The end of the regular season is approaching, and performances are increasingly important for the playoffs and the Heisman Trophy. In the first case, Oregon lost any chance to represent the Pac-12, while Cincinnati scored points. In the second case, CJ Stroud and Bryce Young shone this weekend in key games.
The Ducks get plucked by the Utes
- (23) Utah (8-3) 38 – (3) Oregon (9-2) 7
Third in the last playoff standings, Oregon knew his place was precarious. The victory over Ohio State weighed heavily on the committee’s decision, but with a loss already, the Ducks had no right to another misstep. And the 31-point loss to Utah is a huge one, knocking the university (and the entire Pac-12 conference) out of the playoff race.
Completely off topic from the start of the game, the Ducks lost all hope just before halftime, for a period of less than 30 seconds. Because after a touchdown on the ground from Tavion Thomas (94 yards, 3 TD), the Utes force a quick punt and score on the return to take an advantage of 4 touchdowns (27-0) at the break.
The two teams will surely meet in the Pac-12 conference final in a few weeks. Utah therefore has the possibility of definitely spoiling a season so promising for the Ducks …
CJ Stroud and Bryce Young Dominate in Key Matches
- (4) Ohio State (10-1) 56 – (7) Michigan State (9-2) 7
- (2) Alabama (10-1) 42 – (21) Arkansas (7-4) 35
We have to make an impression in this key period of the regular season, and the Buckeyes did it by cutting Michigan State this weekend. Impressive offensively, they rolled over Spartans overwhelmed by the offensive talent of opponents of the day. Quarterback CJ Stroud signed his « Heisman moment » by throwing for 432 yards and 6 touchdowns, with only 3 missed passes (32/35). Three different receivers from Ohio State finish with more than 100 yards: 140 yards and 2 touchdowns for Chris Olave, 126 yards and 2 touchdowns for Garrett Wilson, and 105 yards and 1 touchdown for Jaxon Smith-Njigba. The Buckeyes are very hot heading into the Michigan clash next Saturday.
Opposed to very good Razorbacks, including 326 yards and 3 touchdowns from QB KJ Jefferson, the Crimson Tide had to work hard to win. And if they were able to answer, it is in particular thanks to the talent of their QB Bryce Young. The favorite to win the Heisman trophy this season has launched 559 yards (31/40) and 5 touchdowns. Two WRs from Alabama stood out, Jameson Williams who posted 190 yards and a hat-trick, and John Metchie III who finished with 173 yards and 1 touchdown. This victory secures the Tides the 1time place in their division, and therefore a clash with Georgia in the conference final on December 4.
Cincinnati continues on its way to a perfect season
- (5) Cincinnati (11-0) 48 – SMU (8-3) 14
- (22) UTSA (11-0) 34 – UAB (7-4) 31
Victorious but not impressive for a few weeks, the Bearcats remained in the race for the playoffs but we could see that the committee had arguments to leave them out of the top 4. The match against SMU, a strong opponent, was therefore a pivotal moment in the Cincinnati season. And the response was perfect, with a successful match on both sides of the pitch. Desmond Ridder paraded, with 274 yards and 3 touchdowns in the air, 46 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground, and even 1 other touchdown on a reception. And the defense did a superb job to limit the Mustangs QB, Tanner Mordecai, to just 66 yards (1 TD). If the Bearcats aren’t surprised by East Carolina next week, the AAC conference final against Houston will be one you can’t miss.
A little word also for UTSA, which also managed to keep its perfect record, after a crazy match against UAB. And sometimes it takes a little luck. After doing the job in defense, the Roadrunners arrived at the gates of the Blazers in-goal. And despite a pass touched by a defender, a UTSA WR manages to score the victorious touchdown, which allows the college’s magical season to continue.
Malik Cunningham in record mode
- Duke (3-8) 22 – Louisville (6-5) 62
The University of Louisville was fortunate to see some excellent quarterbacks, including a certain Lamar Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2016. Well, Malik Cunningham still managed to make Cardinals history this year. weekend, with a stratospheric match. The QB has 303 yards in the air, 224 on the ground and has 7 touchdowns. He thus became the first player in the history of the ACC conference with more than 300 yards on the pass and more than 200 yards on runs in one game, and the second in history after Marques Tuiasosopo (in 1999 with Washington ).
Clemson relaunches ACC Atlantic division
- Clemson (8-3) 48 – (10) Wake Forest (9-2) 27
It’s not an easy season for Clemson, who hosted Wake Forest this weekend, a top 25-ranked team. And the Tigers’ lethargic attack woke up to slap the Demon Deacons, including 333 yards and 4 touchdowns produced by ground play. The defense also hampered a usually so well-oiled Wake Forest attack.
Despite all of Clemson’s problems this year, the university is still mathematically in the game to win the ACC Atlantic division. It will obviously require a victory for the Tigers in South Carolina, but also a little help and losses from Wake Forest (vs Boston College) and NC State (vs North Carolina).
Florida loses again and separates from Dan Mullen
- Missouri (6-5) 24 – Florida (5-6) 23
Another defeat for the Gators, who now have a negative record over the season. The record even becomes downright scary against opponents from the Power Five, with only 2 wins in the last 11 games.
The setback was the coup de grace for Dan Mullen, who was fired shortly thereafter. The coach seemed overwhelmed by the events on Saturday, with several astonishing choices during the meeting. At the helm of the university since 2018, Mullen had led Florida to a positive record and a Bowl in each of his first 3 seasons. He left Gainesville with an overall record of 34 wins for 15 losses, and 2 wins in Bowls (Peach Bowl in 2018, Orange Bowl in 2019).
Other important results
- (1) Georgia (11-0) 56 – Charleston Southern (4-6) 7
- Maryland (5-6) 18 – (6) Michigan (10-1) 59
- (8) Notre Dame (10-1) 55 – Georgia Tech (3-8) 0
- Texas Tech (6-5) 0 – (9) Oklahoma State (10-1) 23
- Kansas State (7-4) 10 – (11) Baylor (9-2) 20
- (12) Ole Miss (9-2) 31 – Vanderbilt (2-9) 17
- (13) Oklahoma (10-1) 28 – Iowa State (6-5) 21
- (24) Houston (10-1) 31 – Memphis (5-6) 13
- USC (4-6) 33 – UCLA (7-4) 62
- West Virginia (5-6) 31 – Texas (4-7) 23
The best performances of the week
- Bryce Young (Alabama): 31/40, 559 yards, 5 TD
- CJ Stroud (Ohio State): 32/35, 432 yards, 6 TD
- Malik Cunningham (Louisville): 18/25, 303 yards, 5 TD / 11 runs, 224 yards, 2 TD
- Braelon Allen (Wisconsin): 22 races, 228 yards, 3 TD
- Bryant Koback (Toledo): 21 races, 203 yards, 4 TD
- DeAndre Hughes (Air Force): 23 runs, 221 yards, 2 TD
- Jordan Addison (Pitt): 14 receptions, 202 yards, 4 TD
- Jameson Williams (Alabama): 8 receptions, 190 yards, 3 TD
- Milton Wright (Purdue): 8 receptions, 213 yards, 3 TD