TCU doesn’t have the best overall resume with just two games played, but it’s hard to argue that their win isn’t one of the more impressive.
3. (5) TCU (2-0)
The Horned Frogs jump to the third spot after a stellar performance in a win over Purdue. Freshman quarterback Max Duggan appeared to take the offensive reigns, while running backs Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua form a strong 1-2 punch out of the backfield. TCU’s defense kept Ronald Moore under wraps.
This is a very different SMU program than we have seen in recent history.
SMU’s running backs Xavier Jones and T.J. McDaniel have also had an impressive start to their season. Jones is tied for first in the nation with seven total touchdowns, averaging 5.4 yards per attempt with 291 total yards.
McDaniel, a true freshman, exploded for 159 yards and three touchdowns in his collegiate debut.
In the receiving core, Reggie Roberson Jr. ranks ninth in the FBS with 342 receiving yards. Placed on the Biletnikoff Award watch list before the season, the West Virginia transfer has caught two touchdowns on 21 catches this season.
On if they’re better equipped to handle TCU: ”I think we’re just a better football team for all our opponents, not just for this one. I think our guys are playing better, playing with a little more confidence, playing faster, better understanding of the scheme, we have more depth than we had. So I think we’re just a year better than we were last year. More mature and I think we’re just a bigger, faster, stronger team and a team that’s playing with some confidence. That’s what we’ve got to do is just keep getting better and improving.”
Doc has been placed on IR :(.
Colin Jones, S Carolina: In his eighth season with the Panthers, he played 26 snaps on special teams in Panthers’ 20-14 loss to Tampa Bay.
Marshall Newhouse, OT New England: Joined the Patriots last week and got the start at right tackle (for an injured Cannon), playing all 77 offensive snaps in the Patriots’ 43-0 victory over the Dolphins.
Joseph Noteboom, OT L.A. Rams: Noteboom started at left guard for the second straight week, playing all 70 snaps on offense.