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Seven-Step Drop: Surprises, Disappointments and Midseason Awards as 2019 College Football Campaign Hits Halfway Mark

Seven-Step Drop: Surprises, Disappointments and Midseason Awards as 2019 College Football Campaign Hits Halfway Mark

Seven-Step Drop: Surprises, Disappointments and Midseason Awards as 2019 College Football Campaign Hits Halfway Mark

We’ve made it through seven weeks of the college football season and, with seven more to go before championship weekend, have officially hit the halfway mark in 2019. Fresh off a wild weekend that saw a pair of top-10 teams go down and a host of other ranked teams fall, now is a good time to hit pause and see what has been surprising and what hasn’t lived up to the hype coming into the year.

Surprises

College Football Playoff Race Isn’t Just Alabama and Clemson

If you weren’t convinced otherwise, this weekend further reiterated that a march to Clemson-Alabama V isn’t quite as assured as we all thought preseason. While it’s true that the last two national title winners still occupy rarified air atop the polls and the sport itself, both have looked a little mortal in certain areas. The Tide’s run defense isn’t at the levels we historically associate with Nick Saban and there are a host of talented, but young, true freshmen all around the two-deep for the front seven. The defending champions haven’t quite been clicking on all cylinders offensively since August, nor have they really been tested (and are unlikely to be until the College Football Playoff).