In an age where scoring 50 points a game is common place, Georgia made a statement that defense may still win championships. Saturday night in Athens, defense won the game over the Fighting Irish, that’s for sure. With the Irish leading 10-7 at the half, the record Sanford Stadium crowd of 93,246 watched as QB Jake Fromm efficiently passed for 20 of 26 for 187 yards and the Bulldog offense pulled ahead, scoring 16 points in the second half and held Notre Dame to only 7. The win certainly solidified Georgia’s National Championship hopes and temporarily, at least, derailed title hopes for the Irish.
Across the Nation: One week after I touted Central Florida’s Championship potential, The Golden Knights promptly went on the road and were surprised by Pittsburgh 35-34 on a last second trick play. Welcome to the big leagues UCF, you have to focus on every game, one at a time, to win National Championships. Wisconsin dismantled Michigan 35-14, sending the Wolverines home with question marks galore about the direction of the Michigan program under Harbaugh. The Texas Longhorns finally broke the Cowboy jinx in Austin Saturday night, winning at home for the first time in 10 years by surviving Oklahoma State 36-30. Boise State now appears to be the top dog among the Group of Five after soaring past Air Force Friday night 30-19. With the UCF loss, the #9 Broncos are the highest rated G5 team. The Pac 12 is topsy turvy in 2019. Only California remains unbeaten after Utah, Washington State, and Arizona State were all upset. Auburn traveled to College Station and held off a furious Aggie rally in the 4th quarter to escape with a 28-20 win over Texas A&M, and the Arkansas Razorback program hit a new low Saturday night, falling to #130 San Jose State 31-24. The #120 hapless Hogs are 2-2 on the season with one of those wins coming over FCS Portland State and the other over #123 Colorado State, a far cry from the National Championship years under Frank Broyles. Of course, fellow SEC conference member Tennessee is giving Arkansas a run for their money to see who can sink to the lowest possible place. The Volunteers managed only a field goal against arch rival Florida in a 34-3 loss to the Gators in Gainesville.