If you are anything like my friends, you were pumped after leaving the Georgia Tech game, then you decided to stop at Lucky Buddha on the way home. So instead of watching all of the incredible football played last night, you spent the night in the bathroom with stomach troubles. If so, it’s alright. I’ll bring you up to speed on everything you need to know about Saturday.
General College Football
- #1 Alabama eked out a win in Oxford over #19 Ole Miss 48-43 because of course they did. First, they fell behind 21 points, then they nearly blew an 18 point 4th quarter lead. Maybe the Tide are mortal too. (Ah, who are we kidding?)
- #12 Michigan State went to South Bend and took down #18 Notre Dame 36-28 in, like, the third best game last night.
- #3 Ohio State showed once again that they are a top team by destroying #14 Oklahoma in Norman 45-24. The Buckeyes put this one away early and look like a real contender.
- #11 Texas lost a shootout to Cal, meaning the only undefeated Big 12 team left is Baylor. It seems likely that the Big 12 won’t reach the playoffs this year.
- Nebraska beat #22 Oregon, 35-32. The Cornhuskers look much improved this season.
- LSU answered a lot of questions about their offense by putting up 23 points on Mississippi State, but held on for a 23-20 win after failing to score after halftime and giving up a pair of late touchdowns.
- Texas A&M looked decent putting down Auburn 23-16. They might be second-best team in the SEC.
- Also, Power 5 teams, stop scheduling North Dakota State. They are really, really good. They took down #13 Iowa at Iowa. They should be an FBS team, and could possibly crack the top-25 right now if they were.
Out of Conference Opponents
Georgia Southern 23-Louisiana Monroe 21
I’m sure this was a much closer game than the Eagles wanted. ULM is not a particularly good team, and GSU had them at home. The Eagles should still be decent this year, but maybe not as good as last year.
Mercer 34-Tennessee Tech 27
Mercer got its first win of the season against Tennessee Tech.
Georgia 28-Missouri 27
It did not look like Missouri wanted this game. The Tigers had five turnovers, four in the second half! They fumbled at the 50 yard line with just over a minute remaining. The Tigers gave away this game and Georgia begrudgingly took it. Jacob Eason looks like he’s going to need more time to get comfortable with the offense. His stat line looks okay, but Mizzou sold out to stop the run. Chubb only had 63 yards on 19 rushes with Michel only adding 37 yards on 9 rushes. You can beat this team by simply stopping the run.
ACC vs. Cupcakes
North Carolina 56, James Madison 28
A little concerning their defense gave up 28 points, but we will see.
NC State 49, Old Dominion 22
The Wolfpack bounced back from their loss to ECU. ODU is FBS now, but they aren’t any good.
Wake Forest 38, Delaware 21
The Demon Deacons are now 0-3!
...wait, make that...3-0?
Clemson 59, SC State 0
The Bulldogs gave up a touchdown by tossing the ball to the referee before kneeling down for a touchback, and the second half was (mercifully) shortened to 12-minute quarters.
Syracuse 20-South Florida 45
South Florida is actually a pretty good team, they’re predicted to win the AAC East. But still, they shouldn’t wreck an ACC team like this. The Orange defense is bad, really bad. It makes you question if Louisville is even that good. Oh wait....
Louisville 63-Florida State 20
What was I saying again? Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals tore through the Seminoles in arguably the biggest game of the day. Jackson ran for 146 yards and 4 touchdowns, which would have been huge if he was running back, but as a quarterback it is insane. Florida State needed some late points to avoid their worst loss ever. Louisville is now the favorite to win the Atlantic and should be ranked in the top two. The thought of facing them is giving me nightmares about us trying to stop a mobile quarterback.
Duke 13-Northwestern 24
Did Duke just lose to Northwestern? The 0-2 team that has lost to Western Michigan and Illinois State? Did they give up 24 points to a team that could only muster 7 against an FCS opponent? Yes. Yes they did. The Blue Devils look like they’ll be fighting Virginia to stay out of the Coastal basement. Speaking of Virginia...
Virginia 10-UConn 13
The Cavaliers did their best to outdo Duke by losing to the Huskies. The Huskies earlier this season beat Maine by only three points, as much as they beat the Cavaliers by. The Cavs lost this game by hurrying their field goal team on to the field, barely getting the ball snapped before time expired, and then watching their kicker end his first-ever game of organized football by missing a game-tying field goal. Good job Virginia, you are roughly as good as a mid-level FCS team.
Miami 45-Appalachian State 10
The Hurricanes traveled to Boone, North Carolina to take on the Mountaineers. Many people thought this game was rip for an upset, but Miami easily handled business against a solid App State team. The Brad Kaaya hype train has been buried because of Lamar Jackson, but he looked very good today with 368 yards on 21-27 passing. The Hurricanes get a bye before heading up to the Flats to take on GT.
Oklahoma State 45-Pittsburgh 38
Controversial loss to Central Michigan aside, Oklahoma State is a good football team, and beating them in Stillwater was going to be a tough task. The Panthers got behind early, but came storming back before a real storm delayed the game for two hours. The delay killed any momentum that Pitt had, and the Cowboys just pulled off the victory with a late touchdown. I really thought Pitt’s defense would be very good this year, but they’ve looked mediocre so far. Their offense has been much stronger and it has made up for the defensive deficiencies. Pitt takes on UNC next week in Chapel Hill. The winner of that game likely becomes the favorite to win the Coastal.
Virginia Tech 49-Boston College 0
And now we get to the real surprisingly good offense and surprisingly bad defense. The Hokies didn’t just beat Boston College, they destroyed them in every facet of the game. BC only mustered 124 yards and 6 first downs the entire game. The Hokie defense just totally shut them down. Offensively, VT went for 456 yards and scored 7 touchdowns. Quarterback Jerod Evans looked especially good, throwing for 253 yards and five touchdowns. VT looks like a Coastal contender this season. First, they have to ward off ACC-kryptonite ECU next week.