College Football: Top Five Takeaways Of Week 10
The football gods thought things weren’t interesting heading into Week 10 of the college football season. So they did something about it on Saturday. Two top-7 teams lost, and as chance would have it they both hail from the Big Ten. Bedlam was absolutely nuts. For 59 minutes it was anyone’s guess who’d win that game. Alabama and LSU bludgeoned one another for 60 minutes. All that and more, as these are the biggest takeaways from the madness that was college football Week 10.
1. O……H……Iowa Crashes The Party
We had an idea this could happen. Ohio State used up so much emotional energy last weekend to come from behind and beat Penn State. A letdown wasn’t inevitable but it was absolutely possible. Throw in the added element of Iowa having a penchant for knocking off top teams at home in recent years and let’s just say the Buckeyes losing wasn’t a total shock. J.T. Barrett threw four interceptions, the defense gave up over 200 yards on the ground and five touchdown passes. It was the worst loss in the Urban Meyer era, and Ohio State can kiss their playoff aspirations goodbye.
2. Penn State Out-Coached Itself
Penn State head coach James Franklin cannot possibly have a good explanation for what he’s done the past two weeks, or really, all year-long. When you have arguably the best running back in the nation in Saquon Barkley, you use him to the very end. So why did quarterback Trace McSorley throw for an insane 47 passes while Barkley toted the rock just 14 times, in the pouring rain? Also, one has to wonder about Franklin’s time management skills, as he left too much time for Michigan State’s final possession. The only thing we know, for sure, is that Franklin’s grand plan has utterly failed.
3. Bedlam Was Definitely Its Moniker
For 59 minutes, Bedlam lived up to all the hype and then some in the Sooners’ 62-52 victory. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were as evenly matched as you could possibly imagine, right down to the lack of defense by both clubs. It also highlighted the Baker Mayfield candidacy for the Heisman Trophy. He finished the game with a staggering 598 yards and five touchdown passes, outplaying Cowboys’ quarterback Mason Rudolph and keeping the Sooners right there in the thick of the playoff race.
4. The U Is Looking The Part
There were legitimate questions about whether Miami was really any good heading into Saturday’s prime-time ACC matchup against Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes answered those questions. Miami was very solid on both sides of the ball, and look very formidable heading into the home stretch. They now head into the marquis match-up against Notre Dame on a high.
5. Take Away Alabama and Georgia, the SEC is…….YIKES!!!
Alabama and Georgia did their parts, winning tough games against LSU and South Carolina respectively. However, you look at the rest of the SEC, and it would be safe to say it is a dumpster fire. The SEC East is all but done, with Georgia clinching the division with weeks to spare. In fact, Auburn is the only team in the SEC West that has a slither of hope in knocking off Alabama. Former stalwarts Florida and Tennessee are in disarray. The rest of the schools just cannot compete. The possibility of the SEC being kept out of the College Football Playoff if Alabama and Georgia lose is actually real right now.