Six weeks of college football have been played. At this point only 17 unbeaten teams remain and only 25 teams are ranked (oh wait…). Here are six thoughts on college football through six spectacular weeks:
1. The ACC isn’t half bad!
The Atlantic Coast Conference may not be at the level of the SEC (obviously) or the Pac-12, but, if you look around, outside of those two terrific conferences there aren’t any others that can boast either the strength at the top or the depth of the ACC. Clemson and Florida State have looked like legit contenders for the crystal ball. Meanwhile, the Coastal division has not been as bad as expected thanks to an excellent Miami team and defensively brilliant Virginia Tech (even Alabama had trouble moving the ball on the Hokies). Additionally, the conference’s weaker teams ( such as Duke, North Carolina, and Virginia) are all moderately respectable.
2. Jameis Winston is unreal.
Have you seen this guy!?!?!? HAVE YOU SEEN THIS GUY!?!?! I hadn’t until Winston took his Seminoles up to Chestnut Hill on September 28th. My mouth was left gaping as I watched Famous Jameis shred the (admittedly somewhat porous) Eagles defense to the tune of 330 yards (and four TDs) in the air and 67 yards on the ground. The performance was special and I left Alumni Stadium thinking that might be the best college football player I’ve ever seen live. The two-sport star (he hits the diamond in the spring) didn’t disappoint in his encore to the great game against BC, as he passed for 393 and five touchdowns in the ‘Noles 63-0 obliteration of a solid Maryland team this past weekend. Through five games Winston has already passed for 17 touchdowns (against two picks) and 1,441 yards. Last year, Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. Winston looks like he might have a shot at becoming the second.
3. Oklahoma State should not be ranked.
Many people were high on the Cowboys coming into the season, myself included. But, at this point, they really should not be ranked where they are (22nd in the AP, 20th in the Coaches’ Poll). OSU does have a win against Mississippi State–a bad SEC team, but an SEC team nonetheless, and three other wins (none over good teams), but they also lost to West Virginia. West Virginia is terrible. The ‘Neers win over Oklahoma State was sandwiched in between losses of the 30+ point margin variety for Christ’s sake! Now, I understand that the terrible loss to WVU might have been a fluke, but let’s wait until the Cowboys gets some quality wins before ranking them in the top 25.
5. Fresno State is good at winning close games.
The Bulldogs have a pair of one point wins (over Boise State and Rutgers) and a five point win (over Hawaii). They’re also very good and seem to be the frontrunners to win the Mountain West Conference. Keep an eye on senior QB Derek Carr, the younger brother of massive draft bust David Carr, who is on pace to surpass the ridiculous numbers he put up last year (37 TDs and 4,104 yards in the air).
6. Purple is good, but not good enough.
Northwestern and Washington are fantastic this season, but neither team was able to spring an upset over a top five team this Saturday night as the Wildcats fell at home to Ohio State and Washington lost on the road to Stanford. Both teams came painfully close: NU held a 23-13 lead on the Buckeyes late in the third quarter while Washington’s late surge against the Cardinal came up just three points short.