Week 9 - Hail To The Victors...Barely.
By Martin Magers
Big 12 has a bad weekend.
Going into this weekend, the Big 12’s chances of getting a team into the playoff surprisingly rested on West Virginia and Baylor. Though the Mountaineers and the Bears are having better than expected seasons, both lost on Saturday. With the losses, the Big 12 almost certainly will not have a team in the playoff. It is difficult to imagine a one or two loss Big 12 champion beating out an undefeated or one loss team from another Power 5 conference.
Michigan slays one of its demons.
The University of Michigan Wolverines boast not only the most wins of any college football program but also the best winning percentage. That winning percentage, though, had suffered in the years before the Harbaugh era began. By all accounts, Harbaugh turned things around in Ann Arbor much more quickly than expected, capping his first season with a resounding win over Florida in the Citrus Bowl. There were two notable things that he had failed to do in year one, though: 1) beat little brother Michigan State; 2) beat the team down south. After a long, agonizing year of having to replay one of the most improbable, horrible things that has ever struck Michigan, the Wolverines finally got their revenge on Saturday. Jabrill Peppers was spectacular, and the Paul Bunyan trophy returned home to Ann Arbor.
Other undefeated teams also remain perfect.
Clemson and Washington were both able to win on the road against tough opponents to keep their undefeated seasons alive. Clemson beat Florida State 37 to 34, and Washington beat Utah 31 to 24. The ACC is firmly controlled by the Tigers, who have a very winnable schedule the rest of the regular season, and the PAC 12 is led by the Huskies.
Notable Week 10 Matchups
There are only two games featuring two top 25 teams this coming week, and both are at 8:00 on Saturday night. Nebraska travels to Columbus to play Ohio State in a crucial matchup for both teams. Ohio State needs a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, and Nebraska desperately needs a win to keep pace with Wisconsin, who they just lost to in Madison in overtime. Down South, Alabama travels to Baton Rouge to take on LSU. Les Miles was largely fired because of his inability to beat Nick Saban and Alabama, and Ed Orgeron has the Tigers playing at a high level after some early season struggles. It will be interesting to see if the Tigers can finally beat the Crimson Tide.