The Good, The Bad and The NCAA
What a week in College Football! Some Huge Plays and Great games this week.Tons of big hits and plays this week in College Football. Let’s check in on what happened….
Oklahoma looked like it had a clear path to the playoff. It had already hurdled Texas this month, and the Big 12 isn’t a league loaded with top-15 teams this season. It also doesn’t have many pushovers, as the Sooners learned the hard way Saturday.
Kansas State scored on eight consecutive possessions, then held on for a 48-41 victory to deal Oklahoma its first loss of the season and leave the Big 12 without an undefeated team.
Unquestionably, it’s a stellar result for first-year coach Chris Klieman, who won his share of big games while leading North Dakota State to four FCS titles. K-State (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) had some commendably long drives, but also took advantage of short fields created by an interception, a fumble and a short punt.
For as much as Michigan has come up wanting in big games under the fifth-year coach, the Wolverines’ 45-14 demolition of Notre Dame is one of Harbaugh’s finest moments since returning to his alma mater.
While Hassan Haskins (20 carries, 149 yards) played a role, this was very much a masterpiece for the Michigan defense. Notre Dame managed just 3.0 yards a play and 1.5 yards a rush, and it took 10 possessions before the Irish got on the scoreboard.
Mac Jones the Jacksonville Florida native took control of the Tide this week. The Alabama quarterback encountered minimal resistance in his first start in place of the injured Tua Tagovailoa. Arkansas proved to be the perfect opponent to ease into a starting role against as Jones completed 18 of 22 for 235 yards and three touchdowns as the Crimson Tide pummeled the Razorbacks, 48-7.
The Nov. 9 game between Alabama and LSU will, barring any change in the next week, indeed be a battle between No. 1 and No. 2 — just not in the order anyone initially expected. Following a 23-20 win over Auburn on Saturday, LSU is the new No. 1 team according to the latest AP Top 25 poll. The Tigers barely edged the Crimson Tide by two points (1,476 to 1,474) to claim the top spot. Furthermore, No. 3 Ohio State is only eight points away from LSU as voters clearly see those three teams as the best in college football. Alabama and LSU have an open week ahead of their Nov. 9 showdown in Tuscaloosa. Barring an extreme change of direction, they’ll stay in the top two spots for the next week.
Clemson and Penn State round out the top five while Oregon jumps up to No. 7 after barely beating Washington State on Saturday night. Oklahoma falls from No. 5 to No. 10 after its loss to Kansas State. Speaking of the Wildcats, they’re No. 22 and one of three new teams to be ranked this week along with No. 24 Memphis and No. 25 San Diego State. The biggest faller was Texas, which fell out of the standings entirely after losing to TCU.
Here’s how the entire AP Top 25 poll looks:
3. Ohio State
5. Penn State
16. Notre Dame
20. Appalachian State
21. Boise State
22. Kansas State
23. Wake Forest
25. San Diego State