CFB Progress Report
What I Know, What I Think, and What I Think I Know
I don’t want to cause panic, but the college football season is 1/4 done. Good news is, there is still plenty of time to turn those poor performances into passing grades.
First, the things I know.
- Alabama is unfairly good. For years the Crimson Tide flourished in spite of their quarterback play and kickers. Defense, and a solid running game was continually good enough to dominate the SEC and the entire college football landscape. Now that stud sophomore Tua Tagovailoa has burst onto the scene, and provided Bama with that seemingly missing piece, it seems that everyone else is just playing for second place yet again.Currently ranked 8th in total offense, among notable “spread” teams like Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Memphis, Houston, and Hawaii, the fact that they can now win games without having to play lights out defense is other worldly.
Seriously, fold up shop, this is Bama’s year. Again.
What I Think
- There are a number of guys I was on the fence on for a while, but now I realize I am late to the party. Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr., Boston College running back AJ Dillon, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, and Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr are flat out dudes. Not just in what they mean to their teams, but their recognition and ability to adjust on the fly. And don’t even get me started on technique. DUDES.
- There are a number of Power Five conference coaches who will be unemployed before 2019. Louisville’s Bobby Petrino, Rutgers’ Chris Ash, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora, and Illinois’ Lovie Smith could all be gone tomorrow, and if Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh gaks away this 4-0 start and Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin doesn’t get results trending upward by December they too could be on their way to the buyout life.
- Clemson turning the offense over to true freshman Trevor Lawrence is Dabo Swinney’s version of “Turning to Tua”. Kelly Bryant led Clemson to the playoff last year, but thru four games Lawrence has outplayed Bryant. I am all for going with the hot hand, but at the same time, you have to feel for Bryant who has done everything asked of him thus far only to be pushed aside for the new guy.
- Theses trinket celebrations of turnovers has already jumped the landshark. Chainsaws, thrones, beads, chains, Ric Flair inspired robes… This is why the terrorists hate us. Honestly, this is my least favorite thing in college football.
What I Think I Think
- Purdue freshman Rondale Moore might be my favorite freshman in the country. The Purdue wide receiver burst onto the scene in the season opener against Northwestern with a school record 313 all-purpose yards including a 76 yard touchdown run on a fly sweep. Since then, Moore has averaged 11.3 yards per catch, 22.0 yards per rush, and five total touchdowns.Once the Boilermaker offense gets on track, which might be next year based off their quarterback play, Moore will be a central figure in head coach Jeff Brohm’s arsenal. Purdue hits the road for the first time in 2018 this weekend when they head west to face winless Nebraska.
- Virginia Tech’s loss to Old Dominion as a 29-point favorite is one of the worst losses in the history of college football. I have long been a believer in Justin Fuente’s coaching ability, but after getting dominated by a program that a decade ago didn’t even have a football, let alone a football team, had never beaten a power five opponent, and never beaten a ranked team kind of makes me take a step back and think. If the Hokies don’t play with some fight against Duke on Saturday, I might have to question my Fuente-fueled love.