Wyatt Cushman, Staff Writer |
College football is one of the most popular sports in America. Football fans love watching the student athletes play their hearts out every week for their school. That passion from the players, combined with the passionate students in the stands, make every game exciting to watch, and this weekend was no different.
College Football saw one of the top ranked teams in the country go down this weekend. The USC Trojans, who have one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, lost at Washington State on Friday night, 30-27. This primetime matchup was one that a lot of people had their eyes on, including NFL teams scouting for a quarterback. The signal caller for USC, Sam Darnold, is projected to be selected in the first round in this April’s draft, but this game may have been one of his worst since taking over as quarterback last season. Although he did have success running the ball, Darnold completed just 15 of 29 passes for 164 yards. Meanwhile, Washington State had one of its biggest wins in years. The now 5-0 Cougars are ranked number 11 in the AP poll and are trending upward. Could Washington State be this year’s Washington as a surprise team who makes it to the College Football Playoff? Only time will tell.
The rest of the weekend was eventful, just as every weekend in college football is. Tennessee lost to one of their biggest rivals, the Georgia Bulldogs, 41-0. This was supposed to be one of the better games of the weekend, but ended up being one of the most lopsided. This blowout was Tennessee’s worst loss at home since 1905. The Vols are now 0-2 in SEC play, and their head coach Butch Jones will likely be coaching for his job the rest of this season.
Some notable performances from the weekend include a pair of very talented running backs. Saquon Barkley, the running back for Penn State, continued his incredible season on Saturday. On top of returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown, Barkley had over 100 yards from scrimmage to lead Penn State to a 45-14 win over Indiana. The Nittany Lions are still undefeated and are looking to prove they belong with the upper echelon of teams.
Another impressive performer was Stanford running back Bryce Love. Love took over the duties in the backfield this season after teammate Christian McCaffrey moved on to the NFL, and he hasn’t disappointed. Love rushed for 301 yards on Saturday, breaking the Stanford single game rushing record set by McCaffrey a season ago. Love already has over 1,000 yards on the season and is slowly gaining national attention.
So far this year, two teams have separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Alabama and Clemson are currently ranked one and two in the country and both look as though that’s where they should be. These two are on a collision course to play for a third straight national championship against one another, and while that would be great to see for us fans, every other team is hoping to stop that from happening.