The College Football Playoff Shakeup (This week): Another week, another shakeup. Those who lost: LSU, TCU, Michigan State, Florida State, Memphis, Texas A & M and Ole Miss.
The Yogi Berra “It ain’t over until it’s over Award” (also THIS week’s “Play of the Year” award) goes to…. Arkansas. In a year of weekly “plays of the year,” the Hogs’ OT pass/catch/WILD lateral/bobble/bounce/catch and run (on 4th and 25!) for a first down helped set up the Razorbacks' final TD to win 53-52 over Ole Miss in Oxford.
THIS week’s “Play of the Year” award goes to…(see above): Arkansas. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/arkansas-stuns-ole-miss-in-overtime-after-crazy-4th-down-lateral--video-010051028.html
The 2nd place Yogi Berra “It ain’t over until it’s over Award” goes to…Nebraska. The Huskers scored on a TD pass with :17 to go to knock off unbeaten Michigan State 39-38 in Lincoln. Coming into the game, Nebraska had only one Big 10 win this season, had lost four of their last five and hadn’t defeated an unbeaten team in November in sixteen years.
Upset of the Weekend: #14 Oklahoma State beating #8 TCU 49-29 in Stillwater. Runners up: Nebraska over Michigan State; Arkansas over Ole Miss; Navy over Memphis and Auburn over Texas A&M.
The Heisman Watch: In a game featuring what was touted as a showdown between the two best running backs in the SEC and NCAA, Bama’s Derrick Henry ran 38 times for 210 and 3 TDs, while The Tide offense throttled the Tigers’ previously impressive running game, holding Heisman favorite Leonard Fournette to 31 yards on 19 carries and one TD, as Bama won 30-16.
BTW--after LSU scored with 9:18 remaining in the 4th Qtr. to narrow the score to 30-16, Bama--after receiving the kickoff, then getting a penalty to place the ball at the Tide 8--mercilessly drove the ball to the LSU 16, running out the clock, with Derrick Henry carrying 12 times on the drive.
Clemson QB Deshaun Watson led the Tigers to an impressive win over Fla. St., completing 28 of 42 passes for 297 and a TD, and he ran 16 times for 107. Florida State running back Dalvin Cook ran 21 times for 194 and a TD in the Noles’ loss to Clemson.
TCU QB Trevone Boykin, in a losing effort at Okla. St., threw for 445, ran for 73 and had three TDs [2, running; 1 passing], but threw four INTs.
The Warner Wolf Award (FBS) goes to…Kansas. If you had the Jayhawks and 38, you lost! Final: Texas 59, Kansas 20.
The Warner Wolf Award (FCS) goes to…Western Illinois. If you had W. Ill. and 51, you lost. Final: North Dakota State 59, W. Ill. 7.
The Warner Wolf Award (Div. III) goes to…Carleton. If you had Carleton and 76, you lost. Final: St. Thomas (MN) 80, Carleton 3.
You took the “Over,” right??? 1st Place: In the FCS, Temple and SMU combined for 100. Final: Owls 60, Mustangs 40.
You took the “Over,” right? 2nd Place: In Div. II, 110. Final: Wayne State 56, Lake Erie 54.
You took the “Over,” right? 3rd Place: In Div. III, 126. Final: Cornel (Iowa) 64, Illinois College 62.
You took the “Under,” right? 10. Final: UConn 7, Tulane 3.
The rankings for this week’s CFP will be out on Tuesday. Here’s the link: http://www.collegefootballplayoff.com/#home0
Looking ahead to next weekend; Key games for ranked teams:
Saturday: The premier matchup will be in the Big 12 as Oklahoma visits Baylor. Other key games worth watching: Bama hosts Miss. St.; Georgia @ Auburn (The SEC’s oldest rivalry. BTW, they are tied at 55 apiece); Florida (which has clinched the SEC East) at South Carolina; Ohio State @ Illinois; Clemson @ Syracuse; Michigan @ Indiana; Notre Dame hosts Wake Forest; Arkansas @ LSU; Oregon @ Stanford; Wash. St. @ UCLA.
The best link for college football TV schedule: http://www.lsufootball.net/tvschedule.htm
Sources: ncaa.com; Yahoo.com; lsufootball.net