College Football Season Review

By Asa Brown

TAMPA, Fl. — The 2016-2017 College Football Season came to an end on Monday night when Clemson University defeated the University of Alabama at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The game was a climactic ending to season that featured crazy finishes, surprise teams, and improbable comebacks.

Game Summary:

The game, in many ways, was a crossroads in the College Football stratosphere. Alabama has won the Championship four times since 2009 and has been in all of the first three College Football Playoffs. Alabama’s coach, Nick Saban, if he won, would have six titles, tied for the lead with former Alabama coach, Bear Bryant. Clemson, an up and coming program, shut out No. 3 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. The game this year was similar to last year’s National Championship, between the same teams. The game started out when Clemson Defensive End Christian Wilkins blocked a Jalen Hurts pass on the first play from scrimmage. At the end of the 3rd Quarter, Alabama lead 24-14 thanks to Running Back Bo Scarbrough’s 2 touchdowns. Clemson took a 28-24 lead with 4:38 left in the 4th thanks to a questionable call by beefy referee Mike Defee. Alabama retook the lead on a 30 yard touchdown run by Hurts. But Clemson finished the game in dramatic fashion with a climactic 2 minute and 6 seconds drive by Heisman runner up DeShaun Watson who threw a game-winning touchdown pass to walk-on Hunter Renfrow who was 150 pounds when he arrived on campus, and has been an instrumental part of Clemson’s title run this year. Watson said of his 420 yard, 3 TD performance, “I just felt at peace”. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said that the game was, ”one of the greatest games of all time”.

Best Player This Year:

Dont’a Foreman, RB, Texas

At 6-1 and 249 pounds, Foreman was one of two FBS rushers that rushed for more than 2000 yards this year. Foreman also rushed for 15 TDs in just 11 games with Texas, who had the 108th offensive line out of 128 teams in the FBS. Foreman is projected to go 50th overall in the NFL Draft by Walter Sports. Foreman’s brother, Armanti, was much more coveted coming out of High School. Foreman said on the situation, “I feel like I was overlooked, and I wanted to be right there next to him.” When Foreman came to the University of Texas, many thought he would be a better fit at linebacker than at running back. Foreman had harsh words for his doubters, saying, “I’m going to play running back and I’m going to show everybody.”

Best Game This Year:

Tennessee 34, Georgia 31

Both Tennessee and Georgia were both somewhat disappointing teams this year. They started out at No.9 and No.18 in the AP poll, respectively. Tennessee finished at No. 22, and Georgia finished unranked. But all the disappointment of their seasons does not erase the dramatic contest the two teams had on October 1, 2016. Georgia stormed to a 17-0 lead with only a few minutes remaining in the 1st half. Tennessee came back to lead 28-24 after Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs’ three TD’s. Georgia true freshman QB Jacob Eason engineered a drive down the field by Georgia capping off with a 47 yard touchdown pass to Riley Ridley. With only 10 seconds remaining, Dobbs lofted a Hail Mary to wideout Jauan Jennings for a game winning touchdown, who made a spectacular catch to silence the Georgia crowd. According to ESPN, Tennessee had a 98.4% chance, then a 0.1% chance, then a 100% chance to win, all in the course of three plays. Dobbs said that the game was, “stuff you dream about.”

Final Top 25:

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Washington
  4. Oklahoma
  5. USC
  6. Florida State
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Penn State
  9. Ohio State
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Michigan
  12. Stanford
  13. LSU
  14. Western Michigan
  15. Colorado
  16. Florida
  17. Virginia Tech
  18. South Florida
  19. Miami
  20. Louisville
  21. Utah
  22. Tennessee
  23. West Virginia
  24. San Diego State
  25. Auburn

 

 

One thought on “College Football Season Review

  1. Ridiculous how Ohio State finishes at 9 in your Poll, their only major loss came from the now defending champions Clemson.

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