College Football Playoff

The Weekend: Bama suffers home loss; Buckeyes struggle; Power 5 rankings

You never know what's going to happen on Saturday during the autumn months. We all look at the polls and records, and think we know who will win each week. Vegas had the Buckeyes a 34 ½-point favorites against Northern Illinois; they would only win 20-13 while committing 5 turnovers. Alabama was set to revenge their loss to Ole Miss from 1 season ago, instead they lose to Ole Miss in consecutive games for the first time ever. You can't really predict stuff in college football – I'm not surprised Bama loss though. This is the beauty of college football, each Saturday, we're walking into the unknown. 

AP Rankings

1Ohio State(42) 3-0 1490—

2Michigan State(7) 3-0 14152

3Ole Miss(11) 3-0 134512

4TCU 3-0 1345—

5Baylor 2-0 1213—

6Notre Dame 3-0 11832

7Georgia 3-0 1162—

8LSU(1) 2-0 10885

9UCLA 3-0 9811

10Florida State 3-0 9531

11Clemson 3-0 903—

12Alabama 2-1 88210

13Oregon 2-1 8551

14Texas A&M 3-0 7983

15Oklahoma 3-0 7821

16Arizona 3-0 4884

17Northwestern 3-0 4696

18Utah 3-0 4393

19USC 2-1 36713

20Georgia Tech 2-1 3526

21Stanford 2-1 288—

22Wisconsin 2-1 1742

BYU 2-1 1743

24Oklahoma State 3-0 1491

25Missouri 3-0 1353

Fan-I 15

1. Ohio State (3-0) LW 1 W 20-13 Northern Illinois
2. TCU (3-0) LW 2, W 56-37 SMU
3. Baylor (2-0) LW 4, BYE
4. Michigan State (3-0) LW 5, W 35-21 Air Force
5. LSU (2-0) LW 13, W 45-21 #6 Auburn
6. Florida State (2-0) LW 7, W 14-0 @ Boston College
7. Georgia (3-0) LW 8, South Carolina 52-20
8. UCLA (3-0) LW9, W 24-23 BYU
9. Notre Dame (3-0) LW 13, W 30-22 Georgia Tech
10. Alabama (2-1) LW 2, L 37-43 Ole Miss
11. Ole Miss (3-0) LW NR, W 43-37 #2 Alabama
12. Oregon (2-1) LW 11, W 61-28 Georgia State
13. Clemson (3-0) LW 12, W 20-17 @ Louisville
14. Oklahoma (3-0) LW 15, W 52-38 Tulsa
15. Auburn (2-1) LW 6, L 21-45 @ #13 LSU 

  • The SEC beat up on one another this week. This was a physical week that really separated the boys from the men. Alabama suffered a bad loss, one I think that will impact the program in recruiting, losing to Ole Miss for the second year straight. Ole Miss had a19-point lead in the fourth quarter, which led to the exiting of many Tide fans. Ole Miss did allow the Crimson Tide to come back but the Rebels answered with dagger-like plays that eventually took the spirit out of Bryant-Denney Stadium. On the good side, we seen the return of wide receiver Laquon Treadwell for Ole Miss. Treadwell broke his leg last season against Auburn, which was the beginning of the Rebels tumultuous late season run. This weekend against Bama, he caught 5 passes for 80 yards and a 4th quarter touchdown that put the Rebels up 19.
  • LSU made the biggest leap. I come to realization that Auburn is not that good. Of course Founette had one of the best rushing displays in recent memory – which I will get to later – but the Tigers on defense did not want to tackle anyone. Leonard Fournette had the best quote at the end of the game, “it's a football game, its not about talking”. When Fournette trucked over Auburn safety, Blake Countess, before running into the endzone, he essentially took the soul out of War Eagle's defense, because they didn't want to tackle anymore. LSU front line set the tone early because they were driving the Tigers front 7 down the field. Physically, LSU just outmatched Aubun, the primary reason why this game went the way it did. 
  • It's interesting seeing how the Buckeyes handle being champions. When you are the defending champs, you can't struggle with teams that aren't ranked. Even though every team you face that season is going to go for your jugglar, just to say they knocked off the champs, you can not have close games in September. Florida State went through it last season and I can see it happening with Ohio State. Did the Buckeyes look vulnerable on offense? Maybe, but their defense made the biggest plays of the day, Darron Lee returning the interception to put them up 10. Sometimes every game won't be perfect, but as long you get the “W”, that's all that really matters. 

 

Player of the Weekend

Leonard Fournette was unstoppable against Auburn. It will be interesting to see how teams prepare for him the rest of this season. (AP Photo) 

Leonard Fournette was unstoppable against Auburn. It will be interesting to see how teams prepare for him the rest of this season. (AP Photo) 

Leonard Fournette had no chill this weekend. Just like viral star, Brody, Fournette rocked a bald head and demolished Auburn. His performance has everyone crowning him as this year's Hiesman winner, which is obviously premature, but he did create the conversation. I've seen others also say he is ready for the NFL right now, and should be able to skip his mandatory junior season. The thing about this generations, we tend to easily forget. I understand that Fournette had a legendary performance as a sophomore, but he isn't the first. As far as the Heisman, Fournette has 6 touchdowns and 387 yards vs. SEC opponents, I think it's safe to say he is the front-runner. 

Honorable Mention:

  • Trevone Boykin, QB TCU – 21/30 454 yards 5 Tds, 50 rush yards 1 TD vs SMU
  • Jerrod Heard, QB Texas – 527 total yards 3 rushing Tds vs CAL
  • CJ Prosise, RB ND – 22 carries 198 yards 3 Tds vs Georgia Tech 

We've seen some great college football drama this week. The top 4 teams in our rankings and the AP rankings, I think will look completely different by time the first set of rankings are released. The SEC might only have 1 team in the playoff rankings, and I got that team being LSU. Other than that, it's no dominant teams in the SEC this year. Arkansas took an L for the SEC losing to their second straight out-of-conference opponent. By time the other SEC West teams get a chance to beat Arkansas, it won't hold much weight. 

USC losing to Stanford was a bad loss for the program, similar to Bama. The Trojans were highly-touted this season, but an early conference loss like this, won't play well in their favor. Reason why I think Bama and SC took blows to their program is because I think these are losses in the recruiting field also. When was the last time you seen Alabama fans leave a game early? I never thought they were best fans in college football – they were mainly riding the wave, but I've never seen them leave a game like that. 

The term “Power 5 Conference” is becoming one of favorites. Not only do it give a name to the best conferences in college football, but it's fun comparing them. Here is my ranking of the 5 conferences 

1. Big 12
2. SEC
3. Big Ten
4. Pac 12
5. ACC

Big 12 might not have as many teams as the SEC in the rankings, but they are 2-0 against the Southeastern Conference.  Arkansas took a butt-whooping from Texas Tech, who wasn't no where near the rankings to begin the season. Arkansas started the year ranked in the top 25 and has lost back-to-back games to un-ranked teams at home. 

Games to watch next week: 
 

*Fan-I Rankings

  • Utah @ #12 Oregon – The Ducks will have a tough conference battle with Utah and if James Jr. is still out with an injured index finger, than an upset could be on the horizon in Eugene.  
  • #2 TCU @ Texas Tech – The Horned Frogs are walking into a potential trap game, one I think will have implications on the playoffs rankings. 
  • #8 UCLA @ Arizona – Primetime game in Arizona are always tough. I wouldn't consider this a trap game because the Wildcats actually have some talent. Someone will suffer their first loss after this one. I expect a shootout. 

Natty Title Preview

The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here. In the 1st annual College Football Playoffs, Ohio State and Oregon will battle it out for the National Championship. Oregon is a 7 point favorite and rightfully so. They demolished the defending champs, Florida State, and was an early favorite coming into this season. Ohio State started off ranked 5th in the AP preseason poll but once Braxton Miller was ruled out for the season, everyone counted them out. Now with their 3rd string QB, they find themselves 1 win away from shocking the world. 

Ohio State did the unthinkable in the Sugar Bowl by defeating Alabama. I didn't think it was impossible for them to do it, I predicted that they would get it done. I wasn't sold on Bama, nor was I confident in Blake Sims, who threw 3 INTs. Cardale Jones didn't have an unbelievable game but he didn't cost the Buckeyes the game either, only 283 total yards for him. 

With 3:24 remaining on the clock, Elliot bust it for 85 yards that pretty much sealed the game for the Buckeyes. In his last 4 games, Elliot has rushed for 678 yards and 7 TDs. Someone is in the zone. (Al Tielemans/SI)

With 3:24 remaining on the clock, Elliot bust it for 85 yards that pretty much sealed the game for the Buckeyes. In his last 4 games, Elliot has rushed for 678 yards and 7 TDs. Someone is in the zone. (Al Tielemans/SI)

I do want to apologize to Ezekiel Elliot, who I said wasn't going to have a big game against Bama. Elliott not only played well but he rushed for 230 yards on the Tide, averaging 11.5 yards a carry. I did say that Elliot was needed to beat Bama and I was right on that part. I did not expect him to have a game like that though. 

The Buckeyes will need Elliott once again to have a monster game. He seems to get stronger by the game and the higher the importance, the harder he runs. Oregon's defense against Florida State proved they could play physical but they didn't stop the run. Delvin Cook and Karlos Williams both combined for 183 yards on 27 carries (6.7 yards a carry). Elliott has proved that he can handle that workload by himself. 

If the Buckeyes can get the running game going, Jones won't have to make so many plays. In the 1st quarter of the Sugar Bowl, the Buckeyes wasted two redzone opportunities trying to pass the ball instead of pounding the rock. Opportunities like that are not to be taking for granted against Oregon because they will turn it up on you. 

 Ohio State best bet is to slow the game down, similar to what FSU tried to do, just without the turnovers. Defensively, they shouldn't look to stop the Ducks but focus on containing them. Keep the big plays to a minimum, and make Mariota stay in the pocket. The Buckeyes in the last two games has kept both Melvin Gordon and Amari Cooper under 80 yards, now on their way to playing the third and winning Heisman finalist. 

Oregon has to speed this game up, similar to how they did Florida State. What was 18-13 at halftime, turned into a 27-point quarter for the Ducks. Mariota and the Ducks are going to need another great performance from their bruiser back, Thomas Tyner. Tyner gave the Ducks that physical presence they needed to beat the Noles and he'll have to do it again against the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes only allow 328 total yards a game, and similar to Stanford, they are very good against the run. 

It takes Oregon 10 seconds to get the play in from the pressbox, down to the field, and to Mariota. No one has ran this offense as well as Mariota. (Robert Beck/SI)

It takes Oregon 10 seconds to get the play in from the pressbox, down to the field, and to Mariota. No one has ran this offense as well as Mariota. (Robert Beck/SI)

Mariota must have the best game of his career. He has to put the pressure on Cardale Jones and the Buckeye's offense to score points. Unlike the Florida State game, I think his arm will be needed. I would say the defense won them the game against the Noles but this time Mariota will have to prove he is the Heisman. 

If I had to pick a winner for this game it would be Oregon. I like the Buckeyes defense but I think playing with a third string QB will finally catch up to them. Even though they beat Bama, scoring 28 straight, Jones still made some mistakes. Mistakes against Oregon will cost you even if its just one. If Jones can limit his mistakes to zero and keep up with Mariota, then the Buckeyes will have a chance, that's a big if though. I expect a great game with the final score being 42-31 Oregon. 

The Weekend: Week 6

What a weekend of college football. Of course the shocker of the week - and there was a lot of them - was Ole Miss defeating Bama in a classic SEC thriller. Ole Miss don't surprise me as much as they surprise other folks. Last season, I saw the potential in the Rebels in their 1st 3 games, when they defeated both Vandy and Texas on the road. They did go on to lose their next 3 games, @Bama, @Auburn, and vs Texas A&M, but then came back to defeat LSU. This was a young team last year, still young this year, but has much more experience. They are built on defense, only allowing 10 points a game and 8th in total defense, with 9 returning starters (4 seniors). I like this team a lot and if Bo Wallace can stay consistent for the remainder of the season, expect the Rebels to be in the playoff conversation.

AP Top 25

RKTEAMRECORDPTS

1Florida State (35)5-0 1461

2Auburn (23)5-0 1459

3Mississippi State (2)5-0 1320

3Ole Miss5-0 1320

5Baylor5-0 1258

6Notre Dame5-0 1186

7Alabama4-1 1060

8Michigan State4-1 981

9TCU4-0 979

10Arizona5-0 951

11Oklahoma4-1 904

12Oregon4-1 888

13Georgia4-1 854

14Texas A&M5-1 731

15Ohio State4-1 534

16Oklahoma State4-1 527

17Kansas State4-1 486

18UCLA4-1 460

19East Carolina4-1 344

20Arizona State4-1325

21Nebraska5-1283

22Georgia Tech5-0 235

23Missouri4-1 212

24Utah4-1 206

25Stanford3-2 143

Ole Miss isn't the only team in Mississippi shaking up the polls. The Bulldogs of Mississippi State is also undefeated, but has some bigger wins on their schedule. In back-to-back weeks, the Bulldogs has defeated top ten ranked opponents, both SEC teams. It doesn't get easier for the Bulldogs though, next on the schedule; AUBURN. 

Ole Miss isn't the only team in Mississippi shaking up the polls. The Bulldogs of Mississippi State is also undefeated, but has some bigger wins on their schedule. In back-to-back weeks, the Bulldogs has defeated top ten ranked opponents, both SEC teams. It doesn't get easier for the Bulldogs though, next on the schedule; AUBURN. 

Fan-i 25 

  1. Florida State (5-0) LW 1, W 43-3 Wake Forest 
  2. Auburn (5-0) LW 5, W 41-7 #14 LSU 
  3. Baylor (5-0) LW 6, W 28-7 @ Texas
  4. Ole Miss (5-0) LW 11, W 23-17 #2 Alabama 
  5. Mississippi State (5-0) LW 21, W 48-31 #7 Texas A&M 
  6. Notre Dame (5-0) LW 9, W 17-14 #17 Stanford 
  7. Michigan State (4-1) LW 10, W 27-22 #13 Nebraska 
  8. Alabama (4-1) LW 2, L 17-23 @ #11 Ole Miss 
  9. Oregon (4-1) LW 3, L 24-31 Arizona 
  10. Oklahoma (4-1) LW 4, L 33-37 @ #25 TCU 
  11. Georgia (4-1) LW 13, W 44-17 Vandy 
  12. Ohio State (4-1) LW 15, W 52-24 @ Maryland 
  13. Texas A&M (5-1) LW 7, L 31-48 @ #21 Miss. State 
  14. Arizona (5-0) LW NR, W 31-24 @ #3 Oregon 
  15. TCU (4-0) LW 25, W 37-33 #4 Oklahoma 
  16. Oklahoma State (4-1) LW 23, W 37-20 Iowa State 
  17. Arizona State (4-1) LW 20, W 38-35 @ #16 USC
  18. Marshall (5-0) LW 22, W 56-14 @ Old Dominion 
  19. Nebraska (5-1) LW 13, L 22-27 @ #10 Michigan State 
  20. Mizzou (4-1) LW 24, BYE
  21. UCLA (4-1) LW 8, L 28-30 Utah
  22. Kansas State (4-1) LW NR, W 45-13, Texas Tech 
  23. ECU (4-1) LW NR, W 45-24 SMU
  24. Georgia Tech (5-0) LW NR, W 28-17 Miami 
  25. Kentucky (4-1) LW NR, W 45-38 South Carolina 
  • I can't think of a weekend crazier than this one. Five of the top ten teams loss, 3 of which were in the top 5. I actually expected this to be a wild weekend, calling for a few upsets. 
  • USC, LSU, BYU, Stanford, and Wisconsin, all drop out of the top 25. USC, LSU, Wisconsin, and Stanford all have 2 losses after five games, which is shocking to me. I thought all 4 teams would have only 1 loss at the most by this point of the season. This just adds to what is becoming a long list of premier programs to sit outside of the top 25. 
  • Marshall will be this year's Non-BCS team to not get any national respect. Marshall hasn't played any ranked opponents and won't, but they currently outscore their opponents 238-79. Do I think they will be a playoff contender? Not really but if they finish undefeated, winning every game by large margins like they currently are, I don't see why they shouldn't get a chance. 

Baller of the Weekend 

ASU's Jalen Strong (21) snagged the game winning catch out of the air thanks to some disgraceful coverage by the USC secondary. This is greatest way to cap off the type of game Strong had. (AP Photo) 

ASU's Jalen Strong (21) snagged the game winning catch out of the air thanks to some disgraceful coverage by the USC secondary. This is greatest way to cap off the type of game Strong had. (AP Photo) 

WR Jalen Strong, Arizona State - 10 catches, 202 yards, 3 TDs vs USC

Honorable Mention: 

Franks (20) had touchdowns run of 70 yards, 95 yards, and 70 yards during the Bobcats 35-30 win over Idaho. (AP photo)

Franks (20) had touchdowns run of 70 yards, 95 yards, and 70 yards during the Bobcats 35-30 win over Idaho. (AP photo)

  • RB Terrence Franks, Texas State - 15 carries, 284 yards, 18.9 yard per carry, 3 TDs vs Idaho 
  • QB Nick Marshall, Auburn - 326 total yards, 4 TDs vs LSU
  • LB Richie Brown, Miss. State - 3 interceptions vs Texas A&M


They say the Noles haven't been consistent but yet they have defeated every team they faced, I don't get it. (AP Photo)

They say the Noles haven't been consistent but yet they have defeated every team they faced, I don't get it. (AP Photo)

Statements like this really scare me. I really feel like the committee will make this a lot harder than what it really has to be. Instead of actually picking the best 4 teams, I think they will pick the best 4 teams at that time, just like the BCS, and when I say "at that time" I mean that actually weekend. I have seen some of the experts actually put TCU in as one of the top 4, even putting Mississippi State as the top team with Florida State at #4, I don't understand that at all. 

The AP voters was so quick to knock FSU off the top spot last weekend just for Bama to lose in the very next week. I don't see how you can fault a team that hasn't loss. The Seminoles haven't looked as dominate as they did last year, but its a different season and they have a bigger target on their back. Every team is coming for them because they are the champs and they are at the top of the food chains. As far as consistency goes, I don't know how you can be more consistent than 5-0. At half vs Wake Forest, FSU only led 13-3, then they scored 40 unanswered points in the second half, whats more consistent than that? NC-State led the Noles at half last week 24-21, at home; second half the Noles outscored them 35-17. I say to all the experts; Stop Reaching. 

I am actually happy for the state of Mississippi. A state with no professional team has both of their big time college football programs at the top of the rankings. It won't get any easier for them here on out becuase now they are the "hunted". No longer can they sneak up on teams like they did this past weekend. Hopefully both can enter "The Egg Bowl" undefeated, which should make for a great rivalry game in the final week of the season. 

Upcoming Games: 

  • #2 Auburn @ #5 Mississippi State - Another great Saturday afternoon SEC matchup. The Tigers are a different team on the road than they are at home. A Bulldogs victory wouldn't be a surprise. 
  • #4 Ole Miss @ #13 Texas A&M - The Aggies defeated the Rebels 41-38 last season with Johnny Manziel, a game that included 42 total points in the 4th quarter. Lets see if the Aggies can bounce back against the other Mississippi squad. 
  • USC @ #14 Arizona - The Trojans rallied back to from 28-10 deficit in the second half to defeat the Wildcats 38-31. This is a better Trojans team but also a better Wildcats team. I think the Trojans will go 0-2 against Arizona teams this year. 
  • #9 Oregon @ #21 UCLA - Both are coming off of very unfortunate losses and neither can afford another one. This will be a tough one. 

 

The Weekend: Week 3

Only 3 weeks in and I can already tell this new playoff system will involve some controversy. In week one, Kirk Herbstreit said that Georgia is one of his top 4 teams, even though they were ranked #12 in the preseason polls. Now, 2 weeks later, I would like to hear Mr. Herbstreit's top 4 to see if Georgia is still in it. If Herbstreit,  a very credible and knowledgeable college football analyst, is picking teams week-to-week, then I'm sure the selection Committee is doing that also. I understand what their criteria is, and I hope strength of schedule holds the most weight, but I am scared their will be favoritism involved. I can see 2 out of the 3 teams being from the SEC, which I wouldn't agree with. Two teams from the same conference should not be included, especially if one beat the other. Conference Champions should be the only ones considered unless they are outside of the Top ten and the only teams considered should be those in the top ten. Oh wait I forgot, the SEC can have up to 5 teams in the top ten. 

AP Top 25

RKTEAMRECORDPTS

1Florida State (37)2-01466

2Oregon (17)3-01424

3Alabama (1)3-01346

4Oklahoma (2)3-01325

5Auburn2-01252

6Texas A&M (3)3-01195

7Baylor3-01134

8LSU3-01114

9Notre Dame3-0917

10Ole Miss3-0840

11Michigan State1-1832

12UCLA3-0807

13Georgia1-1729

14South Carolina2-1718

15Arizona State3-0680

16Stanford2-1560

17USC2-1459

18Missouri3-0446

19Wisconsin1-1414

20Kansas State2-0326

21BYU3-0246

22Clemson1-1209

23Ohio State2-1204

24Nebraska3-0172

25Oklahoma State2-1126

Fan-i 25 

  1. Florida State (2-0) LW 1, BYE
  2. Oregon (3-0) LW 2, W 48-14 Wyoming 
  3. Alabama (3-0) LW 3, W 52-12 Southern Miss 
  4. Oklahoma (3-0) LW 4, W 34-10 Tennessee 
  5. Auburn (2-0) LW 5, BYE
  6. Baylor (3-0) LW 6, W 63-21 @ Buffalo 
  7. UCLA (3-0) LW 7, W 20-27 @ Texas 
  8. LSU (3-0) LW 9, W 31-0 UL-Monroe 
  9. Texas A&M (3-0) LW 13, W 38-10 Rice 
  10. Notre Dame (3-0) LW 12, W 30-14 Purdue*
  11. Michigan State (2-0) LW 11, BYE
  12. Ole Miss (3-0) LW 15, W 56-15 La-Lafayette 
  13. South Carolina (2-1) LW 17, W 38-35 #8 Georgia 
  14. Arizona State (3-0) LW 16, W 38-24 @ Colorado 
  15. Ohio State (2-1) LW 14, W 66-0 Kent State 
  16. Georgia (2-1) LW 8, L 35-38 @ #17 South Carolina 
  17. USC (2-1) LW 10, L 31-37 @ Boston College 
  18. Stanford (2-1) LW 18, W 35-0 Army 
  19. Kansas State (2-0) LW 19, BYE
  20. Wisconsin (1-1) LW 20, BYE
  21. Nebraska (3-0) LW 21, W 55-19 @ Fresno State
  22. Mizzou (3-0) LW 22, W 38-10 UCF
  23. Clemson (1-1) LW 24, BYE
  24. BYU (3-0) LW NR, W 33-25 Houston 
  25. Penn State (3-0) LW NR, W 13-10 Rutgers 

In the conversation: Marshall (3-0), Oklahoma State (2-1), Duke (3-0), 

 

4 teams from the SEC are ranked in the FI25 top ten vs 5 in the AP poll. Last week there was only 3 but with USC losing, that opened up room for another SEC school. USC was on their way to becoming a potential playoff team but couldn't manage a trip to the east coast. I try not to use "travelling" as a reason for a teams loss but it does have an affect on the team. Another team that suffered a shocking loss was Virginia Tech. VT suffered a 28-21 loss to ECU in front of the same home crowd that stayed up to 4am to welcome them back from Ohio State, just a week ago. College Sports is the prime example of why you have to play hard every game, cause on any given day you can lose. 

  • UCLA has been escaping all season, but still winning. A team that some has picked to come out of the Pac-12 has only defeated their opponent by a total margin of 18, all of which were un-ranked. 
  • Penn State and BYU has entered into our rankings, both of which are undefeated. The NCAA has lift all of Penn State sanctions, which led to a big celebration by the student body, who also wanted their statue back. Happy Valley has been a happy place lately. 

Baller of the Week

WIlson, a true freshman, is currently the Blue Devils leading rusher, averaging 15.9 yards a carry. (Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports)

WIlson, a true freshman, is currently the Blue Devils leading rusher, averaging 15.9 yards a carry. (Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports)

RB haun Wilson, Duke - 12 carries, 245 yards, 3 TDs vs Kansas 

Honorable Mentions:

  • QB Bryce Petty, Baylor - 23/34, 416 yards, 4 TDs, 209.2 QB rating vs Buffalo
  • QB Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati - 25/37 418 yards, 6 TDs, 216.0 QB rating vs Toledo
  • WR, Phillip Dorsett, Miami - 4 catches, 201 yards, 2 TDs vs Arkansas State

Georgia and South Carolina was the best game of the weekend. Going into the 4th quarter, Georgia was down 28-31, a good enough margin to still run the ball without worrying about the clock. Instead they only gave Gurley the ball 5 times for 18 yards in the 4th quarter. Georgia was also on the 4 yard line with a 1st and goal but didn't run the ball. Instead they ran a pass play which resulted in a intentional grouding, sending them back 10 yards and a loss of downs. Gurley would get the ball once but the Bulldogs had to settle for a missed field goal to end their hopes of taking the lead. Gurley carried the ball 20 times for 131 yards but he needs the ball 25-30 times a game. And you definitely have to give him the ball when you're inside the 5 yard line. 

Florida and Kentucky played a great game that went into three overtimes. Even though they loss, I am very impressed with Kentucky.

Grayson Lambert is mobbed by Cavalier fans after they defeated the heavily favorited Louisville Cardinals, 23-21. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Grayson Lambert is mobbed by Cavalier fans after they defeated the heavily favorited Louisville Cardinals, 23-21. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Welcome to the ACC Louisville. Louisville failed on 11 straight drives after they scored their first drive of the game. Louisville turned the ball over 3 times while only gaining 282 yards. The Cavs didn't do anything special to win, they also turned over the ball 3 times with less than 300 total yards, but played stout defense. How will the Cards bounce back from this? They are supposed to be the ones that will dethrone the Seminoles as ACC champs. Good luck with that bruh. 

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