College Football Heads Into the Midseason

By: Jack Zinman (Sports Editor and Podcast Producer)

Midway through the 2019 College Football season, there have been many surprising teams who have jolted into a terrific start. Out of these teams, however, there are threatening squads and some impressive frauds.

Here are 3 teams who are frauds and 3 teams who are for real.

#3 For Real: Auburn Tigers, SEC West, 5-1

Coming out of one of the best conferences, if not divisions in the country, Auburn is looking like a real playoff contender through week 7.

The lone loss to Florida, who recently lost to LSU in a shootout, the Tigers certainly have a couple of games to bounce back and make their case for the playoffs.

Of course playing in one of the toughest divisions in college football, Auburn has one of the toughest schedules the rest of the way as they will host #10 Georgia, #1 Alabama, and #2 LSU in Death Valley.

Although the Tigers have that one loss, it puts them in a similar situation to what they faced two years ago in the Iron Bowl at home, as that may decide who’s going to the SEC Championship game.

Although the Tigers are a different team this year, freshman QB Bo Nix has been fantastic, Derrick Brown has evolved as one of the best defensive linemen in the nation and Seth Williams is one of the fastest and most elusive receivers in the country.

#3 Fraud: Arizona State Sun Devils, 5-1, Pac-12 South

ASU comes in at #17 in the nation after week 7.

When it comes down to it, the Sun Devils have one quality win against Michigan State on the road but after that, nothing stands out.

Arizona State is just an average Pac-12 team but they have one of their first real matchups this week against Utah on the road. Their next difficult matchup has them hosting Oregon in a couple of weeks.

If Arizona State runs the table and wins the Pac 12 they would make a New Year’s Six Bowl, but the playoff is out of reach with their resume.

#2 For Real: Georgia Bulldogs, 5-1, SEC East

Before people get defensive and say that the loss to South Carolina at home will knock the Bulldogs out of playoff contention, just hear me out.

Yes, the loss to USC was bad, but like Auburn, the Bulldogs have a great shot at recovering with the remaining schedule.

Georgia still has to play Florida, Missouri, Auburn and A&M. These are all quality teams and a win would assuredly improve Georgia’s resume and to get them into the SEC Championship and if they win that they are almost certainly in the CPF for the second time in three years.

Jake Fromm continues to look like a top QB in the nation after losing Riley Ridley, Mecole Hardman and Isaac Nauta, his top 3 weapons from last year.

Although the South Carolina game will knock him out of the Heisman race, the Bulldogs remain a scary team and now they have a chip on their shoulder to prove everyone wrong after a down week.

#2 Fraud: Minnesota Golden Gophers, 6-0, Big 10 West

Deemed as the worst 6-0 team in the country, the Golden Gophers may have one of the worst cases out of any undefeated team in the nation.

The best win on their resume includes a 34-7 win at home against a 4-3 Nebraska side. Other wins include Purdue and Illinois.

Although Minnesota has had a 6-0 start, the rest of the way for them is looking very tough for them as they play at Iowa and host Wisconsin and Penn State.

It would be an all-time great surprise if the Golden Gophers could earn a spot in Indianapolis in the Big 10 Championship game come December as they are a fraud 6-0 team so far this season.

#1 For Real: Wisconsin Badgers, Big 10, Big 10 West

Wisconsin is GOOD. Two years removed from a near College Football Playoff berth, the Badgers are led by the number one running back in the nation in Jonathan Taylor.

Wisconsin doesn’t have the greatest resume so far as they have one quality win against Michigan in which they won by 21.

The Badgers still have to go on the road against Ohio State in what could be one of the best games of the season with playoff implications on the line.

On the Badgers schedule they still have Iowa and Minnesota, both of which are very winnable games that will look decent on the resume.

If they manage to go into Ohio State and win, beat Michigan again, and defeat two top 25 teams adding onto that, the Badgers seem destined for their first ever CFP birth in program history.

#1 Fraud: Boise State Broncos, 6-0, Mountain West Mountain Division

Boise State surprisingly comes in at number 14 in this weeks AP Poll as they are 6-0. The resume for the Broncos isn’t the most flashy as their best win is against 3-3 Florida State in week 1.

Of course, playing in a group of five conference isn’t going to convince the committee to punch them a ticket to the playoffs.

Boise State will not play a ranked team this season so we could be seeing a UCF scenario where the Broncos could be 13-0 Mountain West conference champions being compared to a potential one loss SEC or Big 10 champion.

If this situation happens again, then a call for expansion may be discussed more seriously as they will join the likes of UCF, Ohio State and Georgia as teams to be “robbed” of a playoff spot.

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