The Valentine’s Day edition of the Daily Five: Why You’re Going To Love The 2019 College Football Season
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5. Welcome Back, Texas, Nebraska and USC
There was a time when you could put Texas, Nebraska and USC in the top three in some way, shape or form, and your rankings would be close to correct.
Three of the biggest, most successful, and most important college football programs haven’t quite been themselves lately, and that’s about to change.
Under Tom Herman, Texas came up with a brilliant season and amazing win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. There’s work to be done on defense, but replacing parts hasn’t been that big a problem so far under Herman.
Sam Ehlinger is going to be the quarterback you love/hate, and the talent around him has emerged to actually – maybe – win the Big 12 title this time around.
Can Scott Frost have a Year Two at Nebraska like he came up with at UCF? That’s asking for too much, but the offense caught on late last season, Adrian Martinez is about to rocket into college football superstardom, and there might actually be a defense on a consistent basis this season.
After going through the growing pains and lumps of a rebuilding year – and with some key injuries not helping the cause – USC should be more like the team that won the 2017 Pac-12 title and didn’t clunk so hard in a losing season in 2018. QB JT Daniels and the offense are about to be far, far better.
The three programs are at different stages, and they’ll have varied expectations, but college football is better when they matter.
These three programs will matter in 2019.