“Rivalry Week” lived up to its name and then some on this Saturday across college football. The battles were epic in the stands and certainly on the field. Let’s hope continuing conference realignment doesn’t negate any of these matchups in the future. I’m sure today’s action created quite a few college football fans for life. If you missed any of the action, I’ve got it all in our “ultimate recap”. Let’s get to it…
Oregon Ducks- What a way to take out some frustration from last week by beating your bitter rival in the Oregon State Beavers. Marcus Mariota was outstanding early on and his short passing game opened up the running game which was led by Kenjon Barner who ran for nearly 200 yards. The Ducks defense did a decent job but more importantly they forced turnovers. With the amount of injuries they’ve sustained, that was pretty impressive. I still wonder what would have happened if Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion didn’t get hurt. They were on such a roll then and it seemed to throw them off their rhythm.
Florida Gators- Talk about a game with momentum swings. Florida dominated the 1st half but the Florida State Seminoles stayed close, then in the 3rd quarter the Seminoles dominated until EJ Manuel got hurt which let the Gators grab the victory. The win puts Florida is possible position to get into the national championship game. Jeff Driskel was good enough but you could clearly tell he was hobbled with his bum ankle. A variety of formations, led by Trey Burton, confused the Seminoles aggressive defense. Florida’s defense meanwhile was outstanding at causing turnovers in a performance reminiscent to their loss to the Georgia Bulldogs in Jacksonville.
Vanderbilt Commodores- Back to back bowl seasons for Vandy? You betcha. James Franklin‘s team is on a roll and while they aren’t playing the strongest competition, they are dominating. Like last week, the Wake Forest Demon Decons were no contest. They got physical behind big running back Zac Stacy who had nearly 200 yards rushing.
Penn State Nittany Lions- What a job by Bill O’Brien in year one, post Sandusky. His team was led by their defense again, despite leader Michael Mauti sitting out. Amazingly their kicking game was solid thanks to Sam Ficken and they needed it in this typical “Big Ten contest”.
Oklahoma Sooners- Give Bob Stoops boys credit, they didn’t give up despite an early deficit. Landry Jones was outstanding and the Sooners may have found a new short yardage option in Trey Millard. The secondary’s mid season turnaround seems to completely have died off but they have so many weapons on offense to win a shootout.
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