National Review: Week Nine

Godspeed, Marcus. All of college football is behind you. - Joe Robbins

Almost half the unbeatens that were left in FBS went down in Week Nine. Also, Kansas State trucks over another team and Notre Dame is back baby!

Five teams fell from the ranks of the unbeatens this weekend. Let's start with them first.

(10) Georgia 17 - (2) Florida 9

First up, the Gators. Their offense, or lack thereof, finally came back to bite them as Jarvis Jones and the Bulldogs won the World's Largest Cocktail Party. Florida turned the ball over six different times with Jones accounted for two of them while forcing fumbles. He also sacked Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel three different times on the day. Driskel threw two interceptions while his counterpart, Aaron Murray, was picked off three times, but did throw for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal things for Georgia.


Washington 20 - (7) Oregon State 17

Sean Mannion returned to the Beavers, but couldn't find the same magic he had before his knee surgery a few weeks ago as he threw four interceptions and Washington came up with their second big upset at home on the year (they beat a ninth-ranked Stanford back in Week 4). Backup Cody Vaz, who led Oregon State to wins in Mannion's absence, relieved the starter in the fourth quarter and promptly led a touchdown drive to tie the game, but Washington kicker Travis Coons booted through a 30-yard field goal with 80 seconds left to clinch the game for the Huskies.

(1) Alabama 38 - (11) Mississippi State 7

Alabama did Alabama things. They're very good. Mississippi State is now getting into the meat of its schedule and will end up with at least two more losses (mark it down) but they'll get into a nice bowl and it will be a successful season for former Penn State coaching candidate Dan Mullen.

Kent State 35 - (15) Rutgers 23

Rutgers turned the ball over seven times, including six Gary Nova interceptions and the Big East now only has one undefeated team in Louisville. Kent State, on the other hand, is continuing the state of Ohio's dominance in college football this year and would be undefeated if they didn't lose to Ken....HAHAHA.. Kentuc......HAHAHAHAHAHA... Kentucky. But yeah, good job anyway, guys.

Side note: This probably causes that dream Rutgers-Duke Orange Bowl we were all hoping for to go out the door. Damn it all, college football gods.

Miami (OH) 23 - (24) Ohio 20

I'm sure Galen will have more on this game in Former Foes later on in the week, but the "Well, at least we lost to an undefeated Ohio team" argument is now void as the Bobcats, who have not played stellar football over the past few weeks, finally bit the dust to the alma mater of Ben Roethlisberger. And yes, I only wrote Ben Roethlisberger's name so I could prove to myself that I could spell Roethlisberger without looking it up first. What else has Miami of Ohio done for us, am i right? NO POLITICS, I know, I know.

Other Notable Games:

(3) Kansas State 55 - Texas Tech 14

I was in a bar here in Lubbock watching the game with other fans. I was secretly rooting for Bill Snyder because, well, I love the Taco Bell-eating grandfather of the sidelines. Still, I was on Gus Alert because he got the call for the game this week, but it was not to be. By the time the Penn State game started two hours later, I had a whole TV and arm room to myself at the bar because Collin Klein did Collin Klein-like things once again.

The Heisman front-runner threw for 233 yards and a pair of touchdows while also running for 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He's certainly earned the nickname Optimus Klein. But Tech quarterback Seth Doege also deserve recognition, too. He added to his NCAA-leading 30 touchdown passes while slinging it for 331 yards as well.

Kansas State is now 8-0 and controls its own destiny in the Big 12 and national championship picture with games against Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU and Texas remaining.

(5) Notre Dame 30 - (8) Oklahoma 13


But seriously, really, without a doubt, this is the best Notre Dame we've seen in a very long time after their dismantling of the Sooners this past weekend. Everett Golson once again started and had his best performance of the season and Manti Te'o only bolstered that Heisman hype with an 11-tackle, one sack and one diving interception performance. Guess I'm still winning that debate, Adam.

Landry Jones passed for 356 yards, but the Sooners were only able to rush for 15 on the incredible Irish defense. Justin Brown caught four balls for 48 yards. /handwank

Quick Hitters:

(3) Oregon 70 - Colorado 14

It was 56-0 at halftime. I can't imagine what it will be when the Ducks take on Indiana in the Rose Bowl.

Arizona 39 - (9) USC 36

Down goes Kiffin. Down goes Redd. Rich-Rod is doing big things out west in his first year.

(13) South Carolina 38 - Tennessee 35

Please say a prayer for Marcus Lattimore. If you saw what happened to his leg, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't seen it, take our word for it. It's pretty gruesome. Reports have ranged from a dislocated knee to a broken femur with all four knee ligaments being torn. Whatever it is, the stud running back will not be playing for awhile.

(20) Texas A&M 63 - Auburn 21

A few things:

  • Johnny Football will Johnny Football
  • Auburn is now 1-7 while being two years removed from a national championship
  • You can go play Alabama -37 over Auburn in Vegas right now if you're into that sort of thing.

(16) Louisville 34 - Cincinnati 31 (OT)

The winner of this game gets a keg of nails. And people wonder why Ohio and Kentucky are awful.

(21) Texas 21 - Kansas 17

Mack Brown had to turn to his backup quarterback to beat Kansas in the final minutes of a game and they're still ranked in the Coaches poll this week. Burn it all and salt the SID ballot-boxing earth.

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