The Cold Hard Truth: On Sports

Surprises and Disappointments in College Football

Surprises and Disappointments in College Football

The 2017 season in college football is now around its midway point, and there have been some exciting things within various parts of the country. Close games and upsets have happened which have raised a few eyebrows (Syracuse over Clemson, Iowa State over Oklahoma, Troy over LSU). The staff here at The Cold Hard Truth: On Sports gives their take on which team is the surprise in college football and which team is their disappointment.

Matt Long

Surprise – UCF

The Knights are undefeated thanks to head coach Scott Frost and an offense that leads the nation in points per game (47.3). Quarterback Mackenzie Mayfield has up to 2,000 total yards so far this year and has passed for 16 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions. The defense has done pretty well on their end as they have allowed 17.5 points per game, good enough to be 15th in the nation.

Disappointment – Nebraska

Nebraska had a 9-4 season in 2016. Fans in Lincoln were feeling that this season could be a turning point where they could make a run for the Big Ten West division title. A loss to Northern Illinois and blowout losses to Wisconsin and Ohio State are part of a 4-4 season up to this point.

James Bell

Surprise – Georgia

While the Bulldogs came into the season in the Preseason Top 25, they were in the middle of the pack last year in the SEC. An injury to quarterback Jacob Eason looked to be something that would affect the offense. However, Jake Fromm stepped in and they haven’t missed a beat. He has 12 touchdowns and just 3 picks while the two-headed monster in the backfield (Nick Chubb and Sony Michel) has over 1,200 yards rushing together. They have one of the best defenses in the country as they among the top 5 in yards allowed and points per game. This makes Georgia one of the top teams in the country and a contender to make the College Football Playoff.

Disappointment – Florida State

A vivid contrast to the Georgia Bulldogs is FSU. They came into the year ranked as high as #3 and looked to be primed to take on Alabama in what was the biggest opening game matchup in college football history at the time. They lost 24-7, but in the 4th quarter their quarterback Deondre Francois suffered an injury to his patella tendon which ended his season. Now the Seminoles are 2-5 and they are in serious danger of not making a bowl game for the first time in 35 years, which is the longest bowl streak in college football.

Kevin Krest

Surprise – Notre Dame

Many people thought that head coach Brian Kelly would be out the door after a 4-8 season in 2016. The athletic director decided to keep him for this year, and it looks like it is paying dividends. They are a top five team with a great rushing attack led by running back Josh Adams and quarterback Brandon Wimbush and an offensive line with two studs in Mike McGlinchey and Quentin Nelson.

Disappointment – Arkansas

Back in 2013, the athletic department at the University of Arkansas thought they had a good hire in Brett Bielema to get them to compete with the likes of Alabama, LSU, and Auburn in the SEC West. So far this year, they have only won one conference game and have just three wins on the year, two of them over Florida A&M and New Mexico State.

Michael Brewer

Surprise – Georgia

A key win over Notre Dame on the road in the 2nd game of the season sparked their undefeated run so far. They are looking to have a big lead in the SEC East and go to Atlanta to play for the conference title.

Disappointment – North Carolina

The departure of Mitch Trubisky has certainly affected the Tar Heels, but they also lost production at running back with Elijah Hood gone and at wide receiver with Ryan Switzer now in the NFL with Dallas. That results in an offense that is among the worst in the country in points per game and holds a 1-7 record so far this season.

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