Week 8 is in the books and what an exciting week it was. This week was all about statements being made. Whether it was a team who put themselves in the playoff discussion with a blowout in South Bend, or a team getting sweet revenge over a sea of white, proving they are a top 2 team in the nation, this week teams proved they were here to stay. We start however in Manhattan, Kansas, where a struggling Oklahoma team looked to pick up a much-needed win.
On Saturday afternoon, the Kansas State Wildcats hosted the 8th ranked Oklahoma Sooners in a Big 12 showdown. After getting embarrassed by TCU in the week prior, the Wildcats were coming into the game as a heavy underdog. That being said, Oklahoma has looked anything but sharp in their last couple of games and the sloppiness continued early in the game. The Wildcats came out hungry early and found themselves leading 21-7 late in the first half. After a late field goal by Sooner kicker Austin Seibert, the two teams headed into the locker room, with Kansas St. leading 21-10. The Sooners needed to get their act together soon or any chance they had of still making the CFP would be nothing more than an afterthought. Oklahoma came out of the tunnel in the second half with a purpose. I don’t know what Lincoln Riley said to his squad at the break, but whatever it was it worked and in a big way, as Oklahoma found themselves back in the ball game and late in the 4th quarter the game was knotted up at 35 a piece. With under a minute to play, Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson found a seam and scored a game winning 22 yard TD run. The Sooners escaped Manhattan with a huge conference win and most likely a win that saved their season. They will now have to turn around quick as the Sooners host a very potent offense in Texas Tech next Saturday night. Boomer Sooner lives on to fight another day.
Saturday night, an old historic rivalry took part between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the USC Trojans. What went down was anything but a good old rivalry game, what took place was an absolute massacre by the Irish of Notre Dame. They came out of the gates firing on all cylinders. Sam Darnold and the Trojans had no chance from the jump. Notre Dame was just better in every aspect of the word and this success was in big thanks to the Irish QB, Brandon Wimbush. The junior duel threat QB put had an absolute field day, racking up 2 TD passes to go along with 2TDs on the ground. I’m not gonna lie, in the beginning of the season I was not a big fan of this ND team along with Wimbush, but they have both proved me wrong. This team if they win out is going to be in the playoff and the country is now on notice. Notre Dame is one of the best teams in the country. This was also the death of USC. They just looked flat-out pitiful and they can kiss any chance they had of going to the CFP goodbye. Their star QB Sam Darnold is also going to have to look sensational for the rest of the year if he wants any chance of winning the coveted Heisman trophy. Notre Dame can not take a single breath however as they will next be challenged by the NC State Wolf Pack who have surprised many this season. It will be interesting to see if the Irish continue to roll, or stumble to the added pressure.
Finally, the main event of the night featured a pair of Big Ten rivals that was sure to entertain. Last year, Michigan absolutely obliterated Penn State in the Big House, 49-10, so this year the Nittany Lions were looking for revenge. Penn State was coming into the game ranked two in the nation, but many said that the team was overrated due to and “easy schedule”. Well I think after last nights shellacking, all the doubters can now say with a big grin on their face that Penn State deserves to be number 2. Penn State came out firing off the gate by a huge run from their Heisman hopeful, Saquon Barkley. He exploded on with a 69 yard run to start the game and the white out crowd went absolutely nuts. I can say with personal experience, there is no better atmosphere in all of sports than a Penn State white out game, it’s truly something magical. Penn State smelled blood and capitalized on every last situation. The whole night, the offense continued to march down the field against this Michigan offense who was supposed to be one of the best in the country. Whether it was Trace Mcsorely connecting with Daesean Hamilton or Mike Gesicki, or the dominance of the ground game, the Lions offense could not be stopped the whole night. The Penn State defense led by Jason Cabinda was also playing lights out and it was just a perfect recipe for success. Penn State absolutely ran Michigan out of the building, blowing them out, 42-13 and revenge is served sweetest when it is done with 110,000 of your closest friends. Penn State will now go to Columbus, Ohio as they will meet with Ohio State which is going to be one of the biggest games in Penn States storied history. We Are.
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