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Blog: October football separates the pretenders from the contenders

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By Patrick Pierce

The twittersphere blew up time and time again on Saturday with declarations of “down goes #...”  The college football upset season is officially in full swing.

October is the month that separates the boys from men and the pretenders from contenders. A lot of teams -- for example, Texas Tech -- can make it past their September cupcakes. But when the season really cranks up in October, the ugly truth about a lot of teams comes out. If you make it through September and October undefeated, then you become a true national title contender.

It started with No. 24 Northwestern going down at Penn State. No. 4 LSU would soon follow, falling to No. 10 Florida, and then No. 15 TCU was upset by Iowa State. Night time brought more of the same as No. 25 UCLA, No. 23 Washington, No. 21 Nebraska, No. 11 Texas, No. 5 Georgia, and No. 3 Florida State all lost. Over the next few weeks we will continue to get a greater picture of how this college football season will unfold.

Teams like South Carolina and Florida are now being touted as national championship contenders, but I think that’s a little premature. I don’t think we will really know who the real contenders are until the end of October.

South Carolina has only just begun an extremely tough October schedule. The rest of the month breaks down like this:

  • 10/13 @ LSU
  • 10/20 @ Florida
  • 10/27 vs. Tennessee

If the Gamecocks make it through that unscathed, then we can say they are a national title contender.

Florida is back! The Gators have found a stingy defense and power running attack that Will Muschamp has craved. The Gators, too, have a very difficult October in front of them.   

  • 10/13 @ Vanderbilt
  • 10/20 vs. South Carolina
  • 10/27 vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville)

The same can be said for Alabama and Oregon who still have tests this October. Alabama has a couple of road games followed by a home matchup with Mississippi State. Oregon has an off week up next, but then a tricky Thursday night game at Arizona State.

The leafs are changing colors and ranked teams are falling. It’s October and, in my mind, it’s the season when the champions standout from the rest of the pack.

 

Alabama Tonight Sports Blogger – Patrick Pierce @PatrickP13      

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