8 Grueling Truth’s we learned from week 8 of the 2021 College Football season

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA - OCTOBER 23: C.J. Stroud #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes directs his team during the second quarter in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Indiana University on October 23, 2021 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

1) Penn State’s hopes are gone

A loss to Iowa followed by a loss to an Illinois team that is not very good has ended all of Penn State’s hopes and dreams for the 2021 season. Sean Clifford played, and it didn’t matter as the Illini still prevailed in 9 overtimes. A big-time matchup with Ohio State is now dead as it has become just another game now in the national landscape.

2) ABC, Anybody but Cincinnati

It is sickening to watch the national media denigrate the Cincinnati Bearcats. I know they struggled to win at Navy, but they did win! Cincinnati has a road win at Notre Dame, which leads Alabama and Ohio State to claim that the Bearcats haven’t played anybody. Alabama lost to an unranked team, and tell me who exactly has Ohio State beaten so far? Oklahoma has struggled with almost everybody they have played, beating five unranked teams by single digits. Let’s face it, Alabama almost lost to Florida, and they didn’t exactly look like world-beaters against Tennessee. Am I claiming the Bearcats could win that National Championship? Of course, but I am saying they are more than deserving of a shot.

3) Don’t be surprised if Iowa State ends Oklahoma’s playoff hopes

Iowa State is starting to look like the team everybody expected them to be when the season started.  The Cyclones, who are 16-6 in October under coach Matt Campbell including a 6-2 mark against ranked teams, pose a threat to whoever they play from here on out. Oklahoma is not a dominant team, and they struggled with Kansas! If you struggle with Kansas, then losing to Iowa State shouldn’t be a surprise.

4) Quarterback is not the only issue in Oklahoma

With Caleb Williams struggling in a win at Kansas yesterday, all the attention it usually does will fall on the Quarterback situation at Oklahoma. The more significant issue, though, maybe a defense that gave up over 400 yards against Kansas. Saturday was not an anomaly either, as the Sooners have given up over 400 yards in 4 straight games. So the Sooners will eventually lose; it’s only a matter of time.

5) Kenny Pickett for the Heisman

Pickett has flown under the radar this season for the most part, but Saturday’s 300-yard performance against a good Clemson defense should put him in the conversation. Pickett, so far this season, has thrown 23 touchdown passes and just one interception.

6) The new overtime rule is a joke

Watching Penn State and Illinois flail away at one two-point attempt after another was hard to watch. What exactly is wrong with the old rule, Hell the game would have been shorter had they just played normal overtime the entire time. Two-point conversions are not easy to convert, plus it’s not a legitimate ending to a Football game. But, come on, what are we becoming? Soccer?

7) Start paying attention to Wake Forest and Sam Hartman

Wake Forest hung 70 on Army at West Point on Saturday, and quarterback Sam Hartman was on fire again. Through seven games, Hartman has 2,073 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, and three interceptions on 65.3 percent completion. Hartman has the Demon Deacons sitting pretty in the ACC, and somebody needs to notice this. Hartman should, at this point and time, be a legit Heisman candidate.

8) Ohio State controls there own destiny

An early-season loss at home to Oregon had people thinking this may be a reload season at Ohio State. However, if you follow the eye test, the Buckeyes may be a top 3 team in the nation; The Buckeyes will play Penn State, Michigan State, and Michigan before the Big Ten title game. If the Buckeyes win out, they will be either a one or two seed.

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