The Top 8 Moments from the 2021 College Football season

The greatest moments from a weird season!
CINCINNATI, OHIO - DECEMBER 04: Will Pauling #19 of the Cincinnati Bearcats celebrates with fans after their 35-20 win over the Houston Cougars for the 2021 American Conference Championship at Nippert Stadium on December 04, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

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8) Brian Kelly fakes an accent to fit in

Kelly has never been a very likeable guy, but this takes the cake for him as he showed up at an LSU basketball game and suddenly had a southern accent. Let me point out it was an awful accent. For Kelly’s sake, he better contend right away next year, or the people of Louisiana will turn on him very quickly.

7) Billy Napier knows how to make an exit

Billy Napier left Lafayette to take the Florida job this December. Still, before he exited, he stuck around long enough to help the Ragin’ Cajuns win their first outright conference title since 1970. Napier took the Florida job after leading Louisiana to a historic season. UL beat App State 24-16, and fans carried Napier around on their shoulders. Napier left a hero, and he should have as he did an unbelievable job in his time at Louisiana, and it was great that the fans appreciated what Napier had done.

6) Texas Tech beats Iowa State on a 62-yard field goal

Jonathan Garibay gave Texas Tech an upset win over the Cyclones with a 62-yard field goal. The 62 yarder was not just a game-winner, but it was the longest kick of the FBS season.

5) Michigan beats Ohio State

It had been a decade since Michigan had beaten Ohio State, and Jim Harbaugh has been on the hot seat until now. Harbaugh has brought Michigan football back to national prominence, and I doubt we see any more prolonged losing streaks against Ohio State as long as Harbaugh is there. The Wolverines physically dominated the Buckeyes at the line of scrimmage and left no doubt that, at least for this year, Michigan is the better team. Jim Harbaugh is a great football coach, and from here on out, I expect Michigan to be title contenders during most seasons.

4) A walkon from Kansas beats Texas

The Kansas Jayhawks football team had lost 56 straight Big 12 road games to give this a little perspective! Thanks to a walkon, the Jayhawks travelled to Texas this season and performed a miraculous win. The walkons name is Jared Casey, a freshman fullback without a scholarship. Casey had not played in one single play until that point of the season. Casey lined up as the only receiver on the left side of the field; he went into motion and crossed the field once the ball was snapped. After quarterback Jalon Daniels was forced to scramble, Casey was somehow left alone in the end zone. Daniels found him, and Casey will go down in Jayhawk lore as a hero!

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3) Jackson State gets number one recruit in the country

Remember when they said NIL deals would consolidate the advantage of big programs over smaller programs? Will Florida State just lost the number one recruit in the country to Jackson State, an HBCU school! Let’s put this a little more in context for you, a school with an $8 million athletics budget got the top recruit over a school with a $155 million budget! A little more perspective on Travis Hunter, Hunter had offers from Alabama, Georgia and Clemson, and Florida State, and he chose Jackson State! It would be great if this could become a trend; you’ve got to love watching the rich get poorer!

2) The McKenzie Milton comeback

A few years ago, Milton was the toast of the College Football season as he led Central Florida to an undefeated season and a New Year’s Six bowl win. Then disaster struck in 2018 as he suffered a catastrophic leg injury which almost caused him to lose his leg. Milton transferred to Florida State, and in the Seminoles opener against Notre Dame, he was the backup. Milton was forced into the game after starting quarterback Jordan Travis was sent to the sideline for one play, then led a 10-point comeback to send the game into overtime. The Seminoles came up short in the game, but watching Milton complete his recovery and play well on a big stage was one of the most inspiring moments of the 2021 College Football season.

1) Cincinnati beats Houston to make the playoffs.

The Bearcats are the first non-power team to make the college football playoffs, and it’s about time. The Bearcats history is far from impressive as there have been times that the program was so bad that people in Cincinnati wanted the bearcats to drop down out of division one college football. Some even said that maybe football should be disbanded at Cincinnati. The Bearcats were dropped down to 1AA in the mid-80s for a year. Times have changed under Luke Fickell; in just a couple more years, the Bearcats will be in the Big 12, and the respect will be there. If you look at the amount of talent on the roster, this Bearcats team is one of the top 4 teams in the country. Really if they get a blowout, is it that big of a difference as letting Oklahoma and Washington of the past years in? The majority of College playoff games have been blowouts. I think the Bearcats will be in the game, and people will be surprised how competitive they will be against Alabama. Either way, with Luke Fickell seemingly entrenched at Cincinnati and headed to the Big 12, this will not be the Bearcats only shot at a title.

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