The most common refrain from college football fans and media alike over the weekend was, “Are any of these teams any good?” It was an easy response to see coming. On a weekend that didn’t feature any matchups between ranked teams but instead saw an average spread of nearly 23 points in games involving ranked teams, everybody spent the week telling themselves, “It’s the weeks like these that include the biggest surprises!”
Well, this week didn’t. Ranked teams went 22-2. The two who managed to lose (Tennessee and Kansas State) did so on the road against SEC teams and were involved in two of the few games with single-digit spreads. Plus, you know, Tennessee losing at Florida isn’t exactly a rarity. The Vols have lost 10 straight trips to The Swamp
However, while the other 22 ranked teams all won, many of the ones at the top of the poll looked ordinary. Georgia had to come back from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat South Carolina. Michigan won by 25 but turned the ball over four times, including three interceptions from J.J. McCarthy. Florida State looked as if nobody told it about the game it was supposed to play against Boston College until 15 minutes before kickoff, and barely escaped 31-29. Texas was tied 10-10 with Wyoming after three quarters. Then there was Alabama, taking out its frustration for a loss to Texas on South Florida by looking even worse than last week in a 17-3 victory.
But one team looked as dominant as it has every week all season. One team that seems to be flying under the radar despite starting the season ranked in the top 10 and looking every bit the College Football Playoff contender every quarter it’s played.
Washington beat Michigan State 41-7 in East Lansing, Michigan, on Saturday evening, and it could’ve…
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Author : Tom Fornelli
Publish date : 2023-09-18 16:51:10
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