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Review of Week 13 in College Football and a Look ahead to Rivalry Week

While some folks were up in arms about the play of the Florida State Seminoles and the Ohio State Buckeyes yesterday, it really doesn’t matter at this point of the season. Believe it or not, we only have two weeks left in the college football season and wins are more important than style points. While Florida State and Ohio State didn’t look their best on Saturday, they still won their games.

The defending champion Seminoles needs a field goal with three seconds left to defeat the Boston College Eagles 20-17. This was the sixth victory in which the Seminoles trailed or were tied in the second half.

Even though Florida State dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 in the rankings a couple of weeks ago, don’t expect them to drop any further in the committee’s rankings. Yes the Seminoles are flawed, but you have to give them credit because they are taking every team’s best shot week after week. FSU wasn’t the only team that struggled on Saturday.

Ohio State was down 20-14 in the third quarter to the Indiana before scoring four straight touchdowns before putting the game away for good. The Buckeyes’ win clinched them the Big Ten East division as they will host rival Michigan next week.

Other Week 13 College Football Notes

Rushing Record Falls Again

Former TCU Horned Frog and future NFL Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson held the FBS single-game rushing record (406) for 15 years before Wisconsin Badger Melvin Gordon broke the mark last weekend (408). Gordon’s record would only last one week before it was broke by Oklahoma Sooner running back Samaje Perine.

The freshman ran for 427 yards, five touchdowns on 34 carries in a 44-7 win over the Kansas Jayhawks. The craziest thing about this game was Perine didn’t even start the game for Oklahoma.

What the Hell Is Wrong With Notre Dame

After starting season 6-0 and being ranked No.5 in the nation, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have lost three straight and four out of its last five games. The Irish defense along with turnovers are the major reasons why the team is in a funk.

Notre Dame has allowed at least 30 points in its last five games. During its first five game of the season, they did not allow more than 17 points.

Quarterback Everett Goldson’s play has also taken a turn for the worst in recent weeks. He has turned it over 19 times in his last seven games including multiple turnovers in six of those games.


My Top Four Teams

1. Alabama Crimson Tide: Despite a slow start, the Tide defeated Western Carolina 48-14. Now Alabama can clinch the SEC West with a win over rival Auburn next week in the annual Iron Bowl.

2. Florida State Seminoles: You can say what you want about the Seminoles’ close calls but they still have not lost a game this season. For that, they are in my top two teams. Next week, the Florida Gators will visit Tallahassee. The Gators’ defense is will be best the Seminoles has seen this season.

3. Oregon Ducks: The Ducks had 597 yards of total offense in their 44-10 victory over Colorado on Saturday. Next week, Oregon has to travel to Corvallis to take rival Oregon State in next week’s Civil War. After that, they will play in the Pac-12 Championship in Levi Stadium against the winner of the Pac-12 South.

4. Mississippi State Bulldogs: The Bulldogs destroyed Vanderbilt 51-0 on Saturday night. It was Mississippi State’s second shutout of the season. Now Mississippi State will play Ole Miss in what may be the biggest Egg Bowl in the history of the series.

My next four teams

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Looking Forward to Rivalry Week

While most people will be watching the NFL games on Thanksgiving, don’t forget about the two college football games. TCU will visit an improving Texas Longhorns team and LSU will go to College Station to play Texas A&M.

If you’re not like a lot of Americans that will be out shopping on Black Friday, college football has your back. Missouri-Arkansas, UCLA-Stanford, Arizona-Arizona State and Virginia-Virginia Tech are all games airing on Friday with bowl implications.

Shoutout of the week

I have to give props to East Carolina Pirate receiver Justin Hardy. Yesterday, he became the FBS career receptions leader with 355, breaking the record held by Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles, who had 349. Someone tell me how Hardy one of

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