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In or Out? College Football’s Biggest Midseason Questions Answered

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Just like that, Alabama’s streaks of 19 straight wins, 100 consecutive wins against unranked teams, and head coach Nick Saban’s perfect 24-0 mark against former assistant coaches were all gone. Texas A&M’s 41-38 upset of Saban’s Crimson Tide shocked college football. It also surely wrecked Alabama’s hopes of a national title, right? 

Another week, another LSU loss. The head of one Coach O aka Ed Orgeron is likely to roll…as in roll out the door because the Tigers are just 3-3 and 1-2 in SEC play. And, how about that Heisman Trophy? You know, the one that all the quarterbacks win. Who’s got it this year? 

If we could only fast forward to find out the answers, but that’s the beauty of college football.  

ALABAMA – IN 

Saban and the Crimson Tide have won six national championships since 2009. Only two of those championships came with a perfect record. In the other four seasons, Alabama lost a regular-season game and then came back to win it all. That’s why the Tide is still favored to get into the College Football Playoff at the end of the season. 

Saban and company will begin their comeback this week at Mississippi State. They finish the season with Tennessee, LSU, New Mexico State, Arkansas, and Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Should Alabama run the table, they will win the SEC West and likely face Georgia in the conference championship. An SEC title would no doubt put Alabama in the CFP. 

ORGERON – OUT 

Remember when Coach O was the god of the Bayou? The Tigers could do no wrong with Joe Burrow running the high-flying offense of Joe Brady. In the 16 games since LSU won its national championship in 2019, the Tigers are a mediocre 8-8. 

The Tigers are 3-3 thus far and have six games remaining in the season. Five of those are SEC games. All five of LSU’s conference opponents are currently ranked in the AP Top 25. LSU was just pounded by a No. 16 Kentucky. This week, it’s No. 20 Florida.  

The question isn’t really if Coach O is out. It’s just a matter of when. If LSU gets rolled in their next few games – after Florida it’s Ole Miss, Alabama, and Arkansas – Orgeron could be out early. 

QBs – OUT? 

A quarterback has won the Heisman Trophy in nine of the past 11 college football seasons. When the 2021 season opened, Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler was the overall favorite to win this year’s award. Heading into Week 7 of the 2021 season, Rattler might not even start for the Sooners in their game with TCU. 

Sam Howell was another great candidate and then North Carolina lost three games. Clemson’s D.J. Uiagalelei was expected to compete, but he’s busy trying to figure out how to complete more than 50 percent of his passes. Matt Corral was moving up the favorite list and then got beat by Alabama. The list goes on, but is there a quarterback worthy of this year’s Heisman? 

Maybe, but there are a couple of running backs that are now in the mix. Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III leads the nation in rushing with 913 yards and the Spartans are 6-0. Texas RB Bijan Robinson is third in the country with 789 rushing yards for the Longhorns, who are 4-2 and ranked No. 25 in the country.  

There is still plenty of football left to be played, but don’t be surprised if a quarterback doesn’t win the Heisman Trophy for the second straight season.