- Ohio State
- Oklahoma--The Sooners have won 7 games in a row, including Saturday's 45-24 romp over Baylor. They have one of the best wide receivers in the country in Dede Westbrook (15 TDs) and veteran QB Baker Mayfield. They still have a climb to the top, finishing the season against West Virginia and Oklahoma State. But don't be stunned if they wind up as a Final Four team.
- Washington State--The Rodney Dangerfield of college football, because of the way they started the season with a loss to FCS Eastern Washington and Boise State. But Coach Mike Leach's team rolled over California 56-21 on Saturday for it's 8th straight win. The Cougars are also unbeaten and in first place in the Pac-12 North.
- Ohio State--The Buckeyes definitely have their game faces on since the loss to Penn State. The Buckeyes have won three straight, including a 62-3 romp over Maryland on Saturday, which had been preceded by a...62-3 win over Nebraska last week.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
- Rutgers and Maryland--This continues to be an ongoing story. The two newest members of the Big Ten are comfortably entrenched as bottom feeders in their new league. Rutgers made negative headlines by losing to Michigan and Ohio State in back to back weeks by a combined score of 136-0. But surely, it would be better for the Scarlet Knights when they traveled to East Lansing on Saturday against a Michigan State team that had lost seven straight times. Final score: Michigan State 49, Rutgers 0. Which means that Rutgers has been outscored by Big Ten schools from Michigan by a combined score of 127-0. Against the power 3 trio of the Big Ten East--Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State, Rutgers has been outscored 205-0. Maryland did only slightly better in its back to back games against Michigan and Ohio State, being outscored by a margin of 121-6. The Terps are 5-5 overall, but trending the wrong way. Thankfully for both teams, Rutgers and Maryland meet in the final game of the regular season, which could put the Terps in a bowl game.
- Texas A&M--The once unbeaten and top ten ranked Aggies are starting to slide, with a 29-28 loss to Ole Miss the latest setback. It was even more painful since it was an A&M home game and came on a 39-yard field goal by the Rebels' Gary Wunderlich with 37 seconds remaining.
- The Top 10--No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Washington, No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 9 Auburn all LOST.
DID YOU KNOW
Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett is the Big Ten leader in TDs with 98, which broke the record held by former Purdue QB Drew Brees....Division 3 Power Mount Union lost a regular season game, dropping a 31-28 decision to John Carroll, which ended a 112 game winning streak dating back to Oct. 22, 2005...Tennessee and Kentucky combined for 1,234 yards in total offense in Tennessee's 40-36 win on Saturday....Clemson QB Deshaun Watson completed 52 of 70 passes for 580 yards and 3 TDs against Pittsburgh on Saturday and the Tigers.....lost 43-42 to Pitt...Alabama QB Jalen Hurts threw for 300 yards and rushed for 100 in the Tide's 51-3 win over Mississippi State, making Hurt the first Alabama QB to ever achieve that rare double.
Quote of the Week: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney after getting beaten, 43-42, on a last second field goal by Pitt. ""We had a chance to put the game away and they stopped us,'' said Swinney, referring to a fourth and one stop by the Pitt defense, which allowed Panthers' kicker Chris Blewitt to kick a 48-yard field goal with six seconds remaining. It was Clemson's first loss to an unranked team in five seasons over a spam of 46 games....Texas running back D'Onta Foreman ran for 167 yards against West Virginia. It was Foreman's 11th consecutive 100 yard rushing game, which ties a school record by former former Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell. Foreman did not score a TD, however and Texas lost to the Mountaineers, 24-20....Georgia's 13-7 win over Auburn raised the Dawgs record to 6-4 which made them bowl eligible, not a small accomplishment considering the way Georgia has been struggling this season.
PLAY IT FORWARD
(Games of interest, if not importance, next week)
- Louisville at Houston--Ville has to win game to stay in Final Four chase, Houston needs to win the game to be considered for a Playoff bowl slot.
- Oklahoma at West Virginia--Must win for Sooners if they want to stay in Final Four chase.
- Washington State at Colorado--Who would have thought that this game would have Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl ramifications?
IN OUR OPINION
He is weeks--as well as four wins--away from climbing to the top of a mountain that is occupied exclusively by Paul Bear Bryant.
In another crazy season of college football, there seems only one guarantee--Alabama is the best team in college football and Nick Saban is the best coach.
With one more national championship. Saban will have reached the number of 6, which puts him right next to the legendary Bryant.
But just when we are ready to heap some more praise on St. Nick, he throws a smoke bomb into the room, like he did last Tuesday when he astounded the college football world by saying that he didn't even realize it was Election Day.
A fire storm of criticism in civics came down upon Saban, who appeared to be adding to the cliche that football coaches are only barely connected to reality that consumes the rest of the world.
How could anyone not know that last Tuesday was election day THIS year? Saban said he was busy with other things--such as preparing the unbeaten Tide for its game on Saturday against Mississippi State.
Saban and the Tide again proved they did their job well by posting a 51-3 win.
As for the election business? After the game, Saban conceded that he had filled out an absentee ballot. "I didn't say I didn't vote,'' said Saban, with a smile which suggested that he had again been toying with the media for his own personal amusement.
Saban does that well, just as he has done almost everything else well since he returned from an NFL exile in Miami to coach the Tide since 2007.
Alabama might even lose a game this season, which would cause even more angst in Tuscaloosa, but if that does happen, it won't be because of what Nick Saban did or didn't do.[/membership]