Tua Tagovailoa, the presumed 2018 Heisman Trophy winner, played his worst game, throwing 10 incompletions and the Tide needed the 2nd quarter to put the game away.
They call it Death Valley for a reason. LSU rushed for nearly 300 yards and Joe Burrow continued to be every LSU QB, just good enough.
#3 Ohio State Buckeyes 30, Minnesota Gophers 14
Dwayne Haskins throws for 400 yards and 3 more touchdowns. A 17-14 game at half turned into a rout, because the Buckeyes did what good teams do: kill the will of the opposition.
Pitt fired its Ultra Super Mega Death Weapon but it only broke the shield of the Fighting Irish. ND looked vulnerable and any other team beats ND but not this team and not on this day.
This game wasn’t even close, once the ‘Clones went up 20-7 midway through the second quarter, WVU quit, minus one play from the defense.
#17 Oregon 30, #7 Washington 27
Sparty did what Sparty does, refused to go away and just kept fighting. Penn State now drops out of Big Ten contention.
Baylor never went away and had a chance to win the game at the end. A receiver dropped a pass and then Charlie Brewer misfired on two more chances.
Still defending national champions, no matter how tough the game was.
Wisconsin is that friend who is given $100 dollars and then proceeds to buy lottery tickets and wonders why it never has nice things.
Dan Mullen avoided the moniker “Florida coach who lost to Vanderbilt”.
The downfall of the Hurricanes still amazes me. I watched that 2000-2002 squad and thought “this might seriously be the best team ever”. Now....this.
Just know that this game wasn’t nearly as close the final score shows because Colorado scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to make it an 11-point game. It was 28-7 at one point.
That season opening win for the Mountaineers looked really good at 6 PM. Gus Malzahn has broken his offense.
Jimbo Fisher continues to be the coach that Kevin Sumlin wasn’t, winning close, physical games.
#23 South Florida Bulls 25, Tulsa 24
Charlie Strong is a good coach, just not at Texas.
For the second week in a row, eight different ranked teams lost. In the past two weeks five different unranked teams have lost. Chaos fully reigns in college football. Because there is so much turnover and turmoil, it is hard to rank teams but here goes.
My Top 25
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- West Virginia
- Penn State
- NC State
- Texas A&M
- South Florida
- Iowa State
- Texas Tech
- Mississippi State
To be honest, given how the last two weeks have shaken out, I really don’t even think a playoff is necessary at this point. I just want to see if Dwayne Haskins can beat Nick Saban or if we just should give Alabama the trophy until Saban retires and then see if we have competitive games.
The gap between #2 and #3 is so large. I put LSU at 3 because their resume shows they have played one of the toughest schedules and they continue to win against Top 25 competition. Clemson, their schedule and conference is trash and Notre Dame is just itching to get beat.
I’m not convinced UCF is a top 10 team but do you show your bias and keep them in the middle of the pack when they keep winning? West Virginia drops to middle of the pack, which is likely where they should be. They got punched in the mouth and they quit.