Week 2 of the college football season is in the books and it was quite a memorable one with big performances from some of the game's brightest stars.
The action started on Friday night to whet our appetite, followed by a Saturday that delivered a ton of excitement.
Over the course of the day we had some bad beats, unlikely upsets and terrific wins for programs that made a statement.
With Week 2 behind us, it’s time to look at the top performers from the last few days across the college football landscape.
Saturday marked an early-season statement from the Texas Longhorns, as they stormed into Tuscaloosa, Alabama and came away with a decisive victory over the Crimson Tide in the marquee game of the day.
As he did a season ago, Ewers played his best when the lights were brightest, throwing for 349 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
The biggest takeaway from the game (other than Texas’ ferocious defensive front) was that Ewers connected on numerous deep balls with Xavier Worthy and Adonai Mitchell, which had been an issue for the Longhorns offense in the past.
It was clear that this was a new Texas team and a new Ewers at the helm of a +900 National Championship contender.
What more is there to say about Caleb Williams that hasn’t been said already?
The current Heisman Trophy holder has been absolutely sensational in his second season at the controls of USC’s elite offense, and that continued against Stanford on Saturday.
In a game that USC was heavily favored in, Williams put on a show under the lights, going 19-of-21 for 281 yards passing and three touchdowns.
He also left his mark on the game on the ground, scrambling for a 21-yard touchdown in the first half to further extend the lead.
The Trojans dispatched Stanford 56-10, easily covering the 30-point spread in the process and will take on Arizona State next before a date against Colorado looms on September 30.
USC are now priced at +1600 to win the NCAAF Championship.
Last but certainly not least, we have Tyler Van Dyke, who had quite a day to secure the biggest victory for this Miami program in years.
After a breakout season in 2021, Van Dyke struggled mightily and battled injuries a season ago. However, his 2023 campaign is already off to a great start thanks to a stellar outing against Texas A&M on Saturday.
Van Dyke was dialed in from the opening possession, completing 70% of his passes for 374 yards and five touchdowns on the day. He finished with a perfect passer rating on an average of 12.5 yards per completion.
In all, it was a dominant performance against a Texas A&M defense that is littered with five-star talent across the board.
The Hurricanes’ season outlook could be a lot different if their junior quarterback is going to play at an elite level consistently. Forget a rebuilding year in Coral Gables, a +700 ACC Championship Game victory is well within the bounds of possibility.