The Georgia Bulldogs will likely get more first-place votes in the polls after a convincing 49-3 win over the Oregon Ducks. Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State entered the 2022 college football season as the country’s three consensus top teams.
Alabama defeated Utah State, 55-0. The Crimson Tide will face more of a challenge next week against the Texas Longhorns. Alabama did not show much weakness in the season opener, but that’s expected against Utah State at home. Nick Saban and company were the preseason favorites to win the national championship.
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud was efficient, but not spectacular in the win over Notre Dame. Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
However, Ohio State also had an impressive win to open the year. The Buckeyes defeated a highly ranked Notre Dame team and showed more defensive prowess than in previous years. Ohio State topped Notre Dame 21-10. The Buckeyes offense started more slowly than most expected. The Ohio State defense did an excellent of limiting unproved Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner.
Georgia and Ohio State both play less talented teams in Week 2. Alabama’s trip to Austin will be one of the best games in Week 2.
Georgia’s dominant win was the best season-opening performance in the country. Quarterback Stetson Bennett was very sharp. He barely threw any incompletions and scored three total touchdowns. The Bulldogs’ starting offense racked up third down conversions and touchdowns.
Defensively, Georgia gave up yardage, but the Dawgs continued to dominate in the red zone. Georgia defensive back Christopher Smith had a good game.
Additionally, the Bulldogs consistently won the battle at the line of scrimmage against Oregon. Defensive tackle Jalen Carter and center Sedrick Van Pran both had dominant blocks for the Dawgs. Overall, Georgia looked like a contender to make the College Football Playoff and showed it will be a tough team to beat.
Sedrick Van Pran taking a LB for a ride pic.twitter.com/tHjaUaIeRC
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) September 3, 2022