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Weekend Summary

It finally happened, the Gators beat the Dawgs 44-28. The Gators had to win this game in that Georgia had no QB plus many injuries. Kyle Trask is putting up big numbers and Kyle Pitts made some 5* DBs look silly yesterday (before he was injured in a terrible targeting play). Gators have to keep winning in order to face Bama in Atlanta.

Without Trevor Lawrence (give Dabo credit he did not pull any tricks to let him play) and some defensive starters, Clemson was not at full strength against Notre Dame. The Irish took full advantage and prevailed in a 47-40 double OT thriller. This may have gotten them playoff cred and Clemson is now knows they cannot lose again.

What's up in the Big 10. Michigan and Penn St have losing records at the same time for the first time since 1987. Indiana and Northwestern are both 3-0 since I think never. The two hot coaching prospects of Harbaugh and Franklin could be on thin ice. Another  hot commodity, Nebraska coach Scott Frost, has found it is easier to recruit talent at Central Florida than Nebraska (heresy for us older folk). Ohio St is still a top 2 team.

Good to see the Pac 12 playing again. The group of 5 has some good stories. Cincinnati may be a legit team and could find itself in playoff contention. BYU is not bad. Liberty beat Va Tech when the Hokies had a snafu late. Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze will be back in the SEC soon. Coastal Carolina is now 7-0.  

Weekend Summary

Summing it up, COVID cancelled a lot of games and The Masters is being played in November. I did watch a few games at night however.

The best teams improve during the season. Notre Dame looked average early but yesterday won easily at BC following their win over Clemson last week. The Florida offense is playing at a Spurrier level with Kyle Trask on a record breaking pace for TD passes. I never thought that I would see another Gator QB with the football IQ of Danny Wuerffel but Trask knows where to find the open receiver. He threw 6 more TDs last night in the 63-35 win over Arkansas despite his best receiver not playing. Trask is in the Heisman race for real.

Wisconsin could be a legit playoff contender as they whomped Michigan in the Big House 49-11. They are extremely well coached year after year with a roster in the 15-20 range. Indiana won again to go 4-0. The two long time powers of Michigan and Penn State are a combined 1-7. Jim Harbaugh seemingly has to be in settlement negotiations as his team seemed to capitulate last night. James Franklin may also be looking elsewhere as it is beyond belief that Penn St can ever be 0-4.

That's really about it. It is too soon to tell if anyone in the Pac12 is playoff level although recent history says no. We will see how many games get played next week.

Weekend Summary

Alabama- demolished Kentucky 63-3 and clearly the best team no questions asked.

Notre Dame - week off

Ohio St - first big test and passed barely; Justin Fields not his best game and their pass defense was shredded by Penix (who Pruitt at Tenn ran off).

Clemson - game against FSU postponed Sat morning; best break for FSU this season

Texas A&M - game postponed COVID

Florida - slept walked against Vandy but won 38-17.

Cincinnati - won a wild one against UCF 36-33.

BYU - destroyed N Alabama

Wisconsin - lost to Northwestern 17-7; their QB not as good as I thought.

Could we have a playoff with Cincinnati, Northwestern or BYU in it? They may be good stories but all would lose in first round. I know I am a Gator, but they match up against anyone but Bama at this stage.

Of course, we continue the great ride happening in my hometown with Coastal Carolina. The App St Mountaineers came in to Brooks Stadium, the 4 time defending Sun Belt champs and a good team. QB Grayson McCall ran and passed the Chants to scores. The defense made two key picks for a 34-23 win. 8-0 and now awaiting Liberty who finally lost at NC State 15-14.

@scbeerman posted:

Weekend Summary

Alabama- demolished Kentucky 63-3 and clearly the best team no questions asked.

Notre Dame - week off

Ohio St - first big test and passed barely; Justin Fields not his best game and their pass defense was shredded by Penix (who Pruitt at Tenn ran off).

Clemson - game against FSU postponed Sat morning; best break for FSU this season

Texas A&M - game postponed COVID

Florida - slept walked against Vandy but won 38-17.

Cincinnati - won a wild one against UCF 36-33.

BYU - destroyed N Alabama

Wisconsin - lost to Northwestern 17-7; their QB not as good as I thought.

Could we have a playoff with Cincinnati, Northwestern or BYU in it? They may be good stories but all would lose in first round. I know I am a Gator, but they match up against anyone but Bama at this stage.

Of course, we continue the great ride happening in my hometown with Coastal Carolina. The App St Mountaineers came in to Brooks Stadium, the 4 time defending Sun Belt champs and a good team. QB Grayson McCall ran and passed the Chants to scores. The defense made two key picks for a 34-23 win. 8-0 and now awaiting Liberty who finally lost at NC State 15-14.

Justin Fields had his worst game as a Buckeye, it seemed as if he was trying too hard to make Heisman plays instead of just playing his usual game. 

BYU is out of the playoff discussion IMO after ducking Washington.

Dabo Swinney continues to be insufferable.  HIS team was the one with Covid cases, that forced FSU into a tough decision of cancelling the game.  Did FSU escape a beatdown, most likely.   But Dabo needs to get off his soapbox and worry about keeping his kids healthy.

Weekend Summary

It was Thanksgiving weekend which meant rivalry games and a few were played. We saw history made as Vandy ladies soccer goalie Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a P5 game. The Dores inept offense limited her to a kickoff only, but good for her. Buffalo RB Jaret Patterson rushed for over 400 yds and 8 TDs in a win over Kent St.

A few of you were on Dabo for his comments about FSU last week. Turns out FSU allowed Virginia to travel to Tallahassee before cancelling again. This is poor management of the problem as the game could have been called before the Wahoos left Charlottesville. We know it cost Virginia $300,000 to make the trip for nothing. FSU coach Mike Norvell clearly wants the season over and for good reason.

Nick Saban good COVID for real this time and did not coach the Iron Bowl. no problem as the Tide rolled Auburn 42-13. The Bama defense is looking good which spells trouble for everyone in their path. Notre Dame may be better than I thought as they won a tough game at NC 31-17. Their style of using TEs and good defense is proving effective. Clemson welcomed Trevor Lawrence back and easily beat Pitt (up 31-0 in 1st Q). Florida started slow but pulled away from Kentucky (they were 16 players down but played) 34-10. Kyle Pitts returned for the first time in 3 weeks and caught 3 TDs. The Gators may be a top 4 team in ability but they have to win out and beat Bama (not seeing it at present time) to make the playoff. Texas A&M survived a bad performance by Kellen Mond to down LSU in a boring 20-7 win.

As for the other outside contenders that played, Northwestern lost to Mich St thus leaving Ohio St as the only Big 10 playoff hopeful. The slim Pac 12 hopeful Oregon lost to Oregon St late.

Noting that QBs Kyle Trask, Mac Jones, Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields are the leading Heisman contenders. Also noting that Lawrence and Fields are likely the first two picks in the draft. That being said, Alabama WR Devonta Smith and Florida TE Kyle Pitts are the best two players in CFB this season. Defenses have no answer for either player as they score at record paces.

As always in this dreadful year, we will see which games are played next week.

My weekend summary will be posted either late Sunday afternoon or Monday. My son's wedding is this weekend. Yes, we are observing as many safety protocols as possible, but we all know there is no guarantee. The wedding was originally scheduled for late April.

In another 2020 moment, Liberty has cancelled their appearance against Coastal Carolina this Saturday. The Chants contacted BYU who needs a game and the Cougars are traveling cross country to play this Saturday. GameDay was already scheduled to come here, so it should be a big day. Heady times here in Conway, SC.

Weekend Summary

You have dreams, fairy tales, rags to riches stories and then you have the magical and improbable 2020 season for Coastal Carolina. I am positive that the odds of CCU being 10-0, beating 2 ranked teams (one more than Ohio St) well exceeded 1,000-1 before the season started. The Chants were picked to be last in their division preseason. Then the whirlwind events of last week when Liberty cancelled and BYU agreed to come cross country since they desperately needed a game against a quality opponent. Well, they got one as the 11 point underdog Chants won a 22-17 thriller as they stopped BYU on the one yard line as the game ended. For a school with a national baseball title, this could be their great achievement. And as put eloquently by ESPN's Marty Smith (a frequent Grand Strand visitor), it is not the first time that a Cougar has come to Myrtle Beach and left disappointed.

On to the playoff picture as all in the chase won last weekend.

Alabama - in even of they lose a close one to Florida in the SEC game.

Notre Dame - good chance of being in unless they are blown out by Clemson in the ACC game. The league knows this and cancelled some games in order to insure that both teams are not upset beforehand.

Clemson - needs to beat ND and should, but it will be closer than most think.

Ohio St - needs to play games and Michigan may not comply. Then up to the committee.

Texas A & M - probably needs a Clemson blowout, a Bama win, or Ohio St either losing or not playing enough games.

Florida - needs to beat Bama which this Gator fan views unlikely.

Cincinnati - needs chaos

@csm posted:

Michigan has cancelled The Game, leaving Ohio State one game short of eligibility for the B1G Championship Game.  2020 strikes again. Will be interesting to see how the committee deals with this.

As a Buckeye fan, hard to believe anything other than they found a way to try and screw over Ohio State, and didn't want to take their annual *ss whipping (Ohio State was a 30 point favorite).   Xichigan was cleared for practice yesterday.

Ohio State has a number of options on the table for a make up game.  While they may not make the Big 10 Championship game, hard to believe the Playoff committee wouldn't vote them into the playoffs.

@patespo1 posted:

As a Buckeye fan, hard to believe anything other than they found a way to try and screw over Ohio State, and didn't want to take their annual *ss whipping (Ohio State was a 30 point favorite).   Xichigan was cleared for practice yesterday.

Ohio State has a number of options on the table for a make up game.  While they may not make the Big 10 Championship game, hard to believe the Playoff committee wouldn't vote them into the playoffs.

Why not have another rigged vote?

Weekend Summary

Former Gator WR Chris Doering stated it best "this was the most pathetic stupid loss in my 38 years as a fan and player". He was being kind. Dan Mullen has been exposed as a great play caller and offensive mind, but a terrible leader off the field. His team was unprepared, lacked a killer instinct (this for the past four weeks) and he held his best player out for next week. He stated that this game was meaningless since beating Bama (haha) was all he needed for the playoff. The result was a 37-34 upset loss to a 23 point underdog and under-manned LSU squad. Good bye playoffs and good bye Heisman to Kyle Trask. Mullen better make changes or the Gators will be a 9-3 team forever. Not even being close to elite.

Nothing else left to say.

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