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College Football at the Midway Point

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The college football season has reached its midway point. Let’s check out the highs and lows we’ve seen so far.

Stingy Defense in the state of Utah:

There is plenty to shout about in the college ranks for Utah,especially on the defensive side of the ball this season. The state boasts a pair of the top eight defenses in the country in points allowed per game: BYU is third allowing 8.8 points a contest, while Utah State is eighth at 12.8 per game.

The two schools are a combined 8-4 with their losses coming by a combined nine points: Utah State lost to Wisconsin by two and BYU by three, while the Cougars lost to major in-state rival the University of Utah by three. They also lost to Boise State by one. The Utah Utes are 2-4 in the Pac 12, losing to USC and UCLA.

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SEC Dominance:

The SEC has won the last six national championships and usually have several teams highly ranked during the season. This year is no exception, with defending national champions Alabama holding the top spot in the polls. All told, the conference has seven teams in the top 25 and SEC teams occupy five of the top 14 spots in the polls. Included in that is three of the top four: in addition to Alabama, South Carolina is ranked third and Florida is fourth.

Vanishing BCS Busters:

In recent years, it wasn’t uncommon to see schools in mid-major conferences make a run to crash the BCS. Boise State and TCU are prime examples of teams from lower profile conferences that managed to wrangle a spot in one of the BCS contests in recent years. That may be a thing of the past.

You have to get to number 23 Louisiana Tech in the WAC to find a school that isn’t part of the BCS coalition’s power conferences alignment. Notre Dame is ranked number seven but is included in the BCS despite being an independent. Boise State is right behind Louisiana Tech at number 24 but they have a loss on their record against Michigan State. As schools change conferences, the number of top mid-major schools continues to decline.

List of Heisman Trophy winners

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Heisman Watch:

At this point of the season, people begin seriously kicking around names for the Heisman Trophy. USC’s Matt Barkley was the front-runner before the season began before USC lost to Stanford. West Virginia’s Geno Smith, Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller and Kansas State’s Collin Klein all are viable candidates for the award along with Barkley. If I were voting, my ballot goes to Smith: 24 touchdown passes against no interceptions are video game numbers.

Major Battles Looming:

There still are monumental games to come in the second half of the season.On November 3, we’ll see Alabama clash with LSU in a rematch of last season’s national championship game. South Carolina has their hands full: after beating Georgia and taking on LSU, the Gamecocks head to Florida to face the Gators. West Virginia clashes with Kansas State on October 20 and Oregon faces three ranked opponents the final weeks of the regular season.

What are your favorite moments from the first half of the college season?

About the Author

Andy Johnson is a sports writer and analyst for and US dish internet services. He has authored numerous articles for sports blogs and is a regular sports writer for Athlete Anthem.

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