3. J.J. McCarthy had a Heisman-esque performance
What didn’t J.J. McCarthy do on the road for the second straight week? He didn’t turn it over, he ran for two scores and threw for another, while completing 70% of his passes. He didn’t have to play in the fourth quarter again either. Besides the hiccups he had in the Bowling Green victory, McCarthy has been absolutely flawless.
He had a passer rating of 178.5, compared to 57.8 for Athan Kaliakmanis. McCarthy and the rest of the bunch are probably tired of hearing about their soft schedule up to this point and are extremely anxious to prove themselves in November.
Until then, getting better and gaining experience for that stretch, along with winning, has got to be all of the achievable goals for this group.
McCarthy is now 18-1 as a starter at the halfway point of the 2023 season. His play, along with the rest of the team’s, are making a statement that they are the number one team in the country.
Georgia finally asserted itself over a top 20 school, while Texas dropped out of the race for now. The Bulldogs and Michigan football may be on a collision course unless someone else dethrones them between now and January.