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Fact or Fiction: DJ Uiagalelei, Steve Sarkisian, Jim Harbaugh

In today’s Fact or Fiction, I look at three big recent topics in college football and decide whether the statement is indeed FACT or if it’s FICTION.

Sep 5, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback DJ Uiagalelei (5) passes the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. © Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

DJ Uiagalelei will be the starter for the entire season.

Farrell’s take: FICTION

Something just doesn’t fit here. Uiagalelei was okay, just okay, in the blowout win over Georgia Tech. He was 19 of 32 for 209 yards and a score and rushed for 28 yards and another score but he also lost a fumble and the offense just doesn’t look scary with him in the game. Freshman Cade Klubnick got in late and led an easy touchdown drive and honestly I’d be more scared of him as a defensive coordinator. Dabo Swinney could be doing the ACC a favor sticking with Uiagalelei as he will lose a game he shouldn’t this season if he continues to play like this.

Sep 3, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian before the game against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks in the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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Steve Sarkisian is preparing fans for a blowout loss.

Farrell’s take: FACT

I like Sark. I want him to win at Texas. A good Texas program is good for college football. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to share my thoughts and his comments about this upcoming game against Alabama not going to define this program reeks of early preparation for the fan base for a blowout loss. Sark could have said “this will be a great indicator of how close we are to where we want to be” or anything similar and I’d be okay. But what he said kind of has a negative connotation and that’s just a bad way to start a big week. We all expect Alabama to rout Texas but many of us expected Ohio State to run Notre Dame out of Columbus. You never know how a game will play out so let’s pump the brakes on guarding against this game as being a defining moment.

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh watches action during the 51-7 win against the Colorado State Rams, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. Michigan

Jim Harbaugh is setting himself up.

Farrell’s take: FACT

The QB decision has played out and Harbaugh said it will continue to play out at Michigan as Cade McNamara and JJ McCarthy both impressed on the opener. And there are many theories here — avoiding the transfer portal or simple Harbaugh stubbornness — but I think he’s setting himself up for failure or at least criticism. This is all fine and dandy when playing Colorado State, Hawaii and UConn but the old saying is that if you have two starting QBs you have none and he’s setting up his eventual QB1 for a tough ride. Whoever wins the job will have fans wondering why the backup isn’t playing the second he struggles. It’s just a tough way to handle business.