Even at the 50-yard line, David Bennett Galloway III still looks for the endzone.
The college football season has officially hit the halfway point. And David Bennett Galloway III has enjoyed an all-access experience. The freshman running back lines up each Saturday for the University of Louisiana-Monroe. So far this season, he’s suited up against some of the nation’s most storied programs, including Alabama and Texas. This comes on the heels of a highly-decorated career at Chapin High School, where he accumulated all-state and offensive player of the year awards.
But, if he weren’t on the sidelines, David Bennett Galloway III would spend his weekends on the sofa. Because, at the end of the day, he’s still a fan. Like any diehard, the South Carolina native is excited to see how the season plays out.
Through Week 8, only six undefeated teams remain. But only one can take home the trophy. Even though the first College Football Playoff rankings aren’t released until November, David Bennett Galloway III runs through the title aspirations of each team.
All roads to the title run through Athens. The reigning champs haven’t been as explosive as in years past. Near upsets against both Missouri and Kent State have exposed some defensive weaknesses that are atypical for the Bulldogs. But the team keeps proving they can win, including two blowout wins against ranked opponents.
If the Bulldogs are the frontrunners, the Buckeyes look like the team most likely to topple the throne. Led by Heisman-hopeful C.J. Stroud, their offense has lit up the scoreboard. Ohio State has scored at least 45 points in every game but one so far. They control their own destiny, with contests against rivals Michigan and Penn State on the horizon.
After barely finishing above .500 last season, the Volunteers are the biggest surprise on this list. Behind second-year head coach Josh Heupel, Tennessee put a convincing “exclamation point” on its early-season success. They defeated SEC juggernaut Alabama in a shootout during Week 7. But they have a gantlet remaining, with games against Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina.
The Wolverines demolished Penn State last week. However, this is the team’s lone signature win. Michigan’s first-half schedule was about the weakest amongst Power 5 schools. For Michigan to have a serious shot at the title game, Michigan will likely need to win out.
It’s been a rocky road thus far. But Clemson appears to be rounding into form. The perennial contenders already have three wins against ranked opponents. Yet the biggest question is under center. Pre-season starter DJ Uiagalelei struggled and was benched last week during the team’s win versus ranked Syracuse.
The Horned Frogs are fun to watch. TCU ranks third in total yards per game and fourth in points per game. Despite tough road matchups against Texas and Baylor still to come, TCU faces one of the easiest remaining paths. The team doesn’t currently have a ranked opponent left on the schedule.