Week 11 is in the books and this week featured teams that asserted their dominance, and teams that showed they fall when the lights are the brightest. We can start to see the CFP start to almost shape form as four teams stand out above the rest. We will start in Starkville where the Alabama Crimson Tide did anything but roll over the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
On Saturday night the Alabama Crimson tide who were ranked two in the nation, took a trip to Starkville Mississippi where they would face a talented Mississippi Sate Bulldog team in a SEC matchup. On Friday during my radio show, I predicted that the Crimson Tide were going to roll all over the bulldogs because Mississippi State struggled against a really bad U Mass team the week prior. It’s Safe to say, the Bulldogs proved me wrong. Their defense gave Alabama fits the entire night and it looked like an upset was brewing. Heading into the fourth quarter, the score was 21 to 17 in favor of Mississippi State. After the bulldogs tacked on another field goal to cushion their lead to 7, Bama knew they needed to step up and they did in a big way. With under 10 minutes to play, Alabama running back Damien Harris, ran for a 14 yard touchdown to even the score at 24. We were set for a great finish. Bama then got the ball late in the game with a chance to seal this one away. All they needed was 3 but what ended up happening was a 26 yard TD strike from Jalen Hurts to Devonta Smith with 25 seconds left on the clock. Mississippi State had one last chance but would essentially need a miracle to tie this thing up. QB Nick Fitzgerald threw a prayer with 0’s on the clock only to be knocked away ending the game and the Tide had survived, or was it. Laundry was on the field after he Hail Mary attempt and pass interference was called on Alabama. This gave Mississippi State one un-timed down to tie the game up. They could not convert on the second chance however ,and Alabama had survived in what turned out to be a thrilling conference clash. Roll Tide.
Georgia came into Auburn Saturday afternoon ranked as the best team in the nation. They were 9-0 for the first time since 1982, had an incredible true freshman QB and was coming into this matchup as confident as ever. That confidence was quickly murdered by the 10th ranked Auburn Tigers. Auburn came into this game hungry, like they had something to prove. It was very evident early on in this game that you could tell who was the more motivated team and who showed up to play. Auburns defense made Jake Fromm look like a second string the entire day. The defense lived in the backfield the whole afternoon. As for Auburns offense, they were just as explosive. They scored with ease and with a mix of a great offense and a dominate defense you get a blowout win against the number one team in the country. Auburn went on to win the game 40-17 and proved America if you had not already known, they can compete with the big boys and after this win you have to consider them as a playoff team. As for Georgia there is no need to panic. If they beat Alabama in 3 weeks in the SEC championship they should still make it to the CFP due to the fact that Alabama is one of if not the best team in the country . That being said, this was an embarrassing loss and it will be interesting to see how the Bulldogs respond next week vs the Kentucky Wildcats.
It is safe to say that the “U” is officially back! What happened on Saturday night in Miami can only be described as pure bliss. Saturday night featured a top 10 matchup that was hyped up as one of the best games you will see all year. Notre Dame came into the game ranked as the 3rd best team in the country behind their sensational QB Brandon Wimbush and electrifying RB, Josh Adams. They would be opposed by the 7th ranked Miami Hurricanes. The Canes came into the game undefeated and with Malik Rosier behind center, Miami was considered to be right in the playoff hunt. This game would essentially be an elimination game and the loser could basically kiss their playoff hopes goodbye. The hype was not well lived up to unless you are a Miami fan as this game was never even close. Miami flat-out killed the Irish in every way imaginable. They were faster on both sides of the ball, more explosive with their play calling and flat out just a better football team. The dominating win has to be in huge thanks to the Canes defense. The turnover chain was in full force Saturday night as the Canes forced 4 turnovers, taking one of them back to the crib. Miami had their statement win of the season, beating the Irish 41-8. If you are Notre Dame I do not know how you bounce back from this loss. These types of losses can totally deflate a team so it will be interesting to see how Brian Kelly rallies his bunch up and gets them motivated for the rest of the season. As for Miami, if they are not in the top 4 on Tuesday night I would be absolutely shocked. They looked as dominate of a team as you will see all season and will look to continue that dominance all the way until New Years Day. U’s Up!
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