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Week Ten College Football Final Word

College Football Week 10
Purdue wide receiver Broc Thompson catches a td in 1st half against MSU. Trevor Ruszkowski, USA TODAY Sports

Another great weekend in College Football! What looked like a terrible week, turned into an impactful one!

Here are my final words on College Football week ten.

Boilermakers Do It Again

Purdue is where Playoff dreams go to die. Purdue has 17 wins against AP top-five opponents while being unranked, six more than anyone else in college football history.

The Boilermakers beat No. 3 Michigan State 40-29 for their second such win this season, to go with the win against No. 2 Iowa last month. USC and Illinois have 11 such wins in their history. With the win, Purdue is now 6-12 all-time against AP-ranked MSU teams but 5-6 when MSU is in the top five.

Purdue quarterback Aiden O’Connell completed 40 of 54 passes for 536 yards and three touchdowns, the second-most yards ever allowed by MSU, behind only Bryce Petty’s 550 for Baylor in the 2015 Cotton Bowl. Wide receiver David Bell had 11 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown.

Next up for Purdue is Ohio State, can they do it again? I wouldn’t bet against them.

21 Observations From College Football Week Nine

Kentucky Dominates the Time of Position, But Loses

  • Kentucky unofficially became the third team to possess the ball for 45 minutes, but it still lost to Tennessee. On Saturday, Kentucky had the ball for 46:08 in a 45-42 loss. The Vols scored 45 points on 47 plays. Kentucky had 35 first downs and 99 plays and never punted, but the Vols still won.

Alabama Has A Rushing Issue

  • Alabama rushed for 6 yards against LSU, tied for its lowest official total ever. The Crimson Tide had more penalties (nine) than rushing yards (6 on 26 carries).

Georgia’s Defense Keeps Humming Along

  • Georgia has allowed 59 points in nine games this season. To give that some context, Wake Forest allowed 58 points on Saturday in its first loss. The Bulldogs’ latest romp was a 43-6 win against Missouri. Georgia’s 59 points allowed through nine games are its fewest since 1971 (53) and the fewest by any team since 1993 Florida State (58). 

North Carolina Is Back As THE Team In North Carolina

  • North Carolina allowed 55 points to Wake Forest, its most points allowed in a win. It surpasses the record set last year, also against Wake Forest. The Tar Heels beat Wake Forest 58-55 on Saturday and set a record. That surpasses last year’s record, set in a 59-53 win against the Demon Deacons.

No More Winless Teams

  • Arizona and UNLV both won, meaning there are no more winless teams this year. Arizona beat Cal 10-3 to end its 20-game losing streak, and UNLV beat New Mexico 31-17 to end its 14-game losing streak. Both Arizona’s Jedd Fisch and UNLV’s Marcus Arroyo picked up their first wins as college head coaches. Fisch is in his first season and Arroyo is in his second.

Nebraska Again Looked Good Against Elite Competition, But Lost

  • Nebraska has outscored Big Ten opponents 190-176 but is 1-6 in Big Ten play. The Huskers’ 26-17 loss to Ohio State was their first loss by multiple possessions this year. But this game was close throughout and honestly a couple of better decisions by Scott Frost and this could have been a huge upset.

Army And Air Force Both Passed, Alot!

  • Army and Air Force both had more passing yards than rushing yards against each other. Army’s 21-14 overtime win was a suprising battle of passing attacks in a normally run happy game. The Black Knights completed 8 of 13 passes for 214 yards, their most in an FBS win since 2004. Air Force threw 23 passes for 226 yards, its most attempts in a game since 2019 and eight more than any other game this season.

USF’s Brian Battie Is A Kickoff Return Machine!

  • He became the second player in FBS history with two 100-yard kickoff return touchdowns in a game. Battie went 100 yards untouched on both returns in a 54-42 loss to Houston, giving him three kickoff return touchdowns this season. 

South Carolina Destroyed Florida

  • South Carolina hadn’t scored more than 23 points against an FBS team this year before beating Florida 40-17. It’s the most points the Gamecocks have ever scored on the Gators. Florida entered the game averaging 6.07 yards per carry, second-best in the country, but South Carolina held the Gators to 3.2 per carry Saturday. South Carolina is the first team to outgain Florida in total yards this year.

So Much For The Honeymoon In Austin

  • Steve Sarkisian is the first Texas coach to lose four consecutive games in his first season. Texas lost 30-7 to Iowa State, the Longhorns’ third consecutive loss to the Cyclones.

Pitt Is Still Scoring

  • Pitt has scored at least 50 points four times in a season for the first time since 1905. The latest was a 54-29 win against Duke. 

TCU, New Coach, New Identity

  • TCU Quarterback Chandler Morris had the second-most total yards of offesne in TCU history, and it was his first career start. Morris completed 29 of 41 passes for 461 yards and two touchdowns, and he added 70 yards and a touchdown on the ground in a 30-28 win against Baylor. That’s 531 yards, and he also had a 7-yard catch.

Northern Illinois’ Trayvon Rudolph Caught Everything

  • He became the first player to have 300 receiving yards in a loss since 2012. Rudolph had 309 yards on 14 catches with three touchdowns in a 52-47 loss to Kent State.

Indiana Is Struggling

  • Indiana hasn’t thrown a touchdown to a wide receiver in an FBS game this season. The Hoosiers have thrown for eight touchdowns this year. Five have come against FBS opponents. The Hoosiers’ only touchdown in a 29-7 loss to Michigan on Saturday came on a run.

San Diego State Punter/Kicker Matt Araiza Is A Punting Machine

  • He set a new NCAA record with his 15th punt of at least 60 yards. Araiza had a 79-yarder against Hawaii, marking his sixth punt of at least 70 yards. Araiza’s 51.95 average punt yardage is still on pace to break the NCAA record (50.98).

The Kaniho Brothers Stole The Show for Boise State

  • The two brothers intercepted passes for Boise State, and it’s believed to be the second such instance in NCAA history. Kaonohi and Kekaula Kaniho both had an interception in the 40-14 win at No. 23 Fresno State.

Middle Tennessee, Turned Things Around, Not In A Good Way

  • Middle Tennessee entered Saturday ranked No. 1 in turnover margin per game, then turned the ball over seven times against Western Kentucky.

Albany State Wins It for Adonis

  • Albany State beat Fort Valley State 57-0, matching the No. 57 jersey number of linebacker Adonis Butler, who died earlier in the week. Not only did ASU win 57-0, but if you add up the remaining numbers on the scoreboard at the end of the game, it totaled 57. A touching way to end a difficult week.

Notre Dame Shut Down the Triple Option

  • Notre Dame gave Navy one of its worst losses of the year in a 34-6 blowout. Its the lowest total for Navy in the series since 1998.

Texas A&M Still Has A Shot

  • After their 20-3 domination of Auburn, the playoff hopes of Texa A&M aren’t quite dead, they now just need this same Auburn team to beat Alabama, so its a long-shot.

It’s Getting Tense in Cincinnati

  • Its now the 3rd game in a row that Cincinnati has stuggled. You have to wonder is the tension of trying to wing big every week is getting to them?

My Prediction Record After College Football Week Ten

  • Last week: 13-3
  • Overall: 132-51
  • Upset Picks Overall: 4-6

I finally got my mojo back this week. Though I missed a couple of upsets I was able to get over 90% of my picks right! I picked the upset of North Carolina over Wake and Purdue over Michigan State. Let’s see if I can keep that up next week!

Here is to next week.

My Personal College Football Top 10 (And Playoff Predictions)

After week ten, here is who I have in my College Football top 10:

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. Oregon
  4. Ohio State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Michigan State
  9. Michigan
  10. Oklahoma State

Here are my predictions for the College Football playoffs:

  1. Georgia
  2. Ohio State
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Notre Dame

My Heisman Predictions After Week Ten

  1. Kenneth Walker
  2. Bryce Young
  3. CJ Stroud
  4. Kyren Williams
  5. Sam Hartman

Looking Ahead To College Football Week Eleven

Here are your biggest games for week Eleven.

  • Oklahoma at Baylor
  • Michigan at Penn State
  • Georgia at Tennessee
  • Purdue at Ohio State
  • Texas A&M at Ole Miss

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