Why even play the rest of the season? Go ahead and fast forward to January 8th, 2018 in Atlanta’s new Mercedes Benz Stadium. Three weeks in and college football has shown us much of the same from last year.
Alabama with another win against a heavyweight college football program on a neutral site to kick the season off? Check. Clemson beating Lamar Jackson and Louisville again? Check. North Texas losing to SMU? Check. Hey, this is North Texas site, have to keep our guys relevant.
It may seem hard for the college football fan to stay interested when it seems like we may be headed in Clemson Alabama part three. And while ¾ of a certain writer’s college football playoff picks have already lost in the first three weeks, there remain threats to Alabama and Clemson’s current grip on College football's Hierarchy. You guys have no idea how hard it was to not turn this into a Game of Thrones themed college football article.
Clemson's defense is outstanding. Kelly Bryant shined by throwing for 316 yards against Louisville in his first road start. And while Lamar Jackson's final stats of 317 yards looks good, the reigning Heisman winner was held to just 118 passing yards through three quarters, and faced constant pressure all night. This Clemson team now has wins over Auburn and Louisville. With Francois out for the year at Florida State, Clemson seems in prime position for another national title run, although a trip to Blacksburg in a couple weeks against a currently undefeated Virginia Tech squad looms.
I’m not sure what is stuck in my head more from college football’s opening weekend. Taylor Swift’s new music, or the thought that Alabama is headed to the playoff again and there is nothing we can do about it.
A win over Florida State that showed Alabama’s defense prowess, as Florida State was held to 40 rushing yards on 27 attempts. While a matchup against a surprising 3-0 Vanderbilt team approaches this weekend, I think it’s safe to say Alabama will roll on.
There has maybe been no cooler sight in the young 2017 college football season so far than Bob Stoops being the biggest cheerleader in the stands for the Ohio State Oklahoma game two weeks ago. Baker Mayfield currently has a 76.8 percentage rating and 10 touchdowns with no interceptions. Baylor and Iowa State remain for the Sooners before the Red River Showdown with an improving Texas team.
4. Oklahoma State
Mike Yurich, Oklahoma State’s current offensive coordinator won’t be in Stillwater next year. There may have been no greater surprise waking up on Saturday morning than seeing the margin Oklahoma State was already beating Pittsburgh by. Fans were encouraged to stay the entire game to receive a free beverage after the game. Well how about one for Oklahoma’s State coaching staff who has Mason Rudolph firing all cylinders with weapons on offense such as Justice Hill and James Washington. A tough test this weekend against the Horned Frogs of TCU will show us if this offense can keep up it’s video game pace so far, but for right now the Cowboys belong this high.
5. Mississippi State
The LSU win was impressive. But look at the way they handled Louisiana Tech the week before as well. Beating Louisiana Tech, one of the best teams in Conference USA, 57-21 is no small feat. And while the LSU win may have said more about the mistake to keep Oregon on at LSU, a story for a different day, is it a lazy take to say Nick Fitzgerald reminds me of Dak Prescott? Fitzgerald rushed for over 1300 yards last year and three games in is averaging 7.7 yards per carry. Watch out for the Bulldogs.