Only 13 percent of teams starting 0-2 made it to the playoffs, but four of those made it to the Super Bowl. So, it is not too late for the Panthers but they must look to solidify an identity through the air or on defense.
The Panthers’ starting quarterback — Matt Moore — has committed six turnovers in the team’s first two games. The Panthers’ offense is averaging a weak 12.5 points per game, while allowing an average of 25.5 points per game.
The same thing that got former Panthers’ quarterback Jake Delhomme ejected from the team may wind up costing Moore the starting position, but backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen is in his rookie year and the change would be too bold this early. However, unproductive offensive drives will make the move happen quicker.
The Panthers are also struggling with their ground game. Last year, the Panthers had two 1,000-yard rushers, but Sunday vs. Bucs was nothing to talk about. Panthers’ running back DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart combined for 108 rushing vs. the Bucs’ defense.
Clemson lost a heartbreaker in overtime at No. 16 Auburn Saturday, 27-24. Clemson (2-1) missed its second field goal try in overtime falling in what could have been a momentous victory vs. the Auburn Tigers.
The visiting Tigers could not deliver for the program’s largest audience of 87,451. Clemson missed several opportunities to tie or take the lead, like Kyle Parker’s bad pass to Jaron Brown in overtime.
Parker and the Tigers will take the week off to heal after the physical game vs. the SEC Tigers. Clemson returns to action next Saturday vs. their first ACC opponent of the season at Miami.
Stanford pounded Wake Forest, 68-24. No.21 West Virginia won by two touchdowns over Maryland, 31-14. In a conference match-up, Georgia Tech defeated the University of North Carolina, 30-24. East Carolina played Virginia Tech close, but the Hokies pulled out with the win, 49-27. Florida State bounced back from an embarrassing loss vs. Oklahoma to defeat BYU, 34-10.
South Carolina rolled past Furman Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium, 38-19. The Gamecocks improve to 3-0 for the first time in three years. They picked up the win but allowed Furman to make a late charge as the Paladins cut the lead to 31-19 in the fourth-quarter.
South Carolina travels to face its second SEC opponent of the season when the Gamecocks travel to Auburn, Ala., Saturday.
Gamecocks’ running back Marcus Lattimore and crew will take the ball coaches’ offense for an early season road test.
No. 1 Alabama rolled smoothly past Duke, 62-13. The Roll Tide faces SEC opponent and 11th-ranked Arkansas Saturday for this week’s game of the week.
Arkansas defeated Georgia by a touchdown, 31-24. In an SEC rivalry game, Florida topped Tennessee, 31-17. LSU handled the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 29-7. Vanderbilt went to Ole Miss and spanked the Rebels, 28-14. Kentucky won big over Akron, 47-10.