College Football has officially completed another week, which means we are one stop closer to figuring out the College Football Playoff.
This past week had several marquee matchups, so let’s get you caught up on all that happened….
LSU 28 @ Alabama 42:
What a difference a few weeks makes!
Way back in September people were saying this was the end of the Alabama dynasty, and their chances of making the Playoff were 0 following their home loss to Texas.
Several wins later and the Tide are firmly in the Playoff race.
If Alabama can win out aka beat Georgia then I think the Tide will be in the College Football Playoff.
For LSU this season has been a missed opportunity.
The Tigers have the talent to make a run at a National Championship, but too often the defense has let LSU down.
With 3 losses on the record now, LSU fans will have to start looking towards next year.
Missouri 21 @ Georgia 30:
This has to be considered a moral victory for Missouri.
Obviously, this was not the final result Mizzou fans were looking for, but to be in the game with one quarter to go is a success.
Long term the question will be can Missouri carry this season’s success into a sustained year by year formula.
They have to look no further than the opponent they faced on Saturday for a sustained model.
Georgia has been THE College Football standard for the past few years, and will likely continue to be for the foreseeable future.
The Dawgs rely on a few go to’s: great recruiting, great coaching, and selective transfer portal usage.
If Missouri can get anywhere near the Georgia model, then the Tigers will like their long term outlook….
Washington 52 @ USC 42:
Offense, offense, and more offense – the story of this game.
Washington ended up having more offense than the less than mighty USC Trojans.
The result keeps the Huskies playoff hopes alive, but it casts further doubt onto Lincoln Riley and USC.
What was billed as a “Great Awakening” of sorts following Riley’s hiring last year has quickly unravelled.
USC has 3 losses despite having the reigning Heisman Trophy Winner in Caleb Williams.
Until Riley learns to truly embrace the defensive side of the ball, the Trojans are going to have a hard time getting on the national picture.
Oklahoma 24 @ Oklahoma State 27:
I was worried for Oklahoma heading into this game, and those fears came true.
With this being the last scheduled game in the Bedlam Rivalry, I thought Oklahoma State would be extra motivated to win this one.
It was a tight game, but ultimately the Cowboys won, which caused a field storming.
Remarkably, there is now a chance Oklahoma State makes the Big 12 Championship!
Something that is hard to believe when you consider the fact that South Alabama beat the Cowboys 33-7 earlier this year.
For Oklahoma, their slim hopes of making the College Football Playoff are over.
They will look to rebound as they prepare to go to the SEC next year.
Kansas State 30 @ Texas 33:
What a bizarre game!
The Longhorns were up 27-7 in the 3rd quarter and on their way to an easy victory…..
Then, the Kansas State Wildcats pulled off a furious rally to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Once in overtime, Texas kicked a field goal to take the lead, before stopping Kansas State on a 4th and goal.
The Wildcats opted to go for the win instead of kicking the field goal and forcing another overtime…..
Texas survives, and with Oklahoma’s loss – the Longhorns are the only hope of a Big 12 CFP appearance.
Assuming Texas wins out they should get into the playoff, so they just need to keep surviving and advancing…..