In week 10 the pressure turned up thanks to the very first CFB Playoff rankings coming out and as expected not everyone made it out alive. No skating for the best of the best, most of the Top 20 teams had a fight on their hands.
The Big 12 ended up having a big afternoon and a disappointing one depending on who you ask. On one hand, TCU was slighted once again in the Playoff rankings but it appears the committee was on point after seeing their performance against #14 Oklahoma State. Boykins cost his team the game, shattering national championship hopes and his shot at the Heisman after throwing 4 interceptions en route to a 49-29 loss. Despite his performance, he still stayed after the game to shake hands and talk to OSU fans – class act.
However, another Big 12 representative decided to shock the world and do it in true college football fashion. Nebraska somehow managed to put together a 91 yard drive against the #7 Michigan State Spartans to take the lead on a controversial TD catch with only 17 seconds left on the clock. While fans of the green and white may use that as an excuse behind the upset victory but the truth is their defense gave this one away, 39-38.
Another tough loss that clears up the playoff picture came courtesy of Florida State and Clemson. The #1 ranked Tigers have casually climbed to the top and after Saturday, it looks like the dancing Coach Dabo’s team is a serious problem this year. Florida St dropped its first conference game in nearly 3 years last weekend and unfortunately things wouldn’t improve much as Clemson overpowered the Seminoles start to finish 23-13. Deshaun Watson is definitely as good as advertised.
The last matchup of the night had most of the nation’s attention including the MMG boss Rick Ross who joined Lee Corso and the gang for College Gameday at Bryant Denny Stadium. There aren’t many regular season games bigger than LSU vs Alabama, the rivalry is second to none and normally has a shot at the National Championship on the line. The biggest question coming in was which Heisman hopeful running back would have a better game: Leonard Fournette, who many have considered the front runner for most of the season or Derrick Henry, who has consistently bruised and abused defenders all year.
LSU would get a front row seat to that punishment watching Henry run to 210 yards and 3 TDs as the Tide rolled to a 30-16 victory. What about Fournette? 31 yards on 19 carries. Good luck to Arkansas next week, something tells me he’s going for 150+ yards after this disappointing outing.
But don’t get it confused Arkansas is no weak link, just ask #18 Ole Miss after the 53-52 thrilling upset. Faced with 4th down and forever to go (25 yards) in OT, it appeared as if the Rebels had another win on the way. That is until the backyard style football took over and this happened = Sway’s Universe Play of the Week.