By: Tre Bailey
Is anyone else as sad as I am that college football is already half way over? I guess good things always come to an end. Until that end comes check here weekly for some of the latest and greatest updates
This week was your pretty average week of college football. Not much happened besides two more undefeated teams losing their chances at College football playoff hopes. USC bounced back in a huge way upsetting Utah at home in the rose bowl. But can we marvel at how Ju Ju Smith Schuster disrespected a Utah defender. I mean to point and tell someone to come here and hit them with a mean stiff arm to send them back to last week is just purely disrespectful. I have said it once and I will continue to say that the Pac 12 conference is the most competitive conference in the NCAA. For USC dealing with all that is going on and to straight up go out and capture a win against a team like Utah is something to build off of going into the second half of the season. Then there is Georgia Tech. Probably the most disappointing pre-season ranked team out there. With all of the hype for what a season they should have had they sure did disappoint. Except for this week upsetting Florida State, something no one could have seen coming. While I favored Tech in some match ups earlier this season they fell off in a major way. This win gets their name back out there even if their conference title hopes are through the window.
I cannot express how enjoyable it was to watch my Buckeyes win convincingly over Rutgers this weekend. Not only did JT Barrett impact the offense in major fashion, the defense made plays that needed to be made. Finally looking like the number one team in the nation out there. Now can we all take a moment and respect the fact that Baylor, no matter what the situation, will blow their opponent out of the water. This is one of the first games where they didn’t put up 60 points so kudos to Iowa State, but that offense is difficult to handle with a speedy defense that flies to the ball there is no way they can lose the conference this year.
My only complaint from the weekend is that Alabama found a way to win against Tennessee. I like the Volvs and the direction that the program is heading, and for them to lose a game like that kills team morale. For one if they beat Bama it would have completely ruined their chances at playoff contention which everyone except the state of Alabama wants to see. Secondly it gives Tennessee tons of confidence going into the rest of the season and next year. In other news Texas A&M is a joke. To start the season off red hot, and to lose 2 consecutive games in the manner that they did is just poor. For one they talk so much trash it’s almost sickening. For 2 to be a freshman quarterback, and throw a temper tantrum at your coach just because you’re not getting “sufficient” play time is just ridiculous, just wait it out and your time will come. Especially if the guy ahead of you is playing just awful. Lastly A&M needs to call it quits in the SEC. They need to somehow find their way back to the Big 12 so they can actually contend for a playoff spot. That is if they can beat Baylor and crew.
Memphis in Review
Memphis is absolutely rolling this year. 7-0 start and no signs of slowing down I absolutely love it. To see a team rebuild a program to rise into the national spot light is pretty admirable. Now the question arises, since Fuente has proved that he can turn a program around, and assuming that his contract is coming to an end; is it time for Memphis to start looking for a new Head Coach. With plenty of openings at some big named programs could we see Fuente fill one of those spots that are open? Or will he be one of those feel good stories where he stays and tries to turn Memphis into a recruiting hot spot. I guess only time will tell, but for now we can all watch and witness history be made for Memphis, and possibly see one of the first non-power 5 conference teams make it into the College football playoff picture.
It’s about that time of the year for Heisman candidates to be noticed. While this award is a season long watch. Here are just some of the names that I know will find their way to in the Heisman picture.
1) Leanord Fournette- The current leading rusher and heart and soul of the LSU offense. For obvious reasons finding his way to the top of my list
2) Ezekiel Elliot- The second best running back in the NCAA and probably one of the most versatile. A threat in the pass and ground game he is definitely a candidate.
3) Trevone Boykin- The most dynamic quarterback in one of the most dynamic offenses. If TCU finishes undefeated he will definitely be in the race.
4) Corey Coleman- I had the opportunity to play against him in high school and his playmaking ability is surreal. It has only gotten better during his career at Baylor.
5) Christian McCaffrey- An absolute sleeper and playmaker for Stanford. Great ball carrying ability and deceptive speed.
6) Paxton Lynch- Currently 7-0 and counting for the rebuilt Memphis program
A new segment where I will highlight some of the best athletes in the nation on the high school level.
This week’s spotlight athlete:
Justin Madubuike DE senior Mckinney North High School
This defensive end has a ton of athleticism, a top 10 espn recruit for his position this kid has nothing but upside. His speed and strength on the edge is difficult for opposing tackles to handle. He has the ability to set the edge against any offense, and he has great tackling ability. His high motor gives him game long energy.
Currently committed to Texas A&M look out for this kid to be on some scouting pages for opposing colleges.
My Top 10
This is the part where I’ll be sharing my top 10 teams in the NCAA opposed to the current how it is now.
1. Ohio State- Offense and Defense looking good and still undefeated. Only going up
2. Baylor- the nation’s top offense capable of scoring in 30 seconds you can’t argue with that
3. LSU- the best running back in the nation, and a defense that can chase the ball all around the field.
4. Clemson- I like what they are doing out there offensively with Deshaun Watson calling the shots.
5. Michigan State- Finishing the way they did, not giving up is admirable
9. Notre Dame
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