Renaissance Season

A recap of the historic college football season.


Photo by The Athletic

Kirby Smart holding his National Championship Trophy

Recapping the entire season

One of the best seasons College football has seen in decades came this season. In a wild and crazy year teams still managed to battle Covid and play games sometimes without some of the players or staff. Once again Alabama was on top of rankings even with one loss prior in the season. Georgia was Alabama’s biggest rival all season long, losing in the conference championship, and surging back to win the national championship. The BIG 10 was another notable conference as they had some of the most entertaining teams playing in the conference. The BIG 12 was led by Baylor and Oklahoma State who had a few interesting matchups throughout the year. The BIG 12 also had Kansas who defeated Texas. All year long there were great matchups and upsets that took place making this one of the best seasons in recent history.


Unexpected teams

There were many notable teams that were unexpected and disappointing this season. Clemson has to be at the top of the disappointment list as they started the season ranked in the top five and finished 14. Clemson was unranked for a majority of the season while winning six of their last seven. Utah was one the more surprising teams as they were ranked 24th to start the season, and finished as PAC 12 champs and 11th in the nation. Finally Oklahoma, they were viewed as National Champion defenders but finished third in the BIG 12 making them one of the most overrated teams in the nation.


The coaching carousel

Many teams over the course of the season had to make a coaching change to better off their program. Not only did Oklahoma switch conferences but Lincoln Riley left the Sooners and went to take over USC. Oklahoma will now have Brent Venables, a former Clemson defensive coordinator take over as head coach. Another big coaching change came in Brian Kelley, the former Notre Dame head coach, taking over for Ed Orgeron at LSU. Notre Dame will have Marcus Freeman, their defensive coordinator, take over as head coach.


Bryce Young’s Heisman season

Bryce Young with his Heisman trophy (Photo by Latimes)

Bryce Young had a serial season at Alabama, making him the first Heisman quarterback in school history. Young threw for 47 touchdowns while completing 67% of his passes. These were just a few of his unreal stats proving why he deserved the Heisman trophy. Some of the candidates Young had to beat out o his way to his Heisman run were: Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan; Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh; C.J. Stroud, Ohio State. Young was great all season long and led the Alabama Crimson tide to a national championship game.


College Football Playoffs

The college football playoffs featured some of the best games all season long. Starting in the first round Alabama faced off against undefeated Cincinnati. This game started off close, then over the duration of the game Alabama slowly started to run away with the game. Next, Georgia went up against Michigan. Everyone was expecting a defensive matchup, but it turned into a Georgia blowout where it wasn’t even fun to watch. In the national championship game it was one for the ages. Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs were able to take down Alabama in a intense back and forth matchup that came down to the fourth quarter.