See New Posts
Final: No. 4 Notre Dame 12, Louisville 7
It was not pretty. Far from it. But the Fighting Irish survive and improve to 4-0. Hard to look at that performance and feel like this is a team that has a chance to beat Clemson. But there's something to be said for holding Louisville to a season-low 7 points. ND also managed to run the final eight minutes off the clock with its game-ending drive.
Half: No. 11 Texas A&M 14, Mississippi State 0
The Bulldogs were driving late in the first half before KJ Costello took a sack and the drive stalled out with a punt. Aggies relying heavily on the run as Isaiah Spiller already has 79 yards and a couple TDs on 12 runs. Just 98 total yards Mike Leach's crew as the air raid continues to sputter after its sterling debut against LSU.
Half: UCF 27, Memphis 14
Memphis got a big fourth-down stop to end a UCF drive with the score 20-7 midway through 2Q. The Tigers then went 68 yards on 8 plays to punch one in and keep it close before allowing a UCF score in the 2-minute drill to end the half. Memphis is clearly missing leading receiver Damonte Coxie, who is unavailable for reasons that have not been publicized. But defense is the Tigers' problem.
UCF QB Dillon Gabriel is having a field day — 17-of-25, 347 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs
HALFTIME: Arkansas 20, Ole Miss 0
Yep! Arkansas' defense has been lights out agains the Rebels. Ole Miss is 1-of-7 on third downs and quarterback Matt Corral has thrown two interceptions. Remember: this is the same Ole Miss team that put up 48 points and 647 yards, and didn't have a three-and-out all game against Alabama a week ago. The Rebels have two tree-and-outs so far through the first 30 minutes. Arkansas' defense has been good this year, but this is another level of success. The work Sam Pittman and this staff continue to put in for the Hogs is incredible.
End 3Q: No. 4 Notre Dame 12, Louisville 7
A relatively explosive third quarter after Notre Dame led 6-0 on a pair of FGs at halftime. Louisville put together an impressive 13-play drive to take the lead, but ND answered right. Something to watch: Malik Cunningham left the field with an apparent injury late in 3Q. He looks fine, but but Evan Conley is in at the moment for the Cardinals.
End 1Q: No. 11 Texas A&M 0, Mississippi State 0
The Aggies are driving and on the cusp of breaking the stalemate. Bulldogs playing without star running back Kylen Hill. KJ Costello got the start at QB for MSU after struggling the last couple weeks.
End 1Q: Memphis 7, UCF 7
A mere 340 total yards of offense in the first quarter here. Surprised that didn't translate to more scoring, but UCF failed to convert on a 4th-and-goal, and Memphis had a fumble.
Mississippi State's star RB Kylin Hill not playing today. No reason given, but 247Sports reports that he is suspended. The exact nature of the suspension isn't clear, but it appears it will be a one-week thing.
HALFTIME: Notre Dame 6, Louisville 0
This game is about as fun as the score indicates. The Irish have moved the ball pretty well, but haven't been able to get into the end zone. Coach Brian Kelly attempted a fake field goal towards the end of the first half, but it was unsuccessful. It's a little surprising that Louisville hasn't tried to incorporate QB Malik Cunningham into the run game more. He has two carries for eight yards. Obviously, not a lot of offense so far, but the Cardinals are one play away from taking the lead.
FINAL: South Carolina 30, Auburn 22
This was the perfect encapsulation of an Auburn game. It was pure, distilled chaos. The Tigers had a chance to tie things up late, but quarterback Bo Nix took a risk by scrambling on two straight plays with 15 seconds left. That ran out the clock and gave the Gamecocks their first win against Auburn since 1933. Nix had an especially bad afternoon with three interceptions and a public dust-up with wide receiver Seth Williams. This was a bad loss for the Tigers no matter how you slice it and a much-needed win for Will Muschamp's group.
FINAL: Clemson 73, Georgia Tech 7
No. 1 Clemson got off to a sluggish start to its early kickoff against Georgia Tech on Saturday. But after a few mental mistakes and the cobwebs were cleared, the Tigers turned took a 7-7 score and turned it into a 52-7 halftime lead and eventually a 73-7 final in one of the most impressive blowouts you'll see anywhere in college football this week.
Trevor Lawrence threw for a career-high 404 yards on 24-of-32 passing with five touchdowns and one interception and was done for the day after the first drive of the second half. Much of that early damage done through the passing game was courtesy of the speedy senior wide receiver Amari Rodgers (six catches, 161 yards, two touchdowns) but the first half included touchdown grabs for Cornell Powell, Frank Ladson and tight end Davis Allen.
Coaches have bemoaned the absence of non-conference games from the schedule not expressly because they give the opportunity for extra wins but instead for the extra reps that backups get in games that get lopsided. That playing time on Saturdays is impossible to replicate during the week or in preseason, and it's huge for solidifying a team's depth. Clemson just used Georgia Tech, its annual crossover rival in ACC play, as an opportunity to sort out its depth for the long season ahead and eventual postseason run.
That says more about Clemson than it does about Georgia Tech, and the fact they got a chance to treat this like a depth-building game against an FCS opponent is going to make it even harder to see them lose later in the year.
POOKA WILLIAMS, COVER MACHINE. Jayhawks were +22.5 on our picks this week.
FINAL: No. 13 Miami 31, Pitt 19
The Miami defense stands tall in the red zone and helps overcome an off-schedule day for D'Eriq King and the offense in a bounce-back win. As a Coastal Division foe, Pitt has often played Miami tough and today was no different with a fight that exceeded expectations, particularly with starting quarterback Kenny Pickett ruled out for the game. Pitt has been one-dimensional for much of the season with not much consistency in the run game, and Miami's aggressive defensive front was able to overwhelm the Panthers in the trenches.
Final: Liberty 38, Syracuse 21
Don't look now, but Liberty is 5-0 and one of the most interesting and fun Group of Five teams out there. Syracuse is trending in the wrong direction at 1-4 and gets [/checks notes] Clemson next week. Not great!
MEANWHILE LET'S CHECK IN ON CLEMSON-GEORGIA TE-- OH GOD (Clemson leads 73-7)
Final: Kentucky 34, Tennessee 7
Well now, this isn't going to look too good for Jeremy Pruitt's Vols. One week after watching Georgia pull away, Tennessee lets a hangover turn one loss into two. The first half of this game was dominated by Kentucky takeaways, including two pick-sixes. The second half, though? That was all Kentucky's ground-and-pound mentality. The Wildcats ran the ball 45 times at a deliberate, but efficient 4.2 yards per clip. Three of their four second-half drives resulted in scores and the final one wound out the clock. A big, on-brand victory for Big Blue Nation and a bitter loss for the Vols.
Shi Smith. That's it. That's the update. Smith has had two monster catches today, but this one has to take the cake.
End 3Q: South Carolina 27, No. 15 Auburn 19
The Auburn offense is in disarray. Bo Nix got into it with Seth Williams on the sideline after one failed third quarter drive. Meanwhile, Shi Smith continues his quiet but awesome season for SC. Would be Gamecocks' first win over Auburn since joining the SEC.
End 3Q: Kentucky 27, No. 18 Tennessee 7
Vols go 3-and-out to start the half, then Kentucky's offense finally does something. Wildcats marched 76 yards on 11 plays in 5:49 to take what feels like an insurmountable lead for a Tennessee offense that can't get out of its own way. Vols looked pretty good in opening wins vs. South Carolina and Missouri but have been embarrassingly bad in the last five quarters. Would be UK's first win in Knoxville since 1984.
Bubba Wallace has something to say about Tennessee's quarterback situation.
LARGE MAN INT ALERT. Get a load of WVU D-lineman Darius Stills as he LAYS OUT for this INT against Kansas. West Virginia wasn't able to capitalize by scoring, but that was a remarkable play. Mountaineers are up 14-10 after falling behind early.
Half: No. 13 Miami 14, Pitt 6
D'Eriq King and the Miami offense have had a rough day. Pitt is doing a great job of applying pressure on the quarterback and the Hurricanes aren't getting the kind of explosives through the ground game that are needed to power the offense. Pitt can't do much either with Kenny Pickett out, so it's as uch of a rock right as you might imagine.
Half: No. 15 Auburn 16, South Carolina 14
Bo Nix is playing on the road, meaning he's prone to interceptions. He's thrown two of them so far to help South Carolina hang around. Gamecocks punched in both their TDs following Nix interceptions. There was at least one highlight for the Auburn passing game in the first half, though....
Half: Kentucky 17, No. 18 Tennessee 7
A week after beating Mississippi State 24-2 with just 157 yards of total offense, Kentucky takes a 10-point lead into the break on Tennessee with just 75 yards of total offense.
Wildcats' defense making things happen again. Three interceptions in the first half, including two pick-sixes on Jarrett Guarantano. Vols pulled Guarantano, and his replacement J.T. Shrout threw an INT on his only pass attempt. The tally now stands at NINE interceptions in the last six quarters for UK.
Remember: Georgia Tech and Clemson were tied at 7-7. Now, we're entering large man touchdown territory for the Tigers. Clemson is up 31-7 on the Bees and even though it hasn't been perfect -- Etienne has a fumble and Lawrence has a pick -- they're rolling.