Week 9 Recap

There were some close games in the top 25, but only 2 upsets. Miami beat Duke thanks to an amazing kick return and some awful officiating and North Carolina showed us Pitt probably didn’t deserve their ranking. Washington State nearly pulled off the upset of the year and Notre Dame scored late to beat Temple. Auburn and South Carolina were a little too close for comfort for their opponents. The College Football Playoff rankings are out for the first time this season as we get to the final 3rd of the greatest season of the year. Here’s how week 9 ended up.

How I Fared: (5-1 this week, 32-23 overall)

Conference Overviews
SEC: Arkansas defeated their final non-conference foe, FCS UT-Martin, 63-28. The player of the game was RB Alex Collins who rushed for 173 yards and 5TDs. The Arkansas defense didn’t look good in this game, and will need to fix a lot of things before facing pass-happy Ole Miss. The Hogs barely outgained the Skyhawks 591-519 in total yardage and QB Jarod Neal was 30/43 for 380 yards. Florida didn’t have any trouble with their rival, Georgia, and cruised to a 27-3 win. UGA QB Faton Bauta threw 4 picks and the Bulldogs only rushed for 69 yards. Vanderbilt got blanked by Houston 0-34. While the Commodore defense did well, the offense was nonexistent and the two QBs were just 5/20 and had 3INTs. All of Houston’s TD drives were less than 40 yards. Ole Miss escaped upset minded Auburn with a 27-19 win at Jordan-Hare. The Tigers got within one point early in the 4th quarter, but Ole Miss scored to put the game out of reach. Auburn QB Sean White threw his first TD of the season in this game. Chad Kelly threw 2 more INTs, bringing his total to 12 for the season. Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson was 4/4 on FGs with a long of 52 yards. South Carolina came into Kyle Field and gave Texas A&M about all they could handle. The Aggies won 35-28 with Kyler Murray at the helm for his first collegiate start. Murray was 20/28 for 223 yards and a TD and he also rushed for 156 yards and a TD. Gamecock RB Brandon Wilds rushed for 128 yards and 2 scores. The game was tied at 21 at halftime. SCAR’s first drive of the second half lasted more than 5 minutes, but a sack on 3rd down led knocked them out of FG range and forced a punt. The Aggies then scored two consecutive TDs (the second was a pick 6 by Donovan Wilson). SC answered with a TD drive, but no more points were scored. Donovan Wilson picked off Perry Orth with 46 seconds left to seal the win for Texas A&M. It seemed like Kentucky was going to be competitive in their game against Tennessee, but the Vols ended up winning 52-21. Tennessee put up 28 points in the 3rd quarter to seal the rout. Josh Dobbs threw 2TDs and ran for 2 more. Tennessee also returned a kickoff and a punt for TDs. Next Week: 28MSST at Missouri (Thurs), ARK at 18OM, VAN at 10UF (Florida clinches SEC East with win), UK at UGA, SC at TENN, AUB at 21TAMU, 2LSU at 4BAMA

Big 10: Iowa got by Maryland 31-15. All 15 of Maryland’s points came in the 4th quarter. The Terps also turned the ball over 4 times, but were only outgained by 52 yards. Michigan barely escaped Minnesota with a 29-26 win. Michigan had to come back to get this win after QB Jake Ruddock was knocked out of the game. Minnesota made it all the way to less than a yard from the endzone, but were unable to cross the plane as time expired. Penn State shut out Illinois 39-0. Christian Hackenberg had a big day, throwing 2TDs and catching another. Illinois was held to just 167 total yards. Despite scoring 29 points in the 4th quarter, Nebraska lost 45-55 to Purdue. Nebraska QB Ryker Fyfe was29/48 for 407 yards and 4TDs, but he also threw 4 picks (3 to Anthony Brown). Purdue QB David Blough also threw 4TDs and he ran for another. The Boilermakers had a 42-16 lead going into the 4th quarter. Wisconsin crushed Rutgers 48-10. Badger RB Corey Clement rushed for 115 yards and 3TDs. Next Week: PSU at 21NW, ILL at PUR, 9Iowa at IND, WIS at MD, RUT at 17MICH, 7MSU at NEB, MIN at 3OSU

Pac 12: Oregon beat Arizona State in a 3OT thriller 61-55. Vernon Adams threw 4TDs in the game. Mike Bercovici was 32/53 for 398 yards, 5TDs, 2INTs, and a rush TD. One of those INTs came in the 3rd OT and sealed the win for the Ducks. Oregon scored a TD with 12 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game. Arizona State outgained Oregon 742-501 in total yards. Washington State came very close to pulling the upset of the year against Stanford. The Cardinal came out with a 30-28 win thanks to the only missed FG by Erik Powell (who was 5/6 on the night). Stanford kicker Conrad Ukropina hit what would turn out to be the game winner from 19 yards out with 1:54 remaining. The Cougars had a 12-3 at the half. Once again, Utah scored a lot in the 4th quarter to make their win seem better. The Utes beat Oregon State 27-12 to bounce back from their loss to USC. Devontae Booker rushed for 121 yards and a TD. For the second straight year, Colorado gave UCLA all they could handle. UCLA won 35-31 after taking a 21-6 lead into the half. The Buffaloes actually took a 31-28 lead early in the 4th quarter but Soso Jamabo scored with 8:28 remaining to put the Bruins back on top. Colorado had the ball for 41:05 and outgained UCLA by 154 yards. USC held off California to win 27-21. Jared Goff threw 2INTs and one was returned for a TD by Adoree’ Jackson. The Golden Bears scored with just under 4 minutes to go, but never got the ball back from USC. Cal turned it over 3 times. Washington trounced Arizona 49-3 thanks to Jake Browning’s 4 pass TDs and one rush TD. The Wildcats turned the ball over 4 times. Next Week: 11STAN at COLO, ASU at WSU, 23UCLA at ORST, 12Utah at WASH, CAL at ORE, ARI at USC

Big 12: TCU got another big win, this time by beating West Virginia 40-10. Trevone Boyking impressed everyone (including WVU HC Dana Holgorsen). The Heisman-Hopeful QB was 32/47 for 388 yards and 3TDs and rushed for another TD. Kicker Jaden Oberkrom was 4/4 on the night and hit a 57-yarder. Texas Tech has scored 50+ points and lost twice this year. This time it was a 53-70 loss at the hands of Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders led by 10 points at halftime but were outscored 42-15 in the second half. TTU QB Patrick Mahomes was 38/55 for 480 yards and 4TDs. These two teams combined for 1304 total yards. Texas Tech turned the ball over 3 times in this game. Weirdly, this is not an unexpected outcome in the Big 12. Oklahoma crushed Kansas 62-7. Baker Mayfield threw 4TDs and Samaje Perine rushed for 2. The Sooners racked up 707 total yards of offense. Texas continues to make no sense. This week they were shut out at Iowa State 24-0. Iowa State fired their offensive coordinator on October 26. Texas needs something to change on offense, because the Big 12 hasn’t been known for their defense in recent years. Half of the teams in the Big 12 are ranked in the top 17 when it comes to total offense (total yards). Texas is ranked 119th. Next Week: 6BAY at KSU (Thurs), TTU at WVU, 8TCU at 14OKST, ISU at 15OU, KU at TEX

ACC: North Carolina used a big, 17-point, 2nd quarter to knock off Pittsburgh 16-19. Pitt scored a TD with 46 seconds remaining, but they were unable to recover the on-side kick. UNC kicker Nick Weiler was 4/4 on FGs for the Tar Heels. Louisville barely got by Wake Forest with a 20-19 win. The only points of the second half came late in the 3rd quarter on a 39-yard FG by Louisville’s John Wallace. The Demon Deacons committed 5 turnovers in this game, all coming in the second half. Clemson beat North Carolina State 56-41 on the road. Clemson only led 26-20 at the half, but the Tigers pulled away in the last 30 minutes. Deshaun Watson threw 5TDs and rushed for another while his counterpart, Jacoby Brissett threw 3TDs and also rushed for a score. Clemson outgained NC State 623-389 in total yards. Florida State thumped Syracuse 45-21 without their two biggest playmakers. QB Everett Golson and RB Dalvin Cook were both on the sidelines for this game. Strangely enough, this was one of the best offensive games for the Seminoles. QB Sean Maguire was 23/35 for 348 yards and 3TDs and RB Jacques Patrick rushed for 162 yards and 3 scores. Miami beat Duke thanks to a crazy lateral play on the final play of the game. In my opinion, Duke should get this win. The game should have been over either because of the player’s knee being down or the multiple blocks in the back. Suspending the crew doesn’t help Duke at all. Thomas Sirk rushed for the go-ahead TD and two-point conversion with 6 seconds remaining to seemingly seal the win for the Blue Devils. The officials blew this game. Virginia Tech scored a lot in their 26-10 win over Boston College. The Hokies scored 20 points in the first half while shutting out the Golden Eagles. BC turned the ball over 4 times, something you can’t do when you need all the offense and points possible in the low-scoring ACC. Virginia held off a late Georgia Tech rally to win 27-21. Georgia Tech scored with 1:41 remaining and recovered the ensuing on-side kick, but turned the ball over on downs at the UVA 34-yard line to seal the Cavalier’s win. Next Week: Duke at UNC, 5ND at PITT, SYR at LOU, NCST at BC, UVA at MIA, 16FSU at 1CLEM

Independent: Only one of the three Independents played this weekend, and it was a good game. Notre Dame held on to beat Temple 24-20 on the road. Many people, including myself, didn’t think Temple had a chance to beat Notre Dame. The Owls showed a lot of people that they deserve to be ranked. Notre Dame was up 17-10 going into the 4th quarter, but Temple scored 10 unanswered to take the lead. DeShone Kizer then connected with Will Fuller for the 17-yard TD that would be the game winner. Temple’s only turnover came on the ensuing drive. PJ Walker was picked off and Notre Dame escaped with the win. Kizer threw 2 red zone INTs in the first half of this game. Next Week: BYU at SJSU (Fri), 5ND at PITT, Army at AF

American: The East Carolina QBs had had a tough night in their 13-31 loss to Connecticut. They threw 4INTs and no TDs. For the Huskies, RB Arkeel Newsome rushed for 179 yards and 2TDs and QB Bryant Shirreffs threw a TD and rushed for one. ECU was only down 6-10 at the half, but UConn scored 14 in the 3rd quarter to put the game out of reach. Temple fought hard with Notre Dame but came up just a little bit short (see recap above). The Owls were in the game for all 60 minutes. Even though they started slow, Memphis ended up beating Tulane 41-13. Tulane was shut out in the second half. Paxton Lynch threw for 343 yards and a TD and the Tigers outgained the Green Wave 581-270 in total yards. Houston shut out Vanderbilt 34-0. Vandy turned the ball over 4 times and gave Houston good field position. The Cougar’s longest TD drive was 36 yards. Cincinnati crushed UCF 52-7, giving the Knights their 9th loss of the season. QB Gunner Kiel threw 5TDs for the Bearcats in the rout. Navy used a 13-point 4th quarter to beat USF 29-17. The Midshipmen rushed for 428 yards and 3TDs as a team. Two of those TDs came from Keenan Reynolds in the final 7 minutes of play. USF fumbled on the kickoff return after the first Navy TD in the 4th quarter and gave Navy a short field. Tulsa escaped with a 40-31 win over SMU. The Golden Hurricane scored 20 in the 2nd quarter to help secure their win. Zack Langer rushed for 3TDs on just 35 rush yards for Tulsa. SMU QB Matt Davis threw 3TDs and an INT. SMU made it to the Tulsa 8-yard line, but a big sack and two incompletions ended the Mustang’s hopes. Next Week: 22TEM at SMU (Fri), UCF at TULS, CIN at 25HOU, UConn at TUL, Navy at 13MEM, USF at ECU

Mountain West: It seemed like Wyoming my stick around, but Utah State used a big 4th quarter to beat the Cowboys 58-27. Aggie QB Kent Myers was 14/17 for 246 yards and 3TDs and a rush TD. RB Devante Mays carried the ball for 176 yards and 2TDs. Wyoming RB Brian Hill rushed for 201 yards and a score and QB Nick Smith threw 2TDs and added another on the ground. Boise State only had a 7-point lead with 11 minutes left in the game against UNLV, but scored 21 in the final 10 minutes to win 55-27. Boise State ended the game with 705 total yards. UNLV threw INTs on their final two drives of the game. San Diego State thumped Colorado State 41-17 to get to 5-0 in MWC play. Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 121 yards and 2TDs. CSU QB Nick Stevens threw 3INTs. Air Force made the long trip to Honolulu and demolished Hawaii 58-7. The Falcons rushed for 496 yards and 7TDs in the game. Hawaii’s only TD came with just 6 minutes left on a 98-yard kick off return. Next Week: NEV at FRES (Thurs), BYU at SJSU (Fri), HAW at UNLV, CSU at WYO, Army at AF, USU at UNM

MAC: Western Michigan remained undefeated in MAC play with their 58-28 win over Eastern Michigan. Jamauri Bogan rushed for 4TDs on just 8 carries and 61 yards. EMU QB Brogan Roback threw 3TDs and rushed for one more. The Eagles turned the ball over 4 times. Buffalo escaped Miami(OH) with a 29-24 win. This game was knotted at 17 at halftime but Buffalo scored 12 in the 3rd quarter and that was just enough to secure the win. The Redhawks had the ball for the final 30 seconds but it wasn’t enough time to score again. Ball State doubled up Massachusetts 20-10. The stats were mostly even for this game, but Ball State did a better job of turning their drives into points. Central Michigan and beat Akron 14-6 in a defensive battle. Cooper Rush threw both of CMU’s TDs. Just a couple of hours after the first CFP top 25 was released, Northern Illinois upset 24th ranked Toledo 32-27. Both teams came out strong in the first quarter, but NIU scored 13 in the 4th quarter to beat Toledo for the 6th straight time. NIU was able to pull off this win despite losing their two biggest playmakes to injury. The Huskies scored with just under 2 minutes to go and then picked off Rocket QB Phillip Ely to seal the win. Bowling Green put on an offensive show against Ohio on Wednesday, beating the Bobcats 62-24. Falcon QB Matt Johnson threw 4TDs and RB Travis Greene rushed for 106 yards and 3TDs. Bowling Green only had the ball for 22:54. Next Week: BUFF at KENT (Thurs), BALL at WMU (Thurs), AKR at UMass, EMU at MOH

C-USA: Louisiana Tech had no problem going on the road to Rice, winning 42-17. Jeff Driskel threw for 320 yards and 4TDs for the Bulldogs. Western Kentucky had another offensive show in their 55-30 win over Old Dominion. Brandon Doughty threw 3TDs and Anthony Wales rushed for 4TDs. Monarch QB Shuler Bentley threw 3TDs and rushed for another. Southern Miss got to six wins and bowl eligibility with their 34-13 win over UTEP. That’s big because the Golden Eagles had only won 4 games in their last 3 seasons. Nick Mullens threw 4TDs in the game. Marshall cruised by Charlotte 34-10 thanks to a career game from QB Chase Litton. The QB passed for 486 yards and 2TDs. FAU beat in-state rival FIU 31-17 thanks to a 14-point 4th quarter. Trey Rodriguez rushed for 2TDs. Jalen Young returned an INT for a TD to put the game out of reach. North Texas got their first win of the season by beating UTSA 30-23. The Roadrunners turned the ball over on downs on their final two drives of the game. Next Week: Rice at UTEP (Fri), CHAR at FIU, FAU at WKU, UNT at LT, MRSH at MTSU, ODU at UTSA

Sun Belt: Georgia Southern made it to 6 wins by beating Texas State 37-13. Matt Breida rushed for 205 yards and 2TDs for the Eagles who rushed for 503 yards and 4TDs as a team. Appalachian State needed 3OTs to beat Troy 44-41. Mountaineer QB Taylor Lamb threw 2TDs and rushed for 2 more while his counterpart, Brandon Silvers, threw a TD and rushed for 2. Troy had 4th and 2 on the APP 5-yard line in the 3rd OT, but couldn’t convert. This opened the door for Zach Matics to kick the game winning FG for APP. The Ragin’ Cajuns of ULL beat ULM 30-24. The Warhawks went into halftime with a 24-9 lead, but were shut out in the second half. ULM fumbled near midfield with 1:38 remaining to seal ULL’s win. ULM QB Garrett Smith threw 3TDs in the game. Once again, Arkansas State used a big 4th quarter to pull away from their opponent. This time it was a 48-34 win over Georgia State. Fredi Knighten threw 3TDs and rushed for another. The Red Wolves outscored the Panthers 28-7 in the second half. New Mexico State’s first win was an exciting one. The Aggies scored 27 points in the 4th quarter and a TD in overtime to beat Idaho 55-48. Larry Rose III rushed for 212 yards and 4TDs (all 4 coming in the 4th quarter and OT). Idaho was up 30-7 early in the 3rd quarter. Next Week: ARST at APP (Thurs), ULL at GAST, Idaho at USA, ULM at Troy, NMSU at TXST

Top 25
1Ohio State BYE
2Baylor BYE
3Clemson 56 North Carolina State 41
4LSU BYE
5TCU 40 West Virginia 10
6Michigan State BYE
7Alabama BYE
8Stanford 30 Washington State 28
9Notre Dame 24 21Temple 20
10Iowa 31 Maryland 15
11Florida 27 Georgia 3
12Oklahoma State 70 Texas Tech 53
13Utah 27 Oregon State 12
14Oklahoma 62 Kansas 7
15Michigan 29 Minnesota 26
16Memphis 41 Tulane 13
17Florida State 45 Syracuse 21
18Houston 34 Vanderbilt 0
19Ole Miss 27 Auburn 19
Northern Illinois 32 20/24Toledo 27 (Tues)
Miami (FL) 30 22Duke 27
North Carolina 26 23Pittsburgh 19
24UCLA 35 Colorado 31
25Mississippi State BYE

Stats and Scores from ESPN.com and cfbstats.com

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CFP Top 25

1. LSU
2. Ohio State
3. Clemson
4. Georgia

5. Alabama
6. Oregon
7. Utah
8. Penn State
9. Oklahoma
10. Minnesota
11. Florida
12. Wisconsin
13. Michigan
14. Baylor
15. Auburn
16. Notre Dame
17. Iowa
18. Memphis
19. Cincinnati
20. Boise State
21. Oklahoma State
*22. Iowa State
*23. USC
24. Appalachian State
*25. SMU

*New Team

Dropped Out: 19Texas, 23Navy, 24Kansas State

AP Top 25

1. LSU (10-0,6-0)
2. Ohio State (10-0,7-0)
3. Clemson (11-0,8-0)
4. Georgia (9-1,6-1)
5. Alabama (9-1,6-1)
6. Oregon (9-1,6-1)
7. Utah (9-1,6-1)
8. Oklahoma (9-1,6-1)
9. Penn State (8-1,5-1)
10. Florida (9-2,6-2)
11. Minnesota (9-1,6-1)
12. Michigan (8-2,5-2)
13. Baylor (9-1,6-1)
14. Wisconsin (8-2,5-2)
15. Notre Dame (8-2)
16. Auburn (7-3,4-3)
17. Cincinnati (9-1,6-0)
18. Memphis (9-1,5-1)
19. Iowa (7-3,4-3)
20. Boise State (9-1,6-0)
21. SMU (9-1,5-1)
22. Oklahoma State (7-3,4-3)
*23. Appalachian State (9-1,5-1)
*24. Texas A&M (7-3,4-2)
*25. Virginia Tech (7-3,4-2)

Dropped Out: 21Navy (7-2,5-2), 22Texas (6-4,4-3), 24Indiana (7-3,4-3)

*New Team

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