Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – Alabama just rolledanotherSEC West opponent. In Saturday’s 24-19 win – trust me, the game was nowhere near as close as the final score would suggest – Alabama managed to outrun Texas A&M by a 232-to-71-yard margin, with Damien Harris alone chewing up the field (not literally, that’s probably a penalty) for 124 yards and one end zone saunter on 14 carries. Alas, Jalen Hurts did underperform (13 for 22, 123 yards and just one passing TD), while the Tide’s vaunted D allowed Kellen Mond to rack up 237 yards in the air. Uh-oh … does this mean Bama’s Achilles’ Heel is its pass protection? We’ll just have to wait and see, I ‘spose …
Kelly Bryant went 21 for 29 for 200 yards and a one TD/one INT split in the Tigers’ 28-14 win over Wake Forest. And then he exited the contest with an ankle injury, and it’s uncertain whether he will be back for this Friday night’s game against Syracuse. So, just how far can Clemson go with back up QBs Hunter Johnson and Zerrick Cooper under center? We should get a pretty good idea by the time Saturday morning rolls around.
As evident by the Huskies’ 39-7 win over Cal, an argument can be made that Washingtonmighthave the best QB-RB-WR triple threat in the country. In last Saturday night’s outing, Jake Browning went 27 for 40 for 215 yards and two touchdowns (plus another 20 yards rushing, with an extra TD), while back Myles Gaskin finished the contest with 91 yards and two end zone gallops on 24 carries. And then there’s wideout Hunter Bryant, who wrapped up the affair with 121 yards and one TD haul on nine receptions. Needless to say – this is areallypotent offense we’re working with here.
Jake Fromm had two touchdown passes and 102 yards on seven completions, but that’s not the x-factor in the Bulldogs’ 45-14 victory over Vanderbilt. No, that would be Georgia’s run game, which outyarded the Commodores by a preposterous 423-to-64 yard margin. Backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb both finished the contest with more than 130 rushing yards a piece, combining for three rushing touchdowns. Fuck, they even letEvander Holyfield’s kid run it in for a score, becausewhy the hell not when your ground game is THAT good?
The Nittany Pedo-Bears drubbed Northwestern over the weekend, besting the Wildcats 31-7 in a game that saw Trace McSorely lob the rock for 245 yards and one TD on 25 completions. Saquon Barkley collected two touchdowns on the day, although he only averaged 75 yards on 16 carries. Hmmm … his production numbers have been suspiciously low these last two weeks. Just something I’m throwing out there – not that I would be implying he secretly has an injury or anything like that.
|Yes, itisthat easy to score points in the PAC-12.|
Luke Falk went balls out in the Cougars’ commanding 33-10 win over Oregon. Washington’s QB went 24 for 42 in the contest, wrapping up the game with 282 yards and three touchdown passes – which is probably good enough to overlook the fact he finished the game withminus 23 yards rushing. Still, Washington State looked sloppy at times, turning the ball over twice and letting Oregon defenders sack Falk four times; thankfully, the Cougars defense was more than happy to return the favor and sack Oregon’s QB just as many times, in addition to picking him off twice.
It was a close one, but the Horned Frogs nonetheless managed to stave off West Virginia in Saturday’s 31-24 victory. Kenny Hill went 15 for 28 for 188 yards and one touchdown pass, with top back Kyle Hicks running the rock for 71 yards on 11 carries. Alas, TCU cannot be feeling too complacent about its atrocious pass defense; after all, they did let Will Grier rack up 366 yards in the air, along with threeeasytouchdown passes.
Wisconsin outyarded Nebraska 353-to-110 on the ground in Saturday’s 38-17 win, with Jonathan Taylor collecting 249 yards and two touchdownsall by his damned self. When you’re having that much success running the ball, you can almost overlook Alex Hornibrook collecting just 113 aerial yards on the day – and the fact Nebraska outgunned ’em in the air by more than150 passing yards.
It was a close one, but the Hurricanes still managed to surmount Florida State over the weekend. In a narrow 24-20 victory, Malik Rosier went 19 for 44 for 254 yards, three touchdown passes and one INT, with underrated receiver Braxton Berrios concluding the game with 90 yards and two touchdown hauls on eight receptions. Still, that Miami allowed FSU to outrun them 203 yards to 83 yards doesn’t bode well for the Canes – especially when they’ve got the nation’s second best rushing offensenext upon their schedule.
Rashaad Penny had 170 yards and two touchdowns in the Aztecs’ 41-10 drubbing of UNLV, as San Diego State ultimately outyarded the Rebels 302 yards to 106 yards. Meanwhile, Christian Chapman finished the game 14 for 24 for 172 yards and no touchdown passes, though he did manage to record one scrambling score. Things get interesting this Saturday, as thenewnon-Power Five darling goes cleat-to-cleat with theoldnon-Power Five darling in a pivotal Mountain West clash thatcouldhave big implications come New Years’ bowl selection time.
|In case you’ve ever wondered what the kind of people who pay to see the UNLV Rebels play look like – wonder no more.|
South Florida took the week off and are set to re-emerge this weekend to go toe-to-toe with Cincinnati. At the almost midway point of the NCAA football season, South Florida is the tenth-best offense in the country, averaging 510 yards a game. Allowing just 294 yards per game, the Bulls also possess Division I-A ball’s 15th ranked defense.
In one of the best games of the season nobody watched, Navy managed to just barely get by Air Force 48-45 in a shootout – well, I guess foot race would be the more apt metaphor – that saw the teams combine for811 yards on the ground. Big ups to Midshipmen QB Zach Abbey, who not only recorded two touchdown passes on four completions, but finished the game with 214 rushing yards (with two end zone visits) on 29 carries.
In the Knights’ 51-23 win over Cincinnati, Central Florida QB McKenzie Milton racked up FIVE touchdown passes, concluding the game with 374 yards on just 16 passes. Top receiver Tre’Quan Smith finished the outing with 165 yards and three touchdowns on only five receptions, while top back Marlon Williams wrapped up the contest with 47 yards ona single carry. So, uh, if they merged South Florida and Central Florida into a single team, do you think they could take the ACC Coastal crown?
Holy goddamn shit, did the Buckeyes rectally annihilate Maryland. In Ohio State’s 62-14 victory, the Buckeyes managed to outyard the Terrapins on the ground 281-to-50 and outyard ’em in the air by an even more preposterous 303-to-16margin. With three touchdowns and 261 aerial yards off 20 completions, J.T. Barrett’s final yardage count wasliterallyten times the total passing offensive output of Maryland –whose quarterbackseachfinished the game with QBRs of 0.1.
And just like that, the Wolfpack dashed Louisville’s playoffs dreams. In a shocking Friday night upset, NC State defeated the Cardinals 39-25, with Ryan Finley (20 for 31, 367 yards, one TD) justbarelyedging out Lamar Jackson (26 for 47, 354 yards, one TD, one INT) in a shootout. Two Wolfpack receivers (Kelvin Harmon and Jaylen Samuels) each finished the game with more than 100 yards receiving, while NC State back Nyheim Hines led all rushers with 102 yards and two end zone visitations on 18 carries. Of course, this begs the question: is NC Statefinisheddestroying the National Championship aspirations of big-time ACC programsjust yet?
|And that’s how you make a Heisman trophy campaignvanish into thin air.|
Never mind Ian Book’s 146-yard, one TD/two INT passing day – Notre Dame’s run game was more than enough to give ’em the edge against North Carolina. In the Irish’s 33-10 win over the Tar Heels, ND’s backfield managed to outrun UNC by a 341-yard to 86-yard margin, with top backs Deion McIntosh and Josh Adamseachfinishing the outing with more than 118 yards on the ground. Alas, one has to wonder if Notre Dame’s anemic aerial game will be enough to keep them competitive against the Trojans two Saturdays from now …
|Whatisit about football players and their proclivities for puncturing giant O’s with flagpoles?|