While some games did not live up to the expectations this previous weekend, most games were enthralling and came down to 4th down stops and defensive shutdowns. A few ranked teams lost to unranked foes, but most got it done, most likely due to the fact that these teams were playing cupcake schools that were there just to receive a paycheck.
No. 1 Alabama 24 vs. No. 3 Florida St. 7 – Florida State’s National Championship hopes were dashed, as were their ACC chances. Alabama’s overpowering defense shut down the Seminoles, who were held to 7 points, coming on Deondre Francois touchdown pass in the 2nd quarter. That score was the closest Florida State. got all game, taking a 7-3 lead. This game was certainly a defensive showdown, with Alabama out-gaining Florida St. 262-230 total yards. Florida State’s season is certainly in jeopardy now, as Quarterback Deondre Francois went down on a sack, and could not get up. Francois torn his patellar tendon, and is out for the season.
No. 2 Ohio St. 49 @ Indiana 21 – Though the final score may not indicate it, this game was close for most of it. Indiana controlled much of the first half and went into halftime leading 14-13. After Ohio St. came out and scored a touchdown to take a six point lead, Indiana came down and scored a touchdown and took a 21-20 lead. After this, Indiana fans started to chant “overrated, overrated”, talking about Ohio State’s ranking. This must’ve woke them as they would score a touchdown 18 seconds later, and would go on a 29-0 run to end the game and finish off the pesky Hoosiers, who now have not beat Ohio St. since 1988, will have to wait another year to take a stab at it.
No. 22 West Virginia 24 vs. No. 21 Virginia Tech 31 – These rivals took a break from each other after playing for 32 years in a row, and the rivalry was reborn after this game. Two high powered offenses went back and forth for the entirety of the game, with the outcome not decided until the final play of the game. Redshirt Freshman Josh Jackson lead the Hokies to a big win after there was speculation over his ability on the big stage to start his career. Jackson was the first Quarterback to start a game for Virginia Tech since Michael Vick in 1999, the last time they reached the National Championship. If that season is any indication to come for Virginia Tech, then the ceiling is pretty high now for second year head coach Justin Fuente and Freshman Josh Jackson.
Western Michigan 31 @ No. 4 USC 49 – USC struggled throughout this game, and thanks to a couple late turnovers by the Broncos, allowed USC to inflate the score.
Tulsa 24 @ No. 10 Oklahoma St. 59 – Tulsa was never close in this game, as Oklahoma St. Quarterback Mason Rudolph threw for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns
Maryland 51 @ No. 23 Texas 41 – Maryland upset Texas in the Longhorns Tom Herman’s coaching debut. This is Maryland’s first victory versus an AP top 25 team since 2010.