Week 9 of the College Football season caused some major shakeups across the country.
Let’s recap where things went WILD this weekend.
Oregon 35 @ Utah 6:
Well, that was a statement.
The Ducks showed they will be a contender until the final weeks of the season…..
A 35-6 beatdown against a good Utah team, on the road no less, is what championship caliber teams have to do.
It is no stretch by far to call the Ducks the best team in the PAC 12.
With how Oregon has been playing in recent weeks combined with lackluster play from Washington – the Ducks are the team to beat.
For Utah, this once again showed the side effects of not having Cam Rising.
Without Rising the offense has been severely limited this year, so scoring only 6 points a team of Oregon’s caliber is not going to cut it.
Duke 0 @ Louisville 23:
The dream stays alive for the Cards, but it essentially ends for the Blue Devils.
Duke has been on a slide since their hot start (they have now lost 3 of 4 after starting 4-0).
Meanwhile, Louisville has catapulted itself into the national picture.
They have undoubtedly benefited from a cake walk of a schedule, and they have not always been convincing…..
But still, being 7-1 in Jeff Brohm’s first year has to be considered a great achievement.
At this point it is likely the Cards will get double digit wins – quite the turnaround for the previously middling program.
Oklahoma 33 @ Kansas 38:
Oh baby, this one caused some chaos.
Before discussing Oklahoma I will quickly acknowledge the Jayhawks.
Kansas has next to no football history (their priorities are basketball for those who don’t know) but has now defeated a top 10 opponent at home for the first time in decades.
The Kansas fans tore down the goalposts and threw it in the river – as they should.
Now on to Oklahoma.
The jury is still out on how good the Sooners are.
This loss certainly hurts their CFP chances, and the Big 12’s as a whole.
With Texas also having one loss, the Big 12 will have to hope that Oklahoma and Texas only have one loss heading into the Big 12 Championship game.
At that point it would probably be more favorable for Texas to win because they have the stronger CFP resumé.
Hence why the loss to Kansas was so detrimental for the Sooners.
Now the CFP chase is somewhat out of their control.
Ohio State 24 @ Wisconsin 10:
This is par for the course for the Buckeyes.
Winning games without completely dominating them.
To be fair, this was a tough environment to go into – a primetime game vs the Badgers is not easy.
But, this was also a rebuilding Wisconsin team who was without their starting quarterback, and still this game was close in the 4th quarter.
As they say “a win is a win” and the victory keeps Ohio State firmly on course for the College Football Playoff.
At this point we are just waiting for the showdown with Michigan….
Georgia 43 vs Florida 20:
Ah yes, another Georgia win.
What is new?
Some were concerned about the Bulldogs heading into this one because they were without Brock Bowers.
No need to fear, the Dawgs were up 36-7 at one point….
On to the next one.
Georgia is still big bad Georgia.
Will they be able to repeat as champions?
I lean no, but they absolutely should be respected week in week out.
If people have not figured that out already then what are we doing?