From UCLA to Ole Miss, college football’s 10 most entertaining teams to watch in the second half

By the midpoint of any given college football season, there are only two real options for diehard fans: optimism and pessimism. There is no in-between anymore.

If you fall into the latter camp with respect to your personal team, The Athletic is here for you. We’ve scoured the country and watched the tape. We’ve found 10 teams that are compelling in a variety of ways and should provide plenty of entertainment down the stretch if your personal team has run out of it. If you’re looking for fun teams to get emotionally invested in, here are your best bets (in alphabetical order).

James Madison

The Dukes are 5-1 in their first season as members of the Football Bowl Subdivision and are legitimate contenders to finish atop the competitive Sun Belt East (though they are ineligible to play in the conference championship game or a bowl due to FCS-to- FBS transition rules). They started the season 5-0 and broke into the AP poll, earning well-deserved recognition for a program that had cemented itself as one of the most consistent winners in FCS before moving up. Quarterback Todd Centeio leads one of the nation’s most prolific passing offense, a big reason why the Dukes are averaging the most points per game (43.2) of any Group of 5 squad.

Most intriguing game remaining: At Louisville on Nov. 5. This game could be quite impactful for Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield, who is squarely on the hot seat.




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