What an unbelievably beautiful, wild day Saturday was for college football!
Look at all this stuff, all the chaos generated in November!
#2 Clemson lost to unranked Pitt, 43-42.
I don’t care one damned bit about Pitt, but it was beautiful to see Dabo go insane on the sideline and listen to the Clemson fans boo after every single play whether their team was on offense or defense.
The Panthers had several players stand out in the big victory over the Tigers
The Panthers used a late field goal to defeat the Tigers
Here's a closer look and some thoughts on the Panthers' big victory
Pittsburgh comes into Death Valley and knocks off the #2 Tigers in an offensive shootout.
#3 Michigan lost to stinky Iowa 14-13, in a game where the Hawkeyes scored a safety, a touchdown, and two field goals to win.
I’d really like to hear your thoughts on this one.
Let’s relive this one last time y’all
Party like it’s 1985
Maybe it had to happen this way.
If Michigan beats Indiana and Ohio State, they will be in the Big Ten title game as the East division champion. If OSU wins out, Penn State will win the East with wins over Rutgers and Michigan State (weird, right?)
#4 Washington lost 26-13 to #20 USC
USC was the most talented team Washington played all season. I told you Friday that they’d have a good shot at knocking off the Huskies. You read that, right?
Which phases of the game cost the Huskies most dearly in their first loss of the season?
The Huskies suffered their first loss since Nov. 14, 2015, but still are in a prime position to play for the Pac-12 championship.
The Trojans win over the Huskies keeps their winning streak going.
#8 Texas A&M lost to Ole Miss 29-28.
The Aggies were #4 in the first College Football Playoff Rankings this season. Now they’ve gone 0-2 against the state of Mississippi.
People don’t like that Ole Miss has a very good quarterback that wears No. 20.
This is really bizarre. Why would anyone give a damn that a quarterback would wear #20?
what just happened
WOW WOW WOW
True freshman. On the road. Upset win. Rebel football has a new leader.
#9 Auburn lost to Georgia because it was a rivalry game and that’s the kind of thing that happens in rivalry games.
As great as our defense played on Saturday in a stunning victory over the hated Auburn Tigers, the offense - and the offensive line - manned up in a big, big way when they absolutely had to.
Quick thoughts on the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry
#14 Virginia Tech lost to Georgia Tech 30-20
Let’s not get back into the old argument about fans vs. ‘fans’. Everyone has reasons to be optimistic and pessimistic. Because Georgia Tech was still right in line with how we thought to begin with - an inconsistent team still working through the kinks.
#17 North Carolina lost to Duke 28-27
Nobody really cares much, it’s now basketball season.
The Duke loss confirmed some Tar Heel fears about stagnation or regression in Larry Fedora’s program.
Why last night’s win in the season opener for Carolina basketball came at the perfect time
The Most Amazing Game Of All?
And in Division III, the longest regular-season winning streak in college football history - a 112-game streak dating back to Oct. 22, 2005 - was snapped as John Carroll University beat Mount Union, 31-28.
Boy, wouldn’t you hate to be the guys on that Mount Union team?
CHAOS CHAOS CHAOS.... Or No?
So, now what happens to the College Football Playoff?
Well, let’s start with the SEC. It’s the Alabama robots and, really nobody else. You could consider that the entire hierarchy of college football right now, and you’d be right. It seems as if ‘Bama is on their way to another national title - perhaps a rejuvenated Ohio State might stand in their way, but that’s about it.
About Ohio State. The Big Ten East situation is somewhat bizarre since the Iowa win over Michigan. If Michigan wins out, beating Indiana and Ohio State, they’ll be in the Big Ten Championship game. Even if Ohio State wins out, Penn State will win the east if they beat Rutgers and Michigan State.
This would leave us (most likely) with a Penn State - Wisconsin Big Ten Championship game.
But, again, what about the playoff?
Jason Kirk at the mothership has a bit about it. He’s got two ACC teams, Clemson and Louisville, in the playoff based on the conference championship “bonus” that the College Football Playoff committee awards.
He’s taking Michigan out of the Big Ten, implying a Wolverine win over Ohio State, but if you turn that around and have Ohio State beat Michigan, and Penn State wins the Big Ten, wouldn’t it be darned difficult to keep both Ohio State and Penn State out of the playoff?
I think so.
Consider that the College Football Playoff is decided by a group of (mostly) old white men that don’t really have to give any justification for their reasoning beyond the eyeball test, and it’s anyone’s guess as to what’s going to happen. That, and there’s still plenty of football to be played.