The Weekend: Week 11
Similar to week 6, week 11 was an eventful weekend. The playoff committee will have a semi-tough task picking a top 4 this week, which I'm sure will have two new teams in it (even though it was some big games, none of which were true upsets). Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Auburn were all favorites but the opponents they lost to were quality opponents, Auburn being the only one losing to an unranked opponent. Four more weeks remain for most of these teams, let's see who can weather the storms.
Florida State (9-0) LW 1, W 34-20 Virginia
Mississippi State (9-0) LW 2, W 45-16 UT-Martin
Oregon (9-1) LW 4, W 51-27 @ #22 Utah
Alabama (8-1) LW 6, W 20-13 OT @ #21 LSU
Baylor (8-1) LW 9, W 48-14 @ #18 Oklahoma
Ohio State (8-1) LW 10, W 49-37 @ #3 Michigan State
Arizona State (8-1) LW 11, W 55-31 #7 Notre Dame
TCU (8-1) LW 13, W 41-20 #8 Kansas State
Michigan State (7-2) LW 3, L 37-49 #10 Ohio State
Nebraska (8-1) LW 12, BYE
Auburn (7-2) LW 5, L 38-41 Texas A&M
Notre Dame (7-2) LW 7, 31-55 #11 Arizona State
Marshall (9-0) LW 14, W 63-17 @ Southern Miss
Kansas State (7-2) LW 8, L 20-41 @ #13 TCU
Ole Miss (8-2) LW 15, W 48-0 Presbyterian
Georgia (7-2) LW 16, W 63-31 @ Kentucky
Clemson (7-2) LW 17, W 34-20 @ Wake Forest
Duke (8-1) LW 19, W 27-10 @ Syracuse
UCLA (8-2) LW 20, W 44-30 @ Washington
Wisconsin (7-2) LW 24, W 34-16 @ Purdue
Texas A&M (7-3) LW NR, 41-38 @ #Auburn
ECU (6-2) LW 23, BYE
Georgia Tech (8-2) LW NR, W 56-23 @ NC-State
Miami (6-3) LW 25, BYE
Arizona (7-2) LW NR, 38-20 Colorado
- The one thing I noticed about this week was all the road games. 13 teams in this week's Fan-i 25 played on the road last Saturday: the most this season.
- Florida State and Mississippi State are the best two teams this season, both playing the most consistent football. They are two of the three remaining schools left, the third being Marshall, but they are playing much tougher opponents. Mississippi has the tougher road with two top 25 teams remaining on the schedule, Florida State has none. Both will have to worry about potential traps in their conference championship game.
- Ohio State shocked me with their win against Michigan State. I was very sold on the Spartans and felt they would definitely get the job done at home. The Buckeyes are doing this without their starting QB and RB, but somehow is finding ways to win. Their only loss was against V.Tech at home, which was probably J.T. Barrett's worst game. He had his best game against the Spartans with 5 Total TDs.
- Arizona State is probably the sleeper team in the top ten. Their only loss came in week 5 against UCLA, but since then they have won 5 straight, 4 of which were against a ranked team.
- TCU is steadily making me a believer. TCU has been in the playoff conversation all season it seem like. After they defeated Oklahoma it just amplified the hype. This team looks to be more than hype though. If it wasn't for that hiccup against Baylor, they would still be undefeated.
Baller of the Weekend
QB, J.T. Barrett, Ohio State - 386 total yards 5 total TDs vs Michigan State
- RB Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn - 30 carries, 221 yards, 3 TDs vs Texas A&M
- RB Aaron Green, TCU - 18 carries, 171 yards, TD vs Kansas State
- RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin - 25 carries, 205 yards, TD vs Purdue
I'm not sure where this person has been for the past 10 years. The new playoff is a game changer but college games has always been more important than NFL games. The one good thing about the BCS was that it created a win or go home feel during the regular season. You knew that 1 loss could eliminate you from National Championship and two would completely eliminate you (unless you play in the SEC).
I think it's safe to say that Jameis will be heading to the league after this season is over. Every week instead of talking about how great of a quarterback he is, we're forced to discuss some new breaking controversial story with him being the cover boy. I know Jameis isn't a saint and has made bad decision but to accuse him of point shaving is pathetic by the media. One thing you can't deny is that kid passion for the game, his team, and how much he wants to win. In order for a QB to perform "point shaving" I think bad throws would be needed and I don't see too many of them from Jameis.
The Big 10 and SEC has had a bit of a rivalry in the recent years. Ohio State lost to LSU and Florida in back-to-back BCS title games, 2006 and 2007, which kindled this rivalry. The SEC is the better team, even though they do have the advantage with 4 more teams in their conference. What really bothers me though is how both conferences' teams rarely plays one another. This season the two conferences split two games, LSU defeating Wisconsin 28-24, and Indiana upsetting Missouri 31-27. I can't think of many recent matchups between the two big heads of the conference, which to me is a problem. I think for one week, at least 4 games should include Big 10 vs SEC between the best and mediocre teams in the conference without that neutral site non-sense.
This is the difference between Oregon and Utah. Premature celebrations are always a bad thing in the sport of football. We seen Desean Jackson do this in the NFL but I think this kid's mistake hurt much more. If Clay does hold onto the ball and scores, the Utes would have had 14-0 nothing lead on the Ducks, at home, with a ton of momentum. Instead the Ducks tie the ball and suck all life out of the Rice-Eccles stadium. Very unfortunate for the Utes and Kaelin Clay.
Game to Watch:
- #1 Mississippi State @ #4 Alabama - Another test for the Bulldogs and another opportunity for the Tide to prove their dominance. Whoever wins this game will end up being #1 in the country, so expect chippiness.
- #2 Florida State @ Miami - If this was the early 2000s, then this would be a game between two top 5 teams but instead its a potential trap game for Seminoles.
- #11 Auburn @ #16 Georgia - No real playoff implications in this one but it should be a good SEC brawl.
- #10 Nebraska @ #20 Wisconsin - Ameer Abdullah and Melvin Gordon combine for 2,751 yards and 36 TDs. Both will be playing on Sundays but Saturday it will be fun to see these two run the rock.