The Washington Post Sunday
Despite QB questions, Gators rout the Bulls
No. 13 Florida tuned up for the start of SEC play with a 42-20 rout of overmatched South Florida that did little to answer the question of whether starter Emory Jones or backup Anthony Richardson is best suited to run the Gators’ offense.
“We have two quarterbacks that are pretty talented guys that can make things happen on the field, but there are a lot of things quarterbacks have to do,” said Coach Dan Mullen, who insists his team doesn’t have a quarterback controversy.
Jones and Richardson shared playing time for the second straight week, with each having his way in the opening half against a USF defense that allowed touchdowns on five consecutive possessions.
No. 1 Alabama (2-0) def. Mercer, 48-14. Bryce Young threw three touchdown passes and Jase McClellan scored three times to help fuel an expected rout.
No. 2 Georgia (2-0) def. UAB, 56-7. Stetson Bennett tied a school record with five touchdown passes filling in for injured starter JT Daniels.
No. 3 Ohio State (1-1) lost to No. 12 Oregon, 35-28. Despite gaudy numbers from freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud, the Buckeyes never led in a game they were favored to win by 141/2 points.
No. 4 Oklahoma (2-0) def. Western Carolina, 76-0. Spencer Rattler threw five touchdown passes, and the Sooners matched their fifthhighest point total in school history.
No. 5 Texas A&M (2-0) def. Colorado, 10-7. After the Aggies lost freshman quarterback Haynes King to a leg injury, backup Zach Calzada threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Spiller with 2:41 remaining for the first lead of the day.
No. 6 Clemson (1-1) def. South Carolina State, 49-3. D.J. Uiagalelei ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third as the Tigers cranked up their offense after a sorry showing vs. Georgia last week.
No. 7 Cincinnati (2-0) def. Murray State, 42-7. Jerome Ford rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns and Desmond Ridder passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns for the Bearcats.
No. 8 Notre Dame (2-0) def. Toledo, 32-29. Jack Coan hit Michael Mayer for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 remaining for the third lead change in a wild fourth quarter as the Irish preserved a 25-game home winning streak.
No. 9 Iowa State (1-0) lost to No. 10 Iowa (2-0), 21-7. Jack Campbell returned a fumble six yards for a touchdown, and the Hawkeyes ran their winning streak against the Cyclones to six games. It ruined the most anticipated home game in Iowa State history — the first Cy-Hawk Trophy game matching ranked teams in 65 total meetings.
No. 11 Penn State (2-0) def. Ball State, 44-13. Sean Clifford completed 21 of 29 passes for 230 yards, ran for a touchdown and threw for another.
No. 12 Oregon (2-0) def. No. 3 Ohio State, 35-28. C.J. Verdell ran for 161 yards and had three touchdowns as the shorthanded Ducks exploited a porous Buckeyes defense.
No. 14 Southern California (1-0) vs. Stanford, late. The rivalry between the Pac-12 teams was heated for many years, although it has cooled somewhat recently.
No. 15 Texas (1-1) lost to Arkansas, 40-21. The Longhorns allowed 333 rushing yards and did little on offense.
No. 16 UCLA (2-0) did not play. The Bruins will host Fresno State on Saturday.
No. 17 Coastal Carolina (2-0) def. Kansas, 49-22 (Friday). Reese White ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns, and Grayson McCall threw for two scores and ran for a third.
No. 18 Wisconsin (1-1) def. Eastern Michigan, 34-7. Chez Mellusi had 144 of the Badgers’ 352 rushing yards.
No. 19 Virginia Tech (2-0) def. Middle Tennessee, 35-14. Raheem Blackshear rushed for two touchdowns as the Hokies cruised.
No. 20 Mississippi (2-0) def. Austin Peay, 54-17. Matt Corral threw for five touchdowns — four in the first half — in a rout.
No. 21 Utah (1-0) at BYU, late. The Utes were going for their 10th straight win over the Cougars. The teams didn’t play each other last season.
No. 22 Miami (1-1) def. Appalachian State, 25-23. Freshman Andy Borregales kicked a go-ahead 43-yard field goal with 2:04 remaining as the Hurricanes rallied from a halftime deficit.
No. 23 Arizona State (1-0) vs. UNLV, late. The Sun Devils’ schedule is steadily building before Pac-12 play in two weeks.
No. 24 North Carolina (1-1) def. Georgia State, 59-17. Sam Howell threw three touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores to help the Tar Heels shake off the disappointment of their season-opening loss.
No. 25 Auburn (2-0) def. Alabama State, 62-0. Wide receiver Demetris Robertson scored three touchdowns and Jarquez Hunter rushed for 147 yards for the Tigers.