College Football Recap- Week 10

Week #10 was deemed “Statement Saturday” or “Separation Saturday”, however you want to look at it. And when the dust had settled, there were most definitely a handful of highly ranked teams who made emphatic statements! These teams certainly separated themselves from the rest of the “Cluster”, and put themselves in a very good position moving forward.

The big question is, “Can they finish”? Will the winners of these big games this past Saturday continue to dominate and win-out, or will they stumble at some point along the way and watch their playoff hopes vanish before their very eyes?

I know that college football fans all across the nation will be holding their breath throughout this final month, hoping that “Their Team” rises to the occasion, and hoping that “Their Team” finds a way to earn one of those four, coveted spots in the playoffs!

The Marquis Match-Ups 

Alabama- 29, LSU- 0 
Well this game looked very, very familiar as the Crimson Tide won in typical “Alabama” fashion! They controlled the game from start to finish, their defense was suffocating, and their offense was balanced. The LSU defense played hard and contained Alabama for about 2 and 1/2 quarters. But with absolutely no help from the offense, the Tiger defense eventually wore out. The Crimson Tide held LSU to 196 yards of offense (12 yards rushing) and 13 first downs. And most of that came in the 4th quarter when the game was already over. Alabama solidified itself as the #1 team in the nation!

Michigan- 42, Penn State- 7 
The Wolverines put together another dominating performance! Their defense continues to play very well, and they have done an excellent job of getting opposing offenses off the field. Once again, Michigan was able to establish the run game and control the “Time of Possession”. Penn State was dealing with some injuries, and it was obvious that Trace McSorley was not 100%, so this did not help the situation. Late in the 3rd quarter, the score was only 14-0. But then Shea Patterson hit tight-end, Zach Gentry, on a 7 yard touchdown pass to make it 21-0. Less than a minute later, Brandon Watson intercepted a pass from Tommy Stevens and raced 62 yards for a “Pick 6”, which blew the game wide open!

Georgia-34, Kentucky- 17 
I did pick Georgia to win, but I was shocked that they posted 34 points! And I was even more shocked that the Bulldogs rushed for 331 yards! The Kentucky defense had played so good all season long, but Georgia pushed them around and made it look easy. When D’Andre Swift galloped 83 yards for a touchdown with 7:56 left in the 3rd quarter, Georgia found themselves leading 28-3. Give the Wildcats credit because they did not quit, and they eventually closed the gap to 31-17. But it was very evident that Georgia was the superior team!

West Virginia- 42, Texas- 41 
This game started out like a high-speed chase in an action movie! Each team traded scores through the first two quarters, and when halftime arrived, the Longhorns found themselves clinging to a 28-27 advantage. The pace slowed way down in the 3rd quarter, as the only score was a 22 yard field goal by Texas kicker, Cameron Dicker.  The Mountaineers finally tied the game in the 4th when Martell Pettaway scampered for a 13 yard touchdown run.

The Longhorns quickly moved the ball downfield and regained the lead, 41-34, when Sam Ehlinger hit Devin Duvernay on a 48 yard touchdown pass. It was a great play! However, the problem is that they left too much time on the clock (over 2 minutes). Will Grier led his team on an efficient 2-minute drive, and then connected with Gary Jennings on an “absolutely beautiful” 33 yard touchdown pass. Head coach, Dana Holgorsen said, “Let’s win the game”! So West Virginia went for “Two” and got it…Twice Actually! It was an incredible ending!

Exciting Games 

Oklahoma- 51, Texas Tech- 46 
This was an extremely entertaining game in the Big 12! The Red Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 lead, courtesy of a couple interceptions by Kyler Murray. Once the Sooners settled down, they were able to close the gap to 31-28 before halftime. The 4th quarter was filled with all kinds of drama, and ultimately, Oklahoma escaped with a victory.

Purdue- 38, Iowa- 36 
This was another “back-and-forth” game with a lot of points. Late in the 3rd quarter, Purdue stretched out their lead to 35-23 on a 3 yard touchdown pass to Terry Wright. The Hawkeyes fought their way back in the 4th quarter with two touchdown drives, and took the lead 36-35. However, the 2-point conversion failed which left the door open for the Boilermakers.

Because of a short punt, Purdue was able to begin their final drive at the 50 yard line. They eventually moved the ball down to the 7 yard line and called a timeout with 11 seconds remaining. Spencer Evans booted the game winning field goal, and the Boilermakers celebrated a very big win!

Surprising Results 
The following games were really surprising to me, both the outcome and the final score! Congratulations to all of the winners! As for the losing teams, you really squandered excellent opportunities! And Miami…What is going on???Pitt- 23, Virginia- 13
Tulane- 41, USF- 15 
Arizona State- 38, Utah- 20
Missouri- 38, Florida- 17
Duke- 20, Miami- 12 

Nice Rebounds 
The following teams rebounded nicely to salvage their seasons! We’ll see if they can continue in a positive direction?
Arizona State, Mississippi State, and Auburn 

Remaining Playoff Contenders 
Well, we are down to 11 teams with 0 or 1 loss. And even without any unforeseen upsets, this list will continue to dwindle because most of these teams will play each other.
Cincinnati plays at UCF on November 17th
Oklahoma plays at West Virginia on November 23rd (And they may have to play again the following week)
Michigan plays at Ohio State on November 24th
Alabama and Georgia will face off on December 1st in the SEC Championship Game

AAC 
UCF (8-0) and Cincinnati (8-1) (2 Teams) 

ACC 
Clemson (9-0) (1 Team) 

Big 12 
Oklahoma (8-1) and West Virginia (7-1) (2 Teams) 

Big 10 
Michigan (8-1) and “TTFDB” (8-1) (2 Teams) 

Pac 12 
Washington State (8-1) (1 Team) 

SEC 
Alabama (9-0) and Georgia (8-1) (2 Teams) 

Other 
Notre Dame (9-0) (1 Team)