College football has 11 weeks in the books, but there is still a long way to go. Each week more is learned about each team, even though not everything can be known. Putting the pieces together on college football each season is part of why fans love it. With that being said, here is College Football: 5 things learned from week 11.
1. Alabama’s defense is heating up
Tua Tagovailoa has been dynamic for Alabama this season at the quarterback position. The offense has been one of the best in the country. Alabama’s defense is young, but is growing fast.
The Crimson Tide have pitched two straight shutouts and look to be catching up to the offense. They, as always, have great defensive players that are stepping up. Defensive lineman Quinnen Williams has made a huge impact with 14 tackles for loss and five sacks on the season. Linebacker Dylan Moses is all over the field making plays with 54 total tackles and 3.5 sacks. Safety Deionte Thompson is patrolling the back of the defense at a high rate that has turned him into a potential early pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
WIth the way they are playing on both sides of the ball, it is getting harder and harder to imagine a way in which Alabama loses a game this season.
2. Clemson players CAN play in the cold
Clemson traveled to Boston to take on the Boston College Eagles in one of the best matchups on a weekend without a lot of great games. A lot of media members tried to find some way to make the game interesting, more than the fact that it was a top 25 matchup and questioned Clemson’s ability to play in the cold.
The Tigers did just fine in the cool Boston weather, winning 27-7. Their offense didn’t move the ball at will as they have in some games this season, but the defense didn’t budge, allowing zero points. Boston College scored on a punt return, but got no offense going the entire game. Clemson looks like a lock for the College Football Playoff given how mediocre the ACC is this year.
Props to the people trying to play up this game in any way possible, but Clemson will not be beaten by mother nature.
3. Oklahoma’s defense is going to get them burnt
Oklahoma’s defense is not very good and almost cost the Sooners their rivalry game with Oklahoma State. Although they were able to win, Oklahoma clearly can’t fix their problems on the defensive side of the ball, which means they will lose before the College Football Playoff.
The defense is allowing 29.8 points per game. It has only cost the Sooners one game this year in their game against Texas. The Sooners play Kansas and West Virginia to complete the regular season. West Virginia could give them some issues. Depending on how that game goes, Oklahoma could play them, Texas or Iowa State in the Big XII Championship Game.
At this rate, it’s not a matter of if Oklahoma will lose, it’s when. Fans will hope they can hang on and make the College Football Playoff, but that won’t be easy.
4. Northwestern wins the Big Ten West
The Big Ten West has been one of the crazier divisions this season. The winner is now known, as Northwestern will be heading to the Big Ten Championship Game for the first time.
This is a unique scenario for the Big Ten. Northwestern lost to Akron in the nonconference schedule and is just 6-4 on the season. Iowa and Wisconsin both had their chances, but they lost to the Wildcats. With games against Illinois and Minnesota left, Northwestern should be 8-4 heading into the Big Ten Championship Game.
They are more than capable of putting up a good fight in the Big Ten Championship game even if their record looks shaky. The Wildcats only lost to Michigan by three the first time around and stayed within 10 of Notre Dame.
5. UAB is in the C-USA Championship Game
Two years ago, UAB didn’t have a football team. Last year they started the program back up and miraculously made a bowl game. This year the miracle continued as they are 9-1 and heading to the C-USA Championship Game.
Head coach Bill Clark has done a fantastic job at UAB. In 2014 he went 6-6 before the program was disbanded. When the team returned in 2017, Clark led them to an 8-5 record. This season they are undefeated in the C-USA and have just lost one game to Coastal Carolina.
If Bill Clark doesn’t get some big time offers this offseason, things are totally wrong. He has done a great job and now gets a chance to shock the world this week with a game against Texas A&M.
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