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My College Football Thoughts, Week 8

10-I’m torn on if Notre Dame really looked that good, or if USC just looked that depleted. Josh Adams ran for 190 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Brandon Wimbush added 106 rushing yards and two scores himself. Notre Dame appeared to be a strong contender for the playoff conversation, but only time will tell with a so many quality games ahead.

9-LSU’s Derrius Guice is healthy at just the right time. Guice became the first player in SEC history to rush for 250 or more yards in three different games in his career. Last night with 22 carries he ran for 276 yards, and one touchdown. The thing that amazes me about this is you have to remember names like Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker, Darren McFadden…none of them have done with Guice has now done. Unfortunately for Ole Miss, they lost starting quarterback Shea Patterson on top of all the other issues in Oxford this year.

8-Syracuse came out to play yesterday, but Miami held on for the win. With 2:48 left on the game clock, Travis Homer broke free for a 33-yard touchdown to give Miami a 27-19 game. With less than 3 minutes left in the game it was a one-point game. Thankfully for the Hurricanes Malik Rosier seemed to have a response to every Syracuse score. Rosier threw for 344 passing yards and touchdowns.

7-It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win. Michigan State took down the Hoosiers 17-9. With less than 2 minutes left in the game, LJ Scott scored a touchdown to seal the Spartans win.

6-Jimbo Fisher has got problems in Tallahassee. Bobby Petrino’s Louisville Cardinals kicked a go-ahead field goal with only seconds remaining in the game. Lamar Jackson threw for 334 yards and two touchdowns, but their struggles to win games has overshadowed his stats. The Seminoles are 0-3 at home for the first time in 43 years. Not a good look for ol’ Jimbo.

5-I’m sure you had Iowa State as a contender in the Big 12 title race at the beginning of the season, right? Wrong. No one did. There’s going to be several teams looking for coaches after this season. The Cyclones’ Matt Campbelll will be a name at the top of a lot of lists. Going on the road to Lubbock to take down the Red Raiders of Texas Tech looked good on Iowa State.

4-Alabama won. Tennessee showed their lack of discipline and coaching with their player flipping off the Bama fans in the endzone after running an interception in for a touchdown. Come on Vol nation, get rid of Butch Jones and return Tennessee to the caliber of football they have been historically.

3-The Oklahoma State offense seems to be having an identity crisis. Lucky for them, their defense showed up in Austin yesterday. The play calling yesterday for the Pokes was lackluster to say the least. Their clock management was horrid as well. That’s on the coaches. I’m not quite sure what the offensive game plan was yesterday for the Cowboys. They were playing one of the nation’s worst defensive yards per attempt teams and still refused to pass the ball. It took overtime for OSU to finally defeat a young Texas team. I’d have to give the most overrated award to the Oklahoma State offense, who came in the nation’s second-highest scoring offense. Though they average 48.8 points a game, I just don’t like them. Texas’ freshman quarterback made a costly mistake in the end zone and the interception sealed the win for Gundy’s boys from Stillwater.

2-Saquon Barkley took a direct snap from center on the second play of the game and ran for 69 yards and a touchdown. He’s clearly my Heisman frontrunner. The Penn State offense left the allegedly top-ranked Michigan defense sputtering. Harbaugh needs to ramp up the gameplan in Ann Arbor. And James Franklin needs to keep doing what he’s doing!

1-Gus Malzahn refused to let his team blow another 20-pooint lead last night in Fayetteville. The Tigers kept the foot on the gas until the last whistle blew. Kamryn Pettway turned on the jets last night and ran for 90 yards and 3 touchdowns. Kerryon Johnson ran for another 63 and Jarrett Stidham threw for 218 yards. In typical Gus fashion, he had a trick play for a 62 yard gain when he had a reverse pass thrown by wide receiver Ryan Davis to fellow receive Darius Slayton. The talking-hands are counting Malzahn out on the Plains. And crazier things have happened. But there are a lot of teams who would LOVE the Tigers record for their team. Like my Razorbacks. The Arkansas/Auburn game is always tough for me. But not this year. I believe Arkansas needs a change in leadership and last night’s game further proves that theory. There were a few signs of life in the running game with Chase Hayden, who unfortunately got hurt. And Kevin Richardson on defense came to play. All too little too late to get a win though.

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