Looking back at 2021 with 10 memorable moments

The final day of 2021 will see both College Football Playoff semifinals kickoff as we march towards the national championship game.

As a whole, the year was a wild one as watched teams try to find a way into the four-team playoff. Teams that were expected to contend for the CFP faltered right out of the gate. Heisman front runners fell off the map and we saw one of the wildest coaching carousels in recent memory.

From sissy blue shirts to wild upsets, there are plenty of moments to reflect back on from the football season in 2021. Here is our list of 10 very memorable moments of the year.

The wild coaching carousel

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After the first game of the season, it felt like Ed Orgeron wasn’t going to last at LSU. By mid-October, he would sign a separation agreement for the end of the year. Right off the bat, we knew USC and LSU jobs would be open but no one saw Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Oregon, Miami, Washington, Washington State, TCU, and Texas Tech all coming open. In all 28 new hires were made. Not sure we will see another wild carousel like this for some time.

Notable Coaching Changes:

Brian Kelly, Notre Dame to LSU

Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma to USC

Mario Cristobal, Oregon to Miami

Billy Napier, ULL to Florida

Wild upsets

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What makes the game of college football so great is the upsets that you didn’t see coming. After Florida State took Notre Dame right down to the wire, who knew that an upset was brewing with Jacksonville State? The Seminoles led 17-7 in the fourth quarterback but a touchdown as time expired gave the Gamecocks the win.

Notable Upsets:

Jacksonville State 20, Florida State 17

Kansas 57, Texas 56

Purdue 27, No. 2 Iowa 7

Purdue 40, No. 3 Michigan State 29

Illinois 20, No. 7 Penn State 18

Heisman Front Runners Stumble

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