With week three of the college football season over, many teams are starting to get into conference play and there are some questions to ask going into the next phase of the season.
1. Is Alabama Actually Unbeatable?
Last week at Ole Miss, Alabama fell behind 7-0 when the Rebels scored on their very first play. Then, the Tide scored 62 points unanswered to safely put away the Landsharks. Alabama is known for its’ defensive prowess and offense that don’t need a great quarterback. But this year, Tua Tagovaiola has played spectacularly even if he only gets to play until halftime. He threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns before being sat for Jalen Hurts. The schedule has minimal challenges so Alabama is a lock to, at the very least, make the College Football Playoff for the fifth year in a row.
2. Is LSU A Legit Contender?
In three weeks, LSU has beaten two top-10 teams, Miami in a neutral site and Auburn on the road. Last Saturday on the Plains, LSU jumped out to a 10-0 lead before allowing 21 unanswered by Auburn. But the Bengal Tigers clawed back and stole an SEC West win on the road, which is tough to come by this year in that division.
LSU traditionally prides itself on defense, but Joe Burrow might be picking up the slack at quarterback, a position the Tigers have struggled at in recent years. Burrow threw for 249 yards and a touchdown on Saturday so if he keeps this up the Tigers from Baton Rouge might make a run. Their only obstacle towards glory is Alabama, whom they play at home early in November.
3. Do We Underestimate The Group Of 5?
This weekend, the Group of 5 showed up against Power 5 opponents. Though teams like Arkansas, Illinois, and Oregon State are in the lower echelon of their respective conferences, all of these Power 5 teams lost at home in games they were favored. The Big Ten struggled mightily with Nebraska, highly-ranked Wisconsin, Northwestern, Illinois and Maryland all losing on Saturday. Talk about getting sucker punched.
4. Did Wisconsin Blow Their Playoff Chances?
The Badgers were my pick to win the Big Ten this season and advance to the CFP. Though their loss last weekend doesn’t affect conference play, losing to BYU could single-handedly take the Badgers out of Playoff contention at the end of the year. Now, Wisconsin has to run the table in conference play to even have a chance and being in the inferior Western Division certainly won’t help their cause.
5. What Is Ohio State’s Ceiling?
With the Big Ten struggling through the first three weeks, Ohio State has separated itself despite not having head coach Urban Meyer for the first three games. Now, we must ask, what is Ohio State’s ceiling now that Meyer is back?
Dwayne Haskins could be one of the best quarterbacks Meyer has ever had as on Saturday he threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns. The running back stable of J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber combined for 185 yards as the Buckeyes pulled away late and put up 40 on TCU, which has maybe the best defense in the Big 12 and maybe America.
It’s still early in the college season, but their is a lot going on around the country that could shape the College Football Playoff race and Heisman race.