Rant Off: College Football Midseason Awards

With the 2013 college football season just about hallway over, it’s only natural for everyone to revisit their preseason picks for award winners and championship participants. However, not a ton has changed since the start of the start of the season in that regard, outside of a couple of national championship contenders (Georgia and Stanford) falling from grace. For the most part, all of the preseason favorites still have a great shot at taking home their respective hardware.

The Heisman Trophy is no longer Johnny Manziel‘s to lose, although he still has a decent shot at winning it a second consecutive time. He has some tough competition from Marcus Mariota, Tajh Boyd, Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgewater, Braxton Miller and even long shots like Bryce Petty, Zach Menttenberger and Derek Carr. Obviously, the race is dominated by quarterbacks this year, but that’s the reality of the high-flying offenses we’re seeing this year.

When it comes to coaches, no one sticks out more than Baylor‘s Art Briles, who absolutely has his underrated program on fire in the post-Robert Griffin III era. The Bears are undefeated heading into Week 8 and finally starting to get the love they deserve.

The same holds true for Miami‘s Al Golden as the Hurricanes are also 5-0 after seven weeks and everyone loves seeing The U returning to prominence in the college football world.

Of course, the national championship discussion is as heated as ever with 12 undefeated teams still on the board heading into Week 8 and a slew of one-loss teams that look solid at this point in the season as well. Who will stumble first? We debate in the video above.


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