In a game Kansas never wins, yet won, yet then let slip, the Jayhawks somehow regrouped and reaped their biggest win in 13 years on a pass from a quarterback making their first start of 2021 to a freshman defense that has yet to record. single university statistics.
Jalon Daniels threw a two-point conversion pass and Jared Casey caught it, and for the first time ever Kansas left Austin with a win over Texas, 57-56 in overtime. The Jayhawks, a 31-point underdog, gave the Longhorns their fifth consecutive loss – something that last happened in 1956. That shock reserved a Piran victory Saturday in the Big 12 that began with Baylor taking down leader Oklahoma. The league may have been eliminated from a College Football Playoff dispute on Saturday, but it certainly felt good for the remaining eight of its members to see the evacuees who destabilized the conference lowered.
There were a thousand other events in college football Saturday, from a Florida win that felt like an era-ending loss to a 62-yard walking field goal in Lubbock to an obscure pitch rule ending Miami-Florida State in a non-game. . But the Sooner Schooner’s inevitable break after his weekly wobbles was the biggest event in the Top 10 this week.
It was a well-received loss in Cincinnati and South Bend, and in parts of the Big Ten and SEC that are hoping for a second bid. And with both the ACC and Big 12 now looking like long shots to make the quarterback field – while the entire Group of 5 fights for respect – it should sharpen the decision of the majority of college football to achieve expansion to a 12-team squad. tournament pushed forward as soon as possible.
Let’s go to the Top 10:
Last game: Defeat Tennessee 41–17
Next game: against Charleston Southern on Saturday
The Volunteers scored a touchdown on their first possession and 10 points in the first quarter, and some people are quite excited about pronouncing that the Bulldogs ’defense was eliminated facing ultimately a powerful offense. Then Tennessee did not win again for the next 43 minutes. Then Georgia led by 31 points, on the way to yet another ruthless beating by an SEC opponent — oh, and that’s with several players dealing with the effects of the flu. (And deal with it much better than Florida did last week by being stuck by South Carolina.) Stetson Bennett IV just keeps performing, throwing for 213 yards and a touchdown and running for 40 and another score while directing a free kick. The only concern: some key defensive injuries, the severity of which is unknown at present. Seems like a good week to play Charleston Southern and rest a few battered players.
Last game: Beat Washington State 38–24
Next game: at Utah on Saturday
The Ducks jumped to a 14-0 lead over the Cougars, found themselves in a 14-14 tie at halftime, reasserted themselves from the third quarter and then failed to put the game away when quarterback Anthony Brown was ruled to have fumbled the goal. line. Washington State turned that into a field goal that left it a one-score game until a resulting Oregon drive eliminated the game. Brown had the greatest running game of his career, going over 120 yards, and also passing effectively. Oregon continues to pass tests, and this one earns it no worse than a tie for the Pac-12 North title. But that trip to Salt Lake City this week could be the biggest remaining test.
Last game: Defeat Purdue 59-31
Next game: against Michigan State on Saturday
Any chance of a third massive Purdue upset this season has been extinguished quickly. After two weeks of Red Zone struggles and an erratic running game, the Buckeyes returned to blasting the scoreboard against the Boilers. They pounded 263 rushing yards, their most since mid-September, and quarterback CJ Stroud threw for 361 yards and five touchdowns. Garrett Wilson returned after missing the Nebraska game, contributing 177 yards of scrimmage and four TDs, emphasizing the fact that Ohio State has the best incoming troops in the nation by a considerable margin. The Buckeyes are rolling in their big Mitten Double (Michigan State Saturday, Michigan Nov. 27) in good shape.
4. Cincinnati (10-0)
Last game: beat South Florida 45–28
Next game: at SMU on Saturday
In the survival-and-promotion, which is the playoff race, the Bearcats were a major winner this weekend. Not because they played particularly well in working beyond a bad South Florida team, but because they simply remained undefeated over the weekend when at least one major threat was neutralized in the form of Oklahoma. And then there was another week of brilliance added to that victory over Notre Dame — which continues to prevail. Cincinnati produced 202 yards on the ground without leading tourist Jerome Ford, and had 506 yards in total. But for the second straight game, Cincy’s veteran defense didn’t close the door in the second half with a big lead. This time Cincinnati gave up 14 points in the third quarter and 21 in the second half to a USF offense that shows improved life signs with freshman quarterback Timmy McClain recently. We’ll see on Tuesday what Bearcats ’persistent doubters think on the CFP’s election committee.
Last game: Defeat New Mexico State 59-3
Next game: against Arkansas on Saturday
There’s nothing about beating the FBS slag in mid-November that somehow helps the Crimson Tide. However, Alabama received some help Saturday night to get closer to the SEC West when Mississippi eliminated Texas A&M. The Tide can now claim the West next week by defeating the Razorbacks, regardless of what would happen in the Iron Bowl on November 27th. (Clearly, Alabama would like to win both games to stay in the thick of playoff contention.)
Last game: Defeat Maryland 40–21
Next game: at Ohio State on Saturday
Unlike the election committee, I didn’t have Michigan in front of the Spartans last week and that won’t change now. That was a solid rebounding performance on the road against Maryland, jumping to a 13-0 lead from the first quarter and never looking back. Quarterback Payton Thorne was very sharp, and Michigan State got Kenneth Walker III’s Heisman Trophy nomination back on track. Walker went for 143 and two touchdowns on a career-high 30 carries. The Spartans ’suspicious secondary gave up as many passing yards as usual, but the productive offense never allowed Maryland to approach more than 13 during the final 50-plus minutes of the game.
Last game: win Penn State 21–17
Next game: at Maryland on Saturday
The Wolverines pulled off their second gut-control road win of the season, returning to score the winning touchdown in a 47-yard catch-and-control play by Cade McNamara to tight end Erick All with 3:29 remaining. McNamara (217 passing yards and three TDs) and running back Hassan Haskins (156 rushing yards) continued to make tough games on a day when the Michigan offensive line was largely overtaken. Defensively, the terrifying rushing duo of Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo combined for five sacks from Penn State’s Sean Clifford, part of the Wolverines ’seven-sack effort. Combine this victory with the Nebraska rally, and Michigan has shown its courage along the way — if only it wouldn’t let the issue in East Lansing go away.
Last game: defeat Virginia 28–3.
Next game: against Georgia Tech on Saturday
In beating the Cavaliers on the road, the Fighting Irish ended up going through a minefield of open-date setbacks this season. In five different games, the Notre Dame opponent had an extra week of preparation and rest that the Irish didn’t have. Yet their record in those games is an impressive 4-1, with the only loss at the hands of undefeated Cincinnati. This season is still one of Brian Kelly’s best coaching jobs, with developing offense and defense still lacking without superstar safety Kyle Hamilton for the last three more games. Notre Dame still probably needs some Big Ten massacre to shake up in the interval of the final, but the restart gradually improved as the wins piled up.
Last game: Defeat TCU 63-17
Next game: at Texas Tech on Saturday
Quite suddenly, the Cowboys became the Big 12’s best hope to make the final. (Not a particularly strong hope, but that’s where it stands.) Oklahoma State exploded for its highest point total in six years, with running back Jaylen Warren winning the first three touchdowns and then everyone getting into the action as the game went on. The Pokes defense has yet to allow more than 24 points in a game this season, and has surrendered a total of 23 over the last three games. If coordinator Jim Knowles comes up with a good plan against Oklahoma in the Bedlam game on November 27, put him on the Broyles Award shortlist.
Last game: beat Texas A&M 29–19
Next game: against Vanderbilt on Saturday
The Rebels dominated the first half, staggered for a quarter and a half in the second, then closed out the game with a defense – a rare and beautiful thing under Lane Kiffin. Clinging to a 15-13 lead, Ole Miss caught two Zach Calzada passes – one setting up a touchdown and the second came back for the clinching six points. At 8-2, the Rebels are within range of their first 10-win regular season in school history.
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