Another wild weekend for college football! Wins, losses, and certainly some upsets but all-in-all it’s fun-filled football! How did your team end up?
Tune in below as our correspondents weigh in on the weekend events!
ACC Correspondent – Week 11
1. With its 37-6 win over Wake Forest on Saturday, NC State reached the six-win mark and will go bowling for the third straight year under coach Tom O’Brien. The Wolfpack joined Florida State, Clemson and Duke as the ACC’s only bowl-eligible teams with two weeks remaining in the regular season. It was an important turnaround following a flat, uninspired performance in a Week 10 loss to Virginia. It was also another important lock for the postseason, considering how many ACC teams are still looking for win No. 6.
2. Georgia Tech’s 68-50 win over UNC was the program’s highest score in an ACC game and set a record for the most combined points in an ACC conference game, breaking the old record of 106 set on Oct. 31, 1981, when Clemson beat Wake Forest 82-24.
3. If the Blue Devils win their last two games – Saturday at Georgia Tech and Nov. 24 against Miami at home – they will win the Coastal Division and reach the ACC Championship Game for the first time. Duke is tied with UNC in the Coastal division one-half game back of the leaders, Georgia Tech and Miami. The Tar Heels are ineligible for the division title and a postseason bowl due to NCAA sanctions so Duke can secure a spot in the title game by winning out.
4. Florida State’s 28-22 victory at Virginia Tech answered a big question about the Noles, who came into Blacksburg having lost the only game they played outside the state of Florida this year — to NC State. The Hokies were 11-3 in Thursday night games, and Lane Stadium is one of the toughest venues in college football, but the Noles came through in the clutch and passed their toughest road test of the season. FSU is one win away from winning the Atlantic Division and will likely clinch it on the road this week against Maryland.
5. Virginia pulled their 2nd upset in as many weeks with a 10-yard touchdown pass with 6 seconds left in the game at Miami on Saturday. The Cavaliers are one of the hottest teams in the ACC right now, with back-to-back wins. Two more and they finish at .500 and become bowl-eligible despite a very dismal start to the season. Quarterback Michael Rocco threw for four touchdowns and no picks in the win over Miami.
SEC Correspondent – Week 11
1. The sixth ranked Florida Gators barely escaped an upset by the Louisiana LaFayette Rajin Cajuns. The Gators tied the game 20-20 with 1:42 left in the fourth quarter on a three yard touchdown pass thrown by Florida’s backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett. The Gators’ starting quarterback Jeff Driskel left the game earlier with an ankle injury. With 0:42 seconds left in the game, the Gators managed to return a punt for a touchdown, beating Louisiana Monroe 27-20.
2. Mizzou came away victorious after four overtimes to beat Tennessee 51-48. The Tigers overcame a slow start, trailing by 14 points at halftime, and tied the game 28-28 with 0:42 seconds left. Both teams exchanged touchdowns for three overtime periods, but Mizzou kicked a 35 yard field goal in the fourth overtime period to secure the win. Tennessee has not had a conference win this season, and they have lost 13 out of the past 14 SEC games, putting Coach Derek Dooley’s future with the Vol’s in question.
3. Georgia shutout Auburn 38-0, clinching the SEC East title and will play in the SEC title game in Atlanta. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray passed for 208 yards and three touchdowns while freshmen running back duo Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall ran for about 100 yards each. The win by Georgia in this game, known as the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry”, tied the series between Auburn and Georgia at 54-54-8.
4. It was the biggest upset of the night as the Texas A&M Aggies took down the number one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, winning 29-24. The Tide could never get ahead after the Aggies dominated the first quarter, scoring 20 unanswered points. Alabama nearly came back in the fourth quarter but the Aggies broke up a fourth down pass by the Tide with 1:36 left. Freshman Aggie quarterback, Johnny Manziel, also known as Johnny Football, had another outstanding performance, passing for 253 yards and two touchdowns and running for 92 yards.
5. The loss by Alabama puts their National Championship title hopes in question as there are three unbeaten teams that lie ahead in the polls, Oregon, Kansas State, and Notre Dame. If Alabama wins out, they will likely need two of those teams lose to have a chance to play in the Title game. Alabama is still the favorite to win the SEC West, they just need a win over Auburn on November 24th to play Georgia in Atlanta. Texas A&M could win the SEC West if they beat their remaining SEC opponent, Missouri, and Alabama loses to Auburn.