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College Football Roundup: Week 11
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“This is almost like a once in a lifetime opportunity. We might potentially have a chance to play for a national championship.” —TCU running back Aaron Green on his team’s win against No. 7 Kansas State this weekend. The win puts TCU in a three-way-tie for first in the Big 12 with Kansas State and Baylor.
THINGS TO KNOW
So much happened this week that it’s difficult to simply talk about who beat who. Instead, this week’s roundup is framed in terms of the biggest wins and losses by conference. Reminder: The College Football Playoff committee has said they will give conference champions preference over non-conference champions when deciding which teams will compete in the four-team playoff at the end of the season. So, with three weeks left, conference rankings become more important every week.
In the Big Ten
The Biggest Winner: No. 14 Ohio State
With a win against No. 9 Michigan State this weekend, Ohio State remains undefeated against in-conference opponents and now leads the Big Ten.
The Biggest Losers: No. 8 Michigan State and the Big Ten
Michigan State, though once a favorite to play in the four-team playoff, lost its second game of the season with a loss to Ohio State Saturday, which means Michigan State likely won’t be selected for the playoff.
But Michigan State isn’t the only loser in the Big Ten. Now that the Big Ten’s best team is Ohio State, who earlier this season lost to Virginia Tech, a team with a record of 1-and-4 in the ACC, no team in the Big Ten is likely to be selected for the playoff.
In the Big 12
The Biggest Winners: No. 6 TCU and No. 12 Baylor
With big wins against quality Big 12 opponents this weekend, No. 6 TCU and No. 12 Baylor are now tied for first in the Big 12.
The Biggest Loser: No. 7 Kansas State
Kansas State lost their first in-conference game to TCU this weekend, which means Kansas State no longer leads, outright, the Big 12. They are now in a three-way-tie for first alongside TCU and Baylor. Unlike TCU and Baylor, however, Kansas State has a second loss on its record, to SEC team Auburn, which means that Kansas State probably won’t be selected for the playoff even if Kansas State wins the Big 12.
In the Pac-12
The Biggest Winners: No. 4 Oregon and No. 9 Arizona State
Oregon survived an in-conference road test this weekend with a 51-27 victory over No. 17 Utah. Arizona State, in a somewhat different fashion, came out on top by giving independent team Notre Dame its second loss of the season, effectively securing a spot for the Pac-12 champion in the playoff.
Also, Oregon leads the Pac-12 North while Arizona State leads the Pac-12 South, so Arizona State’s win against Notre Dame is huge for both teams, who will likely play in the Pac-12 championship at the end of the season.
In the SEC
The Biggest Winner: No. 5 Alabama
Alabama, like Oregon, also survived a road test this weekend against one of their biggest rivals, No. 16 LSU. Alabama, unlike Oregon, barely survived. Alabama won only by driving 65 yards in less than a minute at the end of the fourth quarter, sending the game to overtime, and shutting out LSU in their first overtime possession. Alabama controls its own destiny in the SEC and would make it to the SEC championship if they win the rest of their games.
The Biggest Loser: No. 3 Auburn
Auburn, a team that has been ranked in the top four every week that the playoff committee has announced rankings, lost to unranked SEC team Texas A&M this weekend. Auburn now has two losses and likely will drop out of the top four.
LOOK AT IT THIS WAY…
Have you ever had your mouth washed out with soap?
Apparently LSU’s student section hasn’t, or if they have, they’ve forgotten what it tastes like. During Alabama’s overtime victory against LSU Saturday, LSU’s student section chanted, “F— you, Saban,” which was clearly picked up by the CBS broadcast and covered by several media outlets. In case you didn’t know, Saban was the head coach at LSU from 2000-2004. He left to coach in the NFL but returned to coach in the SEC, at LSU’s division-rival Alabama, in 2007.
Games go to “overtime” when they’re tied at the end of the fourth quarter. In overtime, teams start at the 25 yard line and try to score more points than the other team in a single possession.
GAMES TO WATCH
Clemson (#18) at Georgia Tech (#24): ESPN, Saturday, Nov. 15, Noon EST
Mississippi State (#1) at Alabama (#4): CBS, Saturday, Nov. 15, 3:30 p.m. EST
Nebraska (#11) at Wisconsin (#22): ABC/ESPN3, Saturday, Nov. 15, 3:30 p.m. EST
Auburn (#9) at Georgia (#16): ESPN, Saturday, Nov. 15, 7:15 p.m. EST
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