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2021 College Football Week 9 Recap

By Hank Blaine

In College Football Week 9’s biggest game on Saturday, the underdog Michigan squad got it done. But Sparty’s impressive victory isn’t the only huge game that happened in Week 9. Georgia threw down the gauntlet in a stunning win, Penn State didn’t make it easy on Ohio State, and Baylor ended the idea that Texas had become a Big 12 power. Keep reading about what happened in College Football Week 9.

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College Football Week 9 Recap

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Michigan State beats Michigan

Oddsmakers had so much faith in the Michigan State Spartans that they made Sparty a +4 underdog versus Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines even though the game took place in East Lansing.

At first, it appeared as if Maize & Blue backers were right. The Wolverines jumped out to a 10-point first quarter lead. At halftime, the score was Michigan 23 and Michigan State 14. But the Spartans kept feeding Heisman Trophy contender Kenneth Walker III and MSU prevailed. Walker III rushed for 197 yards and scored 5 TDs in Michigan State’s impressive 37- 33 come from behind win.

The victory sent Sparty up to #5 on the AP Poll. The Wolverines fell to #9. Michigan still has a shot to make the College Football Playoff. A victory over #5 Ohio State at the end of the regular season puts them into the discussion. Notre Dame ranks #8 and the Maize & Blue have a win over the Irish. Sparty controls their own destiny. Michigan State, should they win out and take the Big Ten Championship, are a lock for a CFP big.

Georgia, Cincinnati, and Oklahoma dominate their opponents

#1 Georgia left no doubt. Facing a team that destroyed their College Football Playoff chances in 2020, and facing that team on the road, the Bulldogs played like who they are, the best team in college football. It’s not easy beating Florida in The Swamp. UGA dusted the Gators 34-7. So even though Florida wasn’t ranked, Georgia gets mad props for dominating their SEC East rivals.

#2 Cincinnati also secured a great road victory. The Bearcats didn’t come close to covering versus Tulane, but Cincinnati remained 8-0 after the 31-12 win. #3 Oklahoma used another inspired performance from Caleb Williams, the freshman threw for 402 yards and 6 touchdowns, to blast Texas Tech 52-21. The Sooners, Bearcats, and Bulldogs should enter the College Football Playoff ranked in the Top 4.

When the first college football rankings come out on Tuesday night, Michigan State could bump the Alabama Crimson Tide, who are expected to be ranked third, or the Cincinnati Bearcats. Keep an eye out for that.

Ohio State gets past Penn State and Baylor ends Texas’ hopes for a top-flight bowl bid

Ohio State must beat every team they face by an impressive margin. Penn State kept it close in the Buckeyes’ 33-24 win. The Buckeyes can prove they’re worthy with wins over Michigan State and Michigan later this month.

Baylor moved up two spots on the AP Poll from #16 to #14 after beating Texas 31-24. The Longhorns fell to 4-4, which means they are not bowl eligible yet. Like the Buckeyes’, Baylor can prove they deserve a spot with a victory over Oklahoma in mid-November. If the Bears can beat Oklahoma twice, they might get a look.

But things must break in Baylor’s direction, Cincinnati loses, Michigan State loses twice, Georgia dominates Alabama in the SEC Championship, etc., for the Bears to have any National Championship shot. Not that Baylor cares. Right now, the Bears are focused on winning the Big 12. If they pull it off, it would be a huge accomplishment.

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