Top College Football Surprises in 2020
If you're not aware of BYU and the damage they've done this season, what have you been watching? The Cougars are arguably the hottest team in college football, something not many expected this year. Would things be different if they kept their regular schedule? We don't know for sure, but this team is balling right now. There are other teams that have surprised us so far too, maybe not to the degree of the Cougars, but these teams are turning heads.
Watch out, the Cougars are coming for anyone that will play them, and they're ready to dominate. Zach Wilson's having a Heisman worthy start to his season, and the defense continues to stifle any opposing offense that they face. The Cougars are outscoring their opponents 148-25 this seasons, and it hasn't every been close.
There's talk about Wilson as a potential first round pick now thanks to his play, and it's thanks to his preparation and development in the offseason. BYU doesn't have a Power 5 opponent on their new schedule yet, and they might see teams avoid them if they continue thrashing teams like this.
If Tulsa hadn't shot itself in the foot against Oklahoma State, we'd be looking at a 2-0 team with a Power 5 win and a win over UCF. Tulsa's upset this weekend over the Knights was a stunner, but also increased their win streak over the former national champions to four. Zach Smith came up clutch for the Golden Hurricane this weekend, making a number of big time throws under immense pressure. Zaven Collins is a TFL monster for the defense too, a group that frustrated one of the best offenses in the country. This team might only be 1-1, but this weekend showed that they're going to be a problem for a number of teams. Maybe even compete for a conference title. They also won the postgame this week too with this tweet.
The Thundering Herd had the week off after taking down Appalachian State to push them to 2-0. Grant Wells and the offense have taken off early in 2020, something we didn't expect. Throw in the upset win over the Mountaineers and this is a team that's one of the top contenders in Conference USA. Three of the next four games are on the road, as they head to Western Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, and FIU while hosting FAU. A lot can change with this team in the next month, but they've surprised us so far.
It's not that Florida is winning, because everyone expected that. It's how they're winning. The Gators offense lost a number of experienced players on the offense, including the likes of running back Lamical Perine and receiver Van Jefferson. Quarterback Kyle Trask was reliable in 2019, but there weren't many who expected him to take a step forward like he did. Last year, the Gators averaged 33.2 points per game. This year, they're averaging 44.5 because Trask is proving he can push the ball deep downfield. Tight end Kyle Pitts, a future first round NFL draft pick, is a touchdown machine, and receiver Kadarius Toney is healthy and as dangerous as ever. Everything's coming together for this team, and right now they're surprising everyone by how dominant their offense continues to play.
UTSA's first year under Jeff Traylor is already off to a great start, and their offense is finally fun to watch. The Roadrunners average 31.2 points per game, and even participated in one of the most entertaining games of the season in their 51-48 win over Texas State. Sincere McCormick is a name at running back that not many know, but should. He's rushed for 527 yards and four touchdowns already to lead the offense, and it's early in the season. Rushing for 1,500 yards is a possibility at this point, which is crazy given how much this offense struggled in the past.