Alabama Survives Gators Upset Bid 52-46 to Win SEC Championship
Florida QB Kyle Trask was sacked on the final play of the game, ending the Gators hopes of upsetting the #1 ranked Crimson Tide. Alabama will now enter the CFP undefeated and most likely the #1 seed. Around the Nation: Clemson got their revenge for their only regular season loss by overwhelming Notre Dame 34-10. Ohio State struggled early but pulled away for a 22-10 win over Northwestern to win the Big 10 Title. Cincinnati squeaked by a very good Tulsa team 27-24 to remain undefeated at 9-0 and win the AAC Title, keeping slim hopes alive for a shot at the CFP. An Oklahoma interception inside their own 10 yard line as time was running out gave the Sooners their 6th straight Big 12 Title, surviving Iowa State 27-21. UAB shocked Marshall 22-13 to win the C-USA Title. The Blazers have won two of the last three conference championships since reviving their football program just 3 years ago. What an amazing feat. Army beat Air Force 10-7 to capture the Commander-In-Chief Trophy. Ball State beat Buffalo 38-28 to win the MAC. San Jose State finished the season 7-0 and won the MWC Title by beating Boise State 34-20. Oregon shocked Southern Cal in the Coliseum 31-24 to win the PAC 12. And Coastal Carolina finished the regular season 11-0 after the Sun Belt Championship game with Louisiana-Lafayette was canceled.
LSU Stuns Florida 37-34 on Late 57 Yard Field Goal
As it turned out, the defending National Champion Bayou Bengals had a little fight left in them after all. LSU traveled to the Swamp as a heavy underdog but rose to the occasion, taking the decision to the last few seconds of the 4th quarter where they miraculously kicked a 57 yard field goal, then watched as Florida missed a 51 yard attempt as time ran out that would have sent the game into overtime. Around the Nation: North Carolina overpowered favored Miami (Fla.) 62-26, capping a very successful 8-3 season for head coach Mack Brown. Brigham Young beat San Diego State 28-14 finishing the regular season 10-1, one of the best records in the nation. Unfortunately, being an Independent, the Cougars will fall into a Bowl Game far beneath their ability. San Jose State beat Nevada 30-20 to finish unbeaten at 6-0 in the regular season Southern Cal pulled out another game in miraculous fashion, moving down the field to score with less than 30 seconds on the clock to beat arch rival UCLA 43-38. And Coastal Carolina came from behind to defeat Troy 42-38 to preserve their undefeated regular season at 11-0.
Southern Cal Blasts Washington State 38-13 to Complete Weekend Slate
In a rare Sunday night regular season contest rescheduled because of COVID_19 the Trojans overpowered the Cougars 38-13. Around the Nation: Brigham Young came up one yard short of a game winning touchdown as time ran out and Coastal Carolina survived to remain unbeaten at 10-0. Notre Dame and Clemson both overpowered their opponents and are headed for a rematch in the ACC title game. Iowa State demolished West Virginia 42-6 and advanced to the Big 12 title game in a rematch with Oklahoma, winner over stubborn Baylor 27-14. Should the Cyclones beat the Sooners it would be Iowas State's first Conference Championship since winning the Old Missouri Valley in 1912, and winless Rice went on the road and shocked unbeaten Marshall 20-0.
Alabama Cruises by Auburn 42-13 in Iron Bowl
Rivalry weekend turned out to not be so full of rivalries in 2020 as the pandemic caused multiple cancellations and several last minute rescheduled games and dates. Even without Coach Saban, The Crimson Tide had no problem flying past War Eagle though as Alabama crushed arch rival Auburn 42-13.
Northwestern Stuns Wisconsin 17-7 and takes control of Big 10 West
The Wildcats were not supposed to be this good right? Certainly not good enough to take down perennial power Wisconsin right? But Northwestern proved the prognosticators wrong and with a stiffing defense slayed the Badgers 17-7 in front of a jubilant home crowd. In the process the Wildcats took first place in the competitive West Division of the Big 10. Around the Nation: The COVID-19 Pandemic played hell with this week's schedule with 17 games canceled including Clemson at Florida State only 3 hours before kickoff. Cincinnati survived a big upset bid at Central Florida 36-33. Ohio State fought off a huge comeback rally from Indiana to win 42-35. Penn State suffered their first 0-5 start in program history at the hands of Iowa 41-21. Oklahoma was dynamite in the first quarter jumping to a 21-0 lead over Oklahoma State only to see it dwindle to 27-13 at the half, but the Sooners exploded again in the 4th quarter to take a resounding 41-13 win in the Bedlam Series. Iowa State destroyed Kansas State 45-0 and remains in first place in the Big 12. Oregon survived UCLA 38-35 and Southern Cal kept pace with the Ducks in the Pac 12 race with a 33-17 win at Utah. And Coastal Carolina defeated Appalachian State 34-23 for the first time in school history and took first place in the Sun Belt standings in the process.
Oregon Outshines Washington State 43-29
The race for the CFP is just now getting underway, but Oregon certainly looks like a contender after traveling to Washington State and whipping the Cougars 43-29. And PAC 12 race is heating up with Southern Cal nipping at the Ducks tails after the Trojans second miracle finish in a row, this time 34-30 over Arizona. Florida was the only Top 10 SEC team in action this week. The Gators took care of Arkansas 63-35. Cincinnati is looking more like a CFP contender after moving to 7-0 on the season with a 55-17 win over East Carolina. Tulsa surprised SMU 28-24 moving the American Conference crown into a wide open race. Indiana continues to surprise, this time with a 24-0 win at Michigan State. Wisconsin dominated Michigan 49-11 and Northwestern moved to 4-0 with a 27-20 win at Purdue. This coming week all eyes will be focused on Ohio State and Indiana and Oklahoma, Oklahoma State as both games will have a major impact on conference races.
Notre Dame Outlasts Clemson 47-40 in Double Overtime
Just like so many times before in the storied history of Notre Dame football, the Irish found a way to win. A series of smothering defensive plays in double overtime led to the 47-40 victory over the top ranked Clemson Tigers Saturday night in South Bend. The win catapulted Notre Dame to #2 in the Billingsley Report behind idle #1 Alabama. Around the Nation: Liberty moved to 7-0 on the season with a shocking last second field goal to top Virginia Tech 38-35. Cincinnati continues to impress with a 38-10 win over Houston. Brigham Young made a strong CFP statement with an overwhelming 51-17 win on the road over Boise State. Surprising Indiana defeated Michigan 38-21. It was the first Hoosier win over the Wolverines since 1987. The Pac 12 season finally got underway with Oregon leading the charge in a 35-14 win over Stanford. Arkansas is showing signs of life in the Razorback program having moved to 3-3 on the season with a 24-13 win over Tennessee. Florida took control of the SEC East with a 44-28 win over rival Georgia and Coastal Carolina moved to 7-0 with a 23-6 home win over South Alabama.
Clemson Survives Boston College Upset Bid, Notre Dame up next.
How important is Trevor Lawrence to the Tigers? Apparently a lot. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to take anything away from Boston College. The Eagles obviously did a great job in preparing for their trip to Death Valley, but Boston College was a 24 point underdog and nearly pulled off the upset of the year against the Trevorless Tigers, finally succumbing 34-28. Word is this morning, Lawrence will NOT be available for the upcoming game of the year this Saturday in South Bend. What a shame. How will the CFP evaluate this game should Clemson lose? Around the Nation: Cincinnati is looking more and more like a playoff contender after disposing of Memphis 49-10. Ohio State traveled to Happy Valley and took care of the Nittany Lions 38-25. Michigan was stunned in the Big House by arch rival Michigan State 37-34. Wolverine fans are not happy. The Big12 is in jeopardy of losing a spot in the playoffs after Texas came from behind to defeat previously unbeaten Oklahoma State 41-34 in OT. Brigham Young moved to 7-0 on the season after steamrolling Western Kentucky 41-10. A huge game with Boise State is upcoming this week, and Alabama remains Number 1 on the Billingsley Report with a 41-0 shellacking of Mississippi State.
Buckeyes Blast Huskers 52-17 as Big 10 Begins 2020 Play
Ohio State made a big statement Saturday as the Big 10 season finally got underway. The Buckeyes made sure the nation is aware: Ohio State is definitely a national title contender. The Buckeyes ran all over Nebraska in the 2020 season opener 52-17. But the Big 10 season opened with some shockers as well. Indiana surprised visiting Penn State 36-35 on the heels of a late very controversial touchdown. Rutgers traveled to East Lansing and upended Michigan State 38-27 and Purdue upset Iowa 24-20. Around the Nation: The Mountain West also began play. Boise State kicked off what they hope to be a CFP season by blasting Utah State 42-13. In the ACC both Clemson and Notre Dame continued undefeated marching towards their November clash. Cincinnati topped SMU in a battle of Conference USA unbeaten teams 42-13.
Alabama Bulldozes Bulldogs 41-24. Clemson Destroys Tech 73-7.
In the season's most anticipated game to date the Crimson Tide came from behind in the second half, holding Georgia to no points, and posted a huge 41-24 victory. The win solidifies Alabama's CFP hopes and lifted the Tide to #1 in this week's Billingsley Report. Meanwhile, Clemson absolutely demolished Georgia Tech 73-7. Louisville put a huge scare into the Irish, but Notre Dame prevailed in South Bend 12-7. Florida State upset previously unbeaten North Carolina 31-28. Brigham Young moved to 5-0 on the season with an impressive 43-26 win at Houston. And the Arkansas Razorbacks are showing signs of life, moving to 2-2 on the season after shocking Ole Miss 33-21.
Sloppy Sooners Outlast Hapless Horns in 4th Overtime 53-45.
In a sloppy game marred by turnovers and penalties, Oklahoma finally, mercifully, managed to beat arch rival Texas in four overtimes 53-45. The game lasted over five and a half hours. With less than four minutes left in the game, and down 14 points, Sam Ehlinger valiantly led the Horns back to tie the game 31-31. Both teams missed field goals by normally highly accurate kickers that extended the overtime periods. The game ended with Oklahoma intercepting a Texas pass in the end zone, ending a brilliant but frustrating record of 1-4 against the Sooners in Ehlinger's career. Around the Nation: Clemson and Notre Dame kept pace for their November showdown with the Tigers swamping the Hurricane 42-17 and the Irish pulling away from Florida State 42-26. Brigham Young remained unbeaten by slipping past stubborn Texas-San Antonio 27-20. The SEC experienced an offensive explosion as Ole Miss finally fell to Alabama 63-48 while earlier in the day Florida was upset by Texas A&m 41-38. #2 Georgia downed a much improved Tennessee team 44-21 and will now travel to Tuscaloosa to face #3 Alabama in one of the season's most anticipated games.
Cyclones Upend Sooners, Horned Frogs Stun Longhorns, Big 12 Reeling.
Matt Campbell promised to take Iowa State to heights the Cyclones have never seen. On Saturday night he certainly took a big step in that direction as Iowa State beat perennial national power Oklahoma 37-30. It was the first Cyclone win over the Sooners in Ames since 1960 and the win puts Iowa State smack in the middle of the Big 12 conference race. The Big 12 is struggling mightily. Texas fell at home to TCU, who suddenly seems to own the Longhorns, having won 7 of 9 games since joining the league. Oklahoma State remains the conference's only undefeated team. Around the nation: SMU moved to 4-0 with a huge win over C-USA rival Memphis, squeaking out a 30-27 victory at home. Brigham Young continued to look like a playoff contender after crushing Louisiana Tech 45-14. Air Force started 2020 play with a resounding 40-7 whipping of Navy in the first round of the Commander-In-Chief Trophy. Georgia's defense held Auburn in check all afternoon as the Bulldogs stifled the Tigers 27-6. Alabama, Florida and Clemson all dominated their competition to keep pace in the race for the National Championship. Notre Dame was Idle. And a big shout out to Arkansas as the Hogs traveled to Starkville and stunned Mississippi State 21-14.
Mississippi State Surprises Defending Champ LSU in the Bayou
Bulldog fans didn't have to wait long to see some magic from new head coach Mike Leach as Mississippi State traveled to Baton Rouge and shocked LSU 44-34. It was the first game of the season for both teams in an abbreviated conference game only schedule. In other SEC action Florida, Alabama and Georgia dominated their opening competition while Tennessee squeaked by South Carolina 31-27 and Auburn beat Kentucky 29-13. Texas A&M had a surprisingly difficult time with Vanderbilt coming away with a 17-12 win at home in College Station. Around the Nation: Sooner fans are growing weary of the pattern of being upset as a double digit favorite. For the second year in a row Kansas State upset Oklahoma, this time in Norman, 38-35. Sam Ehlinger spearheaded a stunning 15 point come from behind win over Texas Tech 63-56 in OT. Miami (Fla.) cruised to a 52-10 victory over struggling arch rival Florida State. Multiple games were canceled due to COVID 19 concerns including Notre Dame and Wake Forest. In other news, the PAC 12, Mountain West and MAC all announced their intention to play an abbreviated schedule with games starting in late October or November. The Billingsley Report will begin reflecting rankings for those teams after their first games are played.
Clemson and Notre Dame Top Teams As Early 2020 Season Unfolds
If things continue on there current trend, Clemson and Notre Dame appear headed toward a monumental November 7th clash in South Bend. Both the Tigers and the Irish have been dominant in early season games and rank 1 and 2 respectively in the 3rd week Billingsley Report. Things should liven up in the College Football landscape next week as the SEC opens 2020 play. In action around the nation La. Lafayette avoided an upset at the hands of Georgia State by finally prevailing 34-31 in overtime. Appalachian State was not as fortunate as the Mountaineers went on the road and were upset by a surprisingly good Marshall team 17-7. Navy, trailing Tulane 24-0 as late as the 3rd quarter, mounted a stunning comeback to defeat the Green Wave 27-24. The scheduling landscape continues to be surrounded by chaos as several games were canceled or postponed due to Covid-19 protocols. Additionally, the Big 10 surprisingly announced a late October start of play with a 9 game conference only schedule. The PAC 12 and MAC are considering a similar path with announcements forthcoming. The big question is, with so many games being canceled, how many of these games will actually ever be played. Hang on, the October November schedules may be a roller coaster ride.