We are now in the home stretch, rounding the final turn, of the College Football season. There were not a ton of upsets at the top of the rankings, only one in fact. In a week where many teams had games of the easier variety, multiple elite teams had very slow starts. How did your team fare?
Starting at the top, Alabama, a team with a record breaking offense and a defense with multiple NFL draft picks went into the half tied 10-10 with Citadel! Of course, they rolled in the 2nd half but the fact it took until then is slightly embarassing. Clemson trailed Duke 6-0 before coming alive and cranking up the heat in a 35-6 win. Ohio State had to come from behind to steal a 52-51 win over Maryland, a team below .500.
Speaking of coming from behind, Oklahoma State was down by 17, at one point, to the #9 West Virginia Mountaineers before storming back and winning 45-41, using a 21-point 4th quarter to execute the impressive win. The #20 Boston College Eagles also blew a late lead, losing to the FSU Seminoles 22-21 in Tallahassee. The Eagles even had a two touchdown performance from superstar AJ Dillon but it wasn’t enough.
The Elldee Sports Best Bets took it’s first college loss in 3 weeks, going 3-2 on picks. West Virginia and Boston College both blew late leads and cost the Best Bet win percentage. 60% on the week is still respectable and the overall Best Bet win percentage is holding strong at 75% accuracy! The Elldee Sports Team of the Week is the UCF Golden Knights. The defending National Champions got the primetime slot for a chance to impress the playoff committee and they held up their end of the bargain. UCF hammered the #24 Cincinatti Bearcats and their top defense to the tune of 38-13. Will it be enough? Doubtful. If the playoffs started today, 1) Alabama, 2) Notre Dame, 3) Clemson, 4) Michigan. This is what I will stick with for one more week but Washington State is becoming more difficult to ignore each passing week. Until next week, good luck.