1. Boat has been rowed
The Gophers 8-0 start had been somewhat undervalued, given their 17th place ranking in the initial CFB Playoff poll. Any doubt of Minnesota being an elite team ended Saturday with a 31-26 victory over then undefeated Penn State. Minnesota was solid on both sides of the ball, including forcing three Penn State interceptions.
2. Gotta Lovie it
Dont look now but the surging team in the Big Ten is Illinois. Since upsetting Wisconsin four weeks back, the Illini have won four straight. There latest came in an impressive come-from-behind fashion, scoring 27 fourth quarter points beating Michigan State 37-34 in East Lansing.
3. Foster Finale
One of the longest tenured assistant coaches in college football, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, coached his final home game on Saturday. The Hokies sent their long time coach out with a 36-17 win over Wake Forest, holding the Demon Deacons to 301 total yards, including just 63 rushing yards, and forcing two turnovers in the process.
1. Big Red, Little Red
In the final chapter of the Chad Morris era at Arkansas, the Razorbacks were demolished at home by Western Kentucky, 45-19. The Hogs tossed for just 63 yards and threw two picks in the process. Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers tore through the Razorback defense with 478 yards of total offense. The following day, Morris was relieved of his duties.
2. Ames was slightly off
Oklahoma was still looking to get back in the CFB playoff picture. Saturday, looked like a step in the right direction up 42-21 on Iowa State entering the fourth quarter. Then Iowa State ripped off 20 unanswered points, including a 13 yard TD pass with 24 seconds left. It was only on a controversial play on the ensuing two-point conversion, which was ultimately unsuccessful, did the Sooners escape with a victory.
3. Just a mess.
South Carolina was the unfortunate team that had to be the loser in a bounce back victory, for Appalachian State. Despite playing at home the Gamecocks were a disaster on both sides. In spite of this, Ryan Hillinksi had a chance to win the game on the final play, only to overthrow a wide open receiver.
- Ohio State and Clemson both won big over the weekend. Travis Etienne had three touchdowns for the Tigers while Justin Fields threw for three scores and rushed for an additional one.
- Clay Helton’s future might be decided, but they won’t say he didn’t finish strong. With their win over Arizona State, in which Kedon Slovis threw three first quarter touchdowns, the Trojans have now won three of their last four with winnable games against Cal and UCLA remaining.
- Another team trending in the right direction: Miami. After beating FSU two weeks ago, the Canes whooped Louisville 52-27.
- Army did its patriotic duty by thrashing UMass 63-7, completing just three passes in the process.
- Wisconsin kept it’s chance at a Big Ten title game alive, topping Iowa 24-22 surviving a 16 point surge from the Hawkeyes.
- Maybe you heard but LSU beat Alabama