We’ve reached the midpoint of what has been an unpredictable 2021 college football season.
Already, 40 ranked teams have lost, including defending national champion Alabama on Saturday night. That’s the most in the first six weeks of the season in the AP poll era (since 1936), according to data from ESPN Stats & Information.
And the number could be even higher. On this past Saturday alone, five other ranked teams trailed heading into the fourth quarter but rallied to win — Iowa, Oklahoma, Michigan, Notre Dame and Wake Forest. That’s the most such teams on one day in 15 years.
If the first six weeks of the season were any indication, the remainder of the season will be an adventure. Hang on, it’s only going to get better.
Here are our overreactions after Week 6.
Alabama’s CFP hopes are done
Even though I predicted in the preseason that Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher would be the first former Nick Saban assistant to take down his mentor, I have to admit that I didn’t see the Aggies’ stunning 41-38 upset of the Tide coming.
Texas A&M had lost consecutive games to Arkansas and Mississippi State, and had earlier looked mediocre in a close victory at Colorado. Aggies quarterback Zach Calzada seemed to be in over his head, and the A&M defense wasn’t wrecking much of anything. That’s what we love about college football: Fisher is grossly overpaid one week; LSU boosters are figuring out how to come up with $120 million to hire him the next.
The Aggies’ victory is perhaps the biggest upset of the College Football Playoff era. It snapped Alabama’s 19-game winning streak, its 100-game streak against unranked opponents and Saban’s 24-game perfect run against his former assistants. The loss does not, however, eliminate Alabama from the CFP mix. As long as the Crimson Tide win their next six games and enter the SEC championship…
Source : espn