Texas A&M may be college football's biggest dumpster fire – USA TODAY

  • October 27, 2022

Heading into the final weekend of October, there are plenty of programs that could be deemed dumpster fires after high expectations in the preseason have given way to a run of unexpected losses.
Texas A&M sits squarely at the top of the list after starting in the top 10 and now standing at 3-4. The expectations of a heralded recruiting class have not been met and Jimbo Fisher’s role in the offense is under scrutiny with the Aggies unable to generate points. Fisher’s guaranteed contract may make it unpalatable to move on from him this offseason, but there’s not a lot of joy in Aggieland right now.
Not far behind on the list of disappointments is Miami and first-year coach Mario Cristobal. The Hurricanes also fell to 3-4 after an embarrassing loss to Duke at home. Is it a coincidence these are two of the programs most aggressive in the NIL market? Or is there something more to the problem?
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is backing DJ Uiagalelei as his starting quarterback after pulling him in the team’s win against Syracuse. Has the performance cast doubt on whether the Tigers are true national championship contenders?
Oregon and TCU just keep winning. Are they among the group of contenders, too?
USA TODAY college football experts Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg address all of these storylines and look ahead to the biggest matchups in Week 9 during the latest version of College Football Fix, the USA TODAY Sports weekly podcast that releases every Tuesday during the season.
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