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College Football Roundup: Week 13
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“What people think of us is none of my business. That’s not our concern. We just play.” —Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher on his team’s performance this season. Though undefeated, Florida State has received criticism over the last few weeks for falling behind by as many as 21 points to lesser opponents before rallying to win.
THINGS TO KNOW
No. 8 Ole Miss Lost
Ole Miss, once the leader of the SEC West, lost 0-30 to unranked Arkansas Saturday, officially ending Ole Miss’s chances of competing in the SEC Championship. This is the second week in a row that Arkansas has shut out its opponents. (Arkansas shut out LSU 17-0 last week.)
With only one week left of the season, four teams remain in the running for the SEC championship: Alabama and Mississippi State in the SEC West and Georgia and Missouri in the SEC East. The kicker? Georgia goes to the SEC Championship with a Missouri loss next week, and next week, Missouri plays Arkansas. Good luck killing that momentum.
No. 3 Florida State Won in the Last Minutes of the Fourth Quarter…Again
Florida State, last season’s national champion and this year’s preseason No. 1, squeaked out a win against an unranked opponent for the second week in a row, this week winning by a field goal in the last three seconds of its game against Boston College, a team with a 3-4 record in the ACC. Although Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher has said that it doesn’t matter how his team wins, Florida State’s come-from-behind wins seem to be weighing heavily on more than just jealous critics. Originally ranked No. 2 by the College Football Playoff committee, Florida State, the only undefeated team in the FBS, has continued to win while other teams have lost, yet they dropped to No. 3 in the rankings last week.
A few facts: Last year, the year Florida State won the national championship, they trailed or were tied zero minutes in the second halves of games. This year, they have trailed or been tied 134 minutes in the second halves of games. Florida State plays SEC team Florida next week.
Some of the biggest rivalries in college football are played the weekend of Thanksgiving, and the weekend isn’t the only thing special enough to garner its own name. The games often have their own unique names, too. Alabama vs. Auburn? Iron Bowl. Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State? Egg Bowl. Oregon vs. Oregon State? The Civil War. Georgia vs. Georgia Tech? Clean Old-Fashioned Hate. Sound festive? It is, so be sure to watch some football, any football, in between turkey and stuffing.
GAMES TO WATCH
Arizona State (#13) at Arizona (#15): FOX, Friday, Nov. 28, 3:30 EST
Georgia Tech (#18) at Georgia (#10): SEC Network, Saturday, Nov. 29, 12 EST
Mississippi State (#4) at Ole Miss (#8): CBS, Saturday, Nov. 29, 3:30 EST
Minnesota (#25) at Wisconsin (#16): Big Ten Network, Saturday, Nov. 29, 3:30 EST
Auburn (#14) at Alabama (#1): ESPN, Saturday, Nov. 29, 7:45 EST
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