This was not a pretty game but it was a classic old school SEC dogfight. Anytime you can go into Death Valley and get a win is saying something. I have to give credit to the Tiger’s defense, they played great. With that said, the Crimson Tide’s defense got the shut out. Could this defense be better than last season’s championship group? Alabama’s quarterback Jalen Hurt was the x-factor that won this game. LSU could not account for his running.
The Wolverines took care of an inferior Terripans team. The offense was well balanced, effectively running (273 yards) and passing (387 yards). The defense was not challenged. They just keep rolling towards the showdown at the end of the regular season against you know who.
The Tigers wasted no time dispatching of an overmatched Orangemen team. The starters played the first half of football. A nice scenario to get the reserves some valuable playing time. Clemson seems to be peaking at the right time. I like what I’ve seen lately from them.
After a close first quarter, the Huskies flexed their muscles and ran past the Bears. Another well-balanced attack led by quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin. They are still not getting the respect they deserve (after being ranked behind a one loss SEC team in the first BCS ranking). The PAC 12 is theirs for the taking.
The Buckeyes leap ahead of Louisville with a very dominant win over a ranked Cornhuskers team. From the start, Ohio State set the tone by establishing dominance on both sides of the line of scrimmage. The offense was led by quarterback J.T. Barrett and all purpose threat Curtis Samuel. The defense suffocated Nebraska’s offense. This was easily their most impressive performance.
This was the type of win Louisville needed to get their confidence back. They scored early and often, letting the Eagles know they had no chance at an upset. The Cardinals offense was clicking, led by quarterback Lamar Jackson. The defense had little trouble containing a bad Boston College offense. Definitely a feel good win.
The Mountaineers jumped all over the Jayhawks in the 1st half and cruised to the victory. The offense moved the ball at will by establishing the running game to set up the pass. The defense got plenty of reserves in the second half after the starters shut out Kansas in the first half. West Virginia is still in the hunt for the Big 12 title but will need some help.
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The Badgers used the ground attack to control the tempo and time of possession. The Wildcats never had a chance to mount a comeback. Wisconsin likes the games ugly and physical, they could care less about style. The defense was well rested and pressured Northwestern when they had the ball. A win is a win.
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This win made it five in a row. Who thought they would be in this position after a 2-2 start? Not me. The Nittany Lions have found themselves a nice balance on offense and a renewed purpose on defense (especially against the run). Their identity on offense is to run the ball and take shots down the field. The defense kept everything in front and tackled well in open space. It’ll be tough to win the Big Ten East but a New Year’s Bowl game is still within reach.
The Aggies have lost two straight SEC games. Their inability to contain the Bulldogs running attack (365 yards) was their downfall. Once quarterback Trevor Knight got hurt, Texas A&M became one dimensional. The threat of the deep ball was gone and they couldn’t find their running game against a stacked eight-man Mississippi State defensive front. With that being said, they still had a chance to send the game into overtime but an interception ended all hope.