Chuckery: Alabama's offense best Saban's ever had... plus 5 more college football nuggets

Jon Chuckery
September 24, 2018 - 2:59 pm
Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa

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It’s hard to believe, but this past weekend marked 1/3 of the season over in college football. So as we prepare to get deep into conference play, I thought I’d share some takeaways I’ve seen thus far in the college football season.

UGA ain’t messin’ around. There is a definite, different chromosome that UGA has under the direction of Kirby Smart.  This squad comes right at you and has a killer instinct not often seen in UGA teams over the last decade or so.

Tua is all that and a bag of chips. Is 13-for-13 for 298 yards and six touchdowns on third down this year good?  Like the decision or not, Tua Tagovailoa as the starter was the right call and he’s leading the best offense Nick Saban has had at Alabama, and that’s a scary thought.

The TL16 era in Death Valley is coming soon. It’s obvious how good Trevor Lawrence is and he’s about to take over as the starter for Clemson at quarterback sooner than later.  Kelly Bryant has done a lot of good for the program, but the upside of Lawrence is too great to keep on the sidelines.

I tried to tell ya. See why I had Dwayne Haskins (QB for Ohio State) as my No. 1 name “You Need To Know for college football in 2018?” The kid is dynamic and changes the complexion of their offense.  He’s only had 12 more incompletions than touchdown passes this year… I’d say that’s good.

The ACC is no bueno. Yeah, about that challenging Clemson for the ACC title. It looked like the ACC was closing the gap and was the best overall football conference last year. But, 2018 has been a house of horrors with the crown jewel Saturday when Old Dominion beat Virginia Tech.

Who’s real and who’s not? I still want to see if Penn State, LSU, Stanford and West Virginia are contenders.  What a great win by Stanford over Oregon, but reality is the Ducks gave that game away.  Over the next three weeks all but West Virginia get real tests. So it won’t take long to sort out who to believe in.