There is an old saying, “There are two things that are inevitable, death and taxes.” I am going to update those words of wisdom. “ There are three things that are inevitable, death, taxes and Alabama Football making the Final Four Playoffs. While great teams continue to struggle to be consistent week in and week out, The Tide football program is a machine. They never get rattled, never beat themselves and never play down to their competition.
5 Things The Sports Whisperer Learned About Week 7 in College Football.
#5) Alabama is the best of the best.
Bama won 41-9 over an Arkansas football team that appears to have quit on their coach Bret Bielema. The former Wisconsin Badger coach, should be fired at the end of the season. In 5 years, Bielema has a record of 27-30 and he is 10-25 in the SEC. That is simply not getting it done. Since taking over head coaching duties in 2007, Nick Saban has a record of 121-19 and he is 70-12 in the SEC. He has 5 total national championships (1 with the LSU Tigers and 4 with the Crimson Tide) At what point do we call him the greatest of all-time?
#4) How good is Georgia?
When we think of Kirby Smart’s Bulldog’s, the first thing that comes to mind is how fast and talented their defense is. They must have at least 5 NFL players on their defensive roster. But, what has been so surprising is the points this team keeps putting up. Over the past 6 games, Georgia has scored, 42, 31, 41,45, and 53 points. It looks like a two-team race in the SEC, Bama and Georgia. Smart was an assistant under Saban from 2007-2015. Has the student now become the teacher? Time will tell.
#3) Week of the Upsets.
#2 Clemson lost at Syracuse 27-24.
#8 Washington State lost at California 37-3.
# 5 Washington lost at Arizona State 13-7.
#10 Auburn lost at LSU 27-23. This was a terrible loss for Auburn they were up by 20. You can’t lost to a team after being up double digits.
Realistically, the only team with a loss her,e that still has a chance to win the National Championship is Clemson. If they can somehow get to the ACC Championships and win it, they should get an invite to the final four. But, they can’t have any more hiccups. They must run the table the rest of the way.
#2) Ohio State is right back in the mix.
J.T. Barrett threw for 5 touchdown passes as the Buckeyes went on the road and lambasted Nebraska 56-14. OSU was up 35-0 at halftime and coasted in the 2nd half. It won’t get easier for Urban Meyers team. They play undefeated Penn State at home and still have to play Michigan and Michigan State. After losing to Oklahoma 31-16 in week 2, OSU has scored 38 or more points in every game. If the can win outright, they can be a legitimate contender to give Meyer his 4th national championship.
#) 11 Miami has luck and talent on their side.
Over the past two weeks, Miami has come from behind to defeat Florida State and Georgia Tech in miraculous fashion. Some writers are now giving them the nickname, “The Cardiac Canes.”. Miami trailed 24–13 with 20 minutes to play only to win 25-24 over a quality opponent. Darrell Langham catch on 4th down was the very definition of luck and skill. The Schedule looks favorable for the Canes. The only two tough games remaining are at home against VA Tech and at home against Notre Dame. I still don’t like this offense, but you can’t argue with an undefeated record so far.
At 6-0, TCU should be the favorite to win their conference. If they do that, they can almost guarantee a spot in the Final Four. What a story that would be for former Texas A&M quarterback, now starting for the Horned Frogs, Kenny Hill.
UCF’s Scott Frost (5-0) is the best college coach in the country that no one is talking about…why?
With Clemson, Washington, Washington State and Navy all going down Saturday, that leaves just eight teams in FBS that remain unbeaten.
Over the past 2 weeks the Oregon Ducks have been outscored 82-17. In both games they didn’t score after the 1st quarter. Head coach Willie Taggart was 16-20 at Western Kentucky, 24-25 at South Florida and he is now 1-3 in the PAC-12. He has a career record of 44-48. Would someone in the Oregon athletic office please call Chip Kelly.
#13 USC scored 21 points in the second half to beat a very good Utah team 28-27. Could this be the game the Trojans needed to gain momentum and help them win the PAC-12?
The Sports Whisperer’s Top 5 Rankings
#1 Alabama (7-0).
#2 Georgia (7-0).
#3 TCU (6-0).
#4 Ohio State (6-1).
#5 Clemson (6-1).
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