Top Games of the Weekend in Review
J. Harris - Boston Mountain Publishing
Sunday, November 6, 2022, 6:16 AM
Top NCAA College Football Games in Review
This weekend of college football was set up to be the best week of the year. Besides the predicted #1 Game of the Week being somewhat uncompetitive, everything else lived up to the hype. Many of the top-rated programs took losses and even potentially took their names out of the playoff conversation. Some of the top teams just struggled to get past the worst of the worst.
LSU 32 vs Alabama 31
No doubt about it, this was the game of the weekend and maybe even the year. Alabama has played in two games of this caliber this season and they couldn't get the win in either one of them.
In a game that was dominated by defense early on and entering halftime with the score at 7-6 and LSU leading, the 2nd Half turned into a back-and-forth thriller that came down to the wire in overtime. In OT, Alabama scored a TD on a long first possession and kicked the extra-point to take the score to 31- 24 Alabama. LSU got the ball back and answered immediately, as QB Jaylen Daniels kept the ball and ran right for 25 yards, only needing one play to find the end zone to go down a point. Then came the decision to go for two and the victory. LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly called a classic pick pass that he ran for years at Notre Dame and Daniels hit Mason Taylor on the short pass to the front right pylon for the win. Wild finish in Baton Rouge and the Tigers move to 7-2 on the year, tied with Alabama in the SEC West. The Tigers have won back-to-back Top 10 matchups in their last two games.
Notre Dame 35 vs Clemson 14
First off, I want to give the crowd in South Bend some credit. They don't have the best home field advantage reputation, but they showed out for this one. From the jump it was all Notre Dame. First getting on the board with a blocked punt and score and that seemed to suck the life out of Clemson.
After a bad performance for the second week in a row, Clemson benched their starting quarterback midway through for the backup in back-to-back weeks. This time it didn't save them because as soon as the change was made, the backup threw a pick and from that point forward, the game was over. The Irish win back-to-back Top 25 matchups and show some flashes of what could be ahead for the future of their program under 1st year coach Marcus Freeman. Notre Dame moves to 6-3 on the year and Clemson losses their undefeated title and falls to 8-1 this season.
Georgia 27 vs Tennessee 13
All eyes were on Athen, GA this weekend as the two best offenses in the country went at it. Most expected a high scorer in this one. Instead, we were blessed with a defensive battle filled with hard hits and amazing plays. Tennessee never really had a chance in this one, as Georgia was dominant from the jump. Tennessee features an amazing pass offense that was 100% affected by the weather on Saturday. No excuse though as it didn't bother the defending champs at all. Stetson Bennett had a heck of a day and continues to prove the haters wrong. Georgia is undoubtedly the best team in the country and now sit at 9-0 on the year. This was Tennessee's first loss, and they fall to 8-1 overall and 2nd in the SEC East chase.
Texas 34 vs Kansas State 27
Kansas State was coming in hot after their blowout win against Oklahoma State last weekend. The Wildcats looked ready heading into this weekend's game. Texas did not care about that at all though, and instead dominated the first two quarters leading 31-10 at half. Kansas State battled back late in the fourth to make it a game, but Bijan Robinson's 30 carries on the ground just ate the Wildcats up all day. Great win for the Longhorns as they continue to be one of the most well-rounded teams in college football. Texas moves to 6-3 this season and 2nd in the Big XII, while Kansas State falls to 6-3 on the year and lands at 5th place in conference.
NC State 30 vs Wake Forest 21
This game was going to have a big impact in the ACC, and it was all NC State on Saturday, taking down the Demon Deacons at home. As good as Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman is, he struggled most of the day, throwing 3 INTs against the Wolfpack. Those turnovers definitely impacted the game and NC State took advantage.
Lots of credit goes to the NC State Defense this season, as they are currently the best in the ACC by far, and it's not even close. It will be interesting to see how the ACC shapes up after the Clemson loss. NC State gets to 7-2 on the year, while Wake Forest falls to 6-3.
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