Well, I hope everyone enjoyed “Top 25 teams play unranked opponents week.” Anyway, there wasn’t a ton of great college football this week, but there is still a lot to talk about. Arkansas won another SEC conference game! They not only beat Ole Miss, but they shut them out. I have been riding the Arkansas bandwagon for a while now, and they have maintained they are better than their record. The SEC West is a truly terrifying division. After the Playoff Committee gave Minnesota a vote of confidence by keeping them in the top 25, they came out and beat ranked foe Nebraska. Kansas State beat West Virginia and stayed alive in the race for the Big 12. Florida State barely survived again. At some point you have to wonder, how many close brushes with defeat a team can survive? Hundley and Mariota had good games and there were a couple entertaining top 25 match-ups as well. Also, the worst game this season was played. Look at this abomination. (Warning: NSFW)
Gif of the Week
Honorable Mention: Rohan Gaines, S Arkansas – This Arkansas defender makes a fantastic grab on a ball in the endzone and returns it for touchdown. Woo Pig Sooeee!
Runner Up: Jameis Winston, QB FSU – Jameis Winston got into with a ref on Saturday. And by got into it, I mean pinned a ref to the butt of his center. This is kind of hilarious.
Winner: Boise State’s Offense – They did it again! Boise pulled off a statue of liberty play again! Boise hasn’t been relevant in a couple years now, but man do they still know how to have fun! I love college football because crazy stuff like this goes on all the time, especially at non-power-5 schools.
Game of the Week
Honorable Mention: Arkansas 30 vs. #8 Ole Miss 0 – Arkansas became bowl eligible for the first time since 2011 with this win. The Razorbacks are starting to come back from the nightmare that was their last two seasons. Their defense played fantastic in this game, forcing 6 turnovers and preventing every scoring opportunity. One of the biggest plays of the night was Gaines’s pick six in the end zone, which is shown above. It is good to see Arkansas be successful again, and it is good to see Bret Bielema start to rebuild the Razorbacks after the post-Petrino fall out. For Ole Miss, this loss kills their playoff dreams. This is sad for me and the rest of the Bo’s Flow Appreciation Society, who wanted to see Bo Wallace’s luscious locks in the playoffs. Looking ahead, Ole Miss takes on Mississippi State in the third Egg Bowl where both teams are ranked.
Winner: #25 Minnesota 28 vs. #23 Nebraska 24 – Minnesota came out to prove all of the #Haterz, who thought that they did not deserve to be ranked wrong. Mitch Liedner put on a great game, and stepped up when the Gophers star running back David Cobb was injured. He threw for 135 yards and rushed for 110, as well as two rushing touchdowns. He was a huge reason the Golden Gophers were able to mount a comeback to win this. The Gopher defense also stepped up big time with a huge goal line turnover to put the Gophers back in the game. The Huskers simply ran out of steam at the end of the game. Future NFL running back Ameer Abdulah was contained to 98 yards and a single touchdown, which was a big reason Nebraska lost. This win just made things interesting for Minnesota, who can clinch the Big 10 West with a win over Wisconsin next week.
Performance of the Week
Honorable Mention: Marcus Mariota, QB Oregon – My main man Marcus, put up a classic Mariota performance in a PAC 12 match-up with the Colorado Buffaloes. He threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 73 yards and an additional touchdown. He passed with 75% accuracy and averaged ten yards per attempt. This wasn’t his biggest challenge of the season, but it was a great way to pad his stats before Heisman voting. He straight up deconstructed Colorado’s defense and flashed his massive NFL potential. The main criticism of Mariota is that he chokes in big games, so we will have to see how he handles the PAC 12 championship and (presumably) the playoff.
Winner: Semaje Perine, RB Oklahoma – Wow, Melvin Gordon’s record lasted one week. True freshman Semaje Perine rushed for 427 yards on 34 carries for five touchdowns. If you thought Melvin Gordon looked untouchable last week, then Perine should have blown you out of the water. He looked fantastic and carried Oklahoma’s offense to a huge defeat over Kansas. If NFL scouts weren’t looking at him before, they certainly are now. After a performance like this I can only assume that Oklahoma will be feeding him the rock much more from now on, and that he will become a bigger piece in the puzzle.
3. Ohio State
4. Mississippi State
It’s Rivalry Week! Everybody get hype for irrational hatred of other people groups based on where they chose to earn their secondary degrees. Yay Sportz!