As the days grow longer and hotter, thirst for football grows exponentially. Anticipation for America’s obsession is palpable and the hunger for game day rituals increases with each passing weekend. Huge question marks loom over traditional powerhouse programs. How will Alabama and Tua Tagovialoa respond to the beat down they endured in the national championship? Will Clemson be able to do it again? Can Ohio State remain a top program under Ryan Day? Can Lincoln Riley make it three for three on Heisman winning number one overall draft selections? What about USC and Texas? Or Jimbo Fischer at A&M?
Trevor Lawrence stunned the nation last year throughout the season and set the world on fire as he dismantled Alabama. A large portion of credit should indeed go to the ultra-talented receiving corp at his disposal as well. Headed into the upcoming year most would assume the Heisman Trophy is his to lose. That may be true but this game is still decided on the field and anything can happen.
How about Jalen Hurts and his new home in Norman, OK? As a starter for the Crimson Tide, the man was 26-2 and SEC Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman. He led Alabama to 2 national championship appearances and saved their bacon in the SEC Championship against Georgia. Now in a new shade of red with a new number on his chest, Hurts looks to prove he is more than a product of a system. Lincoln Riley has proven to be the QB whisperer and now has an opportunity to mold Jalen into the next Heisman winner.
All this is merely the tip of the iceberg. So many storylines and stand out players remain to emerge through the upcoming season. September football can’t get here soon enough. Follow us here on Ambush Sports Network as we highlight the players to watch this upcoming season.