Kim O’Reilly, CBS Sports
A quarter of the way through the 2023 college football season, there is some clarity. Washington is a College Football Playoff contender (at least in this week’s Power Rankings). Colorado can’t be stopped (at least offensively). Michigan hasn’t played anybody (at least to date). The Pac-12 is a best conference (at least for now with seven ranked teams). There may not be anybody great in the SEC (and it sure isn’t Georgia).
Regardless, certain trends are forming. The new first down rule has made minimal impact. To this point, there are fewer than three less plays per game (including penalties, kicks, punts, 2-point conversions). Games are approximately 5 minutes shorter.
Meanwhile, scoring is up to what would be an all-time record (30.3 points per team). What’s there to complain about? Enjoy these superlatives.
With 20 straight wins, Georgia is within reach of the SEC’s longest winning streak (28, Alabama, 1991-93). Alabama won with its third quarterback (Ty Simpson). How did it ever get that way?Assuming a bowl game, Notre Dame’s Sam Hartman needs to average 3.2 touchdowns per game to break NCAA record (155). Hartman’s impact has been obvious. Notre Dame leads the country in explosive plays of at least 10 yards. Last year, the Fighting Irish were 55th. Wake Forest’s Jacob Roberts and Jasheen Davis are combining to average 3.17 sacks per game. Extrapolated, that would result in 38 sacks from the Demon Deacons’ linebacker and defensive lineman over a full season. There were 112…
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Author : Dennis Dodd
Publish date : 2023-09-18 16:41:03
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