College football has 10 weeks in the books, but there is still a long way to go. Each week more is learned about each team, even though not everything can be known. Putting the pieces together on college football each season is part of why fans love it. With that being said, here is College Football: 5 things learned from week 10.
1. There will be a National Championship rematch in the SEC Championship
The two favorites in the SEC, Alabama and Georgia, will play each other in Atlanta for the SEC Championship. It will be the second straight season they’ve met, although last season it was in the National Championship Game.
Alabama was able to run right through LSU. Their defense was able to get pressure with only three rushers at times, while the offense was efficient. They have had the best offense in the country and proved it against a stout defense in Death Valley. While everyone expected them to get to this point, they were unable to make the SEC Championship last year. This team looks like they may not lose at all this season.
The Bulldogs traveled to Lexington to take on Kentucky for the SEC East title. While Georgia did win by 17, they dominated every facet of the game to get the win. They have playmakers on offense and speed on defense. There is some inexperience on the team, but this late in the season those players are starting to get more comfortable. Either way, Georgia will want to avenge their loss to Alabama at the end of last season.
There are still three games left in the regular season for each team, but fans will be gearing up and prepping for the SEC Championship in Atlanta.
2. Michigan is peaking at the right time
Michigan started off the season with a loss to Notre Dame, which had fans thinking that it would be another underachieving year for the Wolverines. They have since reeled off eight straight wins and are playing well on both sides of the ball.
This week, the defense shut down quarterback Trace McSorley and a pretty good Penn State offense. They only allowed them to score seven points. Penn State was only able to rush for 68 yards as a team, while McSorley only completed five passes. That’s a championship-level defense.
The biggest difference from past years is the play of the offense. Michigan hung 42 on Penn State in this game and displayed their versatility. Quarterback Shea Patterson threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns, while protecting the football. Running back Karan Higdon was also able to rush for 132 yards and a touchdown to bring balance.
The Wolverines sure look like a team that can make the College Football Playoff, although they still have some tests left before that point.
3. Ohio State hasn’t fixed their weaknesses
One of the biggest upsets of the college football season happened when Purdue knocked off Ohio State. The Buckeyes looked lost and their weaknesses were exposed. They still have a lot on the line and need to fix their issues if they want any shot at a Big Ten Championship.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers traveled to Ohio Stadium with only two wins on the season and were a few plays away from winning the game. Ohio State did win 36-31, but a team of their caliber should’ve won by much more. Their defense is actually an Achille’s heal at times, due to their knack for giving up big plays. That trend continued against Nebraska saturday.
The Buckeyes did get a run game going, but it didn’t look potent enough to really do damage against good teams. They will have to fix things quickly with games against Michigan State and Michigan still on the schedule.
4. Oklahoma’s defense still isn’t great
Oklahoma has one loss, to rival Texas, and have since fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. Since then Ruffin McNeil has taken over on defense. He started out well in his first two games, only allowing a total of 41 points over the two weeks, but those games were against Kansas State and TCU, two of the worst teams in the conference.
Against Texas Tech this weekend, Oklahoma seemed to revert back to the norm. Two different Red Raider quarterbacks played due to injury and they still scored 46 points. Had starter Alan Bowman not been injured, Texas Tech may have been able to win the game. While this may not hurt Oklahoma’s CFP chances, this does potentially lead to pitfalls in their last several games.
The Sooners still have games against Oklahoma State, Kansas and West Virginia, as well as a probable Big XII Championship Game. Their offense makes you feel confident that they can run the table, their defense puts it up in question.
5. West Virginia now a legit contender
The Mountaineers headed into this week ranked 13th by the CFP Committee. They had to travel to Austin to play Texas. Will Grier led a game-winning drive that was capped off with a long touchdown pass to Gary Jennings and a converted two-point attempt on a quarterback draw.
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With the win, the Mountaineers should jump into the top 10. They’ll still need some help to make the College Football Playoff, but now West Virginia is at least getting some respect for only having one loss this late in the season. This is partially because the win this week adds so much to their CFP case.
If things stay on the same course, West Virginia will have a chance to play Oklahoma in back to back weeks. If either team is able to sweep the other, they might be headed to the CFP.
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