Who mentioned faculty soccer is just too predictable?
September supplied a number of surprises which have threatened the entrenched institution on the prime. Week 4 put these findings in plain sight, and that concerned a few of these preseason College Football Playoff contenders.
Here are 4 surprises no one noticed coming:
Clemson won’t make the College Football Playoff
The actuality hit earlier than DJ Uiagalelei’s fourth-and-5 cross sailed over Justyn Ross’ head in double extra time.
“Cardiac Clemson” is not meant to be in 2021. The Tigers’ streak of 36 wins in opposition to unranked groups ended with a 27-21 loss to N.C. State on Saturday. Honestly, Clemson shouldn’t have been in that place.
The Wolfpack missed three subject purpose makes an attempt in regulation. The Tigers had been held to seven three-and-outs and restricted to 2 of 11 on third-down conversions. Injuries to linebacker James Skalski and operating again Will Shipley didn’t assist.
“This point at 2-2, you look at everything,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said, via The Athletic. “There’s nothing that you don’t evaluate. But I think DJ is our quarterback.”
Uiagalelei’s struggles within the passing recreation resurfaced (12 of 26, 111 yards, two TDs, one INT), however he rushed 9 instances for 63 yards. He must be more of an element as a runner to beat a few of his early-season struggles.
The uncommon problem Swinney faces now could be to maintain Clemson (1-1 in convention play) within the ACC championship hunt, which will not be straightforward given the rampant unpredictability of the convention from week to week. Of course, no two-loss crew has made the CFP.
That is also actuality for the Tigers.
Arkansas-Georgia is a top-10 showdown
The Razorbacks had been 11-35 with a 4-30 document in SEC play the final 4 seasons. Now, Arkansas is 4-0 and has swept Texas and Texas A&M within the first month of the season behind a dynamic speeding assault led by KJ Jefferson. The Razorbacks seemingly could have a top-10 rating heading right into a street take a look at at Georgia.
Will second-year coach Sam Pittman, the previous Bulldogs offensive line coach, pull off one other unbelievable upset?
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OSU’s one-loss makeover is spectacular
Kyle McCord began instead of C.J. Stroud (shoulder) in opposition to Akron in Week 4, and the freshman quarterback accomplished 13 of 18 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns. That, mixed with fellow freshman TreVeyon Henderson’s 93 yards and two touchdowns speeding, must be terrifying for the Buckeyes’ opponents for the following three years. The much-maligned protection had eight sacks in opposition to the Zips.
Ohio State coach Ryan Day has been proactive and aggressive because the Week 2 loss to Oregon, however there are questions.
Will McCord take over because the starter? What does that imply for Stroud and a quarterback room that additionally options reclassified freshman Quinn Ewers and Jack Miller III? It is a collection of first-world issues for the four-time defending Big Ten champions, however the Buckeyes will likely be in place for an additional Big Ten championship given the smooth convention schedule the following 4 weeks.
Spencer Rattler’s struggles linger
The Sooners improved to 4-0 with a 16-13 victory in opposition to West Virginia, however preseason Heisman Trophy favourite Rattler was booed in the first half. Rattler hit 26 of 36 passes for 256 yards, a TD and an interception, a part of a troublesome first month during which he averaged 237.7 yards passing, with three TDs and three INTs in opposition to the Sooners’ three FBS opponents.
Rattler is among the many faculty stars who benefitted before the season from NIL, and that makes him a simple goal. Kaleb Williams, a heralded five-star freshman, noticed motion in Oklahoma’s first two video games however looks as if a lengthy shot to take over the beginning job except the Sooners lose. Would Lincoln Riley be daring sufficient to entertain a change if Oklahoma proceed to wrestle?
Rattler can ease these issues at Kansas State. He threw three interceptions in a 38-35 loss to the Wildcats in 2020.
Those are 4 surprises no one noticed coming in September. What will October carry?
With that, listed below are more Week 4 takeaways:
Notre Dame can alter Playoff image
Notre Dame cannot run the ball, has one other quarterback controversy with Brian Kelly and goes to be the thorn within the 2021 faculty soccer season.
So, enterprise as regular.
The Irish had been tied 10-10 within the fourth quarter with Wisconsin at Soldier Field earlier than making huge performs in each aspect of the sport and pulling away for a 41-13 victory. The Irish, 6 1/2-point underdogs within the recreation, flipped the script with special teams and defense.
The Badgers took a 13-10 lead with 14:14 remaining, however Chris Tyree responded with a Rocket Ismail-like second: a 96-yard kickoff return for a landing. Third-string quarterback Drew Pyne, who changed an injured Jack Coan, threw a landing cross to Kevin Austin Jr. The protection compelled 4 turnovers within the fourth quarter, capped by pick-sixes from linebackers Jack Kizer and Drew White.
This was wonderful contemplating Notre Dame had 24 speeding makes an attempt for minus-8 yards heading into that remaining quarter. The Irish even have a quarterback controversy now with Coan (leg) and Tyler Buchner (hamstring) dealing with accidents forward of subsequent week’s showdown with Cincinnati. Pyne, who completed 6 of 8 for 81 yards and a landing, could possibly be the starter.
Kelly, who passed Knute Rockne as Notre Dame’s all-time winningest coach with his 106th victory, may need a College Football Playoff crew in any case. The Irish haven’t got the ACC highlight this season and in all probability would get squeezed out with one loss, however that is the crew the remainder of the FBS goes to be taught to root in opposition to for the following two months.
Conference name: Surprise unbeatens
How in regards to the Power 5 groups that completed September with an ideal 4-0 document? Here is a have a look at the unbeatens who aren’t within the AP Top 25:
ACC: Boston College is 4-0 for the primary time since 2007 after a 41-34 extra time victory in opposition to Missouri. Pat Garwo III (5-8, 214 kilos) emerged because the bowling ball in Jeff Hafley’s offense, contributing 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns in opposition to the Tigers whereas averaging 6.8 yards per carry. The Eagles get Clemson subsequent. Remember final yr’s 34-28 thriller the place BC had a 28-13 lead at halftime?
Wake Forest improved to 4-0 by disposing of Virginia 37-17 on Friday evening. Quarterback Sam Hartman has 9 touchdowns and one interception by way of 4 video games, and the Demon Deacons haven’t got a ranked opponent on the schedule till November.
Big Ten: Taulia Tagovailoa is an rising star for Maryland, which improved to 4-0 with a 37-16 victory in opposition to Kent State. Tagovailoa is averaging 335 passing yards per recreation with 10 touchdowns and one interception. The Terps get to play spoiler the following two weeks in opposition to Iowa and Ohio State.
Big 12: Oklahoma State is off to a 4-0 begin after beating Kansas State 31-20. The Cowboys have a productive backfield with Spencer Sanders and Jaylen Warren. Bedlam could possibly be in enterprise.
Iowa State was speculated to be the breakthrough crew within the Big 12. Baylor didn’t get the memo. The Bears improved to 4-0 by beating the Cyclones regardless of being outgained 469-282. Second-year coach Dave Aranda has created perception in Waco, and Baylor is simply two years eliminated from a Big 12 championship look.
SEC: Kentucky edged South Carolina in an unsightly 16-10 victory that moved the Wildcats to 4-0. That leaves them because the second unbeaten crew within the SEC East heading into Saturday’s matchup in opposition to Florida. Will Levis struggled in opposition to the Gamecocks with 102 passing yards and an interception. Can Kentucky stake a declare because the second-best crew within the division?
Sneak peek at Week 5
— Ole Miss had an additional week to arrange for Alabama and the Rebels lead the FBS with 52.7 factors and 635.3 yards per recreation. Lane Kiffin is 0-2 in opposition to Nick Saban, however these video games are memorable for 2 causes.
Alabama beat Tennessee 12-10 on Oct. 24, 2009, with a last-second subject purpose block by Terrence Cody. Last season, the Crimson Tide beat Ole Miss in a 63-48 shootout. Alabama received nationwide championships each seasons, however Kiffin’s groups had been the hardest out within the common season each instances.
— Michigan faces some doubts after an uneven second half in a 20-13 victory in opposition to Rutgers. If the 4-0 Wolverines need to be thought-about for actual, it would not harm to seize a victory at two-loss Wisconsin. They haven’t received in Madison since a 20-17 victory in 2001, when Hayden Epstein kicked the game-winning subject purpose with 14 seconds remaining. This will likely be a strength-on-strength matchup with the Wolverines’ operating recreation going up in opposition to Wisconsin’s run protection. A related rating could possibly be within the works. The Badgers have received the final two conferences in blowout vogue.
— Bowling Green shocked Minnesota in a 14-10 upset Saturday. The Falcons, 30 1/2-point underdogs, try to interrupt a string of 5 straight dropping seasons. Bowling Green is 4-5 in opposition to Big Ten opponents since 2014. Go determine.
— Looking for an off-the-wall Group of 5 Playoff buster? UTSA seems to be the half after Hunter Duplessis hit a last-second 42-yard subject purpose to beat Memphis 31-28. The Roadrunners additionally upset Illinois. Running again Sincere McCormick logged 42 carries for 184 yards and three touchdowns in opposition to the Tigers.
— Army improved to 4-0 with a 23-10 victory in opposition to Miami (Ohio). The Black Knights did that with zero passing yards. Christian Anderson completed 0 of 5 passing, however he made up for it with 15 carries for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Anderson is averaging 7.4 yards per carry. Army has an fascinating matchup in opposition to Wisconsin on Oct. 16.
—Florida State and Arizona are the lone Power 5 groups and not using a victory in September. The Seminoles misplaced 31-23 in opposition to Louisville; the third straight loss at Doak Campbell Stadium in 2021. Florida State is 3-5 at residence below second-year coach Mike Norvell, and Syracuse visits Tallahassee in Week 5. Arizona dedicated 5 turnovers in a 41-19 loss to Oregon.