Projecting How Each First-Year Power 5 Coach Will Do

Every year, major programs change head coaches after less than stellar seasons. This year, twelve power five conference school have new leaders. Let’s take a look at how each one will do in their first season.

Willie Taggart, Florida State

Taggart takes over in one of the better situations for a first-year coach. The Seminoles are stacked up and down the roster thanks to the great recruiting of former coach Jimbo Fisher. Taggart had some success at Oregon last year and it should translate to the ACC. The quarterback battle between Deondre Francois and James Blackman will be important, but Florida State will return to ACC title contention in Taggart’s first season

2018 Projection: 9-3, 2nd in ACC Atlantic

Scott Frost, Nebraska

Scott Frost is being billed as the Nebraska football messiah. The former national champion Husker quarterback returns to his alma mater after turning around Central Florida. The Knights were 0-12 before Frost took over, and in just 2 seasons he led them to an undefeated season. That level of success won’t happen so quickly at Nebraska but Frost is the right man for their future. Nebraska isn’t ready to return to championship contention, but at least they can get to a bowl game.

2018 Projection: 7-5, 3rd in Big 10 West

Jonathan Smith, Oregon State

Jonathan Smith is one of the biggest question marks among first-year coaches. Taking over as a first-time head coach at a program that hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2013 and is coming off a 1-11 season will not be easy. We’ll need a couple years to see if Smith is able to turn around the team, but year 1 won’t yield much success.

2018 Projection: 2-10, 6th in Pac 12 North

Herm Edwards, Arizona State

One of the strangest hires in a long time, Herm Edwards returns to coaching after a 10-year absence. This is Edwards’ first college job since he was the defensive backs coach at San Jose State in the late 1980’s. I honestly have no idea what to expect from his first season with the Sun Devils, but he does have a pretty talented roster.

2018 Projection: 5-7 5th in Pac 12 South

Chip Kelly, UCLA

Regardless of how year 1 goes, college football is better with Chip Kelly as a head coach. In Kelly’s 4 year tenure as Oregon’s head coach, he was able to turn the Ducks into a national power. After his less successful few years in the NFL, he returns to the Pac 12 with UCLA. The post-Josh Rosen era begins for the Bruins, and they have a lot of holes to fill, starting at quarterback where there are 5 different guys competing for the starting role. Despite a lot of position battles running deep into fall camp and even into the season, UCLA should improve on 2017 with its new coach.

2018 Projection: 6-6 3rd in Pac 12 South

Mario Cristobal, Oregon

Oregon was shocked when Willie Taggart left for Florida State after just one season with the Ducks. Rather than bring in an outside coach, Oregon decided to promote offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal to head coach. The former Nick Saban assistant was also the head coach at FIU from 2007-2012. With quarterback Justin Herbert returning this year, Oregon should be pretty good.

2018 Projection: 8-4 3rd in Pac 12 North

Kevin Sumlin, Arizona

Kevin Sumlin’s 6 years at Texas A&M were better than a lot of people believe. He was able to transition the Aggies into the SEC well, leading them to bowl games in every season. You could argue that Johnny Manziel was the sole reason for most of Sumlin’s success at A&M. That bodes well for his new job at Arizona. Sumlin takes over this Wildcats team with a great scrambling Heisman contending quarterback in Khalil Tate. Beyond Tate, Arizona is set up to win a lot of games this season. With Sam Darnold gone, USC has some issues, and the Wildcats will jump at the opportunity to return to the Pac 12 championship for the first time since 2014.

2018 Projection: 10-2 1st in Pac 12 South

Chad Morris, Arkansas

The jump from SMU to the SEC West will be a tough transition for new Razorback coach Chad Morris. Morris was decent in his 3 years as the Mustang’s head coach, mostly with recruiting. If he can bring in some big names to a school that’s struggled to do so in years past, His tenure at Arkansas may be a long one. Don’t expect much in year 1 though.

2018 Projection: 5-7 7th in SEC West

Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee

Pruitt is a first-time head coach at Tennessee, but he comes from a long line of great coaches. Coming from the Nick Saban coaching tree, Pruitt’s also coached under Mark Richt at Georgia and Jimbo Fisher at Florida State. Tennessee’s journey to find a coach was long, but they’ve got a solid hire in Pruitt. Unfortunately for the Vol’s the SEC East is looking pretty good this year and Pruitt has a lot of work to do before he’s ready to make Tennessee a title contending team.

2018 Projection: 5-7 5th in SEC East

Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M

Jimbo Fisher comes to Texas A&M with high expectations. The former national title-winning Florida State head coach did just sign a $100 million contract after all. Jimbo now has the program backing and facilities he felt he lacked at FSU. This seems like a great hire for A&M, but they won’t have instant success. The SEC West is still stacked, and a non-conference matchup with Clemson doesn’t help their 2018 projection.

2018 Projection: 7-5 5th in SEC West

Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State

Moorhead takes his first FBS head coaching job after making Penn State one of the best offenses in the nation last year. With a quarterback as good as Nick Fitzgerald, the Bulldogs are ready to compete right away. Moorhead could take the SEC by storm and surprise a lot of people in his first season.

2018 Projection: 9-3 3rd in SEC West

Dan Mullen, Florida

Dan Mullen returns to Florida in their hour of need. The Gators haven’t had any stability since Urban Meyer left following the 2010 season. Mullen was Meyers offensive coordinator for 4 years from 2005-2008. He now comes back to lead them back to the top after a long successful reign at Mississippi State. Florida still has plenty of roster issues to work out, including the starting quarterback job, but there’s no doubt the Mullen is the right man for the job in Gainesville.

2018 Projection: 8-4 2nd in SEC East

– Guest Writer, Dylan Hall

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Top 17 College Football Games of 2017

We’re only a few weeks away from college football season being back! To honor its return, let’s take a look into the past by ranking the top 17 games of the 2017 season.

17. Citrus Bowl: #14 Notre Dame: 21 – #17 LSU: 17 

This game was overlooked by many as it took place on the same day as the playoff, but for those who watched it, ended up being in for a treat. Miles Boykin had a memorable 55-yard touchdown grab with just 1:28 left to give Notre Dame the win.

16. Foster Farms Bowl: Purdue: 38 – Arizona: 35

Khalil Tate once again starred, throwing for 302 yards and 5 touchdowns and leading Arizona back from down 31-14 at halftime to take a 35-31 lead with just 3:21 to go in the game. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they left just enough time for Purdue to drive 75 yards in 8 plays to score the game-winning touchdown.

15. American Conference Championship: #14 Central Florida: 62 – #20 Memphis: 55 – 2OT

In a conference as crazy as the American, the title was expected to be nothing less than what it was, a back and forth shootout. Both quarterbacks put on a show, throwing for over 470 yards each while combining for 9 touchdowns. Central Florida finally capped their undefeated season when they intercepted a pass in the second overtime to seal the win.

14. Week 11: #2 Alabama: 31 – #16 Mississippi State: 24

Coming into week 11, Alabama was 9-0 and looked untouchable. Mississippi State finally exposed the Tide’s weakness at linebacker and was able to take a 24-17 lead early in the 4th quarter. It was all for nothing though, as Alabama made the big play they needed when Jalen Hurts found DeVonta Smith for a 26-yard touchdown with 25 seconds left to keep the Tide unbeaten.

13. Armed Forces Bowl: Army: 42 – San Diego State: 35

The two teams combined for 726 rushing yards and just 7 pass completions. Army finally pulled out the win with a touchdown and a 2 point conversion with just 18 seconds remaining.

12. Week 2: #20 Washington State: 47 – Boise State: 44 – 2OT

Washington State didn’t show up on a national scale until they beat USC a few weeks later, but their victory over Boise State in Week 2 was a thriller. The Cougars scored with less than 2 minutes to go to force overtime. After trading field goals in the first OT, and both scoring touchdowns in the second, Washington state finally scored the game winner on a 22-yard pass after forcing Boise State to kick a field goal.

11. Week 5: Troy: 24 – #25 LSU: 21

One of the biggest upsets of last season, the Trojans defense shut down LSU. The Tigers didn’t score until the 4-minute mark in the 3rd quarter when they were already down 17-0. The Tigers tried for a late rally but Josh Anderson’s touchdown run with 8:14 to go sealed Troy’s win. “WE JUST BEAT LSU!”

10. Alamo Bowl: #15 TCU: 39 – #13 Stanford: 37

Whenever TCU plays in the Alamo Bowl it turns into a game we’ll never forget. While they didn’t come back from down 31 like they did a few years ago, the Horned Frogs did overcome an 18-point first-half deficit to take a 36-31 lead late in the game. Stanford was able to get the lead back with 6:42 to go, but TCU drove down the field and kicked a game winning 33-yard field goal to win another epic Alamo Bowl.

9. Week 2: #15 Georgia: 20 – #24 Notre Dame: 19

Nobody knew just how much of a contender both teams were at the time, but this turned out to be one of the most important games of the entire season. It was a defensive battle all night, but Georgia receiver Terry Godwin made the play of the game when he made a one-handed sideline touchdown grab to tie the game at 10 late in the first half. Georgia kicked a go-ahead field goal with 3:34 to go and sealed the game with a strip sack on the next possession.

8. Week 6: Western Michigan: 71 – Buffalo: 68 – 7OT

How can a game not make the top 10 when it goes to SEVEN overtimes? Buffalo broke the FBS record for the most points scored in a losing effort, while their quarterback Drew Anderson threw for 597 yards and 7 touchdowns. Western Michigan finally pulled through in the 7th overtime, having forced a field goal before scoring a 12-yard game-winning touchdown.

7. Week 13: #15 Central Florida: 49 – South Florida: 42

The last few games of Central Florida’s season were about as dramatic as you can get, and none were more so than this. With a spot in the conference title on the line, the Knights took a 42-34 lead with 2:21 left on a 23-yard McKenzie Milton touchdown pass. USF answered immediately when Quinton Flowers hit Darnell Solomon for an 83-yard score, followed by a 2 point conversion to tie the game with 1:41 on the clock. Central Florida regained the lead quickly and for good when Mike Hughes returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to the house, giving Central Florida the 49-42 win.

6. Week 1: UCLA: 45 – Texas A&M: 44

The Legend of Josh Rosen! The great Gus Johnson started our season off perfectly, calling UCLA’s unforgettable comeback against Texas A&M. Trailing 44-10 late in the 3rd quarter, Rosen led the Bruins back, throwing four 4th quarter touchdowns, including a ridiculous 10-yard strike to the corner of the end zone on a fake spike to give UCLA the lead with just 43 seconds left.

5. Week 9: #6 Ohio State: 39 – #2 Penn State: 38

These two teams provided us one of the best games of the year for the second year in a row. Heisman favorite Saquon Barkley took the opening kickoff 97 yards to the house and Penn State jumped on Ohio State 28-10 in the first half. J.T. Barrett’s experience took over in the second half as he lead the Buckeyes all the way back, finally winning the game with a 16-yard strike to tight end Marcus Baugh with 1:48 left in the game.

4. Week 10: #5 Oklahoma: 62 – #11 Oklahoma State: 52

I might just be partially biased towards this game because I was there, but Baker Mayfield solidified his Heisman campaign with his 598 yards, 5 touchdown performance in the biggest game of Oklahoma’s season. The Sooners solidified the win in one of the greatest offensive battles of the year when Mayfield found HOLLYWOOD Brown for a 77-yard score to put Oklahoma up by 10 in the fourth quarter.

3. Week 4:  #4 Penn State: 21 – Iowa: 19

Saquon Barkley went OFF in this game, rushing for 211 yards and a score, as Penn State pulled out an amazing road win. Iowa running back Akrum Wadley’s big night concluded with a 35 yard touchdown run to put the Hawkeyes ahead 19-15 with just 1:42 remaining, but Penn State drove down the field and scored a walk-off touchdown when Trace McSorley hit Juwan Johnson for a 7 yard score with no time on the clock to win the game.

2. Rose Bowl CFP Semifinal: #3 Georgia: 54 – #2 Oklahoma: 48 – 2OT

Even though it’s not the number 1 game of this season, this Rose Bowl could go down as one of the top 5 games in college football history. The first-ever meeting between Georgia and Oklahoma lived up to the hype, as the two teams dueled all night, culminating when Georgia blocked Oklahoma’s field goal in the second overtime. Georgia got the ball and Sony Michel ran in a touchdown on the second play of the drive to send the Bulldogs to the national title.

1. CFP National Championship: #4 Alabama: 26 – #3 Georgia: 23 – OT

I can’t think of a national title with a better ending than this game. Georgia shut down the Tide in the first half, forcing Alabama to switch to their true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after the break. Boy, was that the right move by Nick Saban, as Tagovailoa sparked the Bama offense, leading them back into the game with 2 key second-half touchdowns. The Tide missed a potential game-winning field goal at the end of regulation, and Georgia made a 51-yard kick to start overtime. After a sack on Alabama’s first offensive play in the overtime, Tagovailoa found a wide open DeVonta Smith for the historic 41-yard game-winning touchdown. Thus winning Alabama yet another national title.

– Guest Writer, Dylan Hall

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Will Grier & West Virginia Could Take Over The Big 12 in 2018

The Big 12 has almost always consisted of a few great teams and a handful of decent ones. Last season, it was Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and TCU who lead the way in the conference. Then there were teams like Kansas State, Iowa State, and West Virginia who were decent but couldn’t quite get over the hump.

The one team that always stood out to me despite being average at best was West Virginia. After a quick glance at their roster, you’d think this would be a 10 or 11 win squad but that wasn’t the case in 2017. The Mountaineers put up a disappointing 7-6 record while going just 5-4 in conference play. WVU simply failed to show up in their biggest games. The question is: Why?

You know the saying “Defense wins championships”? Well, the whole idea of defense is nothing but nonsense in this conference. To contend for Big 12 titles there is nothing more important than having a fast-paced and high-powered offense that can put up a ton of points. This is something West Virginia certainly does not lack. Especially at the quarterback position. In 2017, Will Grier was one of the nation’s top QB’s but was hidden in the shadows of Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph. Putting up points wasn’t a problem for the Mountaineers. The conference was just loaded with much stronger offenses.

This year, the Mountaineers have the best opportunity in years to finally take over the conference and potentially even snag a Big 12 title. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State both will be recovering from tremendous losses on offense and TCU also had their fair share of departures. This alone makes the Big 12 wide open and I believe West Virginia is more than ready to pounce on the opportunity. Will Grier (Heisman hopeful) and David Sills (Biletnikoff Award finalist) will arguably be the nation’s top QB-WR duo heading into the season with the addition of Alabama transfer wideout, T.J. Simmons. WVU also returns a highly reliable Gary Jennings and four starters on the O-Line. As for the defensive side of the ball, the Mountaineers are loaded fresh young talent while returning their biggest defensive leader in linebacker David Long.

Overall, West Virginia has all the pieces to put together a magical season. It won’t be an easy task of course as Oklahoma is still the heavy favorite to win the conference but I certainly like WVU’s chances. It’s definitely going to be entertaining to witness how the Big 12 plays out in 2018 and I’ll especially be keeping my eyes on this WVU squad.

– Collin Borron

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2018’s Deepest Dark Horse Heisman Candidates

Predicting in the preseason who will be in the running for College Football’s greatest individual accolade can be, depending on the year, extremely difficult or a walk in the park. Today, we’re going to look at who I think are the deepest of dark horse candidates for the Heisman trophy.

Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon – A key reason for many players winning the Heisman is the MVP factor they bring to their respective team, and Justin Herbert is a key example of that type of player. Herbert, a junior for the Ducks, makes Oregon tick. When he wasn’t out with a broken collarbone last season, the Ducks’ offense thrived. Herbert put up a 6-2 record as the starter and managed to pass for 1,983 yards and 15 touchdowns in those 8 games. However, when he was sidelined, Oregon managed more than 14 points and won only once in five games when looking to one of his backups. Even though Willie Taggart left to take the helm at Florida State, a lack of offensive continuity shouldn’t be an issue, with last year’s offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal getting promoted to head coach in the offseason. The loss of veteran running back Royce Freeman to graduation (a Heisman contender as well last season) will also mean more touches should go to the experienced hand in Herbert, which bodes well for his chances.

Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan – The athletic freak that is Rashan Gary is getting more looks as a mouth-watering NFL talent than a college awards candidate. I believe most of that comes down to playing opposite of the slightly overhyped Nick Bosa in the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry. Nevertheless, Gary has been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list, which goes to the nation’s best defensive player, after last season’s stat line of 66 tackles and 12 tackles for loss. Playing in multiple national spotlight games this year and having two all-Big Ten linebackers in the same squad as him in Khaleke Hudson and Devin Bush (who are also on the Bednarik watch list and could probably be on this list as well) bodes well for Gary’s chances of being a defensive contender for the Heisman trophy.

David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State – Sometimes, schools spring up with Heisman candidates out of nowhere, and Iowa State has one in its workhorse of a running back, David Montgomery. Although he doesn’t get the national attention he deserves playing for ISU, that didn’t stop Montgomery from rushing for 1,146 yards as a sophomore in 2017. The Cyclones’ breakout 8-5 season was highlighted by Montgomery and his near perfect record toting the rock. His only fumble came on a questionable call on a review during the Liberty Bowl. Montgomery can beat teams with speed or by running over defenders and breaking arm tackles, and he is sure to do more of the same this season in an offensively stacked Big 12 conference.

Penny Hart, WR, Georgia State – He may be 5-feet 8-inches tall and play in the Sun Belt conference, but Penny Hart’s game is bigger than that. Hart leads all active FBS wideouts in career receiving yardage with 2,291 yards, and he’s only played two seasons for the Panthers. Being one of Georgia State’s lone offensive threats will allow defenses to key in on Hart, but another season of big-time production could lead to some national attention and trophy talk for the diminutive but capable junior.

Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky – It’s tough to break through as a player if you aren’t playing for a year-in-year-out power in the top-heavy SEC, but occasionally a stud like Benny Snell Jr. can find the space to shine. Snell Jr., a 5-foot 11-inch junior, returns for the Wildcats after posting 1,333 yards on 262 attempts last season. He finished behind only Nick Chubb and Kerryon Johnson in the yardage category (both of whom are gone to the NFL). Now, Kentucky needs to replace its quarterback, and having the stability in the backfield with Snell Jr. (along with four returning starters on the offensive line) means Snell will probably get an even larger workload this season. I think that bodes well for his Heisman hopes.

Nathan Rourke, QB, Ohio – Nathan Rourke didn’t enter the 2017 season as the starter, but once he had taken over the job, he played like a returning fifth-year senior, despite just being a sophomore. Now, going into his junior season, Rourke and the Ohio offense will look to improve upon last season and his ridiculous numbers, specifically on the ground. Rourke rushed for 912 yards and a school-record 21 touchdowns while also throwing for 2,203 passing yards and 17 touchdowns. The Bobcat offense is nearly unchanged from last year, so Ohio should figure to make a run for MAC supremacy while Rourke goes for individual glory.

– Guest Writer, Joel Devick

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3 CFB Teams Whose Seasons Depend on a Week One Victory

If you look at the title of this post, one may wonder what on earth I’m talking about. An argument can be made that every team’s week one game is a must-win, which is essentially correct. In reality, there are teams that can get away with a week one slip up and still be in good shape. Alabama is a prime example of this.

So who are the teams that must win week one for the sake of their seasons?

Florida Atlantic – I know what your thinking. Why and how is FAU on this list? Work with me here. Lane Kiffin’s Owls open their season up with a trip to Norman, Oklahoma to take on the mighty Oklahoma Sooners which of course is no easy task. Believe it or not, last season, FAU was actually a force to be reckoned with but was hidden in the shadow of a weak Conference USA. The Owls have earned more respect from many people and I included. Lane Kiffin is building something special at a school nobody thought he could. A week one win in Norman will shape the rest of their season. Quite honestly, FAU would have a solid shot at going undefeated and could end up in a New Years Six bowl. A loss could result in another season of dominant play hidden behind weak opponents. This is a big opportunity for Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic to put themselves on the college football map.

Washington – The Huskies open up in this year’s arguably biggest week one matchup against Auburn. The only reason I don’t have both Washington and Auburn on this is the difference between the strength of conference. Now don’t for one second think I’m biased towards the SEC because I’m most certainly not. The fact of the matter is, is that the Pac 12 is simply not very strong. Other than Auburn, the Huskies toughest opponents this year are Stanford, UCLA and maybe Washington State. As for Auburn, they have to go through Alabama, Georgia, and LSU. A loss doesn’t necessarily end Washington’s chances at the Playoff, but it definitely won’t look too great on the resume with a weak Pac 12 schedule.

Miami – Last season, the Hurricanes took over College Football for a good chunk of the season. If they want any shot of that happening again, they’ll need to take down LSU in their opener. It won’t be easy but, LSU has a history of not being as a great as advertised and I definitely believe the Canes could pull this one off. A win against LSU would set the tone for the season and personally I could see them run the table and play Clemson in the Conference championship for a spot in the Playoff. There’s no more important game on Miami’s schedule than this one against the Tigers from down south.

Overall, the 2018 season is filled with teams that could make some serious noise but, some need a bit more help than others.

– Collin Borron

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College Football’s 7 Most Consistently Overrated & Disappointing Teams

When it comes to overrating teams, the college football universe does it like no other sport. From pre-season hype to snagging a big week one win, fans and analysts seem to feel the need to declare teams elite when they clearly aren’t. There are a handful of teams that get this sort of hype year after year despite almost always disappointing. Today we look at those teams.

Tennessee Volunteers – Can we please stop making this mess of a team a pre-season playoff contender every single year? Honestly, I believe the Vols have been expected to potentially reach the playoff every season since the first year of the playoff. To no surprise, they have yet to even come close. Tenessee’s best record since 2011 is 9-4. The last time they even won at least 10 games was in 2007.

Texas Longhorns – Remember in 2016, when Texas defeated 10th ranked Notre Dame in a double OT thriller? Remember after the game-winning touchdown, Joe Tessitore said: “Texas is back, folks!”. I sure do. Man, was he wrong and everyone else that believed that nonsense. The Longhorns finished that season 5-7 including a loss to 1-9 Kansas. Last season, the Longhorns slightly improved to a bland 7-6. All in all, this has been the Texas norm for many seasons now and it doesn’t look like it will change anytime soon.

Texas A&M Aggies – Believe it or not, the Aggies were ranked 4th in the playoff rankings for a short time just two years ago. A very short time. Texas A&M almost always starts out hot, but then proceeds to crash and burn the rest of the season. Even when Johnny Manziel was in College Station, they still underachieved. Now that Kevin Sumlin is gone, will Jimbo Fisher turn the program into a real contender? Who knows, but until then they’ll remain on this list.

Florida Gators – Being a Gator faithful, this one hurts to add to the list, but it’s the truth. It’s actually incredible how they’ve managed to accomplish almost nothing since Tim Tebow left. Honestly, it’s been almost a decade now of awful coaching, horrific offense, poor QB play and championship caliber defense. Without that defense, I’m almost certain the Gators would have fallen off the face of the planet. Overall, it’s been a rough eight and a half years. Dan Mullen, please save my Gators…

Nebraska Cornhuskers – This team just makes me laugh. Living in Nebraska, I’ve noticed most of the fans have the same expectations every season: NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OR BUST. It’s quite amazing actually. To constantly see those “expectations” get crushed is always solid entertainment as well. Of course, not all the fans are like this, but a lot are. The Huskers have had some decent seasons over the past decade, but nothing more. Whenever they reach the top ten, they quickly get beat soundly and disappear for the rest of the season. I will admit I am intrigued with Scott Frost taking the helm. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Huskers actually not be disappointing for a change.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish – The Irish are arguably the best team on this list, but similar to the previous teams listed, never fail to disappoint. Last season, it looked like they were finally going to reach the playoff. That was until they got manhandled by Miami and then again by Stanford just two weeks later. Notre Dame simply fails to show up when the spotlight is on them.

Miami Hurricanes – South Beach was rocking last season. Well, until it wasn’t. The Hurricanes had the college football universe in their grasp for 10 straight weeks only to lose their final two regular-season games and the Orange Bowl. So much for being “back”, Miami? Besides last year, they’ve been pretty average for a while now despite consistently getting some of the nations best recruits.

Honorable Mentions: LSU, USC, Virginia Tech, Michigan and Michigan State

– Collin Borron

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If College Football Teams Were Infinity War Characters

Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” is one of the biggest movie releases of all time and is the largest of my life so far. Personally, I loved the film. As a matter of fact, I loved it so much I saw it four times in a span of four days. Am I crazy? Most likely.

There are a few things I obsess over as much as I do with sports. Movies are one of those things. Today, I thought I’d combine those two worlds together. Here is “If College Football Teams Were Infinity War Characters”

(WARNING: MOVIE SPOILERS AHEAD)

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Alabama: Thanos – This one should be no surprise. Not only are the Crimson Tide obviously the most dominant team in the country, but Nick Saban now has a full Infinity Gauntlet after winning his 6th national title. To any team on Bama’s schedule next year: “I hope they remember you”.

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Clemson: Thor – As powerful as Alabama has been over the last decade or so, Clemson has proven themselves to be the team powerful enough to take down the mighty juggernaut. Like Thor, Clemson has been through their fair share of battles and beatings, but still seek to destroy the greatest threat. Clemson is closer than anyone to taking down the monster in Tuscaloosa.

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Georgia: Spider-Man – The Bulldogs have always been a solid team for the most part, but seemed limited to be truly great. Spider-Man was a similar story. That was until Tony Stark got involved and gave Spidey a shiny new suit and various other toys. Spider-Man was officially made an Avenger in Infinity War and played a pivotal role in fighting Thanos. Hell, he nearly got the gauntlet off of his hand. As for Georgia, they’ve gotten a few upgrades themselves and has quietly turned into a much more powerful program. Nearly defeating Alabama in the national title last season, the Bulldogs have shown the college football world they are no longer just good, but actually great.

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UCF: Star-Lord – These two are a perfect match. Both were so lovable and easy to root for until they let their selfishness ruin it all. Spider-Man and Iron Man were seconds away from retrieving Thanos’ gauntlet until Star-Lord let his emotions take over and began to beat on Thanos, freeing him from being hypnotized. The rest is history. As for UCF, beating Auburn in the Peach Bowl brought out the worst in the fans and school itself. They claim to be the “real” National Champions, they’ve received “national championship” rings and put up a “national championship” banner on their stadium. It was cute at first, UCF, but now it just looks sad and a little psychotic.

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LSU: Loki – LSU and Loki were both true threats at one point, but eventually were always defeated. As time passed, they were taken less and less seriously. Loki even seemed to turn good, but then handed over the Tesseract to Thanos and had his neck snapped. LSU is hyped to be great almost every season only to disappoint us every time. LSU and Loki are textbook pretenders.

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Wisconsin: Captain America – The Badgers are quiet, but overall a damn good team. They are consistently in the top ten every single year and always in the playoff hunt. They aren’t the flashiest team but are certainly one of the most efficient. Like Steve Rogers, the Badgers keep it old school and make it work really well. Also, they achieve this without any controversy or drama of any kind.

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USC: Iron Man – Who else other than USC to fill the role of Iron Man. Cocky, popular, filthy rich and powerful, the Trojans are their own hero. Can they beat Alabama? Probably not, but they sure think they can.

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Oregon: Bucky – The Ducks were one of the top teams in the country for quite a while, but haven’t done much since then. Most thought the Ducks have had their run and are back to being their average selves. Don’t fool yourself. Oregon still shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially this upcoming season. Like Bucky in Wakanda, the Ducks have been quietly regaining their mojo back and they may just make a grand re-entrance in 2018.

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Notre Dame: Black Widow – She has the looks, fighting ability, agility, and knowledge, but Black Widow still finds herself in the shadow of the rest of the Avengers. This is exactly the case with the Fighting Irish. Consistently a 10-12 win team, Notre Dame just can’t seem to escape the shadows of teams like Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma and a handful of others.

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Miami: Hulk – The Hurricanes wrecked havoc on opponents for 10 weeks straight and looked seemingly unstoppable. Their defense specifically caused endless chaos unlike any other and thus the “Turnover Chain” was born. All of Sudden, the Hurricane of domination came to a halt and Miami ended their season with three straight losses. Like the Hulk, Miami refused to show up when they needed to most.

Collin Borron

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