The 2020 college football season is underway with the ACC and Big 12 kicking off their seasons in Week 2. While nearly every team showed a lot of rust, including top-25 programs, football fans were delighted to see games back on television Saturday, with some top-25 upsets mixed in.
We saw the action in Week 2 get started early with a clash between the BYU Cougars and Navy Midshipmen. What some hoped would be a compeitive game turned into a blowout, as BYU’s defense crushed the Midshipmen into dust.
If Week 2 is any indication of what’s to come, we’ll be seeing plenty of upsets this season. The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns stunned the Iowa State Cyclones, headlining a day that saw quite a few surprising performances.
Winners, losers from Notre Dame’s Week 2 win over Duke
With the first big week of the 2020 college football schedule in the books, let’s examine the winners and losers from Week 2.
Winner: Cam’Ron Harris, running back, Miami Hurricanes
We saw flashes of explosiveness from Harris in 2019, but he was stuck behind DeeJay Dallas on the depth chart. The Hurricanes knew they had something special in this 5-foot-10 running back and it’s evident he will be a focal point of their offense this season. Given what we saw in Week 2, that is the right decision.
Harris scorched the UAB Dragons defense on seemingly every carry. He started his night with a six-yard run and kept picking up huge chunks, including a 66-yard trip to the end zone, after that. The junior racked up 134 rushing yards and two scores on the day, with Miami taking its foot off the break in the fourth quarter holding a three-score lead. Once D’Eriq King settles in, this offense will be even more explosive.
Loser: Navy Midshipmen’s offense
If there was any doubt Malcolm Perry was a special college player, it should be erased after Navy’s season-opening loss. The passing attack has never been this program’s strength, but it was efficient with Perry at quarterback and his skills as a runner were legendary. With him now in the NFL, the Midshipmen are trying to make things work with a quarterback rotation and the results are alarming.
Cam’Ron Harris. HE GONE
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— ACC Network (@accnetwork) September 11, 2020
While Perry posted a 181.6 quarterback rating this past season, Navy quarterback Dalen Morris and Perry Olsen combined for an 81.5 rating against BYU. Even more problematic, the two quarterbacks couldn’t get anything going on the ground. Navy’s offense averaged 3.1 yards per carry and the Midshipmen failed to find the end zone for the first time since Nov. 3, 2018. It could get ugly this season for Navy.
Winner: Neal Brown, head coach, West Virginia Mountaineers
The Mountaineers had plenty of excuses to struggle in their season opener. A shortened summer with little time to practice reflected in nearly every football program showing rust in Week 2. Worse yet for the Mountaineers, they came into Saturday with