Welcome to Week 10 where we saw: a classic SEC clash with a familiar and miserable feel, an idiotic protest, a Big Ten score-a-thon and a pair of upsets that will impact the conference landscape in their respective leagues. The leading Heisman candidate, Lamar Jackson, added to his ridiculous touchdown tally with seven additional scores in a route of Boston College. At this point one of the gambling sites has Jackson as 1:30 (meaning you need to risk $30 to make $1) to win the Heisman. He would be getting my vote and there’s no one that’s even a close second in my opinion.
Once upon a time, LSU vs. Alabama was a game I circled on my calendar as a must watch game. Recently this rivalry has dissipated as the Tide have dominated the series. The 10-0 victory extends Alabama’s winning streak over LSU to six straight. This game was reminiscent of the old “9-6 overtime game” in 2011 when everyone chalked up the performance to incredible defenses and ignored the fact that these offenses aren’t good. The Tide didn’t score until the 4th quarter when Jalen Hurts broke through on a 21 yard touchdown run. ‘Bama’s defense was stifling as they stopped Leonard Fournette holding him to 35 yards.
This weekend the Baylor Bears wore all black uniforms, selected by the seniors on the team, to apparently protest the firing of their coach Art Briles during the off-season. Briles of course was released after a scandal at Baylor showed the coach and school’s mishandling of sexual assault reports involving players on the Bears team. This is disgraceful, everything I’ve seen regarding this case shows Briles was negligent and possibly complicit in acts that I’ll say are against common decency. Nothing made me happier than seeing TCU wipe the floor with Baylor on their own field. The 62-22 beat down is the worst home loss since 2005. TCU Running back Kyle Hicks rushed for 192 yards and 5 touchdowns.
On November 26th, two days after Thanksgiving, Michigan and Ohio State will end their regular seasons with an epic clash. In all likelihood the Wovlerines will still be undefeated and Ohio State should only have their one heart breaking loss. Everything is up for grabs in that game. Big Ten title birth, College Football Playoff seeding, it’s as big of a regular season game as we’ll have all year. Both teams are completely demolishing the competition. Michigan crushed Maryland 59-3 and the Buckeyes annihilated #10 Nebraska 62-3. I’m going to put my money on Michigan but with Ohio State having home field advantage it’s closer to 50/50 than many would think. As of today, ESPN FPI has Michigan 53/47 favorites.
And lastly we have the upsets. Every week it seems like there is at least one big shocker. After a meteoric rise into the Top 5, Texas A&M has vanished just as quickly. The #4 Aggies fell to unranked Mississippi State 35-28 behind a huge performance from QB Nick Fitzgerald who accounted for 4 touchdowns (2 pass, 2 rush) to give the Bulldogs the biggest win of a so far disappointing season. In total MSU had 365 yards on the ground and controlled the clock. Mississippi State are now 4-5 on the season and keep their bowl eligibility hopes alive.
The second upset came when #11 ranked Florida lost to unranked Arkansas 31-10. In reality Florida should never have been ranked this high, it’s a ranking based on their school’s name and prestige and not much more. Florida hasn’t beat anyone all season long, they lost their biggest game to date against Tennessee and their match-up against LSU was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. Their next opponent is South Carolina and boy will that be an intense revenge game as they face their former head coach Wil Muschamp who was unceremoniously fired in 2014 and he has the Gamecocks rolling after an upset over the Volunteers.
Elite Player of the Week
Lamar Jackson (QB) – Louisville: 12-17, 231 yards, 4 TD; 15 carries, 185 yards, 3 TD. Win over BC
Legendary Performance of the Week
D’Onta Freeman (RB) – Texas: 33 caries, 341 yards (school record), 3 TD. Win over Texas Tech