In terms of wackiness, no college football season in my lifetime will probably ever compare to 2007. Shane Doan Authentic Jersey The season started with Appalachian State beating Michigan at the Big House. It ended with LSU beating Ohio State for the national championship after the Tigers lost twice during the regular season, with both defeats http://www.authenticgrizzliestore.com/Ben_Mclemore_Jersey coming in triple-overtime.
That wasn't the only thing crazy about 2007. Nick Saban, in his first season as Alabama head coach, lost to Louisiana Monroe, Illinois went to the Rose Bowl and the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the AP poll fell on the same weekend three times, including each of the final two weeks of the regular season.
Despite that, this past Saturday flirted with the kind of wackiness that has never been seen in any season in college football history. We were a last-minute Alabama touchdown away from possibly seeing the three teams atop the AP poll all lose on the same day in the regular season. It shows that no one is unstoppable. Even Miami, which made a credible case for No. 1 Shane Doan Authentic Jersey after steamrolling No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday, barely squeaked by Florida State and North Carolina earlier this season.
Could we be headed for another 2007-style finish? (That season, a four-win Pittsburgh team shocked No. 2 West Virginia 13-9 on the final day of the regular season. The Hurricanes end the regular season on Nov. 24 against the Panthers, who are currently 4-6. Just saying.)
No College Football Playoff contender looks unbeatable and none is without deficiencies. Here's a look at the fatal flaws that might bring down each of them, listed in the order I have them ranked after Week 11:
1. Miami: red zone offense Mark Richt has done a remarkable job in his second season as coach of his alma mater, guiding Miami to a 9-0 record and a 14-game winning streak dating back to last season. Any doubts about the Hurricanes' legitimacy as a CFP contender were answered the past two weeks, when they Shane Doan Authentic Jersey beat then-No. 13 Virginia http://www.nflbengalsofficialshop.com/Nike-Josh-Shaw-Jersey.html Tech 28-10 http://www.broncosauthenticsofficial.com/brandon-marshall-jersey_c-564.html and No. 3 Notre Dame 41-8 http://www.officialbravestore.com/Hank_Aaron_Jersey at home.
The Hurricanes didn't have any problems crossing the goal line against the Fighting Irish, but their red zone offense has been an issue. Shane Doan Authentic Jersey Miami ranks 93rd in the FBS in red zone touchdown percentage (56 percent) and 120th in goal-to-go TD percentage (57 percent), just below winless Georgia Southern (60 percent), according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Miami's offense has done a great job of taking care of the ball, turning the ball over nine times in nine games. And the Hurricanes have feasted on takeaways to generate offense and field position. They scored 24 points off Notre Dame turnovers on Saturday and have forced four turnovers in four consecutive games.
But they'll need to be more consistent in the red zone down the stretch. Their last two regular-season opponents, Virginia and Pittsburgh, rank in the top 20 nationally in red zone defense. Clemson, which will be Miami's opponent in the ACC championship game on Dec. 2, has allowed opponents to score touchdowns on only 10 of 22 red zone attempts. Alabama lost star linebackers Ryan Anderson, Tim Williams and Reuben Foster from the 2016 team, and it's now without four of its top six linebackers from the preseason.
Shaun Dion Hamilton and Mack Wilson were lost to injuries in a 24-10 win over LSU on Nov. 4. Hamilton will miss the rest of the season with a fractured kneecap; Wilson is out four to six weeks with a foot injury. The Tide earlier lost Christian Miller (torn biceps) and Terrell Lewis (elbow) to season-ending injuries in a 24-7 win over Florida State in the opener.