Monday, September 25, 2017

Sports: College Football (Week 4)

I'm writing a shorter post this week and will post it a bit late as there wasn't too much movement in the top-10 rankings of college football teams. This week brought some of the first competitive conference games that could have repercussions for the playoffs while other ranked teams survived an upset. 
The biggest upset of the week and a major change for the Big 12 was TCU's defeat of the Oklahoma State. The Horned Frogs beat the Cowboys 44-31 while Oklahoma State had home-field advantage. As a result, the Cowboys dropped nine positions from sixth to fifteenth. The undefeated Horned Frogs jumped up seven positions into the top ten at ninth. Oklahoma dodged an embarrassing upset from Baylor and remain in third. TCU facing 23West Virginia will be interesting in two weeks after a bye. 
UGA has faced two tough challenges already this season and proven that they are a top ten team. They beat 17Mississippi State 31-3 pushing them up to seventh place. Mississippi State dropped down to 24th. Georgia will face a SEC East challenge against Tennessee next week, a team that lost to Florida, the other SEC East challenger.
In a game that was more significant to me that college football overall, the Florida Gators came back from being down two touchdowns to win their 31st game in a row against the Kentucky Wildcats. It was a heartbreaker for Kentucky when the team was forced out of winning field goal position by a holding penalty and let two receivers uncovered to allow to comeback touchdowns.
Alabama remains at the top of the rankings with a blowout win 59-0 against Vanderbilt. They'll be able to cruise through the rest of the season only facing unranked or low ranked teams until the SEC Championship.

Games I'm looking forward to next week are a PAC-12 match between 5USC and 16Washington State, an ACC battle between 2Clemson and 12Virginia Tech, and a SEC West fight for second between 13Auburn and 24Mississippi State. Maybe next week or the week after I'll take a look at each conference as we start to see who is on top. 

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