By Jay Rumph
There is much to talk about when it comes to college football. This season has been filled with plenty of excitement and drama. As the season moves closer to the College Football Playoffs, we watch as teams compete for one of those four playoff spots. Almost halfway through the season, we give you our biggest surprises thus far.
Upsets, Upsets, Upsets
Upset after upset, many of the top teams were tested early in the season. This year’s season featured many unexpected results. Some greats teams dropped out of the playoff picture after taking some early losses.
Ole Miss upset Alabama in a week 3 matchup, knocking them out of the top ten. But Alabama then quickly bounced back with a big win at Georgia in week 5. Georgia then suffered their second lost this past weekend to an unranked Tennessee team.
USC has lost two games this season- against Stanford and Washington, both were unranked opponents. These loses ended their playoff chances, and the era of coach Steve Sarkisian, who was fired early Monday afternoon.
An unranked Texas team upset Oklahoma over the weekend, stunning the Sooners at home. Oregon also lost early to an undefeated Michigan State team, which ended any hopes of a return to the National Championship game in 2015.
The SEC is college football’s powerhouse conference. This year SEC features a couple ranked football programs including #6 LSU, #8 Florida, and #9 Texas A&M, they all remain undefeated after week 6. While #10 Alabama and #13 Ole Miss are one loss teams, both of which were suffered to an SEC team. LSU is the best team in the conference and they look to continue their hot start.
Florida will look for backup QB Treon Harris to take control of their offense. Their quarterback Will Grier was suspended by the NCAA for violating the policy on banned enhancing drugs earlier today.
Auburn cannot seem to get anything going this season and are still without a starting quarterback. Kentucky will take control of second place in the SEC East with a 4-1 record, and Georgia losing this past weekend. South Carolina will lose their long time coach Steve Spurrier, after reports that the coach will retire from coaching.
Almost halfway through the season there are many players showing their ability to impact games. Every year the Heisman trophy is given to the best player in college football.
Leonard Fournette, running back at LSU, sits at the top of the Heisman voting after racking up 1,000 rushing yards in just five games. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin isn’t far behind in voting after his huge performance against Kansas State.
They sit at the top with the most votes followed by FSU running back Dalvin Cook, Baylor WR Corey Coleman, and Utah RB Devontae Booker. Georgia running back Nick Chubb is out indefinitely after a season ending knee injury sustained in their last game against Tennessee. The Hesiman race is up for grabs still only midway through the season.
There are many good teams this year that have a chance to make the National Championship. According to the most recent AP college football poll, Ohio State remains no. 1 after six weeks of football. They look poised on both offense and defense behind players like Ezekeil Elliot and Braxton Miller.
Urban Meyer decided to leave Cordale Jones at quarterback, and use J.T. Barrett as a fill in QB who can give the offense different looks from time to time. The two-quarterback system has not been set in stone, but the results look promising.
The Buckeyes are currently 6-0 so far and they hope to remain unbeaten throughout the remainder of the year. But they’ve struggled at times and have had uneven production on the offensive side. When the Buckeyes take on Penn State next weekend; they will look to build on their already great season with a win over the Nittany Lions. Can they remain number 1?
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