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College Grumble: New Powers Atop College Football


The ever-changing world of college football continued to change this past weekend as Mississippi State overtook the top spot in the AP Top 25. In fact, not only were the Florida State Seminoles unseated at number one, but the entire order of the top five changed as well.

While Mississippi State has been the talk of the weekend, and rightfully so, there were a few other notable happenings around the world of college football as well.

Nick Chubb Can Handle the Load 

Without Todd Gurley, many wondered how the Georgia Bulldogs would respond. Enter Nick Chubb, the freshman running back who ran for 143 yards on 38 carries. In fact, Chubb had one fewer amount of touches in the game (42) than Missouri had in amount of total plays (43).

The loss of Gurley is one that many will agree is hard to replace, as he is a unique talent. However, having the ability to feature a running back such as Chubb to pick up at least some of the lost production can go a long way as the #10 team in the country looks to continue pushing towards the SEC title.

While Kentucky Keeps Winning, the Future is Scary

There is no denying that the University of Kentucky is turning many heads as they sit at 5-1 on the season following a 48-14 shellacking of Louisiana-Monroe.  While coach Mark Stoops and company have done wonders for a program that is often forgotten at a basketball-dominated school, we are about to see the truth worth of this Kentucky team.

Next for UK, they will have games against the following teams – LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee and Louisville. That is a brutal stretch for any team, not just the upstart Wildcats. With all of the excitement and fanfare that has been surrounding the UK football program, it will be imperative for Stoops’ team to have strong showings in these games – not just to obtain national attention, but to remind students on campus that the football season doesn’t end the third week of October

Apparently Baylor and TCU Don’t Practice Defense

61-58 was the final score in this atrocious game. Sure, offensive games can get fans excited and rack up the home team’s firework bill, but this game was horrendous. Both defenses should be incredibly embarrassed for allowing a total of 119 points to be scored during this game. Both teams have been known for their offensive abilities, but many have given very little thought to their defensive capabilities. With that being said, there is a small chance that people believed their defenses could be as poor as they showed Saturday.

Going forward, if either team has a hope of making a play for the playoffs, their defenses will need to drastically improve. After all, there is only so many times that an offense can continue to out-score opponents.

Auburn and Mississippi State Top 2?

The wet, gritty game played between the Tigers and Bulldogs on Saturday was an amazing piece of entertainment. Not only did Mississippi State cement themselves as the best team in college football right now, but Auburn also showed that they are a team to be reckoned with. Despite their loss to the Bulldogs, Auburn very well may be the second best team in the country. No disrespect to the  four teams that sit between these two, but Gus Malzahn‘s  team is not to be overlooked.

With games remaining against South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, Auburn can control their destiny if they can find a way to take care of business. It won’t be easy, but if there is one team that is capable of making the run, it is Malzahn’s Tigers.

Marcus Mariota is Back in the Heisman Discussion

Many of us had written off Marcus Mariota in his quest for the Heisman Trophy. Then he came out Saturday and threw for 285 yards against UCLA and was responsible for all four of Oregon‘s touchdowns. Thanks to the suspension of Gurley as well as declining play of other Heisman candidates, Mariota put his name right back into the discussion.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Mariota’s season would be stinginess in throwing interceptions. The Oregon quarterback has 23 touchdowns and zero interceptions on the season – two numbers that are awfully hard to continue overlooking.

Finally Some Michigan Rest

For the first time seemingly all year, we aren’t discussing Brady Hoke and the apparent fall of the Roman Empire football program at the University of Michigan. In beating Penn State 18-13, Hoke brought his Wolverines back within a game of .500 on the year.

While it wasn’t a game-changing victory for the program, it did silence the those marching around with pitchforks – at least for now. Still, such a win likely does very little for Hoke’s attempt to avoid losing his job.


 

AP Top 25:

1. Mississippi State 6-0 (45), 1,480  Last week: 3

2. Florida State 6-0 (12), 1,415  Last week: 1

3. Mississippi 6-0 (3), 1,413 Last week: 3

4. Baylor 6-0, 1,317 Last week: 5

5. Notre Dame 6-0, 1,228 Last week: 6

6. Auburn 5-1, 1,144  Last week: 2

7. Alabama 5-1, 1,068  Last week: 7

8. Michigan State 5-1, 1,015  Last week: 8

9. Oregon 5-1, 1,014  Last week: 12

10. Georgia 5-1, 981 Last week: 13

11. Oklahoma 5-1, 935 Last week: 11

12. TCU 4-1, 917  Last week: 9

13. Ohio State 4-1, 648  Last week: 15

14. Kansas State 4-1,  626 Last week: 17

15. Oklahoma State 5-1, 620 Last week: 216

16. Arizona 5-1, 590  Last week: 10

17. Arizona State 4-1, 459  Last week: 20

18. East Carolina 5-1, 449 Last week: 19

19. Nebraska 5-1, 402  Last week: 21

20. Utah 4-1, 305  Last week: 24

21. Texas A&M 5-2, 264  Last week: 14

22. USC 4-2, 258  Last week: NR

23. Stanford 4-2, 223  Last week: 25

24. Clemson 4-2, 188 Last week: 26

25. Marshall 6-0, 148 Last week: 27


 

Cover Photo: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images

Grant E. Doepel

Grant E. Doepel

Founder at Sports Grumble
Editor in Chief and co-founder of Riverfront City Sports and Sports Grumble, Doepel is a Cincinnati native who lives and breathes Queen City sports. A University of the Cumberlands graduate with degrees in Journalism and Communication Arts, Doepel still resides in the Greater Cincinnati area to provide easy access to the riverfront stadiums.
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