College football has already completed its September portion of the season. These three football powers are dominating as we figured. The Georgia Bulldogs are the number 1 team in the land. The Alabama Crimson Tide follow at number 2. The Ohio State Buckeyes round out as the number 3 team in the country.
This September, College football has uncovered many facts, let’s take a look at the eight facts we’ve discover.
Uncovering Coaching changes
There have been 3 power five coaching jobs already available with more to open up in the near future.
The Nebraska Corn Huskers at last relieved Scott Frost after beginning 1-2. The marriage between now former ASU coach Herm Edwards and the fans ran its course after a bad loss at home to Eastern Michigan.
This past Monday, Georgia Tech departed ways from head coach Geoff Collins with the Yellow Jackets heading for another bottom feeding year in the ACC.
Who will be Canned Next?
Bryan Harsin of the Auburn Tigers possibly saved his job for one more week with a shocking 17-14 OT win against Missouri. He has struggled to get full-time production of his dual threat quarterback T.J. Finley. He instead started Oregon transfer Robby Ashford. Ashford has potential, but lets see how he does when SEC competition really starts to ramp up.
Still, Harsin is most likely to receive the he-hove at some point in the season. It’s a matter of when at this point.
Other coaches under the gun feature: Louisville’s Scott Satterfield, West Virginia’s Neal Brown and Colorado’s Karl Dorrell.
First Year Coaches off to high-low Beginnings
Twenty-nine new head coaches were hired at the FBS this past cycle. Some have found immediate gratification like Lincoln Riley (USC), Kalen DeBoer (Washington State) and Sonny Dykes (TCU).
Some of the other high-profile hires have had inconsistent starts. Marcus Freeman was (0-2) in his first two games at Notre Dame before winning his next two. Former ND coach Brian Kelly is now (3-1) at LSU after losing a heartbreaker to Florida State in his first game with the Tigers.
Mario Cristobal of Miami (FL) has sunk to the bottom after two straight disappointing losses to No. 17 Texas A&M and Middle Tennessee State.
For USC Coach Clay Helton now (3-1) with Georgia Southern, who wasn’t even picked to be near the top of the Sun Belt, he and his team rose to the occasion.
No 16. Oklahoma’s Brent Venables lost his first game to Kansas State last Saturday. His team is seeing poor performances in the offense and a underperforming defense.
Kansas was picked to finish last in the Big 12 Conference this year.
Instead, the Jayhawks are surprising everyone, except themselves. pic.twitter.com/vqnMHzlm4S
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 1, 2022
Is Kansas Good?
Yes. Kansas, believe it or not is good and this is a also fact. They may even be amazing by the end of the regular season. Head Coach Lance Leipold is only in year two, but after a competitive 2-10 in his first start, he has seen his Jayhawks make great strides.
That is why their record is still unblemished. Maybe by year three, it’ll be CFP time in Kansas.
The Pac-12 is decent?
This is not nearly as surprising as Kansas’ perfect record, but an imperfect story to say the least. The Pac-12 has exceeded expectations with many squads climbing up the TOP-25 polls. Earlier in the month, it seemed impossible after two closely national embarrassments against the SEC. Oregon was beat bad by Georgia, while Utah was upset by Florida in Gainesville.
Since then, the No. 13 Utes and No. 15 Ducks have won three in a row, highlighted by Oregon’s win against BYU. Washington at No. 18 has started fast under head coach Kalen DeBoer and transfer quarterback Michael Penix. While No. 6 USC is off to a good start with Lincoln Riley and Caleb Williams.
As the Pac-12 isn’t as dominant as the SEC, the lesser conference is certainly giving the CFP a run for its money.
The SEC continues it’s Domination
The SEC has the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams (Alabama and Georgia) in the Coaches Poll. It also has the Kentucky Wildcats coming in at No. 8 and the Tennessee Volunteers at No. 9. Then enters No. 11 Mississippi and No. 17 Texas A&M followed by the No. 19 Arkansas Razorbacks.
Once again, it’s the superior conference in the FBS. It’s the one league insured of having at least two teams in the College football playoff mix far into the regular season. The SEC has a 37-5 record over its non-conference opponents with four losses against current top 25 ranked teams.
Clemson shows Improvement
The breakout moment happened at last. Clemson’s offense exploded for over 500 yards in it’s win over the No. 21 Demon Deacons. The man behind the troubles of Clemson’s offensive that struggled last year, finally overcame that. Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei went pound-for-pound against the magician Sam Hartman of Wake Forest and made him fold his deck of cards when the game was over.
The former five-star recruit in the Class of 2020 is finally living up to his star rankings and proving that there is no quarterback controversy between him and backup Cade Klubnik.
Biggest Accomplishments and Let Downs
After starting out 0-4 last season, No. 21 Florida State is 4-0 with coach Mike Norvell at the helm.
James Madison is 3-0 in its first-year in the FBS.
No. 23 Minnesota is the only unbeaten team in the Big Ten West.
Arizona Wildcats are reincarnated under second-year head coach Jedd Fish. At 2-2 with quality wins over San Diego State and North Dakota State, the Wildcats could be “goin fishing.”
The list of let downs start with Houston, who has flopped below their status as an average to below average group of five team. Joining its misery are Boise State, Miami, and Wisconsin.
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