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Weekend Summary

The upsets all occurred below top ten teams -

ODU over Va Tech - beyond embarrassing for the ACC

Kentucky smokes Miss St 28-7 - the Cats may be better than we think and the Gators loss, although bad, not as bad as we thought

Texas Tech over Ok St

Texas over  TCU - good win for Tom Herman

Purdue over BC - Boilers were 0-3 by 8 total points so they were due.

Alabama rolled the Aggies 45-23 and they let up in the 4th Q. A&M actually stopped the Tide running game early but with Tua Bama can now toss it. Georgia had a bit more trouble with Mizzou but still won by 14. Clemson usually has trouble with Ga Tech in the Atl, but not this time. Ohio St just crushed Tulane. OU had to go to OT to beat Army.

Captain Khaki, Mr Harbaugh, opened up a can on Scott Frost and Nebraska, routing them bigtime. The jury may be out on Frost.

Finally, while the Gators have work to do, crushing Tenn in Neyland felt great. The Vols are pathetic, but it is actually fun watching the Gators again.

 

 

 Weekend Summary

Glad to be home again after an extended time away.

We start at the white out Happy Valley between Big 10 powers Ohio St and Penn St. The Nittany Lions used some big plays to hold a 26-14 lead with 8 minutes left. Dwayne Haskins threw two TDs, aided by some nice runs by the WRs, to take a 27-26 lead late. Penn St then faced a 4th and 5, and then inexplicably called an inside zone read. The Buckeyes easily stuffed the run to preserve the win. In the post game conference, the arrogant James Franklin proclaimed how "great" his program was but not elite. Uh coach, great teams do not squander 12 point leads late.

Notre Dame made a statement win smoking Stanford at home 38-17. QB Ian Book, previously unknown to anyone but ND fans and his family, threw for 4 TDs. We all thought that Brian Kelly was doomed in South Bend, but he has rallied his team into a legit playoff contender. With Michigan playing well, the Irish look pretty good at this point.

Dabo Swinney had an eventful week. Senior QB and previous starting QB Kelly Bryant decided to transfer after learning that he lost his job to highly regarded frosh Trevor "Thor" Lawrence. Bryant is taking advantage of two rules, the grad transfer and the new four game redshirt rule, so that he can start elsewhere. Meanwhile, Lawrence takes on a Syracuse defender head on and cannot play. Enter Chase Brice, really unknown except to the most avid Clemson fans, who rallies the Tigers late to beat Syracuse 27-23. 

I was proud of the Gators again as they outlasted Miss St in Starkvegas 13-6. Feleipe Franks has become a serviceable SEC QB and Dan Mullen, returning to an emotional crowd after coaching there 9 years, had the perfect scheme. The Gators are still flawed and need elite players, but I will take 4-1. Kentucky beat SC at home 24-10, and the Gators loss to them, while not great, does not look nearly as bad.

As for the playoff, Alabama is the overwhelming favorite. To me, Ohio St is the next best team. Georgia is very good, but not as good as last year. Clemson I feel the same, but their path within a weak ACC makes them almost a sure thing. Lincoln Riley at OU is the new offensive genius as they score and score again no matter who is playing.  

Weekend Summary

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Summary

The first real shake up of the top ten occurred this weekend as #s 2, 6, 7 and 8 all lost. Georgia went into Baton Rouge with impressive wins, although some weaknesses were there, and got blasted by LSU 36-16. Georgia went away from its bread and butter, the run game early and never recovered. Once they fell behind by double digits Jake Fromm could not bring them back against the LSU defense. Iowa St just beat West Virginia 30-14 (never bought into WV as a true contender), Oregon outlasted Washington 30-27 in OT and Mich St edged Penn St 21-17. Anyway, Penn St continues to be great but not elite, sure James.

The beneficiaries of these losses are Texas, Michigan and yes, UCF, still riding the nations longest winning streak at 19 games after squeaking by Memphis 31-30. Even the Gators, overcoming an ugly first half trailing Vandy 21-3 to win 37-27 have an outside chance.

We saw something less than perfect from Alabama as Tua T played with a sprained knee and only threw for 3 scores. The Tide beat Mizzou 39-10. Notre Dame came back at home to nip Pitt late 19-14.

The fickle nature of the game, mental fatigue, injuries, lesser teams improving (ask Auburn losing to Tenn at home) has made this a free for all. It is best just to observe for a week or so before projecting.

 

Weekend Summary

Well, as always, the chaos shifts from the unbeaten to the one loss teams. Ohio St was perceived to be a team with the talent to challenge Bama, but the weight of the preseason may have caught up with their coach, the pontiff. The Buckeyes went into West Lafayette last night seemingly unprepared as Purdue smashed then 49-20. When an underdog gets the lead on the favorite you are always waiting on the comeback, but Purdue not only held off OSU but they crushed them late with big plays. QB Blough, RB Knox and WR Moore all had big nights. OSU QB Dwayne Haskins is probably still alive in the Heisman race, and he did go 49-73 for 470 yds, but oddly enough this game hurt his chances. I have heard reports that Meyer is complaining of health issues so last night did not help.

Tenn beat Auburn last week so they were somewhat upbeat going into the "3rd Sat in Oct" clash with Alabama. Tua Tagovailoa got the Tide off to a fast start in a 58-21 rout. Tua has thrown 25 TDs with get this, zero picks, and I say he may have locked up the Heisman now. We will see if LSU can slow him down. NC State came into Death Valley 5-0, and in their minds were playing a big game. Yeah right as Clemson beat them 41-7. Everyone is on Dabo for his handling of the QB, but he knows that his only chance to beat Bama is with Trevor Lawrence.   

Michigan bested Mich St 21-7, and the Wolverines may finally win the Big Ten this year. There were some unnecessary pre-game antics but Sparty has declined in the past few years and Harbaugh is getting it together,. LSU easily beat Miss St 19-3 setting up the big match in two weeks.

There are some big games upcoming so now is the time to watch and enjoy. 

 

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