3. Injuries, Injuries, Injuries
Some years, the injury bug bites only one team. Some years, it bites a few. This year, it seems to be biting everyone at both the collegiate and professional levels. The NFL has seen several season-ending injuries this preseason to high-profile players, and week 1 of college football was no different.
Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason went down in the first half of the Bulldogs game against Appalachian State with a sprained knee. He is out for week 2 against Notre Dame and will be week to week after that. Texas A&M lost red shirt freshman quarterback Nick Starkel to a potentially season-ending ankle injury, and senior defensive back Donovan Wilson to a broken foot that may put him out for the season as well. Starkel and Wilson head had surgery on Monday. Alabama lost linebackers Terrell Lewis and Christian Miller for the season due to an elbow injury and torn biceps respectively.
Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU, and the rest of the conference can breathe a sigh of relief at having survived week one, but if week one is any indication this season could be brutal, especially when we get into SEC play. With other big time names around the country also out for the season – the biggest being Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois – the winner of the College Football Playoff this year might just be the team with the least injuries come playoff time.