We thought it was going to be an average day of football, but the underdogs had other plans. The day started with TCU beating Baylor over time while Michigan also needed a last-second field goal to remain undefeated. But it was South Carolina that threw a wrench into the college football playoffs, beating 5th-ranked Tennessee and ending the Vols’ playoff dreams.
A fantastic performance from Caleb Williams led USC to a win over UCLA. Whether it was Ohio State being put on the wire by Maryland or Georgia struggling to score against Kentucky, Saturday was packed with non-stop action.
After Saturday, some teams are in a great place before heading into the final week of regular season play.
South Carolina causes playoff chaos with Tennessee win
Not only did South Carolina snuff out every chance Tennessee had in the playoffs, the Gamecocks did it in impressive fashion. Winning is one thing, but a 63-38 drumming by the Vols wasn’t expected anywhere outside of the Gamecocks football building. Spencer Rattler threw for six touchdowns while the Volunteers’ defense looked lazy.
SOUTH CAROLINA CREATES CHAOS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
Unfortunately for Tennessee, quarterback Hendon Hooker suffered a leg injury in the fourth quarter that sent him to the locker room. Josh Heupel didn’t have an update on the Vols playmaker after the game. Now teams like Clemson and LSU are able to continue their run towards the playoffs if they can win.
Tennessee needs to somehow regroup and prepare to finish the regular season at Vanderbil. Meanwhile, South Carolina will try to cause more havoc against Clemson.
TCU survives Baylor upset bid, playoffs still intact
In what turned out to be the game of the day, TCU pulled off a massive win over Baylor. With just over a minute to go, the Horned Frogs, down 28-26, drove across the field and got within range of field goals. As time ran out on the clock, TCU had its FG unit run onto the field for the winner of the game as the clock hit zero.
TCU SURVIVES AMPLIFIED SHORTS AND THE DREAM SEASON CONTINUES
Just when it seemed like Sonny Dykes and his team were out of the playoff talk, they pulled out the win. Now TCU plays Iowa State before heading to the Big 12 championship game. When the Horned Frogs take care of business, they play for a spot in the college football playoffs. Kudos to this team for winning another close game.
Maryland kept Ohio State fans nervous all night
We were rewarded with another outstanding game in the Big Ten, with Maryland giving Ohio State everything they had. Thanks to QB Taulia Tagovailoa, the Terps created offensive problems for the Buckeyes all afternoon. Maryland was 6:36 behind with three but couldn’t convert and had to punt. Thanks to Ohio State’s defense ending it in the end, the Buckeyes kept their undefeated record intact, winning 43-30.
Next it’s the big one, with Michigan traveling to the state of Ohio.
Michigan defeats Illinois with victorious FG
Oh, you thought the craziness only happened in Waco? No, Illinois gave Michigan everything they could handle and more. It took the Wolverines to drive down field in the last minute and then hit a field goal to beat Illinois. Michigan running back Blake Corum left the game with a leg injury and his Ohio State Game status is still up in the air.
BRET BIELEMA IS ‘EXTREMELY TURNED UP’ ABOUT OFFICIAL AFTERPLAY
Another wild game of college football going to the final seconds on a Saturday most thought was subpar at best. Illinois coach Bret Bielema was furious after the game because referees picked up on missed calls, which was obvious to many people. But the Wolverines survived and will play at Ohio State next week. This one should be fun!
USC defeats UCLA in Pac-12 thriller
The Trojans are still alive for the college football playoffs, defeating UCLA 48-45 in Los Angeles on Saturday. USC quarterback Caleb Williams threw for 470 yards and 3 touchdowns and set up a Heisman Trophy run to end the season.
A back and forth that saw UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson pass for 4 TDs but 3 costly interceptions. The Trojans looked good on Saturday night and have a legitimate chance of making the playoffs.
Next, Notre Dame heads to the Colosseum to wrap up the regular season.
Georgia plays it closely with Kentucky
This certainly wasn’t the performance Kirby Smart expected from his Bulldogs, but they kept Kentucky just far enough away. A 16-6 win won’t help Georgia fans settle their nerves ahead of a massive game with LSU in two weeks. But the defense looked fantastic for most of the night. Next, Georgia plays Georgia Tech, who defeated North Carolina on Saturday.
How about those Vanderbilt Commodores? Beat Florida 31-24
Give it up for Clark Lea and Vanderbilt. For the second straight week, the Dores defeated an SEC opponent, this time with Florida at home. This was a dominating performance from Vanderbilt, who was in control from start to finish. The Dores also gave us one of the quietest “field storms” in college football history.
The Awkward Moment of the Day goes to Texas A&M
We know the Aggies had the most disappointing season in college football, but Saturday brought another embarrassing moment. Not only did the Aggies struggle to beat UMass, 20-3 was the final, but the fans decided to leave at halftime. Kyle Field was fed up watching that offense while a light rain fell and temperatures dropped, and Kyle Field looked almost empty for the last 45 minutes.
Although we started Saturday with very low expectations, the college football gods delivered once again. From the beginning to the end of the day we were treated to countless competitive games, with a massive regular-season finale coming up next weekend.
I hope you’ve soaked it all up this weekend because the clock is ticking this season. Prepare now for a monster ‘Rivalry Week’ around Thanksgiving.