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College Football Playoff still within reach for one-loss teams

I’ve been a college football junkie for many years, and have never seen a weekend that had so many high-profile games with outstanding finishes as this last weekend! When the dust had settled, 11 of the Top 20 teams had fallen, the first time that has happened in the AP Poll history.

It started Thursday night in Eugene, Oregon when the Arizona Wildcats dropped No.2 Oregon 31-24. Things got more interesting Friday night when Utah State ended BYU’s hopes of crashing the playoff with a 35-20 win over the Cougars. The loss was particularly harsh for the Cougars as they lost Heisman hopeful Taysom Hill to a broken leg, and two defensive stalwarts in Alani Fua and Dallin Leavitt.  Those two games set the stage for what was to be a wild ride on Saturday.

Texas A&M was the first to fall Saturday, losing at Mississippi State. By late afternoon Alabama, Stanford, Wisconsin and Oklahoma had also lost.  The evening witnessed Nebraska, LSU and USC joining the party.   It all came to an end early Sunday morning as Utah held off No.8 UCLA 30-28, ending what had been arguably one of the bigger historic days in NCAA history. While these losses may seem devastating for the schools, the reality is that all of the teams, other than BYU, still have a shot at the College Football Playoff.


  • Georgia Tech moved to 5-0 with a 28-17 win over Miami. The Yellow Jackets rushed for 318 yards in the victory.
  • Virginia jumped out to a 24-3 halftime lead over Pitt, then held on for a 24-19 victory. The win moved the surprising Cavaliers to 2-0 in ACC play and a step closer to their first bowl invite since 2011.
  • Florida State finally played a complete game, downing Wake Forest 43-3. The Seminoles held the Demon Deacons to 126 total yards. Kicker Roberto Aguayo booted a career-high five field goals and set a school record making 21 straight attempts.


  • Michigan State and Ohio State both pulled off impressive victories and set to meet in a huge Big 10 showdown on November 8.
  • Illinois suffered a major blow when starting quarterback Wes Lunt was forced to leave the game against Purdue with a broken leg.
  • Things continued to go sideways for Michigan as they lost their third game in a row to Rutgers 26-24. The Wolverines lost leading rusher Derrick Green for the season with a leg injury.


  • Baylor moved to 5-0 with a 28-7 win over Texas. The vaunted Bear’s passing game was grounded by the Longhorns, as Bryce Petty was held to 111 yards passing! No sweat, the Bears turned to their ground game which produced 278 rushing yards.
  • Trevone Boykin won his quarterback battle with Trevor Knight. The TCU signal caller passed for 318 yards and rushed for another 77. TCU will be a major player down the stretch in conference play!
  • Trevor Pardula punted 14 times in the Jayhawks 33-14 loss at West Virginia.


  • It was a record-setting night at in Pullman as Washington State Quarterback Connor Halliday set a new FBS record with 734 passing yards.  It was not enough to win though, as California defeated Washington State 60-59.  Cougars Kicker Quentin Breshears missed a 19-yard field goal that would have given WSU the lead with 19 seconds remaining,.
  • Notre Dame held Stanford to its fewest rush yards (47) since 2007. The Irish held Stanford to season lows in yards-per-rush and average yards-after-contact on Saturday.
  • Mike Bercovici hit Jaelen Strong with a Hail Mary as time expired to give the Sun Devils a remarkable 38-34 win at USC.  The Trojans owned time of possession, and had nearly 200 more rushing yards than ASU.


  • Kentucky scored 21 unanswered points in the final eight minutes to defeat South Carolina 45-38. The Wildcats are an overtime loss to Florida away from being 5-0 on the season!
  • Tennessee suffered their second heart breaking loss in two weeks. Florida made a change at quarterback and rallied past the Vols scoring 10 points in the fourth, for the 10-9 win.
  • Texas A&M had nine drops Saturday, most in a game in the last four seasons for any Power Five team.
  • Mississippi State’s 48-31 win over Texas A&M was the second straight week they defeated a team ranked in the Top 10!




 “This was A Mississippi State-ment,” Bulldog Quarterback Dak Prescott after his team dominated Texas A&M.

“I’ll be honest, it was a little bit of a prayer,” said Mike Bercovici, after the Arizona State quarterback hit Jaelen Strong with the game winning pass as time expired.

“This isn’t the defining moment of our season. There’s a lot of football left. Who knows what’s down the road. It’s early in the season, a one-loss team can still make it.” Quarterback Trevor Knight after his Oklahoma Sooners fell to TCU.

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