That was quite the weekend of College Football wasn’t it?
I am here to recap all the action from the 5 biggest games on Saturday….
Let’s get started!
Ohio State 17 @ Notre Dame 14
The ending was an absolute classic – the rest of the game was a defensive battle…. so let’s skip to the ending.
Ohio State had one yard to go, 4th down, down 4 points, and needing a touchdown.
So, Ohio State did what Ohio State does and figured out a way to win by running it in with one second remaining.
I suppose you can also argue Notre Dame did what Notre Dame does and not only let the Buckeyes win, but the Irish only had 10 people on the field for the game winning touchdown.
What’s this all mean?
Both teams seasons are very much alive in terms of reaching the CFP.
For Ohio State they have a signature win, which means they can afford a little more leeway with the rest of their schedule.
For Notre Dame they are still in the race, a close loss to Ohio State won’t eliminate them, but they will have to be perfect from here on out.
With games against Duke, USC, and Clemson the Irish are going to have a hard time winning out.
Colorado 6 @ Oregon 42
I pat myself on the back for this one.
I did not think Colorado was a good team and that played itself out for all of us to see.
Oregon got whatever they wanted – the Ducks were up 35-0 at halftime.
Moving forward it is back to the drawing board for Coach Prime and the Buffaloes.
Colorado has the pleasure of playing USC in Boulder this week so all Colorado can do is hope things are a bit more competitive.
Ultimately, the end goal for Deion and his team should be reaching a bowl game – with the 3 wins they have in the bank already it definitely seems achievable.
The Oregon Ducks have very different goals – they are aiming to finish in the top 4 and if they continue to play like they did on Saturday the Ducks will have a very good chance of making the CFP.
Side note: In most CFP projections (including mine) there is the assumption that two big ten teams, one SEC team, and one other team (likely PAC 12 or Florida State) will make the CFP.
Perhaps another genuine possibility is that TWO PAC 12 teams make the CFP.
Right now USC, Washington, and Oregon are all in contention so it would be interesting to see if two were able to make it.
Ole Miss 10 @ Alabama 24
Alabama and Nick Saban got back to their roots on Saturday.
The Tide were able to wear down the Rebels in the second half by running the ball down hill.
At quarterback Jalen Milroe was solid.
He did have one bad turnover, but besides that Alabama was able to control the game.
Perhaps the most encouraging sign was the Crimson Tide only allowing 10 points against an explosive Ole Miss offense.
Lastly, this was another blown opportunity for Ole Miss and Lane Kiffin.
Everyone keeps waiting on the Rebels to really announce themselves on the College Football landscape, but they are yet to get that signature win.
If not now for Coach Kiffin, then when?
Florida State 31 Clemson 24
This was an under the radar big game due to the other big games going on throughout the day.
Interestingly, you can make an argument that this was the most exciting game of the day.
At various points it looked like Clemson would come out on top, but a collection of errors proved to be their demise.
First, the Tigers gave up a strip sack which FSU recovered and returned for a touchdown – this tide the game at 24.
Then, with only a minute and a half to go Clemson had a chance to take the lead on a 29 YARD FIELD GOAL….
But of course the Tigers missed.
Then in overtime Florida State made a big play to score the go ahead touchdown and Clemson turned the ball over on downs…..
Now Clemson is 2-2, their worst start in years, and the Noles are 4-0 and hoping to make the playoff.
Ultimately, this sport more than most is defined by the finest of margins.
On another day Clemson (the same could be said for Notre Dame) would have come out victorious, but it was not meant to be.