Monday, September 26, 2016

College football starts out crazier than ever

Brendan Shadle & Blake Doherty
Staff Writers

Only 2 weeks deep, and college football has been berserk. With the combination of the NFL & MLB postseason coming up, sports fanatics go crazy this time a year. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays have made college football fans sit at the edge of their seats, from the outstanding competition and number of upsets in the NCAA.  
   Week 1 offered four major upsets including a #3 Oklahoma, #5 LSU, #16 UCLA, and #10 Notre Dame falling to Texas in double overtime. Week 2 added another two “Top 25” teams falling to unranked opponents. Central Michigan took out #22 Oklahoma State on a lateral on the 12 yard line that turned into a miraculous fourth quarter touchdown.  
  There were also a number of blowouts throughout the two weeks of. #23 Baylor, #1 Alabama, #6 Ohio State, #7 Michigan, #21 Oklahoma State, and #19 Louisville were some of the teams that absolutely obliterated their opponents, with a combined score differential of 331 points, with each team winning by more than 45 points (all were week 1 rankings.) Week 2 also started off with another bang. The week 2 opener included #13 Louisville derailing Syracuse, outscoring them 28-7 in the first quarter alone. Louisville quarterback, Lamar Jackson, is the defining college football right now and making a statement. The heisman contender already has 8 touchdowns through the air and the ground, and more than one-thousand combined yards. Lamar Jackson and the explosive offense rank 1st among all NCAA in offense and average a little less than 700 per game. While the defense doesn’t receive much recognition because of the high octane offense, the cardinals defense also remains in the top 25 this year as well. The heisman candidate and #10 Louisville are taking on #10 Florida State at its home stage September 17th. Can the cardinals continue their success in hopes of making the college football playoffs, and earning themselves a their first ever national championship?

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