Cavalcade of Whimsy: College Football Playoff Rankings Edition

Cavalcade of Whimsy: College Football Playoff Rankings Edition

College Football Cavalcade

Cavalcade of Whimsy: College Football Playoff Rankings Edition


Five Cavalcade of Whimsy footballey opinions and, like, other stuff

5. “What else am I going to do, stay here and learn?”

There are only about 319 different lines to use about a school’s educational mission when it does something like this, but Florida Atlantic is in Boca Raton, and I live in a stupid place with seven months of stupid cold, stupid snow, and stupid people who also live here and have to wear stupid mittens.

You win, Florida Atlantic.

With that said, 1) if you’re going to do this, you can’t lose 21-13 to Louisiana Tech to break a ten-game home winning streak, and 2) when my kid goes college, and I have to live in a van down by the river to pay for her four years of drinking beer, ohhhhhhhhh no. If I’m paying for that class, you go learn, or something. And …

3) ohhhhhhhh no. You perform for us, football team people. Get your own team motivated, Lane. 4) And finally, really? You’re giving college kids an afternoon off? #10straightbonghits

4. Rex Ryan wants to chime in … 

I’m a huge fan of sideline reporters.

It’s a hard job, there’s no time to fire off anything more than a ten-second anecdote, and then that’s it. See you in 10-to-20 minutes.

I have no idea why this report from Laura Rutledge during the Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech game caught me flush …

“We’ve seen Georgia Tech go toe-for-toe with Virginia Tech in this game. Parker Braun, one of their offensive lineman, told me this week that we’ve been good this season, but we’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot.”

Apparently, the little piggies on the Virginia Tech defensive side stayed home, because of the …

3. Option 

Coaches don’t like dealing with triple-option teams in general. Take that to a whole other level in the second half of the season.

Their defensive lines get beaten up a bit from the blocking schemes, and there’s just not enough time to properly get ready for it.

Georgia Tech hammered Virginia Tech for 49 points and 465 yards in the win. And it did it without completing a pass.

Army went to Eastern Michigan and rolled up 289 yards and two scores in the 37-22 win, holding on to the ball for 45:42.

But the real story for the option attack this last week was …

2. Georgia Southern

It was the biggest Group of Five game so far this year, and you almost certainly didn’t watch it or pay attention.

The Sun Belt was supposed to be the Appalachian State Invitational – it even got a top 25 ranking. And then the Mountaineers went into Statesboro and left with a 34-14 loss after getting hammered for 277 yards and three scores.

And this might be why you make a coaching change when things aren’t going well.

The Eagles were awful last season, starting out 0-9. They lost their first six games under head coach Tyson Summers, he was let go and Chad Lunsford took over. He lost his first two games, but he won two of his last three as the option got going again. He got half a season to get his feet wet, and that mattered.

This year, the Eagles are 7-1 with the only loss at Clemson. Three of their last four games are on the road, and then comes the Sun Belt title game if all goes according to plan.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, UCF would be interesting in a New Year’s Six game. But the Sun Belt has yet to get a team into the NY6, and it would be a blast to see the team with the curveball O.

1. Your Kentucky Wildcats

Let me get this out there now before the Georgia game. It doesn’t matter what happens against the Dawgs on Saturday in Lexington. 2018 Kentucky, you did it.

You’re going to play a football game on November 3rd for the SEC East title.

Okay, yeah, it’s not quite fair that the Wildcats were able to miss LSU, Alabama and Auburn from the West, but they whacked around Mississippi State and gave Texas A&M a hard time.

They broke the brutal losing streak against Florida, they crushed South Carolina, and last week, they pulled off an epic untimed down play against Missouri after an improbable late comeback for the 15-14 win.

It might be ugly, and it all could come to a crashing halt against the Dawgs, but this team that can’t score in the red zone, has no offense, can’t pass, and can’t throw down the field has found a way to get to this point in magical fashion.

It’s not getting enough credit for being the biggest, craziest success story of the season.

No matter how it turns out, for a few moments this Saturday afternoon, Lexington will be the center of the college football universe.

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