“COLLEGE FOOTBALL STORYLINES”
Here we go, the start of the college football season.
You name the conference, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, ACC, everyone pays attention.
This is such a strange feel to the final Pac 12-season before the conference breaks up.
Here are storylines to pay attention to:
GEORGIA..Yes top ranked going into the season, but I wonder if that is the proper slot. There is no Stetson Bennett at quarterback. The big running backs moved on. Seven key defensive guys are gone to the NFL. Not the same team right now with new key parts.
ALABAMA…Life after Bryce Young could be a challenge. Ditto with the loss of their top running backs, but the Tide is like a production line. Notre Dame transfer Ty Buchner transfers in, but he is a different quarterback for sure. Will this make a difference, or does the talent level in Tuscaloosa means a quality player replaces a departing star.
OHIO STATE..Big year for Ryan Day. Very good record except the losses to Michigan. Now CJ Stroud has exited, but they have superstar WR-Marvin Harrison and a load of running backs. The Buckeyes will be good, but good enough to beat the school up North?
MICHIGAN…Now this is the legitimate number one team in the nation, with QB-JJ McCarthy, the return of both RBs-Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards, virtually the entire offensive line and a load of defensive players. Their year to get this done.
TEXAS..Fascinating statement by Steve Sarkisian in the farewell tour thru the Big 12 before they go to the SEC. QB-Quinn Ewers is back, but star RB-Bijan Robinson is gone. ‘Embrace the Hate’ is the slugline this year. Lots of Big 12 fans are upset at the Longhorns.
USC…They have Caleb Williams back at quarterback, a load of running backs, and Zach Barnes at wideout. But they also have problems on defense that dragged them down last year. Can they go unbeaten? Can they be a playoff team? Can they win the title? Nice questions. Can they stop anyone on defense is the real question?
OREGON..Bo Nix comes back for his final year and they look really good in the Pacific Northwest. The Ducks say so long to the Pac 12 too, and could be equal to Southern Cal with the firepower they have.
CLEMSON..They were special for years, but they are not right now what they used to be, dominant. They have not had a star at quarterback since DeSean Watson took off that orange helmet. They must prove they have a playmaker-difference maker at that position.
WASHINGTON…Michael Penix is a dynamic leader but does the Huskies passing star have enough around him to be a national power in their final year in the Pac 12?
NORTH CAROLINA….Can Drake Maye, the record setting QB, take the Tar Heels where they have never been before, into the playoffs, remains to be seen. He is a talent, but do they have enough real talent with him?
Here comes the season. Interesting to see which teams are still standing once we get to December.