College football week 13 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 13.
1. Chase Young Could’ve Broken the Sacks Record
Chase Young returned for Ohio State’s game against Penn State. He was properly motivated coming off of his two-game suspension for taking out a loan from a family friend last season. Young was a menace against the Nittany Lions, finishing the game with three sacks and two forced fumbles. He is doing unprecedented things, as he set the Ohio State single-season sack record in the game.
Young now sits at 16.5 sacks on the season. Terrell Suggs had 24 sacks in 2002 for Arizona State, which is the record for Division I. Young is averaging 1.83 sacks per game this season in nine games. Had he been able to play the full season, which for Ohio State is at least going to be 14 games if not 15, he would’ve have broken the record at his current pace. With how he has played, it still might be crazy to put it past him breaking the record.
2. Utah is the Pac-12’s Only Chance
Utah and Oregon were the two chances for the Pac-12 to make the CFP this season. That changed when Oregon dropped a close game to Arizona State, which gave them their second loss of the season. They are out of the CFP race and now will be focusing on winning the Pac-12. Luckily for the Pac-12, Utah is still alive.
The Utes beat Arizona pretty easily on Saturday night to extend their record to 10-1. Their only loss of the season is to a USC team that only has three losses. Utah doesn’t have many big wins, but they can still make the playoff if they can win the Pac-12. The Utes have a scary-good defense that allows 10.9 points per game and could finish out the year strong and make an appearance in the CFP.
3. Notre Dame Will Go to the Cotton Bowl
Notre Dame has had a solid season, but if a few things had gone their way, they could’ve been in the CFP race. Even so, they can still make a New Year’s Six Bowl Game, which would most likely have them go to the Cotton Bowl. The Fighting Irish currently have just two losses and are ranked 16th in the CFP rankings.
This week, the Fighting Irish get a 4-7 Stanford team that has yet to find a solid identity. They should be able to win that game and other teams vying for New Year’s Six Bowl bids will likely lose in rivalry week or in their conference championships. Michigan, Wisconsin or Minnesota, Auburn and more could drop games, which would gift the Fighting Irish an appearance in the Cotton Bowl.
4. Navy or Memphis Will win the AAC West
After 11 weeks of the season, the AAC has one week left of play. The AAC East is already decided with the Cincinnati Bearcats winning that division by defeating Temple this weekend. Now, the AAC West will come down to Navy or Memphis.
Memphis will host Cincinnati in week 14. Cincinnati has been pretty shaky, but has found ways to win games, making it a tough test. Navy, on the other hand, plays a game on the road against a four-win Houston team. Basically, if Memphis wins, they win the AAC West because they beat Navy head to head. If Memphis loses, Navy will likely win their game against Houston and take the AAC West crown.
5. Kedon Slovis is a Star
USC’s season has not gone as planned. They have had injuries and head coach Clay Helton has been on the hot seat from day one. The Trojans have still been able to navigate their way to a 8-4 record with their latest win coming over UCLA. In the process of winning games, the Trojans have found a star.
Kedon Slovis filled in for the injured J.T. Daniels at quarterback this season and has lit up the scoreboard for USC. That continued against UCLA, as Slovis threw for a school-record 515 yards and four touchdowns against their rivals. His performance brought his season passing yard total to 3,242, which will likely help him win the job next year over Daniels.
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