Hooray this week was upset week 2.0! We had nine upsets of ranked teams. A total of ten ranked teams lost. Five of the nine upsets were from unranked teams. Four additional ranked teams won by four points or less. Miami was beating Florida State for three quarters. Kansas actually gave TCU a real challenge. Stanford held on for two overtimes against Utah, before the Utes took it at the last minute. Notre Dame played a fun, exciting, watchable game of football (I know it’s weird, just go with it), and still lost to Northwestern in the “Battle of Being Pretentious about your Alma Mater: Midwest Edition.” Arizona stayed in the chase for the PAC-12 south with a late game field goal over Washington. Arkansas finally got a conference win! That is really exciting! I love the Razorbacks, and they are a good team despite their record. Texas A&M continues to be consistently overrated or underrated, as they fluctuate from non-threat to legitimate powerhouse, depending on the week. Duke lost because the ACC Coastal is the ACC Coastal and ridicuclous things happen all the time. Case in point, Georgia Tech destroyed Clemson with their defense, because sports are entirely random events, and I have given up trying to predict them ever. Georgia took it to Auburn in a convincing fashion, but Todd Gurley got hurt, so the victory was tainted. Muschamp is in complete and total sad mode and will step down at the end of the season. The sheer size of rage vacuum this will create in the college football world will be so staggering, we might have to clone Mike Leach just to fill it. I know this seems like a horrible mistake,but desperate times call for desperate measures! Anyway that’s enough of the weekly rant, onto the good part!
Gif of the Week
Runner Up: Melvin Gordon, RB Wisconsin – Watch Melvin hurdle this poor Nebraska defender, who apparently forgot you are allowed to use your arms when you tackle people. Melvin has the grace and leaping ability of an antelope, but with the power of an All-American, Commie-Fighting, Blue-Jean-Wearing, Apple-Pie-Loving, Turbocharged V8 engine under the hood.
Winner: Chaz Anderson, WR Boise State – It’s not often we get out to the Mountain West here on the Round-Up, but check out this catch. This is some straight up amazing stuff here.
Game of the Week
As I mentioned before, there were a ton of good games this week, So I picked the one that meant the most for the playoff.
Winner: #1 Mississippi State 20 vs.#5 Alabama 25 – Alabama sprinted out to a 19 to 3 lead in the first half, and the whispers of “overrated” and “lucky” started to permeate bars, basements, and bedrooms everywhere. Elsewhere, in double-wides across the state of Alabama, screams of “ROLL TIDE!!” rang out. Alabama was doing what it does best: soul crushing defense, and mistake free football. Then the Bulldogs woke up. Dak Prescott did what he does best and led the team in passing and rushing yards. The State defense stepped up and contained TJ Yeldon and Blake Sims. It wasn’t enough, though. TJ Yeldon captained what may be the most important drive this season for Alabama to provide some cushion for the Tide. Now, the Bulldogs were down by 12 with eight minutes left. Dak Prescott pushed his team all the way to the red zone, before throwing his third interception of the day. The entire game was like that, a series of missed chances and close calls. But wait–the Bulldog defense forced a three and out. Sure, there wasn’t much time left, but this is Dak Prescott. Maybe Mississippi State could actually pull this off. They drive down the field and this time they score. Ten seconds left, down by five, but if the Bulldogs just get this onside kick, they might be able to pull this off. It just wasn’t in the cards. Alabama would recover the kick, the last of barely missed opportunities for Mississippi State. That was the difference between these two teams. Alabama played unspectacular but mistake free football. This is what Saban excels at, and why the Crimson Tide have been good for so long. They don’t commit penalties or turnovers on offense, possess the ball, score just enough to win, and let their defense obliterate their opponents. This was a special season for the Bulldogs and I can’t help but mourn their bid to go undefeated. Dak Prescott showed the world something fun and exciting this season. Heck, he had a three turnover game and still almost won. But, some of the blame has to rest on Prescott and his sloppy mistakes that resulted in missing out on scoring chances. Anyway, it was fun to believe for these past 11 weeks, 6 days, 15 hours, 30 minutes, and 4 quarters. No matter what happens in December, this was a magical and historic season for Mississippi State. Thanks Dak, Dan Mullen, and Josh Robinson. Hopefully, we will see you all in the playoff.
Performance of the Week:
The Undisputed Record Setting Winner: Melvin Gordon, RB Wisconsin – Melvin “Supercharged Gazelle” Gordon went full on beast mode in a match up with 16th ranked Nebraska. He set a brand new NCAA record for the most rushing yards in a game. He also did it on 25 carries, which is a pretty average amount for a feature back. That comes out 16 yards per carry. Generally when we see a yards-per-carry number like that it is the product of a small number of carries. The fact that he was able to put this many yards without an inflated carry count, and the fact that he was able to have a high yards-per-carry number without a small workload is massively impressive. He ran in four touchdowns leading Wisconsin in a win over Nebraska. This was a truly dominant performance for the Heisman-hopeful. Its a bit sad that running backs are used less and less in the NFL, because Gordon has all the right stuff to be an NFL feature back. We only have a couple more 22 carry games from Gordon, so lets relish those.
3. Whoever wins the Egg Bowl (Ole Miss vs Mississippi State)
4. TCU or Ohio State
Have a good week, and never stop #TalkinAboutTheNoles