College Football News & Notes – Week 8
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We’ve had a few days to revel in Michigan’s win over rival Michigan State, so we can now turn our heads toward other happenings in college football.
I will try to add a few interesting notes after all games have been played each week. I will have more some weeks than others, and may miss a week here or there. Not a ton this week as I had family in town and my attention was split. But here are a few tidbits you may have missed for Week 8.
1. Let’s start with Old Dominion @ Western Kentucky and a wild, wild finish!
– Western Kentucky scores a TD to take a 34-27 lead over ODU with 1:30 to go.
– ODU marches down the field and ties the game with a score with :09 remaining.
– Now it gets crazy…..
– Western Kentucky gets the ball after the kickoff at the 30 yard line and hands off for a 15 yard run and immediately calls TO. With :02 left they throw an incomplete pass as time expires, but ODU is called for a personal foul penalty. Add 15 yards and WKU decides to try a 57 yard FG to win the game with no time on the clock.
– The FG attempt comes up short but ODU is called for having 12 men on the field and WKU gets another try a little closer.
– The 2nd attempt comes up short again. This time ODU has a man deep who catches the ball near the goal line and returns it, weaving in and out WKU breaking a couple of tackles along the way, but finally brought down at the 15 yard line. Game over, right?
– But wait… there’s more! WKU is flagged for a face-mask penalty on the return so ODU now gets one shot at an un-timed down and kicks a FG to win the game 37-34.
– So that is 3 FG attempts by 2 teams, and 3 penalties by 2 teams, all with :00 left on the clock. Who needs overtime???
2. This one kind of blew up on me this week with an injury… But Memphis RB Darrell Henderson has been putting up massive #’s on the season. Going into this past weekend, he had 110 carries for 1133 yards, 10.3 yds/carry averaging 162 yards per game. He had also caught 11 passes for 191 yards, 17.4 yds/catch. He had 15 touchdowns total. Unfortunately, against Missouri on Saturday, he had 4 carries for 15 yards and 1 reception for 20 yards before leaving the game with an injury and not returning. He’s still averaging a whopping 10.07 yds/carry. Someone to definitely keep an eye on.
3. The Arizona @ UCLA game had Michigan connections on both sides.
– Arizona QB Rhett Rodriguez, son of RichRod, got his first start after Khalil Tate was injured in the Utah game the week before. The younger RR has had mixed results since replacing Tate. He’s 35-72 for 49% and 457 yards w/ 3 TDs and 2 INTs, both losses.
– Wilton Speight returned to the UCLA QB spot after Dorian Thompson-Robinson was injured in the 2nd Quarter and UCLA leading 10-0. Speight went 17-27 for 204 yards and 2 TD’s, including one to former Wolverine TE Devin Asiasi, his first catch of the year.
4. ESPN will feature the history and pageantry of college football with two new weekly series in 2019, honoring the 150th anniversary of college football.
5. TCU WR KaVontae Turpin had 5 catches for 62 yards and a TD and a 99 yard kick return for a TD against Oklahoma Saturday. Unfortunately, Saturday night, Turpin was arrested for domestic assault. Apparently this was the 2nd incident and Turpin had a warrant issued for failure to appear for a July hearing from the incident that occurred during TCU’s spring break. TCU stated the information they saw at the time only referred to the property damage charge from the same situation and did not know he had missed his hearing or the existing warrant. He has been kicked off the team.
6. Alabama backup QB Jalen Hurts had a minor procedure on his ankle and will not practice this week. It remains unclear if he will be out for the LSU game, Saban said Monday. He said they have had other players who have had similar situations that recovered quickly. With starter Tua Tagovailoa nursing, yet playing through a knee issue, it could create problems if Tua aggravates the knee and Jalen can’t go.
7. Ohio State WR Austin Mack had foot surgery Monday and is out indefinitely with a possible return for a bowl game. He had 26 catches for 331 yards and a TD for the Buckeyes this season.
The PAC12 South is either a mess or an example of parity, whichever you prefer. All teams records fall between Utah’s 3-2 and Arizona State’s 1-3. Utah seems to be the front-runner with a head to head win over USC, but their schedule has not done them any favors. The Utes drew the top 4 teams from the North Division, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Oregon. USC still has bottom feeders Cal and Oregon State remaining and misses Washington and Oregon this year. Colorado at 2-2 is still in the hunt with Oregon State, Arizona and Cal on the schedule, but still faces Utah and Washington State and lost head to head to USC. UCLA, after two straight wins has hope, but with Utah, Oregon, USC and Stanford left to play, the climb is uphill. The North Division will come down to Washington, Washington State or Stanford as all have yet to play each other.
The BIG10 West is equally as muddled with Wisconsin, Iowa, Purdue and Northwestern all having one conference loss. There may be some separation after this coming weekend with Northwestern hosting Wisconsin, and Iowa and Purdue visiting Penn State and Michigan State. Northwestern opening weekend over Purdue and Wisconsin’s win at Iowa could help decide things.
Here is a crazy playoff scenario from the SEC. There could be a lot of these scenarios develop, but one that is a little far out there, but interesting nonetheless.
– LSU beats Alabama on Nov. 3 in Baton Rouge.
– Kentucky knocks off Georgia in Lexington on the same day, after Georgia beats Florida in the World’s Largest Cocktail Party this weekend.
– LSU falls to the mighty Wildcats in Atlanta in the SEC Championship.
– Notre Dame and Clemson remain undefeated and Alabama does not lose again.
In this scenario, what does the committee do with the Big Ten and Big 12 Champs? Would they really put Kentucky in ahead of Alabama when they didn’t play head to head? Would Kentucky go in as the SEC Champ and Alabama get in as they have before, ahead of a 1-loss Michigan, Oklahoma or Texas? It would certainly throw a monkey wrench into the committee’s decision. Could they take Alabama and leave the SEC Champion out?
Come to the GBMW Message Board and give us your thoughts!