College Football Recap

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College Football has just started and there’s plenty of teams all around the country with high expectations, different goals and lots of pressure. The 2019 season of college football is three weeks in and there’s already been plenty of surprising headlines and heartbroken fans. Transfer Quarterbacks headline this year with Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts transferring from Alabama, Justin Fields transferring from Georgia to Ohio St. and Kelly Bryant transferring from Clemson to Missouri. The biggest question that will be answered is that will anybody stop the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide from playing in the College Football Playoffs for the 5th consecutive year. 

 

Georgia Bulldogs Recap: After almost beating Alabama in the SEC championship and clinching a spot into the college football playoffs, Georgia blew a 28-14 lead vs Alabama then losing to Texas in the Sugar Bowl. Led by head coach Kirby Smart and Junior Quarterback Jake Fromm, Georgia has started off 3-0 beating Vanderbilt, Murray St. and Arkansas St. The Bulldogs rank third in the country and hope to continue their success when they host seventh ranked Notre Dame Saturday at 8:00.

 

Georgia has outscored their opponents 148-23, and a big reason for that is the running game. With running back Deandre Swift and arguably the best offensive line in the country, Georgia has ran for 860 total yards through their first three games. The Bulldogs’ only question still remains on how their young core of wide receivers will play against top 25 caliber teams. 

 

If the Bulldogs can continue their dominant running game and establish a consistent passing attack, Georgia will once again be in the run for a SEC championship appearance and most likely a spot in the College Football Playoff. 

 

Georgia Tech Recap: It’s been an interesting off season and start of 2019 for the Yellow Jackets. After releasing Paul Johnson and hiring new head coach Geoff Collins from Temple, Collins has led GT to a 1-2 record with losses to Clemson and The Citadel and their only win at home vs South Florida Bulls. Georgia Tech hopes to make the best of their bye week before they head on the road vs undefeated Temple on September 28th.

 

Georgia Tech hopes to develop a better passing offense after only being able to compete seven passes for 118 yards vs The Citadel and the week before only managing to throw for 76 yards against the Bulls. If Georgia Tech in general can’t get a better offense, they’ll have a long year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

 

Georgia Southern Recap: Georgia Southern has started off this season 1-2 and will hope to bounce back with a win vs Louisiana this weekend. This past weekend, the Eagles suffered a heart broken loss when Minnesota scored the game winning touchdown with just under 20 seconds left on the clock. 

 

After not being able to get over 100 yards of offense against number four ranked LSU three weeks ago, The Eagles have gained 656 yards of offense and have averaged 29 points during their past two games. With the eagles next 3 out of 4 games being at home and conference play just beginning, Georgia Southern can get off to a good start in the Sun Belt Conference if they continue to play the way they’ve had the last couple of weeks.

 

Georgia State Recap: After giving Tennessee one of the worst losses in program history and beating Furman 48-42, the Panthers fell back down to earth this past weekend, losing to Western Michigan 57-10. Georgia State already has the same amount of wins they did last season and will hope to improve to 3-1 when they play Texas State on the road this Saturday.

 

With the Panthers offense already well over 1,000 yards, it’s the defense that needs to step up, given up an average of 43 points a game. If the Panthers can improve on defense and stay consistent on offense, they could be going to a bowl game this year.

 

Biggest Disappointments:

 

Florida State: After not making a bowl game for the first time this century last season, The Seminoles have started off 1-2 and almost started off 0-3, barely surviving after UL-Monroe forced overtime but lost on an extra point in Overtime. Head Coach Willie Taggart has a career record of 6-9 as the Seminoles head coach and is possibly in jeopardy of losing his job if Florida State has another off year. With conference play already beginning, Florida State still has to play Wake Forest, Boston College, Clemson and Florida all on the road. Florida State will try to improve to 2-2 this Saturday when they play at home against the Louisville Cardinals.

 

Tennessee: The first two games for the Volunteers couldn’t have gone worse. Losing to a Georgia State team who finished 2-10 last season 38-30 at home then suffering another loss at home to BYU 29-26 in double overtime. Tennessee did bounce back, shutting out Chattanooga but will start the heart of their schedule, playing Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State and Alabama starting this Saturday. 

 

Other Disappointing Teams:  Syracuse 1-2, Pittsburgh 1-2, Miami 1-2, Georgia Tech 1-2, Purdue 1-2, Stanford 1-2, Oregon State 1-2, UCLA 0-3, Vanderbilt 0-2.

 

Teams With a Good Start: 

 

The Pac-12 as a Conference: Just when the Pac 12 took a big hit week one when Oregon lost to Auburn 27-21 in Jerry’s World, The Pac 12 has an unexpected six teams ranked in the top 25, which is tied for first with the SEC. Even though Oregon and Washington have already suffered a loss each this year, they still remain in the top 25. Arizona State was just entered into the rankings this week, and it was well deserved, winning on the road in East Lansing vs the Spartans 10-7. California was also brought into the rankings this week after beating Washington on the road 20-19 back on September 7th. Even though the Pac 12 still has a long shot at getting a team into the college football playoffs with Utah being the highest ranked team at ten. The 2019 Pac-12 has the makings of becoming the conference that it was a couple of years ago.

 

LSU: Even though it’s not surprising that LSU has started 3-0 and is ranked number four in the country, the Tigers have the most impressive win of the 2019 season thus far, as they took down the Texas Longhorns in Austin, 45-38. LSU also has improved their offense drastically this season, and quarterback Joe Burrow deserves most of the credit. Through the first three games, Burrow has a completion percentage of 83 percent and has thrown for over 1,100 yards with 11 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The Tigers will open up SEC play when they play Vanderbilt September 21st. 

 

Auburn: The Auburn Tigers also have a big resume win over Oregon, beating the Ducks 27-21 in the Cowboys’ Stadium on August 31st. The Tigers, since beating Oregon, have cruised through their last two games, beating Tulane and Kent State. Freshman Quarterback Bo Nix has had his ups and downs, completing just over 50 percent of his passes with a total of 545 yards. Auburn will have another big test this Saturday when they travel on the road to play Jimbo Fisher and the 17th ranked Texas A&M Aggies. 

 

Other Teams That Have Started Well: Clemson 3-0, Wake Forest 3-0, Virginia 3-0, Oklahoma 3-0, Kansas State 3-0, Oklahoma State 3-0, Ohio State 3-0, Penn St 3-0, Iowa 3-0, Minnesota 3-0, Wisconsin 3-0, Michigan 3-0, Georgia 3-0, Florida 3-0, Alabama 3-0