What We Learned About College Football from the Past Season

Stasis can be worse than losing. would likely you rather be Southern California or Arkansas? The Trojans were 5-7, while the Razorbacks were 2-10. yet U.S.C. can be keeping the four-year head coach who presided over in which season, the one who just lost his prospective offensive coordinator, Kliff Kingsbury, to the N.F.L. Arkansas can genuinely claim This particular can be rebuilding: in which 2-10 campaign came the first year after This particular replaced its athletic director along with head coach with respected talents via Group of 5 colleges. Somehow This particular can be on pace to haul in its best recruiting class in nearly a decade.

College football may not have quite the tank-along with-improve infrastructure of the professional leagues, along with yet programs are more likely to underperform because a change has not been made than because one has.

The Big Ten can be wide open again. In Urban Meyer’s seven seasons, the Buckeyes won only (“only”) three championships. Even in which can be deceptive, though, because from the additional four seasons, Ohio State either was undefeated yet ineligible for the championship because of sanctions, or suffered its sole conference loss to the eventual champion. In additional words, the road to the Big Ten title ran through Columbus.

yet right now Meyer can be gone. The first-time head coach Ryan Day, who filled in ably while Meyer was on leave, can be replacing him. Wisconsin looks likely to move on, finally, via Alex Hornibrook at quarterback, while Michigan will get another year of Shea Patterson under center. Nebraska can be in Year 2 under Scott Frost. Penn State can be still recruiting well under James Franklin. Michigan State still has Mark Dantonio, Iowa Kirk Ferentz. Purdue held on to Jeff Brohm! This particular can be anyone’s league.

Texas may be back. Before the Sugar Bowl, one could have dismissed the Longhorns, who were 9-4, their signature win coming in a close along with weird game against Oklahoma, which returned to defeat them soundly from the Big 12 championship game.

Then Texas outplayed Georgia, last year’s runner-up, 28-21, giving the Longhorns their first 10-win season since they were the national runners-up in 2009. The third year tends to be a big one for the best coaches, along with 2019 can be Tom Herman’s.