Sunday, November 6, 2016

Week Ten College Football Winners and Losers

            Fresh off the presses, the college football playoff rankings have caused quite a stir. Not only that, but a Top Four team just fell off their perch!! Who won the week and who blew it?

Winner: Western Michigan: P.J. Fleck's crew continues to row the boat. Zach Terrell led the 23rd-ranked Broncos to a 52-20 victory over Ball State with 367 passing yards and three touchdowns. Western Michigan is one step closer to getting a New Year's Six bowl.
Winner: Devin Singletary: The freshman running back for Florida Atlantic had a monster game against Rice, running for 252 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries as the Owls won handily 42-25. Heading into the game, his career total for rushing yards was 295. He nearly doubled his career amount in a single game. Amazing.
Winner: Ohio State: With concerns about their offense rising, the Buckeyes couldn't have picked a better opportunity to get back into a rhythm than against #10 Nebraska. Ohio State outgained the Cornhuskers in total yards by a count of 590 to 204. The Buckeyes had 34 first downs compared to Nebraska's nine and had the football for 37:18 of the game. The road gets a little easier for Ohio State: their next two games are against Maryland and Michigan State. Granted, both are road games. But these two teams are average at best and should provide Ohio State with a warm-up before "The Game" against Michigan on November 26.
Loser: Texas A&M:  The committee gifted the Aggies with the number four spot in the rankings mainly because of their strength of schedule and record, which were actually very good. How did Texas A&M respond? By getting upset against Mississippi State by a score of 35-28. The Aggies allowed both Nick Fitzgerald (182 yards, two touchdowns, a 74-yard run) and Aeris Williams (140 yards, a touchdown) to run for over 100 yards. Texas A&M were dominated from start to finish on defense, leaving them to try and claw back before it was too late. The Aggies are practically eliminated from the playoff chase with the loss. The loss also leaves the door wide open for Washington to jump back into the playoff four.
Loser: The Ref in the MSU/Illinois Game: This referee signaled a touchback in a game between the Spartans and the Fighting Illini. Problem is, the 'touchback' was actually the go-ahead touchdown, a 16-yard pass from Jeff George Jr. to Sam Mays with under two minutes to play. Check it out for yourself.
Loser: Florida: Hoping to play spoiler in the SEC and steal a playoff spot, those chances went up in smoke for the Gators. #11 Florida went into Arkansas and got steamrolled by the Razorbacks 31-10. Florida's only touchdown of the game came on a 37-yard interception return by Duke Dawson. The least they can do now is go into the SEC Championship and beat 'Bama, but it likely won't matter at this point.

Other Winners: Wake Forest, Lamar Jackson, Texas, Temple in the First Quarter
Other Losers: Baylor, The SEC East, Fresno State, Temple in the Other Quarters

My Playoff Four:

    1. Alabama
    2. Michigan 
    3. Clemson
    4. Washington

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