After a couple weeks where I was a bit behind on my posts, I’m glad to be back to bring you my week 8 recap. And what a week it was! Even with seemingly half of the top 25 teams on a bye, we managed to have plenty of good games (and some real shockers). So let’s get to it!
Games of Note and Predictions
#21 Baylor 26 – TCU 23
Scott – Baylor 33-31
Gavin – TCU 38-31
Two straight close wins have the Bears believing again. Despite the humbling loss to Oklahoma just a few weeks ago, Baylor are still in the hunt for a Big 12 title. Their hopes hinge on this week’s matchup with surprising conference leaders Texas. The Horned Frogs meanwhile have now dropped three out of four, including two games by just six combined points. Things don’t look to be getting better any time soon, with Oklahoma up next.
#1 Ohio State 39 – #5 Penn State 29
Scott – Ohio State 31-21
Gavin – Ohio State 35-17
This was it. The big one. The chance for Penn State to prove themselves on the biggest stage. But once again, the Buckeyes have come out on top. They have yet again proven to be the class of the B10. A ten point loss to the top team in the country is by no means something to be ashamed of, and by staying at #5 in the rankings, the Nittany Lions still have a decent shot at a playoff berth if they can win out.
South Carolina 27 – #11 Texas A&M 17
Scott – Texas A&M 44-25
Gavin – Texas A&M 45-21
Oh no. Texas A&M fans have seen this story before. Promising start, playoff talk, and then a late season collapse resulting in a middling seven or eight win season. This loss however still comes as a real shock, and the Aggies will need to find a way to regroup with two winnable games up next. Ranked for the first time this season, South Carolina will have high hopes for the remaining five games on their schedule.
#23 Memphis 50 – Temple 25
Scott – Memphis 39-27
Gavin – Memphis 21-10
In a wide open race for the American Conference, every game is important. With a win here, one-loss Memphis retain control of their own destiny. They will need to keep winning if they want to stake their claim as the top contender from the group of five, but they are in the driver seat for now.
#24 Louisville 49 – Florida State 20
Scott – Louisville 42-30
Gavin – Louisville 38-24
This game may not have had much of an implication on a national level, with Clemson already having locked up the division. However, the consolation prize here was second place in the ACC Atlantic. In the most one-sided matchup between these two schools since 2016, Louisville staked their claim with authority. Although a conference title is out of reach for the Cardinals, there is still plenty to play for. Louisville could very well push for a New Year’s Six spot, especially since they have matchups remaining with Notre Dame and Kentucky.
#23 Kentucky 48 – Missouri 21
Scott – Kentucky 27-20
Gavin – Kentucky 21-17
Kentucky have impressed this season, with their only two losses coming to teams ranked #9 in the country. This is a solid win for the Wildcats, but they will need some help to get into the race for the SEC East. Who knows, this is (simulated) college football after all, so anything can happen.
Texas 37 – Texas Tech 22
Scott – Texas 48-34
Gavin – Texas 35-31
This game featured two teams in very different situations. Don’t look now, but after the worst possible start to the season, Texas have turned it around. They are undefeated in and at the top of the conference. Meanwhile, Texas Tech are headed in the opposite direction. Three losses in four have the Red Raiders reeling. They will hope to get back on track this week against #21 Oklahoma State.
#12 Oklahoma 34 – #19 Oklahoma State 31
Scott – Oklahoma 49-38
Gavin – Oklahoma 42-35
This was a close one. The Sooners certainly did not dwell on a tough loss to Texas. Two straight wins over quality opponents has Oklahoma back on track. The Cowboys meanwhile, narrowly missed another opportunity at a statement win.
Pittsburgh 22 – Georgia Tech 17
Scott – Georgia Tech 24-20
Pittsburgh bounced back from two straight tough losses to top a hot and cold Georgia Tech team in a close one.
Arizona State 27 – Colorado 23
Gavin – Colorado 31-28
Pac 12 play has not been kind to the Buffaloes. Luckily for them, the second half of conference play is probably the easier half for Colorado.
Our Pick Results
Gavin – 6-3 (32-21 overall)
Scott – 7-2 (37-16 overall)
Well, the one game we differed on went Scott’s way, so he once again increases his lead on me. I’m not too worried yet, but I will need some upsets to start going my way. The magic I had going with the Falcons earlier this season is a distant memory at this point.
Other Games of Note
Washington 45 – Arizona 23
Arizona have cooled off completely after a hot start. It likely won’t get better any time soon, with upcoming games against the conference’s elite in Oregon and Utah.
Kansas 33 (OT) – West Virginia 32
In true Boise State fashion, West Virginia’s struggles continue. Kansas won’t mind too much, because for once the Jayhawks are not the Big 12 bottom feeders. They have already matched their highest win total since 2009.
Illinois 38 – #20 Minnesota 30
And at last we arrive at the week’s truly shocking results. Illinois have pulled off a a major upset, and pile on Minnesota’s misery. Three straight losses have completely derailed a once promising Gopher season.
Purdue 38 – #9 Michigan 30
A second straight 38-30 upset in the B10. And this one is even more surprising. There is absolutely no explanation I can come up with for this one. Wow.
Cincinnati 40 (OT) – #22 SMU 33
A disappointing season for Cincinnati gets just a little bit better here, as the Bearcats survive in overtime to keep their American Conference title hopes alive.
As usual, there was plenty more action not covered here. Check out the results page for all the scores!