Here is a recap of the NCAA football games from Saturday.
#1 Mississippi State 45 – Kentucky 31
It was tougher than most expected, but Mississippi State was able to stay perfect with their 45-31 win over Kentucky on Saturday. The Bulldogs move to 7-0, and 4-0 in the SEC, and remain as the top team in the nation.
The Wildcats, who move to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the SEC, were able to keep things close throughout most of the game. After Mississippi State scored first, Kentucky answered right back with a score of their own less than two minutes later. The Bulldogs would then score 10 unanswered, but Kentucky hit a field goal before half to keep things at an honest 17-10 at halftime. Both teams would exchange touchdowns in the third quarter, taking things to 31-24, but the Bulldogs scored two touchdowns in the fourth and eventually grabbed the win.
Dak Prescott has made his way into the Heisman Conversation, though his performance on Saturday was modest at best. He was 18/33 for 216 yards, and he threw an interception as well. Prescott did, however, throw a touchdown and rush for two more. After the game, Prescott was seen walking around in a boot on his left foot, which could be bad news for a team that has 15/2 odds to win the 2015 College Football Championship in January.
The Bulldogs welcome Arkansas to town next weekend, while the Wildcats will try to stay bowl hopeful as they attempt to bounce back on the road at Missouri.
#3 Ole Miss 7 – #24 LSU 10
The other team from Mississippi who has been on a tear thus far this season has been the Ole Miss Rebels. Unfortunately for them, they are undefeated no more after a 10-7 loss to LSU. With losses to Mississippi State and Auburn, the win is huge for LSU as they try and stay competitive in the incredibly tough SEC West.
Neither team was really able to light things up on the offensive side of the ball. Bo Wallace was just 14/33 for 176 yards for the Rebels, while Anthony Jennings was only 8/16 for 142 yards for the Tigers. Freshman sensation Leonard Fournette another productive game, rushing for 113 yards on 23 carries.
Ole Miss got on the board early when Wallace hit Cody Core for a 15-yard touchdown reception, but that would be the last time the Rebels would find the end zone. LSU nailed a 21-yard field goal in the second, and finished things off with a touchdown with 5 minutes left in the final quarter of play.
The magical run of Ole Miss is now over, and it’ll be tough for them to recover when you consider the rest of the competition they have in the SEC West. Things don’t get much easier for them, either, as they’ll play #5 Auburn next weekend.
As for LSU, they can’t relish in the victory for too long, as they’ll welcome #4 Alabama to town next weekend.
#4 Alabama 34 – Tennessee 20
Speaking of Alabama, the 34-20 win on Saturday, as well as a loss from Ole Miss, puts the Crimson Tide back into playoff contention. Alabama still has the best odds in the nation to win the College Football Championship at 13/2.
The man of the night for Alabama was Amari Cooper. The wide out has had a huge season thus far, and he added to his totals with 224 yards and 2 touchdowns on Saturday. Blake Sims completed 14/24 passing, with 286 yards and 2 touchdowns. Considering that Cooper had 224 of those yards and both of the touchdowns, it’s easy to see that these two are clicking on the same page. In addition, TJ Yledon and Derrick Henry both scored a touchdown on the ground, and Sims even found the end zone on a 28 yard run as well.
With Ole Miss losing, Alabama looks to be in good spot to get back into the top three of the polls. However, three of their next four games are against teams ranked in the top 25, so they certainly will be able to state their claim for a National Championship run. As for the Vols, they are now 3-5 on the season, and winless in SEC play.
South Carolina 35 – #5 Auburn 42
The Gamecocks may be 4-4 on the season and just 2-4 in the SEC, but they are a team that started the season ranked in the top 10 and still bring it every weekend. #5 Auburn learned that first hand on Saturday, but the Tigers were able to escape with a 42-35 win at home. After losing their first game of the season last weekend against Mississippi State, Auburn certainly needed this win to stay in the conversation to represent the SEC in the National Championship playoff.
South Carolina’s Dylan Thompson threw 50 passes on the evening, of which he completed 29 of for 402 yards. And despite throwing 3 interceptions, he had 5 touchdowns on the evening. The Tigers went a different approach, as they relied mostly on their ground game. Cameron Artis-Payne had 167 yards rushing, while Ricardo Louis had 103 yards on just 3 touches. Nick Marshall threw just 14 times, but he did connect on 12 of them. Marshall scored two rushing touchdowns, as Artis-Payne and Louis both scored one each.
After the slip up last weekend against Mississippi State, Auburn dropped to 12/1 favorites to win the College Football Championship. The Tigers host Texas A&M next weekend, but they play against Georgia and Alabama in two of their final three games on the season. Be sure to check back with sportspicks.com for handicap information and insight to these games and more.
#6 Oregon 59 – California 41
The last time the Ducks played during the week, they lost their only game of the season against Arizona. And while the Cal Bears were able to stick around, Oregon simply had too much on Friday. The end result in the shootout was a 59-41 for the 7-1 Ducks.
Both quarterbacks really aired things out on Friday night. For Oregon, it was Marcus Mariota, who had 326 yards on 18/30 passing. He also found the end zone for five passing touchdowns, while also setting a new record for career passing for Oregon. For Cal, Jeff Goff tried to stick right there with Mariota, as he too surprised 300 yards with 360 of his own.
The Ducks have now won three in a row after losing that Thursday night game against Arizona. They have 15-2 odds to win the College Football Championship, and will play Stanford next weekend, before their November 8 showdown with #19 Utah.
Michigan 11 – #8 Michigan State 35
It’s been a tough year for Michigan, but things got even worse in a 35-11 blow out from against their in-state rivals. With the win, the Spartans move to 7-1 on the season and stay perfect at 4-0 in the Big Ten.
Jeremy Langford was a workhorse on the ground for the Spartans, scoring 3 touchdowns and racking up 177 yards on 35 carries. He and Connor Cook both effectively spread the offense and kept the Wolverines on their heels throughout the game. Cook would finish just 12/22, but he had 227 yards and avoid turning the ball over with any interceptions.
The Spartans have won 6 of the last 7 against Michigan, and the Wolverines now drop to 1-3 this year in the Big Ten. If there is any glimmer of hope for Michigan, it’s that their next three games are against unranked teams. There could be a chance to make a bowl game, but they certainly have a long way to go. As for Michigan State, they play #13 Ohio State next weekend, before finishing up their regular season against Maryland, Rutgers, and Penn State, all of which aren’t ranked.
Texas Tech 27 – #10 TCU 82
There were a lot of interesting storylines on Saturday, but nothing may have been more impressive than TCU just dominating Texas Tech with a final score of 82-27. After losing two weeks ago to Baylor, TCU still needs to do whatever they can to bolster their resume in the Big 12. And when you consider that they are playing five ranked teams in six weeks, scoring 82 points is a good way to make a statement.
Trevone Boykin threw for 300 yards, but the more impressive feat was the 7 touchdown passes he had on the day. The mark is a new record at TCU, as Boykin finds himself in good company with previous Horn Frog alum. Boykin has also led a TCU offense that ranks 6th in the country with 360 passing yards per game, and 1st in points at 50.4 per. TCU also got big games from Aaron Green and Trevorris Johnson, both of whom surpassed 100 yards rushing on the evening.
TCU currently sits at 20/1 odds, but it’s easy to say they have the deck stacked against them in the coming weeks. Next weekend they play #22 West Virginia, followed by #11 Kansas State the following week. They then play on the road at Kansas and at Texas, followed by their season finale at home against Iowa State.
Outside of the top 10, here are the rest of the results from Saturday.
Texas 0 – #11 Kansas State 23
#13 Ohio State 31 – Penn State 24 2OT
#14 Arizona State 24 – Washington 10
Rutgers 24 – #16 Nebraska 42
Connecticut 21 – # 18 Eastern Carolina 31
#20 USC 21 – #19 Utah 24
Syracuse 6 – #21 Clemson 16
#22 West Virginia 34 – Oklahoma State 10
FAU 16 – #23 Marshall 35
#25 UCLA 30 – Colorado 37 2OT
October 25 College Football Results
Here is a recap of the NCAA football games from Saturday.