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We are down to the last couple of regular season games and conference championships are right around the corner. The conferences in play for playoff spots are the SEC, ACC, Big Ten and Big 12. Sorry PAC 12, you won’t be invited. Some are rooting for chaos for obvious selfish reasons while others see the four teams already in place and want no change to that. Here is the latest Top Ten.
1) Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0) defeated Mississippi State Bulldogs 24-0
The Crimson Tide got the win against a tough Bulldog team. Quarterback Tua Tagvailoa looked mortal for the first time this season, going 14-21 for 164 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Running back Josh Jacobs had 97 rushing yards and two touchdowns (one receiving). The defense was dominant, pitching it’s second straight shutout. They are starting to resemble a vintage Tide defense, which should worry the rest of the country.
Next game- The Citadel Bulldogs
2) Clemson Tigers (10-0) defeated #18 Boston College Eagles 27-7
The Tigers methodically wore down the Eagles for the victory. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence looked sharp, going 29-40 for 295 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The running game stalled and needs to get back on track. The defense was terrific shutting down Boston College’s offense. This unit continues to be the strength of this team.
Next game- Duke Blue Devils
3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-0) defeated Florida State Seminoles 42-13
The Fighting Irish dismantled a bad Seminole team. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush showed why he was demoted, going 12-25 for 130 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Running back Dexter Williams was the offense, rushing for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. The defense had little trouble against an inept Florida State offense.
Next game- #14 Syracuse Orange
4) Michigan Wolverines (9-1) defeated Rutgers Scarlet Knights 42-7
The Wolverines made easy work of a terrible Scarlet Knight team. Quarterback Shea Patterson was good, going 18-27 for 260 yards with three touchdowns. The running game was held in check. The defense continued to wreak havoc on offenses, Rutgers was just the next casualty.
Next game- Indiana Hoosiers
5) Georgia Bulldogs (9-1) defeated Auburn Tigers 27-10
The Bulldogs got it done against the Tigers. Quarterback Jake Fromm was decent, going 13-20 for 193 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Running back D’Andre Swift rushes for 186 yards and a touchdown. The defense had no problem containing a one dimensional Auburn offense.
Next game- UMass Minutemen
6) Oklahoma Sooners (9-1) defeated Oklahoma State Cowboys 48-47
The Sooners survived another shootout against the Cowboys. Quarterback Kyler Murray was awesome, going 21-29 for 349 yards with a touchdown. Running back Kennedy Brooks had 165 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Marquise Brown had 142 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense was awful and are regressing, giving up 640 total yards to Oklahoma State’s offense. This unit will ultimately be their downfall.
Next game- Kansas Jayhawks
7) UCF Knights (9-0) defeated Navy Midshipmen 35-24
The Knights got by the Midshipmen and held on for the win. Quarterback McKenzie Milton was efficient, going 17-21 for 200 yards with two touchdowns. Running back Greg McCrae has over 100 yards rushing and a touchdown. The defense had a difficult time with Navy’s triple option offense but got the stops late to preserve the victory.
Next game- #11 Cincinnati Bearcats
8) West Virginia Mountaineers (8-1) defeated TCU Horned Frogs 47-10
The Mountaineers jumped out to an early lead and routed the Horned Frogs. Quarterback Will Grier was fantastic, going 25-39 for 343 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. The defense was strong, making plays all over the field. This unit is the reason they are legit playoff contenders.
Next game- Oklahoma State Cowboys
9) Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1) defeated Michigan State Spartans 26-6
The Buckeyes went to East Lansing and got the win against the Spartans. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins had a subpar game for him, going 24-39 for 227 yards with a touchdown. Running back Mike Weber rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown. The defense got three timely turnovers and shut down Michigan State’s running game.
Next game- at Maryland Terrapins
10) Washington State Cougars (9-1) defeated Colorado Buffaloes 31-7
The Cougars went to Boulder and soundly beat the Buffaloes. Quarterback Gardner Minshew was on his game, going 35-58 for 335 yards with two touchdowns. Wide receiver Dezmon Patmon had over 100 yards receiving. The defense shut down Colorado’s offense and has fans dreaming of a playoff berth.
Next game- Arizona Wildcats