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The College Football Round-Up
Week 7’s Most Impressive Teams
Alabama – Another week, another huge Alabama win. Most people were expecting Alabama to win this game (Vegas had them as 18 point favorites going in) and they didn’t let anyone down. People who may not be paying close attention to college football this season might be missing out on something extraordinary. This Alabama team isn’t just one of the best college football teams I’ve seen this season….this is one of the best teams I’ve ever seen so far. Don’t look now, but this version of Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide just might be the best college football team OF ALL-TIME! Yes, I said it and I stand by it 100%. No one is beating these guys. No one.
LSU – Maybe firing Les Miles was a good move by LSU? Since Ed Orgeron took over, he’s turned the Tigers season around and he just earned what was easily the team’s biggest win of the season with a huge win over Ole Miss. Orgeron is a guy who has been around forever and it’s pretty obvious that he knows what he’s doing as a head coach, but he has yet to be given an opportunity where he can succeed. He was head coach at Ole Miss during a time when any head coach would’ve had trouble winning there. A few years later he was named interim head coach of the USC Trojans and blasted off an impressive 6-2 record on the season, but wasn’t hired full-time by USC. Here he is with another interim head coaching job and he’s got the LSU Tigers on a 3-game win streak and back in the top 25 rankings. Just make it official LSU. Give the guy the job full-time. He’s earned it.
Auburn – Auburn is another team that looked dead in the water a few weeks ago. After a 1-2 start, Guz Malzahn’s seat started to warm up. Well, all that talk has officially died down as Auburn is now on a 4-game winning streak, which includes an absolute demolishing of a very good Arkansas team this past week. Don’t look now, but Auburn could very well be the team that has the best chance of taking out Alabama this season. No one would have said that a month ago, but that’s why we play the games people.
Penn State – The James Franklin era at Penn State has largely been a disappointment. After two mediocre seasons, fans of the Nittany Lions were ready to see something out of this team that showed that they were trending in the right direction. After losses to Pittsburgh and Michigan earlier this season, Franklin found himself on the hot seat in a lot of people’s eyes. Not anymore. Penn State just scored a MASSIVE win over the Ohio State Buckeyes for the first time in five years! Not only is this Franklin’s biggest win at Penn State, but it puts the Nittany Lions back in the BIG 10 title picture. The remaining schedule is extremely easy for Penn State and it wouldn’t shock me to see these guys win out and finish 10-2 on the season. Will that be enough to crack a playoff spot though?
Colorado – After years of being one of the most disappointing teams in the PAC-12, Colorado has turned the page this year. The Buffalo are not only a legit team right now, but they are probably one of the best in the PAC-12. You know it’s a weird year in the conference when Oregon and Stanford suck and Colorado beat them both. But hey….way to go Colorado. You deserve it.
West Virginia – How many people are aware that West Virginia is 6-0 on the season and are in a prime spot to crash the College Football Playoff party? I’m guessing not a whole lot. Don’t look now, but after a huge win over TCU this weekend, the Mountaineers are likely the “team to beat in the BIG 12” at the moment. It’s still far from a lock that West Virginia is a playoff contender as the schedule gets increasingly difficult from here on out. But as of right now, these guys look like the best team in the BIG 12. How many people would’ve said that back in August? Not many.
Louisville – This was a huge win for the Cardinals. N.C. State is a pretty good team (they showed that last week against Clemson) and Louisville took them behind the wood shed and kicked their ass. Louisville has an extremely winnable schedule from here on out (their biggest game is against Houston….a team that is reeling right now) and if they can run the table, it wouldn’t surprise me to see them potentially sneak into the playoffs. We need Lamar Jackson in the CFP this season. He’s the most exciting player in the sport this year and he needs to be on the biggest stage so we can really see what he can do. Can we put away the “glow in the dark” cleats though Louisville? They are cool and all….but football games aren’t played in the dark. What’s the point?
SMU – SMU is in the “Most Impressive Teams” list. Now I’ve seen everything! Do people realize just how big of an upset that SMU’s win over Houston is? SMU is a team that has only won 3 games over the last two seasons. They went 1-11 in 2014 and 2-10 in 2015. They were 2-4 heading into this game with Houston….and they absolutely dominated them from top-to-bottom. What a win for this team. The question is….can they build off of it and turn their season around?
Week 7’s Most Disappointing Teams
Arkansas – What the hell was that Arkansas? Not only did I think you guys could beat Auburn this weekend, I thought Vegas was crazy for making the Hogs an 8 point underdog. Welp, it goes to show you what I know. Not only did Auburn beat Arkansas….but they absolutely crushed them. Go ahead and head home now Hogs. It’s hard to come back from a beating this like one.
Missouri – Missouri sucks. If you pay close attention to college football, you know this. They are probably the worst team in the SEC and it’s likely a crime that they are even in the conference. Don’t look now, but Mizzo just got their butts handed to them by MIDDLE FREAKING TENNESSEE AT HOME! This wasn’t just an ugly loss for the Tigers, but an absolutely inexcusable one. SEC teams should never lose to teams in Conference U.S.A. If that happens, you should automatically be removed from the conference and never allowed in again. Don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you Missouri.
Ohio State – Losing to Penn State isn’t a good look for a Buckeyes team that is looking to contend for a playoff spot. The bad news for Ohio State fans is, Michigan just took the lead in the BIG 10 race. The good news for Ohio State fans is, there is still plenty of football to be played from here until the playoffs arrive and there is still time for the Buckeyes to re-take the lead. However, they can’t afford another slip-up from here and the schedule does get a little more difficult along the way.
Stanford – Not only has Stanford been a huge disappointment this season, but so has Christian McCaffery. Remember when this guy was the cock of the walk last season in college football? Well, he’s been relatively quiet this season and so has the Stanford offense overall. The Cardinal are now 1-3 in their last 4 games and we can go ahead and bury them now. Their offense is absolutely anemic and these guys are done. DONE! See you next season.
UCLA – Speaking of another “PAC-12 POWERHOUSE” that has been a disappointment this season. Ladies and gentlemen, the UCLA Bruins! UCLA was considered a favorite by a lot of college football pundits as the “team to beat” in the PAC-12 South. Not anymore. The Bruins are now 3-5 on the season. They’ve lost their last three games in a row and Jim Mora’s seat HAS to be getting warm. What is going on in the PAC-12 this year? It looks like the conference only has one good team (Washington). One pretty good team (Wazzu). And everybody else just sucks major donkey balls. Oregon is down. Stanford is down. USC is down. And now UCLA looks like they are toast. Just an odd season on the West Coast.
Houston – This is why Tom Herman needs to find a better job. While Houston is a cute little job, the team is always going to be limited. They just aren’t going to be able to consistently compete with the top teams in college football. Yes, they can get fantastic recruits here and there, but can Herman consistently recruit a team that can contend with the college football powers in a non-Power 5 conference? I have my doubts and losing to a team like SMU does nothing to squash those doubts. This was an ugly loss for a Houston team that was hoping to crash the College Football Playoff party. Not anymore they aren’t. Now they are just looking to save their season and hope that Herman doesn’t bounce like I think he will.
Head Coach Stock Watch
Every year we have head coaches in college football that are having good seasons that kind of came out of nowhere. Here are the guys who are out-performing their expectations so far this season:
P.J. Fleck – Western Michigan: 8-0 (4-0 in MAC)
Craig Bohl – Wyoming: 5-2 (3-0 in Mountain West)
Neal Brown – Troy: 6-1 (4-0 in Sun Belt)
Bobby Petrino – Louisville: 6-1 (4-1 in ACC)
Pat Narduzzi – Pittsburgh: 5-2 (2-1 in ACC)
Mike MacIntyre – Colorado: 6-2 (4-1 in PAC-12)
Larry Fedora – North Carolina: 6-2 (4-1 in ACC)
Mike Leach – Washington State: 5-2 (4-0 in PAC-12)
Jason Candle – Toledo: 6-1 (3-0 in MAC)
Kevin Sumlin – Texas A&M: 6-1 (4-1 in SEC)
Willie Taggart – South Florida: 6-2 (3-1 in AAC)
Tom Herman – Houston: 6-2 (3-2 in AAC)
Ed Orgeron – LSU: 3-0 (2-0 in SEC)
The Hot Seat
And of course, you can’t talk about head coaches who are out-performing their expectations without talking about head coaches who could potentially be fired this season. These are the guys that I personally think are on the hot seat and could be looking for work this off-season……
Mark Helfrich – Oregon: 2-5 (0-4 in PAC-12)
Brian Kelly – Notre Dame: 2-5
Mark Dantonio – Michigan State: 2-5 (0-4 in BIG 10)
Jim Mora – UCLA: 3-5 (1-4 in PAC-12)
Bob Diaco – UConn: 3-5 (1-4 in AAC)
Rich Rodriguez – Arizona: 2-5 (0-4 in PAC-12)
David Beaty – Kansas: 1-6 (0-4 in BIG 12)
Dan Mullen – Mississippi State: 2-5 (1-3 in SEC)
Tim DeRuyter – Fresno State: 1-7 (0-5 in Mountain West)
Heisman Trophy Watch List
The Heisman Trophy is the “bees knees” of the college football awards. The Heisman trophy usually goes to the most explosive/best player during the college football season and that players name will forever live in infamy, regardless of how his career turns out on the next level. These are the guys that I currently have in the lead to hoist the Heisman trophy at the end of the year:
- Lamar Jackson (QB), Louisville
- Jabrill Peppers (ATH), Michigan
- Jake Browning (QB), Washington
- DeShaun Watson (QB), Clemson
- J.T. Barrett (QB), Ohio State
- Jalen Hurts (QB), Alabama
- Dalvin Cook (RB), Florida State
Previewing Week 8’s Biggest Games
Here are next week’s biggest games as well as my pick for who should win each one. Every week we have a big match-ups in college football. These are the ones you should get excited about next weekend…..
Washington vs. Utah
This is a battle between two of the top team in the PAC-12. While it’s been a weird year in the conference, Utah and Washington have stood out as two of the top teams in a conference that is experiencing a down year. This game could very well be a sneak peek of the PAC-12 title game in December and will likely be the Huskies toughest test to date. If Washington can get by the Utes in Utah next weekend, they could be staring down the barrel of an undefeated season. Just saying that makes me want to vomit all over my keyboard.
The Pick: Washington
Florida vs. Georgia
This game would’ve meant more a couple of weeks ago. Georgia is reeling now and is desperately looking to get their season turned. Florida is riding a two-game win streak and are looking to keep that momentum going. This game has the makings of an upset in my opinion. It’s the perfect kind of game for Florida to come out and let everyone down while Georgia shocks everyone. I’m not saying that’s going to happen as Florida has owned Georgia the last few years, but I might be tempted to take the Bulldogs and the points in this one. Rivalry games are always wacky.
The Pick: Florida
Nebraska vs. Wisconsin
Nebraska has been one of the surprise teams of the season. They are still undefeated, but their is a valid argument against them that they haven’t played anyone yet this season. This Wisconsin team that the Cornhuskers are facing next week is for real. Wisconsin has been one of the best teams in college football this season and they will be a fantastic test for Mike Riley and company. I’m taking the Badgers to end the Huskers’ championship dreams next week. I think Nebraska is a good little team, but I think Wisconsin is a much better overall football team. Give me Wisconsin comfortably in this one.
The Pick: Wisconsin
Boise State vs. Wyoming
How many of you aware of how good Wyoming has been this season? Craig Bohl has turned this Wyoming team into a legit team this season and it’s been incredible to watch. This game next week against Boise State is going to be a big one for the Cowboys. If they can do the unthinkable and knock off the Broncos, not only is Bohl’s stock going to continue to explode, but Wyoming will be in a prime position to potentially hoist the Mountain West trophy at the end of the year. C’mon Wyoming! The whole world is rooting for you this weekend.
The Pick: Boise State
Clemson vs. Florida State
Whenever these two teams meet up on the football field, I’m sitting in front of my television with a bag of popcorn and a twelve pack of beer. No one bug me while I watch this thing. It’s a huge ACC game and a must-win for Clemson. FSU doesn’t need it as bad as the Tigers do, which makes the Seminoles an extremely dangerous team heading into this game. I can’t wait for this one.
The Pick: Clemson
And that’s it for the College Football Round-Up this week! I hope you enjoyed the column this week. Make sure you come back to THEUltimateSportsBlog.com on a daily basis for your unfiltered, uncensored, and uncut sports opinions. No one SPORTS OUT like we SPORTS OUT!