4. The Really Big Thing Was …
The play of the freshman quarterbacks.
Not everyone can be the next Trevor Lawrence, but a slew of freshmen changed the college football world before September even started.
It all kicked off with Boise State’s Hank Bachmeier. He went from being in a tight battle for the starting quarterback job, to getting beaten up by Florida State for six sacks and a slew of big hits, to pulling out the stunning comeback win after throwing for 407 yards and a touchdown.
The Seminoles had Sam Howell all ready to roll in this year’s recruiting class … right up until he switched to North Carolina. Instead of veteran South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley playing like the seasoned pro in UNC’s 24-20 win, it was Howell who slung it around for 245 yards and two scores as he led the team to 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
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Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels was great with his 284-yard, two touchdown day against Kent State, Nevada’s Carson Strong pulled out the shocker over Purdue with a gut-check 295-yard, three-score day, and Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders went off in the win over Oregon State, completing 79% of his throws for 205 yards and three scores to go along with 109 rushing yards.
Of course, all of that was fun, but it was Auburn’s true freshman Bo Nix who trumped them all, coming through when needed to take outduel Justin Herbert and Oregon.
Nix was awful for most of the game and finished hitting just 13-of-31 passes for 177 yards with two score and two touchdowns, but no one cares about that …