Sunday, October 23, 2016
Notable CFB Games of the Weekend
#6 Texas A&M vs. #1 Alabama
The top ranked team in the nation proved why they're the best after a 33-14 win over A&M. Bama's freshman QB Jalen Hurts threw for two passing TDs with one rushing against a competitive defense. However, any scheme the Aggies drew up just weren't enough to stop the Crimson Tide. Alabama is the best simply because they are able to consistently recruit the top players in the nation. Even the worst coach could win games with Bama's talent. A&M will likely drop a few spots in the next AP rankings, but they still have a shot at the CFP.
TCU vs. #12 West Virginia
West Virginia is one of, if not the scariest Big 12 team of the season thus far. The Mountaineers are undefeated and 3-0 in conference play after defeating Kansas State, Texas Tech and TCU. Head coach Dana Holgorsen has a talented group of receivers and a QB with star power, not to mention one of the best defensive cores in the nation. The 'Eers trounced the Horned Frogs as TCU HC Gary Patterson wasn't able to pull together a playbook quick enough to stop them from winning 34-10. TCU is now 4-3 while WVU is undefeated.
SMU vs. #11 Houston
Arguably the most exciting game of the night occurred between Chad Morris' Mustangs and Tom Herman's Cougars in Dallas. Herman is the most sought-after coach in the nation, but his play-calling weaknesses were exposed as unranked SMU destroyed Houston at every turn for a 38-16 loss. SMU hasn't been competitive all season, so another loss to a mediocre team should leave Houston questioning their offensive and defensive plans. Look to a mighty fall for the Cougars in the next poll.
#16 Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech
Oklahoma hasn't looked like a playoff contender all season and their performance against Kliff Kingsbury's Texas Tech wasn't any different. Tech's defense is notoriously poor, but OU showed similar fragility as both teams gave up 854 total offensive yards. The Sooners scraped by with a 66-59 win, but Tech QB Patrick Mahomes was the true star of the night as he recorded 734 passing yards and five touchdowns. Although both teams showed excellent offensive stats, they should worry about their lack of a pass rush.
#2 Ohio State vs. Penn State
Penn State completed the upset of the night after defeating No. 2 Ohio State. A touchdown and field goal early in the fourth quarter kept Penn State in the race before the Nittany Lions' Grant Haley returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown with less than five minutes left in the game. While Ohio State should be stunned by the game's outcome, I highly doubt the CFP committee will keep them out of the top-four discussion come November. However, right now let's just celebrate PSU's victory.
Kansas State vs. Texas
My favorite game of the day was Kansas State's 24-21 decision over Texas. The Wildcats are known for their clock-control and back-to-back scores kept them in the lead going into halftime. An 80-yard Texas TD by Devin Duvernay wasn't enough to come back from K-St's edge and an unrelenting Wildcat defense continuously stopped the Longhorns. Although Texas scored with two minutes left in the game, the Snydercats recovered an onside kick to seal the deal. UT is now 3-4, which leaves many questions surrounding HC Charlie Strong's status, while K-St is 4-3.