Ah, the perils of cupcake week. The final scores don’t show it, but there was a good deal of early struggle among the favorites.
- Alabama was tied at 10 at the half.
- Clemson and their quarterback Sunshine had trouble early on against Duke punting on six of their first seven possessions before righting the ship.
- Oklahoma had a struggle against Kansas that extended well into the fourth quarter.
- Michigan was down 17-15 to Indiana at halftime and led by 8 with 3 minutes to go.
- Ohio State trailed 17-3 and 31-17 against troubled Maryland and shoulda lost if the Terps coach’s eyes weren’t bigger than his stomach.
Oklahoma State 45 West Virginia 41 - In the Battle of Bad Hair, it was the mullet-led Cowpokes who scored last to knock WVU out of any hope for a playoff birth. All the Mountaineers (8-2) can do now is play spoiler on Oklahoma. Okie Lite led a masterful final drive of 7 plays and 75 yards that was not afraid to sprinkle in some running plays when WVU rushed three. The winning score came with 42 ticks on the clock. With two timeouts in their pocket, WVU had one last drive in them and got down to the 14 yard line but ran out of time. In a case of poor time management, Dana Holgorsen did not use his timeouts until he did so back-to-back with 2 seconds remaining, losing valuable time on previous plays.
West Virginia Quandary
I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it here: West Virginia is handicapped playing in the Big XII. Their two losses this season were long road trips to at Iowa State and Oklahoma State that include long flights and bus rides. I can’t imagine the Mountaineers getting any closer to the playoffs than they did this season. Texas is on the rise and Will Grier is off to the NFL, as are their fantastic duo of senior receivers, Gary Jennings and David Sills. If ever Holgorsen wanted to bail for a big payday, now is the time. If I was Big Ten Commissioner (I’d be a sniveling a***hole, but I digress), I would look to dump Fudd-Rutgers and add WVU.
ALABAMA 50 CITADEL 17
The Crimson Tide had some issues with the latest incarnation of a tinhorn team. In the first half, there were missed assignments on defense against the triple option that led to a 10-10 halftime score. On offense, there were fewer chances for Alabama to score due to the clock-eating offense of Citadel. The Tide had a season low four possessions in the first half and only one in the first quarter. One of those series ended in a careless fumble by Jerry Jeudy. Wide receivers Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, and DeVonta Smith all have one lost fumble this season.
After what I am sure was a rather loud locker room lambasting, Alabama came out a different team in the second half and put away the Bulldogs with touchdowns on each of their possessions plus a scoop-and-score by Anferenee Jennings.
Joseph Bulovas missed two PATs (one blocked) and Austin Jones converted the final try. This competition might be back open.
So in closing: missed assignments, a fumble, and missed PATs. How’s that for anti-Rat Poison for a 33-point win?
A seventh non-offensive touchdown for the Tide to go with two safeties:
- vs. Louisville Josh Jacobs 77 yard kickoff return.
- vs. Louisville Shyheim Carter 45 yard interception return.
- vs. Arkansas State Saivion Smith 38 yard interception return.
- vs. Ole Miss Xavier McKinney 30 yard interception return.
- vs. ULL Jaylen Waddle 63 yard punt return
- vs. Arkansas Shyheim Carter 44 yard interception return.
- vs. Mizzou Drew Lock sacked by Quinnen Williams in the end zone for a safety.
- vs. Tennessee Keller Chryst downed in the end zone for a safety.
- vs Citadel Anfernee Jennings 18 yard fumble return.
Florida 63 Idaho 10 - Gators QB Feleipe Franks beat up on a terrible team and got a little more cocky. He is still on target for the forthcoming 20-point loss to UCF in the Peach Bowl.
Kentucky 34 Middle Tennessee 23 - UK led 31-10 in the third and figured that was good enough. MTSU made it a game with a pair of touchdowns drawing them within 8. The Wildcats kicked a field goal with four minutes left to snuff any comeback hopes.
Missouri 50 Tennessee 17 - Yeah, really. It was a tight 13-10 game until Mizzou scored two TDs within 70 seconds to close out the first half. Vols QB Jarrett Garantano got knocked out of the game and Keller Chryst came in and threw an INT returned to the Mizz 11. The Tigers punched it in to make the score 26-10 at the half. Drew Lock (21-30, 257 yards, 2 TD) toyed with the UT defense and moved up a few notches in the NFL Mock Drafts.
Mississippi State 52 Arkansas 6 - 475 total yards to 219. Seriously, Arky. Fire Chad Morris while you still have some hope.
Auburn 53 Liberty 0 - ALABAMMER AINT DUH ONLY WUN HOO KIN SHUTOUT TEAMZ!
Georgia 66 UMass 27 - Justin Fields actually threw more than two passes in a game!!!! He was 5/8 for 121 yards and 2 passing TDs, ran 7 times for 100 yards and a score, while getting Dawgs fans all in a lather. What they don’t realize, this is the last they will see of Fields this season and maybe ever, if he wises up.
Texas A&M 41 UAB 20 - Too many Blazers mistakes and too much Trayveon Williams (20 rushes 167 yards, 2 TDs). Williams is now fourth in FBS in rushing yards at 1,326.
South Carolina 49 Chattanooga 9 - The ‘Cocks and the Mocs. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.
Vanderbilt 36 Ole Miss 29 OT - The best game of the night sadly came down to a judgement call, one that I disagree with. AJ Brown seemingly made an incredible touchdown grab in overtime. After he and a defender rolled on the ground, the defender stripped the ball away. Now, understand that the ball never touched the ground, but to my eyes Brown caught the ball, tucked it with one hand and got two feet down. However, after a LOOOONG official review, it was unbelievably overturned and called an incompletion. We are back to that old conundrum of “what is a catch?” If that wasn’t one, then I cannot tell you. Vandy keeps bowl hopes alive with their fifth victory.
What a game.— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 17, 2018
After a THRILLER in College Park, Maryland loses 51-52 to Ohio State after missing a wide open two point conversion.pic.twitter.com/s3DvKbqtFi
Ohio State 52 Maryland 51 OT - Two weeks ago, Dana Holgorsen and his Mountaineers went for a two-point conversion and the win against Texas and succeeded. Since then, there have been a rash of fool-hearted coaches trying to duplicate the success of this rare feat instead of taking the tying PAT and live to fight another day. Last week, it was Mike Gundy and Okie State losing an upset bid against rival Oklahoma with a minute to play.
This week saw a pair of Holgorsen victims. Tuesday night, Western Michigan went for two in the first overtime and lost to Ball State 42-41. The loss could cost WMU a bowl game birth.
And then there was Maryland. smh...
Terps interim coach Matt Canada foolishly went for two-points in the first overtime and called a pass play from an awful QB who had completed all of SIX passes all day. Will this near miss cost Canada a shot at the full-time job? If he had won, it sure would’ve put him in the lead.
These coaches need to wear “WWSD?” armbands (What Would Saban Do?).
Stay classy, Big Ten.
Notre Dame 36 Syracuse 3 - The Orange had no business being ranked #12. Even with their QB Eric Dungey knocked out of the game early, this game was a mismatch. ‘Cuse kicked a field goal against the Irish scrubs with 10 ticks left to avoid the shutout.
Michigan 31 Indiana 20 - The Wolverines who had been looking so strong in recent weeks had a tough time with the pesky Hoosiers on Senior Day in Ann Arbor. It was much closer than the score indicates.
Oklahoma 55 Kansas 40 - Speaking of struggle... The Sooners had a heck of a time with the 3-win Jayhawks. KU score 23 points in the fourth quarter versus 20 for Okie. If it comes down to choosing between one-loss teams, this game will be a liability against the Sooners.
Texas 24 Iowa State 10 - Brock Purdy’s magical five-game win streak as the Cyclones QB came to an end with a 10/23 130 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT performance. The smothering Longhorns defense held ISU to 62 rushing yards and 12 first downs. The ‘Horns had 6 sacks, 9 TFL and 5 QBH. Texas still has a shot at the Big 12 title game.
UCLA 34 Southern Cal 27 - The Bruins are 3-8 but defeating the Trojans is good enough for the UCLA fans. No, really. They could care less about the 8 losses as long as they beat So-So Cal. Meanwhile, we have probably seen the last of Clay Helton on the sidelines for the Men of Troy (5-6).
Florida State 22 Boston College 21 - Deondre Francois threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Tamorrion Terry with 1:49 left to give FSU hope for a salvaged season. The ‘Noles survive bowl elimination and stand at 5-6 with Florida left to play.
Temple 27 USF 17 - Blake Barnett and his Bulls have lost four straight after winning their first seven. Barnett has not thrown a TD in the month of November but has three picks.
Georgia Tech 30 Virginia 27 - Tech scored 10 points on three consecutive plays without use of their field goal kicker. After sacking the UVa quarterback in the end zone, they Yellow Jackets ran the free kick back for a score and then converted a two-point conversion.
Nebraska 9 Michigan State 6 - Big Ten Football. y’all.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN SIGH
Tough times in Potville...
- Colorado State almost upset #23 Utah State on the final play (see above). The Rams are 3-8. Time to fire Mike Bobo and bring back Jim McElwain.
- Colorado fell to the other Utah 30-7. It is the Buffaloes sixth straight loss after starting the season 5-0. They will have to win at Cal (6-4) to be bowl eligible.
- At least they have the Denver Bronc... oh, wait. Never mind...
THE WACKY WORLD OF CFB PROGNOSTICATORS
With the loss by WVU, Desi has two of his final four eliminated from the playoff.
- DESI - Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, West Virginia, Washington. Mich over
WVU; Bama over UW; Mich over Bama.
- CORSO - Georgia, Clemson, Wisconsin, Texas, Washington. Clemson over
UW; Wiskyover UGA; Wiskyover Clemson.
- HERBIE - Alabama, Clemson,
Penn State, Oklahoma, Washington. Bama over UW; Clemson over PSU; Bama over Clemson.
- Alabama, Clemson,
Penn State, Oklahoma, Washington. Bama over Okie; Clemson over PSU; Bama over Clemson.
BAMA STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
- Louisville (2-9) - The Cards were not much better under the charge of former Alabama player (1986-89)/Interim Coach Lorenzo Ward. NC State smacked ‘Ville around to the tune of 52-10. They host Kentucky on Saturday. Ward was Graduate Assistant coach under Gene Stallings in 1991 and 1993.
- Arkansas State (7-4) - The Red Wolves dominated ULM 31-17. They should win @Texas St (3-8) for a solid 8-win regular season.
- La-Laf (6-5) - The Ragin’ Cajuns defeat USA 48-38 to become bowl eligible. A win @ULM on Saturday would help secure the hope of extending the season into December.
- Citadel - The Fightin’ Cupcakes fall to 4-6 with one more game against some random FCS team.
- BONUS: Bama cross-over Mizzou clobbered Tennessee 50-17. They are 7-4 with miserable Arky left to play.
- FAU! (5-6) - North Texas jumped out to a 17-0 lead before the Owls came back to lead 24-20. In the end, the Green was too mean winning 41-38. Lane Kiffin has one last chance to become bowl-worthy against Charlotte (4-7) who just fired their coach, Brad Lambert.
- Hawaii (7-5) - The Rainbow Warriors topped UNLV 35-28 snapping a four-game losing streak and clinching a non-losing season. They wrap the season at San Diego State.
- Troy (9-2) - Why is it the Trojans struggle against teams they should destroy? Troy kicked four field goals in a home win over 3-win Texas State 12-7. A final week showdown with App State will decide the Sun Belt East Division title.
- South Alabama (2-9) lost to La-Laf 48-38. The Jags are having a dreadful season. Can they go out on a winning note against Coastal Carolina (5-6)?
THAT ANNOYING STEP-BROTHER WHO SHOWS UP AT THANKSGIVING WITH NOTHING BUT HIS STOMACH
UAB (9-2) - Although they lost 41-20 to Texas A&M, the Blazers played tough for awhile. Special teams let them down, fumbling the opening kickoff that was returned by an Aggie for a score and missing three field goals and having an extra point blocked. They next face a good MTSU team who gave Kentucky a run for their money.
SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS
Not a great year for our service academies.
- Army (9-2) - The Black Knights only beat Colgate by the score of 28-14. God bless our future military leaders but Army has a really weak schedule. They only have Navy (Dec. 8 in Philadelphia) left to play. That game will be much closer than the W-L records may indicate.
- Navy (3-8) The Midshipmen dumps Tulsa 37-29. Only @Tulane and Army remain on a season most would rather forget.
- Air Force (4-7) - The Falcons will not be going bowling after falling to Wyoming 35-27. They wrap the season against Colorado State.
All non-Power 5 teams.
West Virginia - In the many years I have been doing this, I have never had to take a team off the Elimination list. Thanks, Cowpokes!
The following are still in the running but have a slim margin for error.
Michigan-Ohio State - Loser is out.
Notre Dame - A loss to Southern Cal probably eliminate them.
Oklahoma - Due to their horrific defense that gave up 524 yards to lowly Kansas, the Sooners are probably “unofficially” eliminated. If it comes down to a bunch of 1-loss teams, that lemon of a defense will hurt their stock.
Washington State - this
way WAY WAY too early look at the College Football Playoff (CFP) picture:
The fourth of five weekly CFP rankings will be released tonight Tuesday, Nov. 20th at 6pm CT/7pm ET aired on ESPN.
- ACC - Clemson has SCar and Pitt (ACCCG) left. Must be nice.
- Big Ten - And then there were two. Winner of Michigan-Ohio State gets the honor of beating the tar out of Northwestern (7-4).
- Big 12 - Okie is the last hope. The Sooners will need to win at WVU this Saturday. My money is on the Mountaineers. If by chance they beat WVU, they have to win the B12CG against either WVU again or Texas in Jerry’s World.
- PAC-12 - Wazzu (10-1) has the Apple Bowl against UW on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Utah in the PACCG, and lotsa praying.
- SEC - Alabama is the only remaining unbeaten team in the conference. They will face one-loss UGA in the SEC Championship Game.
- Indies - Notre Dame is 11-0 with a final game against a tailspinning Southern Cal (5-6) to wrap the regular season.
RANK ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM
Alabama got all the AP votes and all but one in the Coaches Poll. Dollars to doughnuts says that one vote for Clemson came from a guy whose name rhymes with “Blick Blaban”. The Southeastern Conference has 6 teams ranked in the AP Poll:
(Aubie, not ranked)
I have to be honest. Alabama’s breakdowns on defense Saturday disturbed me a bit. I understand they had one week to learn how to defend the triple-option but that defense is more assignment football than it is pursuit football. There is not much room for improv. Take your man and trust the next guy will take his. The team seemed much more prepared in the second half and fans had to be feeling better but then that second touchdown run on the same play could let some doubts creep in. It’s still a very good Tide defense but not perfect. Thus, I am on the cusp of ranking Alabama and Clemson as co-number ones.
In addition for the first time, I am going to have to begrudgingly move the Irish up to the number three spot, leapfrogging Michigan who looked suspect at home against an Indiana team they should have destroyed.
My half-ass as-of-now ranking:
- Notre Dame
LET’S GO BOWLING
71 teams are now bowl eligible for the 78 bowl slots. 24 teams still have a chance at 6 wins. There will be some 6-win teams that will not make it to a bowl game.
Eleven SEC teams will be participating in a bowl game this winter. The winner of Tennessee at Vandy will be the eleventh. Arky is 2-9. Ole Miss is on a bowl ban.
- Alabama 11-0 - Look to be playoff bound.
- Georgia 10-1 - Need to beat a tricky Georgia Tech triple option and Alabama to get into the playoff.
- LSU 9-2 - Beat TAMU and they are probably in a NY6 bowl.
- Florida 8-3 - Beat FSU and they could be in a NY6 bowl.
- Kentucky 8-3 - They should beat Louisville for their first 9-win season since 1984.
- Missouri 7-4 - Mizzou should beat Arky on Friday.
- Mississippi State 7-4 - Egg Bowl.
- Auburn 7-4 - Iron Bowl.
- Texas A&M 7-4 - Have LSU remaining.
- South Carolina 6-4 - Clemson and Akron (hurricane make-up game) left to play.
- Tennessee 5-6 - Need to beat Vandy to become bowl eligible.
- Vanderbilt 5-6 - Need to beat UT to become bowl eligible.
- Ole Miss 5-6 - Ineligible for post-season.
- Arkansas 2-9 - Awful.
ACC Bowl Eligible (9): Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, NC State, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia.
Big Ten (7): Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin.
Big 12 (5): Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, West Virginia.
Pac-12 (7): Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Stanford, Utah, Washington, Washington State.
College football has seen games cancelled due to lightning, hurricanes, World Wars, JFK’s assassination and 9/11. This might be the first time I can recall a game cancelled on account of fires. Because of the devastating wildfires sweeping through California, the Stanford-Cal game from last weekend has been moved to Dec. 1. While fires are a danger, the real issue is the air quality from the smoke. We hope all our RBR friends in the Golden State are safe. Give us a shout in comments to let us know you are okay!
STATS OF THE DAY
- Sparty is scoring 17.6 ppg in B1G play. They are 121st in FBS in scoring offense at 20.3 ppg.
- Ole Miss outgained Vandy 578-387 and lost.
- The Texas Longhorns have won eight games for the first time since 2013 when Cam Robinson and Marlon Humphrey were still in high school.
Krazy Kristi’s “SHUT UP!” of the Week goes to the wagging tongues on TV who keep pumping up all these non-Clemson ACC teams. First is was Miami. Then it was Syracuse. Then NC State... Boston College... and back to Syracuse again. Next we’ll be hearing all about how “Pitt gonna gif Clempson a game!” No, they won’t. Just shut it. Go ahead and get that ACC Champions trophy engraved with “Clemson Tigers 13-0”.
Runner-up: Current Alabama students who had a ticket and did not got to the game last Saturday. You all suck.
With the exception of TWO YEARS, the Heisman Trophy voting is basically a hype award. Often times voters fall in love with someone way too early. This year, that love may last.
Favorites (in no particular order)-
The Tide QB still leads.
- Tua Tagovailoa (QB Alabama Soph.) was pretty dang good passing (18-22, 340 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT) and running (4-37, TD).
- Kyler Murray (QB Oklahoma Jr.) - Scooter was mediocre passing (21-32, 272 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) and good running (8-99, 3 TD).
Will Grier(QB West Virginia Sr.) - The Mountaineers lost. That is all you need to know to realize that he is not taking the trophy home.
Dwayne Haskins(QB thatOSU RS Soph.) - He is too far behind but could still get a free trip to NYC.
- Quinnen Williams (DL Alabama RS Soph.) - Played a good game despite a cheap shot from a turd nobody that could have hurt him. 5 solos, 1 asst, sack.
If I had a vote:
- Tua hands down, and not just because he is at Bama.
THE SICK REPORT
- In his Monday presser, Nick Saban reported “Deonte Brown (turf toe) is practicing today. Alex Leatherwood (twisted ankle) is better. We’re going to probably hold him out of practice today but expect him to be able to practice very soon this week. Damien (Harris), we’ll hold out today but he’s made really good progress. As everyone knows, we have a concussion protocol. Because we have a baseline test on every player and when a player gets back to his baseline. This was called a mild concussion, and hopefully he’ll be back to his baseline soon and he can resume activity when that occurs. Deionte Thompson (bruised knee) is practicing today.”
- Clemson WR Hunter Renfrow was injured in the second quarter against Duke. He laid on the ground after trying to make a catch on the Blue Devils’ sidelines and appeared to slam his head into the ground very hard during the play. During a teleconference Monday, Dabo Swinney stated he was not sure if Renfrow actually had a concussion. Does anyone remember when the Tigers head coach sent barely-could-walk Kelly Bryant out against Syracuse last season? Dabo is going to have some lawsuits in his future.
- Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger left the Longhorns’ 24-10 win over No. 16 Iowa State on Saturday night with a shoulder injury and did not return. Monday it was revealed he aggravated a shoulder sprain. No word on if he’ll be back for Kansas - not that they’ll need him.
- By now you have heard all about the silly screaming tantrum by Houston’s Ed Oliver. It wasn’t just wearing a jacket meant for someone who was playing in the game. If you all have not seen the video, Oliver was screwing around in pregame running passing routes and jumping up in the air to make one-handed catches. There is NOTHING wrong with his knee. I begrudgingly get it if he wants to save himself for the NFL, but don’t be goofing around catching passes and looking at your phone, etc. If he still wants to be a part of the team, he should’ve been helping out with the DL, gettin gthem prepared for the game. I don’t blame coach Major Applewhite. You don’t give anyone special treatment, even if they are/were a sure-fire top 5 pick. It sure didn’t effect the team in the second half as they continued to pound Tulane in a resounding 48-17 win. Hmm... WWSD? Oliver is expected to play when Houston visits Memphis on Friday.
- Dumbass Michigan RB Karan Higdon guaranteed a win over Ohio State. smh
- Arkansas suspended starting defensive backs Ryan Pulley and Kamren Curl for the team’s season-finale against Missouri, reportedly for socializing (aka flirting) with Mississippi State cheerleaders. The two were seen talking to and taking pictures with members of the Bullies cheer squad before the game. Hmm... WWSD? For the record, MSU’s Nick Fitzgerald threw 4 TD and 0 picks against that secondary in the game.
- Urban Meyer could not contain his excitement in his team’s win. He celebrated by blind-folding some dachshund puppies and kicking them into traffic.
- It’s happeniiiing! Former LSU coach Les Miles is back, being hired by Kansas.
- Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre was fired Sunday after the Buffaloes (5-6) lost their sixth straight game. Two seasons ago, he was the big thing around college football leading the Buffs to 10–4 and 8–1 in the PAC. He has had losing records in his other five seasons in Boulder.
- Job openings in Louisville, Maryland, Charlotte, Texas State, and Bowling Green as well. Let’s hope ADs, Miles and other newly hired coaches stay F away from T-town.
UCF-Cincy’s snoozefest in prime time on ABC drew an adorable little 0.8 rating with a viewership of 3.09 million. CBS’s airing of “48 Hours” at 9pm CT drew 4.10 million. ABC won’t be making that mistake again.
It’s RIVALRY WEEK!
(Below is an abbreviated list of games of interest. If you REALLY need to know about the Akron-Ohio game, you can find the details here.)
Tuesday, Nov 20:
Ball State at Miami (OH) 6pm/7pm ESPN+ - MACattack
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan 6pm/7pm ESPNU - MACalack
Thursday, Nov 22:
Colorado State at Air Force 2:30/3:30 CBSSN - North Denver vs. South Denver.
Mississippi State at Ole Miss 6:30/7:30 ESPN - EGG BOWL! This is the Rebs bowl game. MSU is favored by 9 but you never know what’s gonna happen in this rivalry game.
Friday, Nov 23:
Texas at Kansas 11am/noon FS1 - KU played a spirited game against Okie; Tejas still has a shot at the B12CG but likely go with second-string QB Shane Buechele.
Houston at Memphis 11am/noon ABC - Winner goes to the AACCG.
Nebraska at Iowa 11am/noon FOX - Your corn sucks! No, YOUR corn sucks!
Arkansas at Missouri 1:30/2:30 CBS - Before Mizzou joined the SEC in 2012, these two border states had only squared off three times in the regular season and twice in bowls.
Virginia at Virginia Tech 2:30/3:30 ABC - Not as interesting as it looked a month or so ago.
Oregon at Oregon State 3pm/4pm FS1 - Only a rivalry because they live in the same state.
Oklahoma at West Virginia 7pm/8pm ESPN - A Sooners loss knocks them out of playoff contention.
Washington at Washington State 7:30/8:30 FOX - The Huskies want nothing more than to ruin Wazzu’s magical season.
Saturday, Nov 24:
Tennessee at Vanderbilt 3pm/4pm SECN - Winner goes to a bowl. Loser is humiliated. Vols QB Jarrett Guarantano is still questionable.
LSU at Texas A&M 6:30/7:30 SECN - This one is a better game than SCar-Clem and UK-UL.
Michigan at Ohio State 11am/noon FOX - Winner goes to the B1GCG. Loser gets a slice of cold Papa John’s pizza on a golf cart.
Arizona State at Arizona 2:30/3:30 FS1 - This could be worth a gander during commercials: Kevin Sumlin vs. Herm Edwards.
Notre Dame at Southern Cal 7pm/8pm ABC - The Irish’s last hurdle on a path to the playoff.
BYU at Utah 9pm/10pm FS1 - They call it the “Holy War”. Surprisingly, Utah leads, 60–34–4.
Utah State at Boise 9:15/10:15 ESPN - Winner goes to the MWCCG.
Hawaii at San Diego State 9:30/10:30 ESPNU - Laki maikaʻi!
Along with all the Conference Championship Games, there will be some weather make-up games on Dec. 1. These include Stanford-Cal, East Carolina-NC State, South Carolina-Akron (11am/noon SECN), and Incarnate Word-Iowa State. Virginia Tech (4-6) will play Marshall but only on the condition that they beat Virginia this weekend.
Also, on that night, Tuscaloosa’s own Deontay Wilder (40-0) will box Tyson Fury (27-0) at 8pm/9pm in Los Angeles, CA.
Well, Cupcake Week did not go quite as planned for the Crimson Tide. It was thought that Alabama would empty the bench, but it was not to be. As per usual, Jaylen Waddle, Patrick Surtain, and Ale Kaho played their regular roles on Saturday. Jaylen Moody, Josh Jobe, and Eyabi Anoma all came in late in the game on defense. Anoma had an assist tackle and a personal foul penalty that made Saban a little perturbed.
Offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor played in his fourth game subbing in at left guard.
Reports say that DB Eddie Smith lined up on kickoff returns but he did not record any stats. It is a bit surprising since if true that would be his fifth game of the season and no redshirt.
WR Slade Bolden looked like he was about to enter the game late but did not.
With nothing but tough games ahead, it is not likely any other true freshmen lose their redshirt.
If #Alabama gets 14 wins this season, Nick Saban will surpass Lou Holtz (13 ahead), Bo Schembechler (11), Steve Spurrier (5), and Hayden Fry (2) for Division I-A/FBS wins. 15 ties him with Mack Brown. pic.twitter.com/yBnshbcF8T— CB969 (@CB969onRBR) August 31, 2018
Nick Saban ties Bo Schembechler. Lou Holtz is in sight.
(For clarification, this list is FBS/I-A wins only. No wins while coaching at FCS/I-AA or lower level schools are included.)
The win over Citadel was Alabama’s 931st all-time. It marks the 22nd time in program history that the Tide has 11 or more wins in a season. Under Saban, Alabama has achieved the feat 10 times.
GAME 12, Saturday, November 24, 2018, 2:30pm/3:30pm
Auburn at ALABAMA
Game 13, Dec. 1: SEC Championship - ALABAMA vs. Georgia 3:00/4:00 CBS
It looks like Alabama, Clemson, and Notre Dame in the playoff. Who is the fourth?
This poll is closed
Oklahoma if they win out.
Michigan-Ohio State winner.
Wazzu if they win out.
Other (see my astute insights in comments).