It's taken about 10 years, but The Swamp felt like its old self yesterday and it felt good. LSU came into Gville unbeaten and #5 with two quality wins. The Bayou Bengals then waltzed down the field on the first drive to lead 7-0. They were then moving again on their next drive and then it changed as the Gators forced a fumble. This well played physical contest went back and forth when LSU took a 19-14 lead midway in the 4th Q. The Gators then mounted a long drive using a TE pass to the QB (Spurrier-esque) to retake the lead 20-19. As LSU began their final drive, the Florida pass rush forced Joe Burrow to throw his first pick as a Tiger, resulting in a game winning pick six as The Swamp erupted into the deafening arena it used to be. No telling where the Gators end up, not the roster you can trust yet, but Dan Mullen clearly knows what he is doing. Florida took a very good LSU team's best punch and returned the favor for a 27-19 win.
The other great game was the annual Red River contest in big D, the neutral site affair between Texas and Oklahoma. The Sooners were unbeaten, ranked 6th and scoring points at will on every opponent. Texas broke the game open to take a 45-21 lead into the 4th Q. OU struck back shockingly easy with some quick, really quick, TDs to tie it up at 45. The Longhorns then calmly marched down the field and kicked the winning FG 48-45. Texas won this game on one play, the QB run as OU could not stop it all day.
The other top ten team to lose was Auburn who lost in Starkvegas to Miss ST. Texas A&M beat Kentucky in OT 20-14 in College Station. The Wildcats strangely did not have one snap in regulation on the A&M side of the 50.
As for the national picture, Bama beat Arkansas 65-31 playing average. Their only vulnerable spot is an inexperienced secondary but we are splitting hairs here. Georgia messed with Vandy for a bit and Ohio St did the same with Indiana. Clemson is starting to get interested again as they killed Wake. My man Hunter Renfrow relived his HS days by playing a little QB. Notre Dame had a nice statement win in Blacksburg 45-23 over the Hokies.
The OU loss makes it difficult for the Big 12 to get in the playoff as they, Texas or maybe WV need help. I do not think anyone in the Pac 12 is good enough to win it. Ohio St looks to be in control in the Big 10, but Khaki man in Ann Arbor is sneakily hanging around. Clemson should easily take the ACC. And you have Bama and Georgia in the SEC, which has again regained its crown as the best conference. And then there is Notre Dame giving the committee heartburn. This is about the point when we all have it figured out, and then college football happens.