Three-Point Stance: Coaching comparisons, no-brainer, stock report

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Rival’s national columnist Mike Farrell is here with a comparison of some SEC coaching jobs this season, 10 things that are normal this season in an abnormal 2021, and five players whose NFL Draft stock has risen.

A few coaches are off the SEC at the end of this season, but there have been some solid tasks done by many. Here is a comparison of a few coaching jobs for 2021 only.

Nick Saban Vs. Kirby Smart – No one is better than Saban, right? Well, Smart has been better this season and it’s not really close. Alabama has struggled with a few teams and has played down to opponents, which is rare for a Saban team. Smart’s Georgia team has lived up to the hype.

Lane Kiffin Vs. Mike Leach – The egg bowl is tonight and it will help decide things. Ole Miss has lived up to expectations, but Mississippi State has been better than many had expected. Give me Kiffin here, but it’s close.

Jimbo Fisher Vs. Bryan Harsin – Why this matchup? I would have used LSU though Ed Orgeron is gone. Fisher has overall done a much better job than Harsin, and I know the latter is heading into a new situation. But Fisher has had to overcome a quarterback injury.

Mark Stoops vs. Shane Beamer Kentucky started strong, but lately South Carolina has won some unexpected games. This season alone, I would give a nod to Beamer as no one expected the Gamecocks to be bowl-qualified.

Eli Drinkwitz vs. Sam Pittman – Not even close, right? Missouri has won some unexpected matches and is bowl qualified, and the matchup between these two teams this weekend will be great. Give me Pittman right now since he’s had the Razorbacks this season.

On Tuesday, I talked about the shocking development from the 2021 season, but there is also comfort in seeing things develop as expected. Here are 10 things we saw this season that did not surprise us at all.

1. Wisconsin finds a stud running back – Last year, one of the strangest things in college football was that Wisconsin did not have an elite left. Jalen Berger showed something promising as a beginner, but was not the big back that we had become accustomed to seeing out of the Badger. Well, here we are, and things are back to normal as Wisconsin has once again found itself like a monster in the backfield. The true first-year student Braelon Allen has taken the big ten by storm and looks to be the present and future of the position. He is number two in the nation in yards per. attempts at 7.6 and destroys everyone in his path.

2. Ohio State’s offense shoots at all cylinders – The Buckeyes got off to a slightly rocky start, but they got started and are now the most intimidating offense in all of college football. Quarterback CJ Stroud has become the guy we all thought he would be and their top three receivers are the best trio in the country. There are no stops for them right now.

The Pac-12 will not be in the College Football Playoff The Pac-12 has not sent a team to the Common Fisheries Policy since 2016, when Washington went and was thoroughly beaten by Alabama, and this year it will be no different. After Oregon lost to Utah last weekend, the conference’s attempt to finally end the drought was over. However, there is always next year.

4. Texas loses big games – The Longhorns had a renewed hope with the hiring of Steve Sarkisian, and some great pickups in the transfer portal like Keilan Robinson. They lost early to Arkansas and have fallen completely apart after a terrific first half game against Oklahoma.

5. The coaching carousel is in full effect – Every year, coaches are fired earlier and earlier, and this season was no different. USC rejected Clay Helton in September, and then the race was underway. Since then, we’ve seen LSU, Florida, Texas Tech, TCU, Washington, and Washington State get rid of their coaches, and that’s only from Power Five. It’s going to be a wild offseason with all these openings.

6. Miami is all barking and no bite – Every season there always seems to be hype around Hurricanes, and every season they inevitably let us down. D’Eriq King was rushed back after the operation as he was not yet 100 percent healthy and they have become disappointing again.

7. The single-season quarterback rating record will be broken once again – For the sixth season in a row, the efficiency record for single seasons will be broken, this time by Grayson McCall. Russell Wilson broke the record in 2011, but since 2016 it has been set by Baker Mayfield, then Mayfield again, then Tua Tagovailoa, then Joe Burrow, then Mac Jones last season. But the big difference is that McCall is going to crush it. Wilson set the record at 191.8, and it has risen 11.3 points since then. McCall is on track to break it by more than 15 points.

8. A quarterback makes ridiculous stats under Mike Leach – Will Rogers leads the nation in terms of finishes, tries, completion rate and is number two in yards after Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe. The air attack never dies.

9. There is an amazing out-of-nowhere team in the group of five – UTSA was an afterthought in college football until this season. Now, Jeff Traylor has his team on the verge of an unbeaten season and, if the cards fall right, a big bowl match. Amazing stuff from the brave Roadrunners.

10. Alabama reloads – Crimson Tide lost eight players to the top two rounds of the draft last season, but here they are again and probably on their way to the playoffs behind a host of talents. It does not matter who suits them at this time – it will be all four- and five-star guys who are able to dominate anyone.

Finally, here are five players who have boosted their NFL Draft shares significantly this season.

1. DT Jordan Davis, Georgia – Davis had the opportunity to come out last year and would have been a choice in the third or fourth round, but he chose to come back and it has paid off. He is now a first-round lock and in the conversation for a top-10 selection.

2. LB Leo Chenal, Wisconsin The lesser known of Wisconsin’s midfield linebackers heading into the season, Chenal has broken out due to his star play and huge midfield size. If he can get his 40-yard line down to around 4.6, he can sneak up to early second round and potentially late first.

3. RB Kenneth Walker, Michigan State – One of the season’s biggest breakout stars, Walker went from relatively unknown back in Wake Forest to RB1 to the 2022 NFL Draft. With the running back position devalued, he is likely to make a choice in the second round, but at this point a year ago, he was not even on the radar.

4. QB Kenny Pickett, Pitt – Sam Howell and Spencer Rattler were the two big names heading into the season, but Pickett has been nothing short of spectacular this season. He is QB1 on some big boards and should be in play for the first round.

5. DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan – Hutchinson has always had an engine, but his productivity and physical qualities have come into focus this season. He is in the mix for the top five today and should be the second edge-rusher from the board after Kayvon Thibodeaux.

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