Another dramatic week of college football is in the books. Both Oregon and TCU had closer-than-wanted games. Utah struggled on offense again, only managing 3 points and turning the ball over 3 times.
Let’s start with Oregon. Man, did they look out of form. Only scoring 15 points was something I didn’t think they were capable of, but even more than that, I didn’t think that Cal’s defense would be able to hold the Ducks to less than 40. All great teams prove their greatness by showing they can scrape out a win, and Oregon did just that on the road.
TCU also had a near scare this week when they faced off against San Diego State at Fort Worth. San Diego State led 14-13 aster the first quarter. After falling behind 40-28, the Aztecs scored a TD late in the 4th to make the final score 40-35. Fortunately for TCU, that was the hardest challenge they had remaining on their schedule. San Diego State hosts #23 Utah next week.
Speaking of Utah, they continued their offensive struggles in South Bend as they lost to the Irish of Notre Dame 28-3. The Utes held Notre Dame on 4th down for a turnover on downs, on their first possession, and moved the ball well on their way to a FG, putting them up 3-0. Those would be the only points the Utes scored the rest of the day as the Irish converted 3 TDs on 3 Ute turnovers.
Auburn’s offense outplayed the Georgia defense to keep their national championship dreams alive. Both Auburn and South Carolina secured spots as the SEC West and East champions, respectively, and will play in December to decide the champion.
Wisconsin posted an astronomical 83 points on Indiana and is a favorite to win the Big 10 this year.
The stories to keep an eye on down the stretch will be whether Oregon can get back into their offensive groove by the time they play their rival, Oregon State, and whether or not allegations against Cam Newton turn into anything with substance that would force Auburn to bench their superstar.
Next week should all but secure the final standings for the conference champions or at least the championship contenders for championship week in December.