am a Ducks fan.

  23. V says:

    [Dane Brugler] A lot of NFL execs in Gainesville tonight to see Will Levis and Anthony Richardson.

    The #Giants reserved 3 spots for their brain trust:

    Joe Schoen, GM
    Tim McDonnell, Dir. of Player Personnel
    Dennis Hickey, Asst. Dir. of Player Personnel

    A few other notable evaluators expected to be in Gainesville for tonight’s QB showdown:

    Ray Agnew, #Lions Asst. GM
    Matt Berry, #Seahawks Dir. of College Scouting
    Dan Morgan, #Panthers Asst. GM
    Anthony Robinson, #Falcons Dir. of College Scouting

    https://twitter.com/dpbrugler/status/1568721555458502657?s=20&t=JLCPmkW5q5yDFnP84f4Rwg

  24. Gaux Hawks says:

    George Fant will replace Duane Brown at left tackle for the… Jets?

    LOL

  25. Rob Staton says:

    I’ve done a huge write-up on Tyler Van Dyke, Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud already.

    Just waiting on Anthony Richardson vs Will Levis now

    • dand393 says:

      Thanks Rob can’t wait to read I’ve never been so interested in college football until this year again thanks for all the hard work your putting in

    • DJ 1/2 way says:

      Just watched the highlights for TVD. I am not impressed. For example, the flea flicker looked good at first, but on the replay the reciever had to slow down. He looks like a good college QB.

      After the Will Levis Interview, I am very attached to that dude. He seems the most Carson Palmer like as well. Has some of the good qualities of Russ, but likely will be able to throw to the middle of the field.

      I used to say I trusted the FO, but the last few years I trust Rob more. This will be an interesting football season at both levels. I sure would like to see the defense and run game mature for the Seahawks with lots of close losses caused by bad QB play.

      Anybody see or link The Ringer article on Russ? Good read and good insight. Part of me is rooting for him and part wants to see him knocked out of the game and season on a clean play and the Bronco get the first pick. Such a strange and embarrasing mix.

      • Rob Staton says:

        Just watched the highlights for TVD. I am not impressed. For example, the flea flicker looked good at first, but on the replay the reciever had to slow down. He looks like a good college QB.

        I would suggest waiting for my piece later, before jumping to this conclusion

        • DJ 1/2 way says:

          Will do. I am hoping for more good choices for the Seahawks at QB. It would be best if he was one of them.

  26. Big Mike says:

    Really awesome win for the Cougs! Hopefully our guy Abe Lucas enjoyed it.

  27. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Couldn’t be more proud of WSU’s win at Wisconsin today! Not just for them but for the PAC12. What a gutsy, determined win. There are several players on that Cougar roster who could be pretty damn good.

  28. MountainHawker says:

    Kentucky’s oline is embarrassing

  29. Big Mike says:

    So A&M lost to Appalachian State
    Notre Dame lost to Marshall.

    Notre Dame are the Dallas Cowboys of college football. All media overhype, no substance.

    • Roy Batty says:

      It’s like NBC slipped the pollsters some cash to keep them relevant. Anyone paying that much money to a single team wants them to be relevant.

  30. CaptainJack says:

    Pretty chaotic week 2! Marshall beating Notre Dame! Appalachian State beating Texas A&M! WSU beating Wisconsin!

    Now only if Texas had beaten Alabama it would be a perfect weekend of college football.

  31. Robbie says:

    Sweet Jesus, Levis got hammered!

  32. Sten says:

    Levis getting drafted by us is kinda reliant on him being alive by the end of the season, jeez

  33. Rob Staton says:

    Why is every commentator unwilling to pronounce the name ‘Etienne’ properly?

    Even Travis announced it was pronounced wrong for years.

    It is a European name. Nobody should be saying ‘Ee-tee-en’

    It is ‘ay-chun’ in this case and in other cases ‘Eh-t-yen’.

  34. Seattle Person says:

    Really impressive throw on the run by Richardson.

  35. MountainHawker says:

    Is it possible to run a successful offense where nobody blocks? Because that’s what Levis will have to do to win this game

  36. Rob Staton says:

    This Kentucky O-line… wow

  37. Jordan says:

    This dude deserves to play with Cross and Lucas at tackle; Metcalf, Lockett and Fant as his targets; and Homer picking up the blitzes as opposed to some freshman running back.

  38. Rob Staton says:

    The first quarter + 2 mins has lasted a freakin hour with all these injuries

    • Romeo A57 says:

      They definitely need to speed up college games. I get stopping games for an injury but most games seem to take 3.5 hours. It is one of my pet peeves.

  39. MountainHawker says:

    Richardson has the size and athleticism, but it feels and looks like he could use more experience. Missing easy throws. The drops aren’t helping him either.

  40. Troy says:

    Levis just threw a beautiful long ball TD, text book. He would look good in Seahawks colors

  41. Seattle Person says:

    Some growing pains for Richardson so far. I’m not sure who’s fault it was on the seam throw. The miss this past drive over the middle needs to cleaned up.

  42. Roy Batty says:

    I’m happy for the USC stud athletes on the offense. Riley is utilizing them well. The offensive line shifts are a thing of beauty. The speed and power of their offensive weapons are being showcased better than they have been for years.

  43. Ashish says:

    Richardson looks good. Under pressure checked , presence of mind checked , fake as pass play checked.

  44. MountainHawker says:

    Flax(Kentucky’s rt) has spent more time on the ground than on his feet

  45. Rob Staton says:

    This game completely collapsing for Kentucky

  46. Derron James says:

    Is there a better NFL prospect in college football than Caleb Williams???

  47. bmseattle says:

    Yikes!
    I was worried Levis was going to get his knee all twisted up there.

  48. Ben says:

    The Kentucky O-line will kill him if this continues.

    • DJ 1/2 way says:

      Maybe the first draft prospect to shut it down a few games into the season? Why wait for the bowl game?

      Based on his interview it is unlikely, but how many hits would it take?

  49. Romeo A57 says:

    Should I watch news coverage of the wild fires and power outages too close for comfort to my location or College Football?

    Let’s go Richardson and Levis!

  50. MountainHawker says:

    That wr pitch up the middle was neat

  51. MountainHawker says:

    Flax the RT was in the throwing lane for that screen. What a terrible game for him

  52. Mike says:

    College football makes it so hard to evaluate quarterbacks. Some teams have will Anderson like prospects lining up against mid level salesmen.

  53. Palatypus says:

    21 scouts from 15 teams?

    Names please.

    Who has multiple scouts?

    • Justin Mullikin says:

      You better believe the Seahawks are there 🙂

      • Justin Mullikin says:

        NFL teams credentialed for tonight to see Levis-Richardson matchup — Washington Commanders, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Bucs, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams #Gators— KevinBrockwayGators (@KevinBrockwayG1) September 11, 2022

  54. Palatypus says:

    Kentucky’s offensive linemen have had their arms akimbo since the end of the first half. They’re gassed. If they lose this game they’re doing gassers. They have a conditioning issue.

  55. Palatypus says:

    Every time I hear the name Kavosiey Smoke I want to put on one of my velvet smoking jackets and pour myself a sifter of cognac.

    And the number “0”, is that a smoke ring?

    And Matt RufFalo?

    HULK KICK!

    AAAAARGH !!! HULK MISS!!!!

    HULK ANGRY !!!

  56. Romeo A57 says:

    I spend about half the week in the Seattle area. Salk has Pete on his show every week. It seems that he would rather kiss the Seahawk FO and Coaches behinds than to be honest with his listeners. It will be interesting to see if he is pushing this same BS about Russ being the main problem if/when the Seahawks are one of the worst teams in the NFL

  57. Jabroni-DC says:

    Dawgs
    Cougs
    Cats
    All winners. A good day.
    Not to mention a Norte Dame loss.

  58. Walter says:

    Wow.. Richardson has a lot of work ahead of him. I would like to see Levis not lock onto receivers. Ky line didn’t do him any favors

  59. Palatypus says:

    I think it shows ESPN’s bias that the sideline reporter, Katie George, is a former Miss Kentucky. In fairness, the other sideline reporter should be Miss Florida, in my opinion.

    And ESPN has no excuse for this since they already have her on the payroll. Laura Rutledge of NFL Live is a former Miss Florida.

  60. Rob Staton says:

    I have watched Richardson, Levis, Young, Stroud and Van Dyke today

    A new article is now up in full with my notes

    It’s 4am. I started at 5pm.

    Bed time

  61. Old but Slow says:

    While I only watched the 2d half of UK/Fla, but my impression of Richardson was that he seemed to throw everything on a line, and did not show the touch he had last week.

  62. samprassultanofswat says:

    Kyler Murray : Still has to impress me. I believe Arizona has now lost including last season 6 out of seven games. They started last season 8 wins and only one lose. They finished 11-6. Including the playoffs they are 3-7 since their 8-1 start of last year. In all fairness to Murray he didn’t have his big gun DeAndre Hopkins. However, as far as I am concerned Murray still has much too prove.

    BTW: I am GLAD Arizona gave him that big fat contract.