College football week 10 is in the books. After every week fans can take away things from what happened on the field. Here are five things learned from college football week 10.
1. Pac-12 Kept its CFP Chances Alive
The Pac-12’s chances of making the College Football Playoff were not looking good just a few weeks into the season, but Utah and Oregon have stayed alive. This week, Oregon breezed past USC with a 56-24 win. Their only loss is to Auburn in the season-opener, and if they win out, Oregon could be in contention for CFP. They’ll likely need some help to make the playoff, but it could still happen with ESPN giving the Ducks a 20 percent chance to make the CFP.
Utah lost a game earlier in the year to USC for the only blemish on their record. The Utes won a tough game against Washington this weekend, and although they have less chances of making the CFP than Oregon, they still have a chance. They’ll have to run the table, beat Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game and get a lot of other results to go their way. All these teams can do is take care of business and hope everything else falls into place.
2. Georgia Still Runs the SEC East
Georgia looked a little weak, compared to past years, heading into the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party against Florida. They lost to South Carolina, who now sits with a below .500 record. The Bulldogs still came into this game with confidence and won 24-17. They are now more than likely going to be in the SEC Championship again.
Florida is playing better than a lot of people would have thought with a backup quarterback. Their only two losses of the year are to LSU and Georgia and they have beaten a solid Auburn team too. The Gators played well, but showed that perhaps they are a year away from winning the SEC East.
3. Cincinnati and Memphis are Frontrunners for the New Year’s Six
Memphis had one of their biggest games in recent memory this week, as the SMU Mustangs were undefeated and came to town. With ESPN’s College Gameday in town, the Tigers showed everyone what they were made of by ending SMU’s winning streak with a 54-48 win. Now, Memphis and another one-loss American Athletic Conference team are the frontrunners to receive the group of five conferences’ bowl bid.
The other team that is in similar circumstances to Memphis is Cincinnati. The Bearcats have lost just one game and it came at the hands of Ohio State. Cincinnati eeked out a win over East Carolina, who is not a great team, but it kept their chances of making a New Year’s Six Bowl Game alive. It will all come down to when the two teams play later in the season. The matchup could happen twice, as both teams look to have good chances of playing in the AAC Championship Game.
4. Wake Forest Will Test Clemson
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have had a great season and sit at 7-1 on the year. This week, they beat NC State 44-10. The Wolfpack were on their third quarterback of the season, but Wake still demolished a team that is sitting at .500 on the season. They have proven to be the best team in the ACC not named Clemson.
In two weeks, Wake will play Clemson. The Tigers haven’t been tested all season long, as they have had a very manageable schedule. Wake will come at them with a talented quarterback in Jamie Newman, who has an incredible arm. The Demon Deacons should be battle-tested and ready to give Clemson a game.
5. Kansas can Fill a Football Stadium; Kansas State has a Good Coach too
Kansas and Kansas State played this weekend in what is usually a generally unwatched game by the national football fans. Both programs have had troubles, with a few good seasons mixed in here and there. For Kansas State, the good seasons happened most of Bill Snyder’s time with the team. Kansas made the Orange Bowl way back in 2008. This year, it had a little bit of relevance, thanks to both teams doing better than expected this season.
Les Miles has led Kansas to three wins already, and although that sounds bad, for the Jayhawks that is a great start. His three wins got Kansas to sell out a home football game. That doesn’t happen often. On the other side, Chris Kleiman has the Wildcats ranked and is already exceeding expectations at Kansas State.
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