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College Football Roundup: Week 8
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“We have a better chance of kissing than they do.”—CBS Sportscaster Gary Danielson on Texas A&M’s tradition of kissing your date when the football team scores. Texas A&M was shut out by Alabama 59-0 on Saturday.
THINGS TO KNOW
No. 4 Baylor, No. 5 Notre Dame, and No. 11 Oklahoma All Lost
The college football rankings continue to explode as top-15 teams continue to lose. This week, Big 12 teams No. 4 Baylor and No. 11 Oklahoma lost, as did No. 5 Notre Dame.
So, who cares? No. 2 Florida State, whose record remains unblemished after their biggest win of the season against Notre Dame, as well as one-loss Big 12 teams Kansas State and TCU, who have revived chances of competing for both the Big 12 and national titles. SEC teams Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss are pretty excited too, as they’re now all ranked in the top 5 and making history. This is the first time four teams from the same conference have been ranked in the top 5 in the same week.
After losing to SEC rival Ole Miss two weeks ago and barely beating a team last week that hadn’t scored a single point on Alabama in two seasons, sports fans started wondering if football dynasty Alabama was slipping. Sure, Alabama’s won three of the last five national championships, but they beat Arkansas, a team that hasn’t won an SEC game since October 2012, by only one point last Saturday.
Not so much against No. 21 Texas A&M, who was completely shut out by No. 7 Alabama this Saturday. To put Bama’s 59-t0-nothing win in perspective, Texas A&M was ranked fifth in the country in passing yards before Saturday’s game. Texas A&M also hasn’t been shut out since 2003, and it was Alabama’s largest margin of victory in more than 30 years. In short, breathe, Bama, breathe. We get it. You’re back because you never really left.
LOOK AT IT THIS WAY…
Have you ever been so excited that you burned a couch?
Well, that’s kind of West Virginia’s thing. They burn couches after winning big games. But on Saturday, after beating No. 4 Baylor 41-27, some West Virginia fans took their excitement to a whole new level, pulling down lampposts, starting fires, and causing enough damage to spark the use of pepper spray and chemical munitions by local police. Needless to say, West Virginia president E. Gordon Gee was very, very disappointed.
A team is “shut out” when they score zero points. In college football, shut outs are very rare and often occur when ranked teams played unranked opponents or athletic programs with lots of money play athletic programs with a lot less money. In an even rarer turn of events, No. 21 Texas A&M was shut out by No. 7 Alabama this Saturday.
GAMES TO WATCH
Ole Miss (#3) at LSU (#21): ESPN, Saturday, Oct. 25, 7:15 p.m. EST
USC (#20) at Utah (#19): FOX Sports 1, Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 p.m. EST
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