I am truly surprised, again, that this is all I’m writing about. On Saturday, other teams, like LSU, had huge opportunities to pull off unthinkables. Saturday was and always is exciting, but now, we are getting closer to the Playoffs and conference championships games. There is only 3-4 games left for some teams. For some squads, those last three games will prove to be critical.
Being one of the more hyped games for the day, Michigan State and Ohio State had College Gameday on campus; being one of the most prolific rivalries in the country. The game surly lived up to the hype. At halftime, it was 28-21 Buckeyes. There was no shortage of excitement.
Both QB’s, J.T. Barrett and Connor Cook, had great games. With over 300 yards, the notorious defense of Michigan State didn’t play well, which lead to their loss. Even though Cook had a good game, his accuracy was awful at all. The Spartans did spread the ball around pretty well though, which helped them put up points.
The real story of the game was J.T. Barrett’s performance. He threw for 3 TD’s, and ran for two more. He was the star of the show Saturday. The Buckeyes ran the ball very well, with Ezekiel Elliott rushing for 154 yards and 2 TD’s. Barrett had 86 yards rushing himself.
You could make the case that the Buckeyes dominated this game, but giving it was close at halftime, it’s a little bit of a stretch. As for Playoff implications, this Sparty loss probably takes the BIG 10 out of the race. Ohio State made a case, but let’s be honest, there’s just to many teams better than them. If the Buckeyes were to win out rest of the season, and make it into the top seven, then they have a case.
The biggest upset of the day, though, came at Jordan-Hare Stadium. I had pretty much given up hope on Texas A&M this year. I trashed them before their game against Auburn.
I seriously thought they had no chance. The Aggies though, got their momentum going early, going up 14-0 in the 1st quarter. Auburn quickly answered back, rounding out a very interesting opening quarter, and setting up what would be a great game.
Kyle Allen, who started in place of Kenny Hill again, had 277 yards and 4 TD passes. He did throw a pick, but it truly didn’t matter.
The 1st half concluded with Auburn field goal attempt, which, well, didn’t go so well. A&M blocked the kick, and took it back for a TD to go into halftime with a 35-17 lead. They definitely had the momentum, and were feeling pretty good. Nick Marshall didn’t have a great game for Auburn, with 219 yards passing. He did though, run in 2 TD’s. The kid makes plays; it doesn’t matter how well he does.
The third quarter was pretty boring, truly. Auburn inched back, but their comeback didn’t show up until the 4th.
Right out of the gate, Auburn scored a TD to make it a seven point game with a whole quarter to go. Cameron Artis-Payne had a incredible game rushing, with 221 yards and 2 TD’s. The Tigers ran for 363 yards as a team, even with then negative outcome.
I always say it. Turnovers kill you. Everyone knows it, and it’s exactly what happened to Auburn Saturday night. The Tigers were driving, down three with 5:40 left in the game. They had a great drive going for them. They were set up at the Texas A&M two yard line, about to possibly take the lead. Nick Marshall though, fumbled the ball, and gave it up to A&M. It was killer. They were so close to possibly taking the lead, and they blew the chance.
With that possession, A&M didn’t pretty much nothing with it besides kill clock. The Aggies punted, and Auburn got the ball back with 1:28 left on the A&M 42 yard line. The had yet another opportunity to tie or take the lead. They completed two plays, then fumbled again. This time, it was a bad snap on a miscommunication between the Center and Marshall. It ended the game in a devastating way for Auburn.
The last upset of the day, which was actually the first one to occur, led to the West Virginia Mountaineers being taken down by the Texas Longhorns. I didn’t watch much of this game, but it was a huge win for Charlie Strong and this program. West Virginia is sure to drop from the rankings, and Texas should be climbing in.
1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
3. Dak Prescott, Misspipi State
4. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
5. Trevone Boykin, TCU
New for the rest of the year, I will put in my College Football Rankings, from No.1-No.6.
1. Mississippi State
2. Florida State