It’s time to mix things up a bit around here. Instead of doing the boring TOP 25 College Football Scoreboard that we were doing, let’s go ahead and branch out a little bit.
We are fully smack dab in the middle of the college football season and there is a ton of stuff to cover every week. Instead of just focusing on the games that happened this weekend, let’s take a look at a number of different things on a weekly basis from here on out.
What kind of things exactly? I’m glad you asked….
Let’s take a look at which coaches could be on the hot seat.
Let’s take a look at which coaches have seen their stocks explode since the season first started.
We are going to look at the most impressive/most disappointing teams from the past weekend of college football action.
We are going to take a look at who’s in the lead for the Heisman Trophy at the end of the year.
And much much more.
It’s THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUND-UP FOR WEEK SEVEN, EXCLUSIVELY ON THE ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG!!!!
The College Football Round-Up
Week 7’s Most Impressive Teams
Alabama – The Crimson Tide crushed a Tennessee team that had looked really good up to this point in the season. I don’t think people understand just how scary this Alabama team is. Not only are they playing absolutely monstrous defense, but their offense looks just as scary and when’s the last time anyone was able to say that? It looks to me like the National Championship trophy is going to pass through Tuscaloosa once again and Lane Kiffin is going to get a head coaching job somewhere if this continues.
Arkansas – The Razorbacks beat a very good Ole Miss team that was coming off a bye in a game that was extremely close. This was a huge win for a team that desperately needed one.
Vanderbilt – The Commodores pulled off a huge upset when they beat the Georgia Bulldogs for the first time in three years. It’s OK Kirby Smart. I’m sure you could go back to Alabama if you asked Nick Saban nicely.
Ohio State – The Buckeyes kept their momentum going by beating a very good Wisconsin team on the road. You can hate Urban Meyer and his team all you want, but you hate them because they’re good. Scary good.
Colorado – The Buffaloes hadn’t beaten Arizona State since they arrived in the PAC-12. As most Colorado fans know, this is a different team than the PAC-12 is used to. Colorado got the Arizona State monkey off of their back and they did so in impressive fashion.
Clemson – The Tigers played an extremely close game that went to overtime against a good N.C. State team. Clemson had their backs against the wall and still ended up pulling out the victory with an interception in the end zone to remain undefeated. It wasn’t pretty, but it’s all about getting the “W” and that’s what Clemson did.
North Carolina – The Tar Heels beat a very good Miami team on the road to remain in the ACC title picture. The schedule for North Carolina is A LOT easier than it has been the rest of the way out, so keep an eye on this team going forward.
Week 7’s Most Disappointing Teams
Tennessee – Thanks for coming Volunteers. Just when it looked like this could be the year that Tennessee returns to playing big boy football with the rest of the SEC, they get reminded by Alabama of just how far away they really are.
Georgia – Georgia should never lost to Vanderbilt. Never.
Missouri – Missouri isn’t a very good football team. The Florida Gators found this out this past weekend when they crushed them 40-14. Mizzo should be embarrassed by that performance.
Michigan State – Not a whole lot of teams this season have been as disappointing as Sparty has. The once great powerful Michigan State is now losing to Northwestern at home and allowing the Wildcats to score FIFTY FOUR points on them! Northwestern is not good on offense and the Spartans are historically known for their stout defense. Not anymore. Is Mark Dantonio on the hot seat?
Virginia Tech – You guys lost to Syracuse. SYRACUSE! That’s just gross.
Air Force – Up to this point in the season, the Air Force Falcons had looked pretty good. The last two weeks though? Not so much. After losing to Wyoming (who is actually underrated this season), Air Force followed that up by getting upset by New Mexico at home. Not a good look for a team that started out 4-0.
Head Coach Stock Watch
Every year we have head coaches in college football that are having good seasons that kind of came out of nowhere. Here are the guys who are out-performing their expectations so far this season:
Kevin Sumlin – Texas A&M: 6-0 (4-0 in SEC)
P.J. Fleck – Western Michigan: 7-0 (3-0 in MAC)
Craig Bohl – Wyoming: 4-2 (2-0 in Mountain West)
Willie Taggart – South Florida: 6-1 (3-0 in AAC)
Neal Brown – Troy: 5-1 (3-0 in Sun Belt)
Bret Bielema – Arkansas: 5-2 (1-2 in SEC)
Bobby Petrino – Louisville: 5-1 (3-1 in ACC)
Pat Narduzzi – Pittsburgh: 5-2 (2-1 in ACC)
Mike MacIntyre – Colorado: 5-2 (3-1 in PAC-12)
Larry Fedora – North Carolina: 5-2 (3-1 in ACC)
Mike Leach – Washington State: 4-2 (3-0 in PAC-12)
Kalani Sitake – BYU: 4-3
Tom Herman – Houston: 6-1 (3-1 in AAC)
Jason Candle – Toledo: 5-1 (2-0 in MAC)
John Bonamego – Central Michigan: 5-2 (2-1 in MAC)
The Hot Seat
And of course, you can’t talk about head coaches who are out-performing their expectations without talking about head coaches who could potentially be fired this season. These are the guys that I personally think are on the hot seat and could be looking for work this off-season……
Mark Helfrich – Oregon: 2-4 (0-3 in PAC-12)
Brian Kelly – Notre Dame: 2-5
Mark Dantonio – Michigan State: 2-4 (0-3 in BIG 10)
Jim Mora – UCLA: 3-4 (1-3 in PAC-12)
Bob Diaco – UConn: 3-4 (1-3 in AAC)
Rich Rodriguez – Arizona: 2-5 (0-4 in PAC-12)
David Beaty – Kansas: 1-5 (0-3 in BIG 12)
Dan Mullen – Mississippi State: 2-4 (1-2 in SEC)
Darrell Hazell – Purdue: 3-3 (1-2 in BIG 10)
Tim DeRuyter – Fresno State: 1-6 (0-4 in Mountain West)
Heisman Trophy Watch List
The Heisman Trophy is the “bees knees” of the college football awards. The Heisman trophy usually goes to the most explosive/best player during the college football season and that players name will forever live in infamy, regardless of how his career turns out on the next level. These are the guys that I currently have in the lead to hoist the Heisman trophy at the end of the year:
- Lamar Jackson (QB), Louisville
- Jabrill Peppers (ATH), Michigan
- Jake Browning (QB), Washington
- DeShaun Watson (QB), Clemson
- J.T. Barrett (QB), Ohio State
- Jalen Hurts (QB), Alabama
- Donnel Pumphrey (RB), San Diego State
Previewing Week 8’s Biggest Games
Here are next week’s biggest games as well as my pick for who should win each one. Every week we have a big match-ups in college football. These are the ones you should get excited about next weekend…..
Alabama vs. Texas A&M
Texas A&M has been the surprise team of the SEC this season. Alabama has been Alabama and they once again look like the team to beat. This is going to be a huge test for Kevin Sumlin and his crew and if they can come away with a win, they will officially become the team to beat in the SEC. Talk about a lot of pressure. The Aggies haven’t beat the Tide in four years and I just don’t see that changing this year.
The Pick: Alabama
Arkansas vs. Auburn
Another big-time SEC match-up. Auburn looked dead in the water a few weeks ago, but their season has turned around as they are now on a three-game winning streak. However, Arkansas is no cake walk and will easily be the toughest team they’ve faced since tangling with A&M a month ago. This should be a hard-fought game, but I like Arkansas in a close one.
The Pick: Arkansas
Ohio State vs. Penn State
Ohio State once again looks unbeatable in the BIG 10. It looks like we are heading towards a match-up at the end of the season that could feature an undefeated Ohio State vs. an undefeated Michigan and that would be awesome. However, the Buckeyes can’t afford to look past the Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State is riding a two-game win streak at home and are coming off a bye week. This could be a trap game for Urban Meyer and crew.
The Pick: Ohio State
Miami vs. Virginia Tech
This game would have had more momentum had it happened a few weeks ago, but it is what it is. Miami has lost two games in a row after a hot start and they are desperately looking to get their season turned back around. Virginia Tech was looking good this season until they went out and shit the bed this week against a horrible Syracuse team. Both these teams are going to be desperate this weekend which could mean we are going to see some AWESOME football here. Count me in.
The Pick: Miami
BYU vs. Boise State
Boise State doesn’t have a very difficult schedule remaining. There aren’t a whole lot of teams that have a chance to keep them from having an undefeated season in my opinion. BYU is one of those teams though. The Cougars are an extremely well coached team who always play with a grittiness. They are riding a three-game win streak over three very good teams. They definitely have a shot at stopping Boise State’s undefeated season. This is one of those games that not a lot of people are going to talk about, but it’s going to be one you want to pay attention to.
The Pick: Boise State
NC State vs. Louisville
Louisville has been one of the hottest teams in college football this year. This wasn’t a match-up that particularly excited anyone a few weeks ago, but after watching the Wolfpack play a close game against Clemson this weekend…..Louisville had better be on their toes. NC State is a pretty good team and it wouldn’t shock me at all to see them give Louisville one hell of a fight.
The Pick: Louisville
And that’s it for the College Football Round-Up this week! I hope you enjoyed the column this week. Make sure you come back to THEUltimateSportsBlog.com on a daily basis for your unfiltered, uncensored, and uncut sports opinions. No one SPORTS OUT like we SPORTS OUT!