For the most part, NCAAF Week 11 played out the way it was supposed to. For one College Football Playoff contender, though, their dream ended in a big upset loss. What teams continued to shine while which squad fell apart? Check out the latest in our College Football Week 11 recap.
College Football Week 11 Recap
Alabama and Georgia both win
Georgia and Alabama showed why it will take something drastic to happen for either not to head to the SEC Championship ranked in the top two spots. The College Football Playoff Rankings’ number one team, the Georgia Bulldogs, dominated a solid Volunteers team in Tennessee 41-17. The win showed what makes Georgia so difficult to beat.
Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett threw for just 213 yards and a TD. But the Dawgs rushed for 274 yards and 4 TDs. Georgia’s rushing attack is one of the best in the nation. So if you can’t stop their running backs, you can’t stop UGA.
Alabama beat up New Mexico State 59-3. Bama entered the game a -51.5 chalk. Often, Nick Saban stops pushing the pace after his team goes up big. In this case, Saban wanted to make the point that Alabama can play defense and dominate like every other team in the College Football Playoff top four. Message received.
Oklahoma’s CFP chances end with loss to Baylor
After the first rankings came out, and undefeated Oklahoma was eighth, many screamed that the CFP hadn’t given the Sooners’ their due. It turns out that College Football Playoff voters know a lot more about the gridiron than many believe. A week after losing to TCU as a road favorite, Baylor welcomed Oklahoma to Waco and proceeded to dominate the Sooners 27-14. Lincoln Riley got angry because Baylor coach Dave Aranda decided to kick a field goal on the last play of the game.
Although it’s understandable why that would annoy Riley, in the past, Oklahoma has pounded their foes into submission, scoring 63, sometimes 70 points. So Aranda’s extra 3 really wasn’t a big deal.
Aranda wants to change Baylor’s attitude. He must make his players, and the Baylor alumni, understand that the Bears can compete year in and year out with teams like Oklahoma. This is the first time in what seems like forever that Baylor has beaten both Oklahoma and Texas in the same season. Aranda doesn’t want anyone to forget it. Riley should be angrier about the fact Baylor held his offense to 17 points more than the 3 from Baylor at the end.
Ohio State proves they belong in the playoff with impressive victory against Purdue
The Boilermakers were playing like the best team in the Big Ten. Quarterback Aidan O’Connell and wide receiver David Bell had developed a rapport that harked back to Drew Brees and Vinny Sutherland.
Purdue had ended Iowa’s dreams of winning the National Championship. Last week, the Boilers had ended then #4 Michigan State’s dreams of winning the title. But unfortunately for Purdue, Ohio State proved to be much better than either the Hawkeyes or the Spartans. #4 Ohio State thrashed Purdue 59-31. The Boilermakers defense had no answer for CJ Stroud, who threw for 361 yards and 5 TDs. O’Connell and Bell played well, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
Many questioned why Ohio State got the jump on Cincinnati in the rankings. On Saturday, the Buckeyes showed why and left no doubt they deserve a top four spot.
Oregon, Cincinnati, Michigan, and Michigan State win
Oregon, Cincinnati, Michigan, and Michigan State all won. Michigan had the most impressive victory, beating Penn State 21-17 in Happy Valley. The Wolverines, who are sixth on the CFP Rankings, could leapfrog Cincinnati for fifth. But although the Wolverines, Bearcats, and Michigan State impressed, it’s apparent that none of those teams will end up in the College Football Playoff unless Oregon loses.
The better Ohio State plays, the better the Ducks look. Oregon’s only win against a ranked opponent happened at Ohio State in the second week of the season. So if you’re a Bearcats, Spartans, or Wolverines fan, you must hope that Ohio State loses another, that you don’t lose a game the rest of the season, and that Utah beats Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship.
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