College Football: All aboard or abandon ship?
College football is well underway and while some teams have continued to uphold their top positions in the rankings, others so far haven’t faired so well.
It seems as though the teams that everyone told you to worry about (I’m looking RIGHT at you Notre Dame) are now seen as nothing more than kittens in a basket, meanwhile other teams have either remained in their top spots or have fought their way to the top.
Though it is too early to judge, it’s still never too early to make predictions as to which team will continue full steam ahead or which teams are going to have to abandon ship.
Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0)
Honestly, this is just a no-brainer.
Behind head coach Nick Saban, Alabama has continuously dominated college football for years.
They have had few failures and that hasn’t stopped them from being one of the top (if not the top) football team every single season. They’re off to a hot 8-0 start, but still haven’t faced any high-ranked teams, so only time will tell.
But rest assured, we’re pretty positive what the outcome is going to be.
Duke Blue Devils (5-2)
OK — before you laugh, just listen.
Duke is notorious for their incredible basketball team and often laughed at for their less than incredible football team, BUT things might be looking up for the Blue Devils.
This season is their toughest one yet AND, in fact, one of the toughest schedules among all teams.
See what I mean…
With their 4-0 start and their current 5-2 record, there’s no telling what they’re capable of.
Now, no one is saying the NCAA should bring out the trophy, BUT don’t be surprised if Duke appears in the playoffs this season.
Will Grier, transfer quarterback from University of Florida, had impressive start against Tennessee, going 25-34 with 429 yards and five touchdowns, but can he keep it up?
They play Baylor next, but I’m sure he’ll lead his team to their sixth victory of the season.
As they say in those West Virginia mountains: “Cheers, beers, MOUNTAINEERS!”
Clemson Tigers (7-0)
The Tigers smoked at the time No. 22 ranked NC State 41-7 last week looking to put all question marks next tot heir name to shame.
Still, there are some doubters.
They’ve made the playoffs the past three years and they won the National Championship two years ago.
Is the flame still hot for this team? We think so.
Oregon Ducks (5-2)
Started out 3-0 and then faced Stanford and that’s how their story ends.
The Ducks could’ve easily kneeled and won the game but NOOOOOOOOOOO.
They just HAD to try and run the ball.
Oregon then of course fumbles the ball, Stanford recovers to win the game.
It was like watching Super Bowl 49 all over again!
Sorry, Seattle Seahawks fans.
Penn State Nittany Lions (5-2)
Another one of those teams that seems to always be ranked and you never understand why.
First of all, they almost lost to App state (APP STATE) with App State earning 28 points in the fourth quarter.
THEN they have the nerve to be ranked No. 10 with two sacks and one interception against Florida Coastal State! Now they’re ranked No. 17 but, really, who have they played?
If they plan on making it anywhere near the playoff, their defense is going to need a makeover.
Wisconsin Badgers (5-2)
*Reminisces about Todd Gurley*
Wisconsin without question has had some troubles this season.
They’re usually a great team, but they haven’t proven themselves. And honestly, they probably won’t get the chance to.
The Badgers have an easy season and dropped in the rankings since losing to BYU.
YES, I know they are 7-0, but I’m not buying the hype.
Hear me out — they have won in close games, typically about eight points or less.
In fact, the past few seasons they haven’t lived up to their name since they appeared in the BCS Championship against Alabama in 2013.
Notre Dame has one of the toughest seasons ahead of them as well, but unlike Duke, they don’t get a pass because quite frankly they’ve always been considered great.
Will the Fighting Irish live up to their expectations this season or is their golden helmet tarnished for good?
LOST AT SEA
Arizona State Sun Devils (3-4)
As they say: “Out with the old, in the with older.” Well — err — something like that.
The point is, Herm Edwards is the new head coach at ASU, but it has been a while since he’s been on the field as head coach of a team.
They started the season with a 2-1 start and currently have a record of 3-4, BUT they have potential to move up in the rankings behind the highly skilled coach, along with some extremely talented players.
The possibilities seem endless even though things seem bleak right now.
Boston College Eagles (5-2)
They’ve got a tough schedule ahead of them, BUT quarterback Anthony Brown has returned this season after a season ending knee injury last year.
Brown’s first game back against UMASS he threw for 279 yards and four touchdowns. Not too shabby.
Bottom line — healthy Brown, healthy team.
Stay tuned to TCD as the season goes on, you know we’ll be watching!