Down goes Ohio State! Down goes Ohio State! This week was fairly quiet in comparison to the previous two weeks but there were a few thing of note, including the Purdue-Ohio State match.
I am not shocked that Purdue played well, as I wrote in my predictions that Purdue may be the best 3-3 team in the country. What I am surprised about is the fact that the defense absolutely shut down the Ohio State Offense. Purdue, led by Rondale Moore, defeated the #2 team in the country 49-20 on Saturday night. Washington State hopped into the driver’s seat of the PAC-12 North by holding off a furious Oregon rally to preserve a victory over the #12 team in the nation 34-20.
Alabama was Alabama and hung 58 on Tennessee in a sight that has become the norm this season. The Alabama starting quarterback has still not played a snap in the 4th quarter this season. Michigan held their rival Michigan State to less than 100 yards of total offense and sent a message to the BIG 10 to put their name in the hat as a legitimate contender for the title. This, coupled with the Ohio St loss, make the annual showdown between the two monumental in the playoff race.
So the formula went one game below 50% vs the spread but over 60% when predicting the total, which is respectable. On a more important note, my Best Bets went 3-1 on the day, only losing the Kentucky cover. You can’t win them all, particularly when the Wildcats had two first quarter turnovers. Additionally, a kick return TD and an interception called back for penalties. Either way, 3-1 is winning. The Utah Utes are this week’s Elldee Sports Team of the Week after defeating the USC Trojans 41-28. They trailed 14-0 early and scored 34 unanswered points to end any thoughts USC had of a win. Finally, if the playoffs started today, the field would be 1) Alabama, 2) Clemson, 3) Notre Dame, and 4 ) UCF. That 4th spot is muddled at the moment and nobody has seperated themselves so I want to give the nod to UCF as they likely won’t be there long due to scheduling.