Tuesday Question: What’s the best story of the college football season so far?
Q: The best college football storyline so far is …
The best storylines? The performances of Joe Burrow and Jalen Hurts and the continued importance of the transfer quarterbacks across the college football landscape.
Coming into the season, it was understood that Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence would be outstanding, but their performances have been overshadowed by Burrow and Hurts.
Sure, Tua has been lights out, but a) Alabama always is and b) those receivers are insane so the extent of his domination barely registers in my mind. When was the last time LSU had a quarterback who could single-handedly win games? JaMarcus Russell? Tiger fans have been starved for this level of quarterback.
Hurts is giving Lincoln Riley his third consecutive transfer quarterback Heisman candidate. I don’t know if all of this will lead to high school quarterbacks valuing opportunity over school in future recruiting decisions. I hope it would. If quarterbacks can play, the NFL will find them regardless of what school they attend. But the way Burrow and Hurts are playing right now on the national stage could be the tipping point of it all.
It’s not just Alabama and Clemson … at least not yet.
It’s already mid-October and LSU, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and even Florida and Wisconsin are all knee-deep in the hunt to not just get to the College Football Playoff, but maybe do some damage with a win.
Texas could be right in it after this weekend, Oregon and Utah are still alive, and Michigan and Penn State aren’t going to be easy outs in the Big Ten East. Throw in a Notre Dame team that might just run the table and provide a push at 11-1, and shock of shocks, The Field is looking just as strong as the Tide and Tigers.
So either we’re going to be in for a whole lot of fun with several other teams in the mix, or it really will be Alabama and Clemson and they’ll have risen up above an amazing pack of worthy opponents.
The best story of the college football season so far is the emergence of Joe Burrow at quarterback for LSU. The Bayou Tigers always have the athletes and talent, but it’s been the ability to push the ball down the field that’s held the program back from the ability to compete with Alabamas and Georgias of the SEC the last few years.
Now, with Burrow’s ability to make things happen in the passing game, the defense and running game doesn’t have to carry the load, and it’s made LSU much more dangerous.
It took awhile for the program to embrace a change in offensive philosophy, and sometimes LSU simply didn’t have the skill at the quarterback position to even do it, but it needed to happen. At Alabama, Nick Saban even embraced opening things up a bit on the offensive end and has been able to evolve to keep the Tide at the top of the mountain. It’s about time Ed Orgeron did the same.
It’s a quarterbacks game now, and you simply can’t compete at the highest of levels without having a difference maker at the most important position in the game. Burrow is further proving that point in 2019, and as he goes, so too does the season for LSU.
It was almost spoiled this past Saturday, as SMU was down 30-9 after three quarters. The Mustangs are bowl eligible, and now have a serious chance to represent the Group of Five in the New Year’s Six if Boise State stumble. This is the first time they’re 6-0 since the days of Craig James, Eric Dickerson, etc., and it’s been a fun ride so far.