Clemson wouldn’t have made either Playoff without Watson, though, and the fact that his team went 5-1 in his postseason starts — can you imagine how few QBs in college history can boast of six postseason starts? — reflects stupendously on him.
He lit up Alabama, Alabama again, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech, and did most of his damage against Ohio State and Oklahoma on the ground.
Even without those, he was still quite tested. Overall in 2016, Clemson faced nine of the top 22 defenses and no truly bad FBS defenses. The best defense Mahomes faced in 2016, No. 37 West Virginia, ranked worse than Watson’s average FBS opponent.
Some other QBs on our list were challenged sufficiently in their biggest games, but none faced relentless competition like Watson did.
One statistically bizarre win streak, though, can’t make up for an uninspired team built by a front office — Gar Forman and John Paxson — that is damn near universally hated by its fan base. They apparently toyed with the idea of trading Butler at the trade deadline, and ultimately pulled back from that idea.
That was Chicago for 82 games: poorly constructed, infrequently motivated, and Nike NFL Jerseys actively disregarding the direction that modern basketball is headed. In Game 6 on Friday when they finally lost their first round series against Boston, their fans looked like this.
We should go back to those first two games, though, when Chicago whipped the Celtics for two games before they were inevitably crushed. For the first time all season, the Bulls were really, actually, truly … kind of fun? Could that be right?