Zach Calder – 23 Sports

In what was the last week before the SEC returns to play, the slate featured nine ranked teams. Although an unpredictable year, various college teams such as Clemson have allowed fans in the stadium amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fans in most stadiums are required to wear facemasks when not actively eating or drinking, and seats are sold apart from each other to allow for social distancing within the stadiums.

All but one of the nine ranked teams ended up winning. With the one loss being the Louisville Cardinals who couldn’t defeat the 12th ranked Miami Hurricanes. The star of this game was Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King who passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns. The Cardinals front seven also could not contain running back Cam’Ron Harris who had nine carries for 134 yards and a touchdown.

Elsewhere, both Clemson, and Notre Dame obliterated their opponents. Clemson won 49-0 over the Citadel, and Notre Dame won 52-0 over the University of South Florida. The Fighting Irish won with a strong ground game as they rushed for 281 yards and six touchdowns. The Clemson Tigers won on the backs of their quarterbacks as Trevor Lawrence completed 89% of his passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns; while rushing for two yards and a touchdown. Backup DJ Uiagalelei rushed for seven yards and two touchdowns, and completed 73% of his passes for 75 yards.

Surprising top 25 team Louisiana Lafayette barely etched out a win 34-31 in overtime against Georgia State. At the end of the day for the Ragin’ Cajuns running back Elijah Mitchell “carried” the team to victory with 16 carries for 164 yards and two touchdowns. This extended the good feeling the team had after routing Iowa State in week one.

As exciting as these first few weeks of college football has been the excitement should only increase as the SEC returns to play. With the temperatures getting cooler and with fall blowing in, it is nice to see a sense of normalcy as college football starts to pop up along college campuses all throughout the country.

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