What we found out:
Ohio State is probably dead: The Buckeyes didn’t just lose to Iowa on Saturday…they got bludgeoned. Unfortunately that word has been ingrained into my head after binging Mindhunter. Ohio State was a 20.5 point favorite entering the game and ended up losing by 31 points. They haven’t lost this bad since..well the Fiesta Bowl last year where they fell to Clemson 31–0. I would say that the Buckeyes are done but if they win the Big Ten and a number of things go their way, they can sneak in.
Penn State is dead: It seems like just yesterday that Happy Valley was buzzing after a big win at home against Michigan and very realistic hopes of making the College Football Playoff. After losing on a last second field goal in East Lansing, the Nittany Lions no longer control their destiny in the Big Ten East. Without hopes of making the Big Ten Championship game, Penn State’s playoffs hopes are over.
Bedlam Bedlam’d: It would be hard to script a more perfect Big 12 game. A rivalry game consisting of two Playoff contenders in which they dropped a combined 114 points. The fact that both teams have NFL caliber quarterbacks was just a cherry on top. Baker Mayfield all but cemented himself as this year’s Heisman winner after posting a stat-line of 598 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 2 picks.
The U Is Officially Back (Because They are Winning Big Games): Miami’s defense had a dominating performance in a 28–10 win against Josh Jackson and #13 Virginia Tech. QB Malik Rosier will not wow you with his stats or arm talent , but his ability to scramble and pick up first downs is something Miami has been missing for years. In his postgame comments, Rosier talked about the culture shift since Mark Richt has taken over. It is very apparent that this team is finally learning how to win and finish games.
- Alabama: I’m never going to bet against Nick Saban so this is the easy pick. Bama-Georgia will be the first fun SEC Championship since Bama-Auburn in 2013.
- Notre Dame: The Irish have a tough three-game stretch coming up at Miami, home against Navy, and then at Stanford, but they’ve been dominant recently and their wins at Boston College and Michigan State look even better now.
- Clemson: This Clemson team isn’t anything special but the rest of their schedule should be a cake walk and I’d take them over Miami in the ACC Championship which the Tigers have won the past two years.
- Georgia: If Georgia holds their own in the SEC Championship, they should still get in to the Playoff. The undefeated Bulldogs currently rank 1st overall in F/+ and have a marquee win at Notre Dame.
Who’s the Heisman?:
Baker Mayfield: Who else would it be at this point? With Saquon Barkley putting up pedestrian numbers the past two weeks Mayfield has become the clear-cut Heisman favorite. As I previously mentioned, he put up 598 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions in a key 62–52 win over rival Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The Sooners still have a tough match-up against TCU at home next week and West Virginia in the final week of the regular season. We should all hope they win out because inserting Baker Mayfield into the College Football Playoff will make things exponentially more fun.