College Football is Back!

By: Malik Carey

Tailgates, heated discussions, smell of Fall in the air and people walking around with different college jerseys on means one thing, college football is back baby! It was a mighty long offseason filled with transfers, new recruits on campus, people leaving for the draft, high expectations and a series of questions about respective teams. Nonetheless, here we are, in another season of the beloved sport. The college football season kicked off on August 30th with the major game being the then #11 Oregon Ducks vs the then #16 Auburn Tigers. The game kicked off from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Tigers came victorious in the game and proved once again, that the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is the best in the land.

            The biggest talk of this season is once again, who can beat Clemson or Alabama? The answer to that is probably no one. The Tigers and the Crimson Tide just appear to be on a level far greater than anyone else with no sign of slowing down in the process. The Tigers are led by star Sophomore Quarterback, Trevor Lawrence. Head Coach Dabo Swinney is doing great for himself at Clemson, losing a ton of talent to the NFL only to reload once again. With Clemson favored to win every single game this season in a depleted ACC, the Tigers seem almost a sure lock to reach the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship game in New Orleans in January. As far as the Crimson Tide go, they obviously play in the SEC which is a far bigger challenge than any conference. With road games at Texas A&M, at Auburn, a home contest against LSU and a potential showdown in the SEC Championship vs either Georgia or Florida, the Tide will have tons of work to do to reach New Orleans in January. However, with Junior Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the best receiving core in football with Juniors Jerry Jeudy, DaVonta Smith, Henry Ruggs III and Sophomore Jaylen Waddle, combined with Nick Saban’s ability to coach and win, the Tide should be just fine.

            Other teams who are in the picture with high expectations include the Georgia Bulldogs, The Ohio State Buckeyes, the Oklahoma Sooners and the LSU Tigers. Georgia seems to be the more superior team out of these four, making a statement win against Notre Dame in Athens, last Saturday night. Ohio State is led by dual-threat superstar Justin Fields while the Sooners are captained and headlined by the Alabama transfer, Jalen Hurts. Hurts seems to be dominating his newest campaign in Norman. Hurts has set career high passing and rushing yardages for single games under Lincoln Riley’s offense. The Alabama transfer looks poised to be the next Heisman trophy winner.

            This college football season is one to look forward to! It is now week 5 and conference games are starting to get in full force. Notable games this week are #1 Clemson going on the road to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina, #2 Alabama hosting Ole Miss, #18 Virginia traveling to South Bend to take on #10 Notre Dame and #5 Ohio State taking the cross-country trip for a Big Ten showdown against Nebraska. This will be another week of fun, excitement and entertainment in college football. Catch some games on Saturdays, if you can!

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