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It was not the most exciting of college football weekends. Several teams had their bye week including five SEC teams. Only 17 of the Top 25 ranked teams were in action. A sparse five games highlighted match-ups of ranked teams. The nailbiters and upset were few and far between.
Jayden Daniels is BALLING
5 total touchdowns
LSU is up big pic.twitter.com/zt6rzbbeeQ
LSU 45 Ole Miss 20 – The Rebs led 17-3 until LSU QB Jayden Daniels (21-28, 248 YDS, 2 TD, 23 CAR, 121 YDS, 3 TD) started to heat up. The Tigers would outscore OM 42-3 the rest of the way as the Shark defense looked more like guppies. OM QB Jaxson Dart (19-34, 284 YDS, 1 INT, 10 CAR, 7 YDS) was pretty lousy. Starting Rebels running back Zach Evans was dressed but did not play due to a leg injury.
One of these was called for a late hit on the QB, one was a no call… guess which one is which. #HomeCookin #ACCRefsSuck #ProtectClemsonAtAllCosts pic.twitter.com/B9SWux5M3F
Clemson 27 Syracuse 21 – After talking up DJ Uiegelelele all week, Clemson fell behind 21-7 and Dabo benched his crappy overrated QB (13/21, 138 YDS, 0 TD, 2 INT, 1 FUM). Cade Klubnik didn’t really do much (2/4-19-0-0, 6 CAR-15 YDS), but it was enough to spark 20 unanswered points. CU was also the beneficiary of some referee shenanigans (see above).
After the game, Dabo doubled down saying “As far as DJ, DJ’s our starter, DJ’s our leader. Nothing’s changed there.”
✅ @oregonfootball completes the onside kick! pic.twitter.com/t3GRGFOsgL
Oregon 45 UCLA 30 – Gee. Who saw this coming besides everyone? Chip Kelly returned to Eugene with an overrated overhyped Bruins team and got stomped. It was a tight game until the Dux recovered an unexpected onside kick. Momentum took over and Bo Nix went off passing for 5 TDs on 22-28, 283 yard passing.
Bryce Young had all day to throw this dart for a TD pic.twitter.com/wkC9vWXXwy
Alabama 30 Mississippi State 6 – Merciful Saban put some scrubs in the game late and blew a chance at three straight Tuscaloosa shutouts against the Bullies.
SOUTH CAROLINA! Xavier Legette takes the opening kickoff 100 yards to the house!!! pic.twitter.com/agcFzMaOAB
South Carolina 30 Texas A&M 24 – The Gamecocks scored on the opening kickoff and never trailed. SC jumped out to 17-0 lead but the Aggies kept it close most of the game. When Haynes King was injured in the 4th quarter, highly touted frosh Conner Weigman entered the game and kinda sucked (8/15, 91 YDS). Most of his yards came late when SC was playing prevent defense.
The Aggs outgained the ‘Cocks 398 to 286 and had more first downs 23 to 13. and SCar beats TAMU for the first time in program history. Cocky has won four straight and is a win away from bowl eligibility. A&M is (chuckle) 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the conference. The Aggies will need to win three out of their final five of vs OM, vs FLA, @AUB, vs UMass, vs LSU.
Tennessee 65 UT Martin 24 – golf clap
Whew, #Vanderbilt LB Anfernee Orji #0 laid the boom on the QB (also, impressive hurdle over the RB block by #13).
Orji is collecting impact plays on his 2022 tape. Leads the SEC in tackles. Potential top-100 draft pick in April. pic.twitter.com/Mq5h1R2zUG
Missouri 17 Vanderbilt 14 – Vandy’s Joseph Bulovas missed field goals of 45 and 27 yards.
This fake punt by Iowa definitely didn’t go according to plan pic.twitter.com/mdF6Hz3Kvy
Ohio State 54 Iowa 10 – If you had not watched this game (like so many talking heads, AP voters, and Heisman voters), you would have thought this game was just a run-of-the-mill blowout. However, this was a case of two crappy offenses. It just so happens that one of them is crappy on a historic level. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has been stubbornly standing behind his belief that defense wins games and championships. The Hawkeyes defense is good but the offense is embarrassingly bad. They are last in FBS in total offense (227.3 ypg) and have scored a total of 73 points through seven games (10.4 ppg). On Saturday, the Iowa defense again outscored the offense with a scoop & score.
Six turnovers by the Iowa offense and a a botched fake punt (see above) gave Ohio State short fields to work with all day long. The Buckeyes had four drives start inside the Iowa 35 that netted only four field goals.
Even though the Buckeyes scored 54, they only managed 16 first downs and 360 yards of offense. OSU running back TreVeyon Henderson gained only 38 yards on 11 rush attempts and the team had 66 in 30 carries for a paltry 2.2 ypc. Media darling C.J. Stroud was 20-30, 286 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT, and a lost fumble. But SHHHHHHH! Don’t tell anyone!
Miami’s program may never recover from a Duke football player snapping the over his knee: pic.twitter.com/G6vEZF4nbj
Duke 45 Miami 21 – The Hurricanes tied an FBS record with EIGHT turnovers – 5 fumbles by 4 different players and 3 interceptions, one of which was returned for a score. The Blue Devils are now one win from bowl eligibility with four games remaining, including winnable games at Boston College and home vs Virginia Tech. The ‘U’ is still not back as they fall to 3-4.
TCU 38 Kansas State 28 – The Frogs remain unbeaten.
Tulane 38 Memphis 28 – The Green Wave is 7-1.
Wisconsin 35 Purdue 24 – Jim Leonhard is 2-1 with Wisky.
Virginia 16 Georgia Tech 9 – After two wins over halfway decent teams (Pitt and Duke), Brent Key and the Yeller Jackets fell flat to lame-o UVa.
Oregon State 42 Colorado 9 – After beating Cal the previous week, the Buffs got back to their sucking ways.
That cartwheel y’all Annnnnd the best unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of the day goes to Johari Branch #Terps pic.twitter.com/GvqAGs8d6L
Les Miles approves this play.
Miami (OH) punter Dom Dzioban. College kicker, amirite?
This week, Christian McCaffrey was on the lips of every blithering sports personality across the country. Perhaps they should be talking about his kid brother Luke McCaffrey. The RS sophomore languished for two seasons at Scott Frost’s Nebraska as a back-up running back. He transferred to Rice and was again a reserve. Everything changed when he was moved to wide receiver where he has flourished. Against Louisiana Tech, he collected 10 balls for 171 yards and 2 TDs. He added 31 rushing yards and another score. On the season, he has 43 receptions for 555 yards and five TDs
Welcome back, old friend. ⛵️#SicEm pic.twitter.com/OE9lCT5Y4B
Penn State broke with tradition by putting numbers on the sides of their helmets. I’d say Joe Pa turned over in his grave but you know he is in some deep dark pit of despair waiting on his roommate Sandusky.
TCU hypnotoad posting is probably why they’re undefeated. Whoever made this video definitely needs a raise. #gofrogs #DFWBig12Team pic.twitter.com/2GbdQdQ8e3
All glory to TCU’s Hypnotoad.
LSU receiver Kayshon Boutte was targeted 7 times versus Ole Miss and had 4 catches for 43 yards. He was again denied the end zone. His only score this year came against FCS/HBCU Southern University.
Jordan Addison’s Southern Cal Trojans did not play.
Here’s the play pic.twitter.com/26eaANe0fr
Came to check out the stadium before the big game tomorrow and turns out there is a Miami vs Duke game here. Got $3 tickets. Crazy! #FinsUp #MiamiDolphins @dolphreaky @BigOShow @ian693 @305sportsbabe pic.twitter.com/mvY03poIfk
Purdue has never won a game directly after a Taylor Swift album release. Think I’m kidding…
2006: Lost to Penn St.
2008: Lost to Iowa
2010: Lost to Illinois
2012: Lost to Minnesota
2014: Lost to Nebraska
2017: Lost to Northwestern
2019: Lost to Nevada
*2020 was out of season*
2022: The Boilmakers lost to Wisconsin 35-24.
“Georgia Got Lucky!” #GameDaySigns pic.twitter.com/nI3Njbuuk3
Some weird Island of Dr. Moreau stuff going on here.
Again, I didn’t watch. Guest picker was some women’s basketball player. Did you know there was a pro women’s basketball league?
This just in: Desmond Howard is still a moron.
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Eliminated: all non-Power 5 incl. Houston, Cincinnati, BYU, FSU, Pitt, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Duke, Virginia, Miami-FL, NC State, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Illinois, Purdue, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisky, Minnie, Maryland, Northwestern, Sparty, Rutgers, Indiana, Okie, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Texas, Kansas State, Cal, Stanford, Oregon State, Colorado, Arizona State, Arizona, Utah, Washington State, Washington, Mizzou, Vandy, Florida, Auburn, South Carolina, Missy State, Arky, Texas A&M, LSU, Kentucky. NEW: UCLA, Syracuse.
Premature Elimination: none
Endangered: Wake, UNC, Oregon, Alabama, Southern Cal, Okie Lite, Penn State. NEW: Ole Miss,
Strange things going on in the Palmetto state. Clemson got one first place vote in the AP and South Carolina managed to sneak in at No. 25. Seven SEC teams are ranked.
15. Ole Miss
25. South Carolina
Krazy Kristi’s “SHUT UP!” of the Week goes to Greg Sankey and the other P5 Commissioners for doing nothing to discourage fans from rushing the field. This week it was the idiot LSU fans who stormed the field after a win. For beating Ole Miss. Yes, Ole Miss. (Wow. 2019 seems like centuries ago.) The Corndogs’ silliness should be an eye-opener when we see this sort of thing over such a humdrum win by one of the more elite programs over an overranked historically mediocre program. We’re also seeing an increase of idiots walking or running onto the field during play (and then whining when they get body slammed). I know what you are going to say. It’s a great spectacle. It’s kids having fun. BlahBlahBlah. It is only a matter of time before someone dies.
How to fix it? Fining a school as the SEC does is like stealing a nickel from Elon Musk. Even more so, fining the school does not deter the students in any way. It’s like a rich boy getting a speeding ticket and Daddy will pay for it. It won’t stop Junior from speeding. Threaten the students with worse seating, like upper deck. Or how about no alcohol sales in the student section? Even better, start arresting a few people. Just that visual would stop a lot of kids.
Welcome to the Heisman Trophy race, @BoNix10!
You gotta love those short memories.
Below are the top Heisman picks in order of the money lines. Bryce is ridiculously still fifth.
Odds are provided by DraftKings and many more options can be seen at that link including OM QB Jaxson Dart at +30000. [Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.]
WHO SHOULD WIN
Alabama-Tennessee averaged a 6.1 rating and 11.56 million viewers on CBS, the teams’ most-watched game on record (dating back to 1987) and the highest rated and most-watched game of the season. The previous highs were a 5.7 and 10.60 million for Alabama’s win over Texas on FOX in week two. The Tide has now played in three of the five most-watched games thus far, with their other being the W over Texas A&M.
(Below is an abbreviated list of highlighted games of interest with lines provided by DraftKings. If you REALLY need to know about the big Boston College at UConn showdown, you can find the details here.)
Thursday, October 27
Virginia Tech at NC State (-13.5) 6:30/7:30 ESPN – The Pack should roll.
ULL at Southern Miss (pick ‘em) 6:30/7:30 ESPN2 – Both teams are two wins away from bowl eligibility.
Utah (-7.5) at Washington State 9pm/10pm FS1 – #WeeknightPacAfterDark
Friday, October 28
East Carolina at BYU (-3) 7pm/8pm ESPN2 – The Mormons have lost three straight (ND, Ark, Lib); ECU has two wins in a row (Memphis, UCF).
Louisiana Tech (-6.5) at FIU 7pm/8pm CBSSN – yuck
Saturday, October 29
Alabama has the week off. If you absolutely MUST get married in October, this is is the only acceptable Saturday.
Arkansas (-4) at Auburn 11am/noon SECN – Loser is in last place in the West.
Florida at Georgia (-22) 2:30/3:30 CBS – Gonna be a lot of drunk-ass Dwags in Jax.
Missouri at South Carolina (-5) 3pm/4pm SECN – Trap game? Mizzou straight up sucks but SC is getting a tad full of themselves.
Kentucky at Tennessee (-13) 6pm/7pm ESPN – Will fUT get caught looking ahead to UGA?
Ole Miss (-2.5) at Texas A&M 6:30/7:30 SECN – This game could go any which way.
* Alabama, LSU, Vandy, and MSU have the week off.
Notre Dame at Syracuse (-3) 11am/noon ABC – Who would have ever imagined that the Irish would be underdogs against a basketball school?
Ohio State (-15.5) at Penn State 11am/noon FOX – This will be a beatdown.
Oklahoma State at Kansas State (-1) 2:30/3:30 FOX – Winner is in line for the second slot of the B12CG.
Wyoming (-10.5) at Hawaii 10:59/11:59 PineappleTV – Hawaii is SO bad. They are going to regret hiring Timmy Chang.
Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.
Below is a count of career FBS/Division I-A win totals for coaches.
For those of you new to RBR Random Thoughts, we count all on-field wins at the FBS/Division I-A level. So, before you go squawking about Frank Beamer, 42 of his wins came at Murray State. Mack Brown had six victories in one season with Appalachian State when they were still in what was known at I-AA (FCS today). Brian Kelly won 118 games with something called Grand Valley State. So, let’s stop talking about his win record with such reverence. In addition, we don’t recognize NCAA sanctioned forfeits. If you won on the field, it counts in our books.
Mack Brown and UNC had the week off. The Heels host Pitt this Saturday.
Shawn Preston Jr.’s reaction to being on the field with his brother Shazz is too wholesome @Savage7even | @shazzpreston7 pic.twitter.com/Cm88aCzV86
Tyler Harrell’s first catch as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide.#RollTide pic.twitter.com/vHFLzVEQUk
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* 21+ (18+ NH/WY). AZ, CO, CT, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, LS (select parishes), MI, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA, TN, VA, WV, WY only.
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