The Rebels built a big lead and held on for a 43-37 victory in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night that made a huge impression in the college football rankings. Lee jumped in front of Desroy Maxwell on the pass by Drew Hare to put Ohio State ahead 20-10.
“Not to mention, there’s a hodgepodge of directional patsies dotting pretty much every team’s lineup, from Northwestern State to Southern University to Eastern Kentucky to Western Michigan”.
Reentering the poll are the Stanford Cardinal, who went on the road and beat then-#6 USC. Ole Miss added another touchdown on a 4-yard quarterback keeper by Kelly to make it 17-3. The difference is the Tigers have two SEC West victories after winning at Mississippi State last week. The Buckeyes clamped down again with Joey Bosa and Sam Hubbard crunching Drew Hare for a sack on third-and-long. Ohio State, formerly first, beat unranked NIU but only by a 13-20 score. The Crimson Tide dropped all the way to No. 12, while Ohio State remained at the top. Last year’s 5-1 start was an aberration for the Wildcats. As Alabama made a late charge in the fourth quarter, he threw two back-breakers. He only had three career touchdowns and one 100-yard game before 2015. The highlight was Burbridge’s 28-yard scoring reception in the second quarter, when he leaped to make the catch and, as his body stretched parallel to the ground, touched his left foot down in bounds. Kendal Thompson completed 19 of 25 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown. Fans started pouring out of the stadium with ten minutes left in the game, with all hope completely gone. Sony Michel ran for a TD and had two more receiving.
At first, the crowd was loud, the stadium shaking. Notre Dame has injury concerns. Coming off the bench, Coker threw for 201 yards and rushed for another 58 yards. No. 10 UCLA also beat a ranked team in No. 19 BYU to improve to 3-0 on the season. He has the faster, more talented team, at home, WITH THE LEAD, and he finds a way to blow it. The leash between Sark and a tight-fisted Pat Haden was already short after this summer’s shenanigans, but Sarkisian had a promising first year and crazy-good recruiting to fall back on.
Can they all get there, or at least half of them?
A week after almost losing to an FCS team, No. 18 Auburn was beaten down 45-21 by No. 13 LSU and tailback Leonard Fournette on Saturday. Quarterback Brandon Harris added 66 yards and two touchdowns. Auburn (2-1) trailed 24-0 at halftime. That set a school record for points (77), total yards (792) and rushing yards (499). Regarded as the more athletic option, Bateman was 11 of 14 for 87 yards with an interception. Kelly finished the ensuing drive with a diving four-yard touchdown, giving the Rebels an early 17-3 lead.
Big plays were aplenty for the Rebels on both sides of the ball.
Kingsbury said “it did feel good” and predicted a loss by the Hogs (1-2) to Texas A&M next week.
Three years ago, Alabama could win without either one, against practically any opponent. The SEC has come under fire in the last couple of weeks – more so than usual – for being overrated and whatnot.
Solomon’s backup, Jerrard Randall, scored on runs of 73 and 72 yards.
Devontae Booker had a big game to lead the Utes over the Bulldogs in Fresno, Calif. Remember that Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech in September 2014 before fighting its way into the Playoff. He has had a lot of people riding him, rightfully so since he came into the game missing all four of his field goal attempts. Backup quarterback Tim Boyle, the holder, fluttered a soft pass over the middle, but Missouri safety Anthony Sherrils intercepted the pass and returned it 50 yards to UConn’s 37-yard line.
Kenyan Drake fumbled the kick, and Davis recovered. UConn is 2-1.
Thomas Sirk had a 5-yard touchdown run for Duke (2-1). There is an aura around Alabama football that it transcends the game, and that’s not really so far off, especially under Saban’s direction.