The first 3 weeks of the college football season are done. To call the first 3 weeks interesting would be an understatement. In case you’ve been in under a rock, in Australia, kidnapped “Misery” style, or just plain out of the loop; here are the 4 big stories in College Football after the first 3 weeks and of course, an opinion to further validate this website.
1. Quarterbacks – This is the era of the quarterback and there are plenty of good ones in college football. Skip the Heisman candidates (Brohm, Booty, White, Brennan) and move on to those who are shaking the up the football world.
Sam Bradford. The red-shirt freshman has Sooner Nation in an uproar and thinking National Championship. The first year starter has thrown for 823 yards and 11 touchdowns in 3 games under the helm. The scariest part of the story: he is the “weak link” on the Oklahoma football team. Throwing for 205 and 5 against any Miami, FL team is impressive no matter what kind of rebuilding phase they may or may not be in.
Tim Tebow. The starting quarterback for the defending National Champion Florida Gators is living up to the hype. 835 yards in the air and 192 rushing the “Gator Savior” has the Florida faithful dreaming repeat, and the cute blonde UF underclassmen ladies dreaming, period. Evident in the thrashing of Tennessee on Saturday is this, Tebow is good, real good. He is the entire package, run, throw and win.
More QBs and College Football After The Jump.
Jack Locker. Don’t let the Ohio State game fool you, the freshmen Husky QB has a bright future. A passer rating of over 100 will only grow as Locker’s maturity and understanding of the college game grows.
Andre Woodson. While the Kentucky quarterback is out celebrating the biggest win in the last 3 decades for UK Football, the nation is taking notice. Scouts have talked of his pro potential and the idea of a lottery pick. While the scouts talk, Woodson has thrown for 743 yards, 9 touchdowns with no interceptions. Woodson’s “potential” may lead Kentucky football down a road it has never been down. The road to victories over prominent SEC programs and a possible January bowl game (cough, cough, eating crow)?
2. Michigan/Notre Dame. Never has a football game between two bad football teams been so publicized. Michigan prevailed in grand fashion with a freshman at quarterback as Chad Henne nursed an “undisclosed” injury. At least to some degree, Michigan can find hope in the rest of the season. Notre Dame, on the other hand, is done. They aren’t even thinking win anymore, they’ve got everyone in South Bend praying to “First-Down Jesus” instead of “Touchdown Jesus.” Who does Charlie Weis plan to sue for this debacle?
3. The Cream of the Crop. After only three weeks of football, there are two categories when it comes to the National Championship. The contenders, USC, LSU, Oklahoma and Florida. The pretenders, are everyone else. Sorry West Virginia, Texas and Cal. The “Big Four” are just that. Minus perhaps, the kicking game, these four schools put a better athlete at almost every position when matched up with their opponent week in and week out. In college football today, athletes win football games and these four schools have more of them than anyone else.
4. The 3-0 Suprises. Just like every year there are always a few teams that surprise the country and sneak into the Top 25 after 3 weeks. This year, there are plenty of 3-0 surpises including Oregon, South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, Boston College, and Kentucky. Throw in South Florida if they make it to 3-0 next week. It’s hard to call it a surprise when an SEC team starts 3-0, but the SEC schools this year each have a big victory over a ranked opponent that got them to 3-0. South Carolina over Georgia, Alabama wins a thriller versus Arkansas, and Kentucky stuns Louisville. The real surprise may be which one of these 3-0 teams can go on to play in a BCS bowl game. Quack Quack anyone?
Random Notes After 3 Weeks:
DeSean Jackson is the best wide-receiver in the country. Period.
Nobody wins at LSU on a Saturday night.
The Pac-10 is the second best conference in the country.
The SEC is still the best conference in the country.
Tim Tebow isn’t the only Gator name you should know. It’s Percy Harvin with a “y.” (The fastest man in college football.)
Shaking hands with alumni and boosters wearing a National Championship ring doesn’t mean much in Ann Arbor and Knoxville these days. Lloyd Carr and Phillip Fulmer are on the hot seat after only 3 weeks.