3 Big Losses and 1 Enormous Beat Down
By Martin Magers
Houston, it was fun while it lasted.
Any chance that the Houston Cougars had of securing a spot in the College Football Playoff dissipated after their loss at Navy on Saturday. Navy’s opportunistic defense, a strong rushing attack, and a few big pass plays eliminated this year’s non-Power 5 Cinderella team. That said, Houston remains relevant to college football this season for two reasons: 1) Will they hand Louisville its second loss of the season on November 17 and knock them out of playoff contention as well? 2) What is the future of Tom Herman?
Tennessee, your luck ran out.
Last week, we discussed Tennessee’s unlikely road to an (at that time) still unbeaten record. The Volunteers opted to tempt fate once more, this time falling behind 28 to 7 in the third quarter. Once again, they made a wild late-game comeback, but this time they fell short in overtime. Tennessee fans had to see this coming; in a Power 5 conference, you can’t dig yourself a big hole every single week and expect to win.
Rutgers, you should be relegated.
Yes, Michigan is good. Their defense is one of the best in the country, and their offense is becoming dangerous behind starting QB Wilton Speight and Heisman candidate Jabrill Peppers, but 78 to 0? Come on, Rutgers. You can do better than that. Michigan had its back-ups in the entire second half, and you still couldn’t move the ball on offense or slow down Michigan’s offense. Michigan had 600 yards of offense; you had 39 yards. Michigan had 23 first downs; you had 2, and neither of those were in the first half. Jim Delany (current Big 10 commissioner) should put you out of your misery and bring North Dakota State to the Big Ten.
Miami, you’re improving.
After an 8 and 5 (5 and 3 in the ACC) record last season, few expected Miami to contend for the ACC conference championship this season. Heading into this weekend, Miami was undefeated, including a win over an Appalachian State team that should have beaten Tennessee. That said, Saturday’s game against Florida State was by far the team’s biggest test of the year so far. Unfortunately for Miami, they fell just short (if not for a blocked point after attempt, the game likely would have gone to overtime). Regardless, new head coach Mark Richt has the program heading in the right direction.