Back to back weekends with seven games between ranked teams, and this one didn’t disappoint either. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest results from this weekend.
(#10) Auburn 40 – (#1) Georgia 17
This was one of the more surprising results of the weekend, most people thought this one would be close. The Bulldogs scored the first touchdown of the game, and the last touchdown of the game. In between those scores, Auburn outscored them 40-3. It was domination on all accounts, the Tigers had 488 total yards and 25 first downs, holding the Bulldogs to just 230 total yards of offense. Both of these teams control their own destiny in the SEC and could meet again in the conference championship game.
(#7) Miami 41 – (#3) Notre Dame 8
Another top 10 match-up expected to be very close, turned into a blowout. The Hurricanes led the Irish 27-0 at the half, and added another score before the Irish finally got on the board, making it 34-8. Miami capped it off late in the fourth quarter with a final touchdown and a 41-8 victory. The Irish turned the ball over 4 times and only managed 13 first downs the whole game. I think it’s safe to say, “The U is back”.
(#5) Oklahoma 38 – (#6) TCU 20
TCU completely shut Oklahoma down…in the second half. It was too late at that point as the Sooners had put up 38 points in the first half, jumping out to a 38-14 halftime lead. The Horned Frogs would score a touchdown early in the fourth quarter but were never really in this game. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield threw for 333 yards and 3 scores on 67% of his passes. Mayfield seems to be well on his way for the Heisman Trophy.
(#13) Ohio State 48 – (#12) Michigan State 3
One more for your list of “Games we thought would be closer”, this one may have been the most surprising. In the last 5 meetings combined, OSU held an 121-120 edge, and the home team hadn’t been victorious in this series since 2007. The Buckeyes outgained the Spartans 524-195, and had 335 rushing yards as a team. Both OSU tailbacks went over 100 yards on the day, and the Buckeyes are going to be back in the top 10.
(#2) Alabama 31 – (#16) Mississippi State 24
This was a brilliantly hard fought game. There were no turnovers on either side, and the teams were trading scoring blows all night. The game was tied at 14 at halftime, and the Bulldogs took a 21-17 lead into the fourth quarter before hitting an early field goal. Down 7, Damien Harris and the Tide tied the game at 24 on the very next drive. Alabama QB Jalen Hurts saved the day for the Tide by throwing the game-winning touchdown to DeVonta Smith with just 25 seconds left in the ball game.
Player of the Week: Ohio State RB Mike Weber Jr.
Mike Weber finally looked healthy for the first time all season. After being hampered by a hamstring injury for the last few months, Weber looked really fast Saturday on his way to a career day. He only carried the ball 9 times, but those carries went for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns, including this 82 yard run in the second quarter.
That type of run, make one man miss in the hole and then he’s gone, looks awfully familiar for OSU fans I would venture to say. If Mike Weber can play like that for the rest of the year, he and J.K. Dobbins could be an unstoppable force for the Buckeyes.
AP Top 25
The AP Top 25 rankings are not the College Football Playoff Rankings, but they’re normally very similar and it’s the best we’ve got until Tuesday evening. Expect Georgia, Notre Dame, and TCU to drop a ways, for Alabama to regain the #1 spot, and for Miami, Auburn, and Ohio State to jump up the rankings.
Top Games of Week 12
It’s everybody’s favorite weekend in the SEC, Chickenshit Saturday! This of course means that instead of playing a conference opponent in late November, they have scheduled some freshly baked cupcakes instead.
The top 2 teams in the SEC, Alabama and Auburn, host the mighty Mercer Bears and the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks, respectively. Apparently the powers in the ACC got wind of this idea and decided to join in. Clemson hosts The Citadel and Florida State (who we thought would be good) hosts Delaware State.
While there aren’t any ranked match-ups at the moment, there are still a couple of intriguing games. The Michigan Wolverines are on the road against the #5 (AP ranking) Wisconsin Badgers. There are also two late PAC-12 games to watch, UCLA at #12 (AP) USC, and Utah at #16 (AP) Washington.