As many of his teammates left school early to go to the NFL Draft, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley remained in Tuscaloosa for an extra year of seasoning.
That experience was apparent Saturday in the Crimson Tide’s biggest win of the season to date. Dominant defensive performances for Alabama aren’t rare, but Mosley led one of the Tide’s best efforts of the season in the 38-17 win over LSU.
When we sit down to iron out our Top 25 Poll each year at Athlon Sports, we are trying to project the final year-end standings not build a preseason power poll. It might be a small and subtle difference but an important one to acknowledge.
Injuries are a big part of any college football season. Just ask the coaching staffs at Maryland, Missouri or USC.The Terrapins lost four quarterbacks to season-ending injuries last year, while the Tigers played 2012 without the services of standout running back Henry Josey. USC lost defensive end Devon Kennard in the preseason, which played a role in the Trojans’ defense finishing seventh in the Pac-12 in yards allowed.
College football's Week 9 slate for the 2019 season features 55 games, and our NCAA experts are ready with their predictions and picks. The Week 9 action starts on Thursday night, as Houston hosts undefeated SMU in a key game in the AAC West. The only contest slated for Friday night is a showdown in the Pac-12 between USC and Colorado in Boulder. The first window of games on Saturday features Wisconsin-Ohio State, Oklahoma-Kansas State, Miami-Pitt and Mississippi State-Texas A&M.
LOS ANGELES — John Houston Jr. has experienced it before.
The fifth-year senior linebacker and leader of the USC defense redshirted on a team that, in 2015, dropped two conference games by Oct. 8. The Trojans rallied, adjusting to a coaching change and building an impressive home-field winning streak that lasted three years, en route to their first Pac-12 Championship Game. A year later, USC again recovered from a 1-3 to win the Rose Bowl Game.