College Football Week 8: Penn State Throws Up on Themselves, Sooners and Ducks Survive, CS Top 10
Two weekends ago Penn State was undefeated and ranked fourth in the country as they rolled into Iowa for a top 5 showdown with the Hawkeyes. One injury to Sean Clifford and two weeks later they have zero hope for a NY6 bowl. After losing outright as a 24 point favorite over Illinois, it can only be described as a program defining loss. One that will set them even further back of Ohio State than they already are. The coach continues to flirt with every big time job opening, and now that they are staring loss number 3 in the face at the hands of Ohio State this Saturday, it appears that the train has careened off of the tracks once again for the Nittany Lions. A season that started with such promise will now be defined by a three week stretch in October. Just when Penn State fans begin to think they are in the same stratosphere as Ohio State and that "this time will be different" one thing remains consistent; James Franklin will get in his own way.
Game of the week: Oregon 34-UCLA 31
It doesn't get much better than the Rose Bowl. This edition pitted Chip Kelly against his former squad in a showdown that could knock Oregon out of the playoff picture. After squandering an early 14-0 lead by being outscored 34-3, UCLA found themselves down 3 with Oregon in Bruin territory. Inexplicably Anthony Brown through an INT in the end zone giving UCLA a chance. After converting a fourth down and Dorian Thompson-Robinson being knocked out of the game, it was the Bruins turn to throw an interception. Oregon survived to keep their playoff hopes alive. It was a character win for the Ducks and will keep Cincinnati Bearcat fans sweating.
Kansas: Easily the coolest moment of the weekend was when Kansas decided about halfway through the game that tickets were not needed and everyone could just get in the stadium. That's how monumental it was to be leading Oklahoma. Easy winner of the week. Probably winner of the season.
Iowa State: Sorry too much Big 12 love. Listen we don't have much time to love this version of the Big 12. Iowa State ended Oklahoma State's undefeated season and looked like the team they were hyped up to be all pre-season long. This team can certainly go on a run to end the season.
Illinois: Winning outright as 24 point underdogs on the road is awesome. Doing it after your coach calls out every single player on the team during the week to the media is even cooler. Great win for Bielema and Illinois.
Cincinnati: You want to make the CFP as a G5 team huh? You have got to do more than beat Navy 27-20. Have to. You need to destroy everyone. Bearcats need a ton of help still but are not doing themselves any favors.
Penn State: I have talked about this already so there will be a fourth loser
Clemson: Officially knocked off of the throne in the ACC. They opened the season at -800 to win the conference. Who knows when Clemson will return to being Clemson again. 4-3 on the year after a double digit loss to Pitt and had to bench DJ Uiagalelei. They are now only favored by 10 against Florida State next weekend. How the mighty have fallen.
Indiana: Dead dog loser program. It is undoubtedly clear last season was a fluke. Now 2-5 after losing 54-7 at home to Ohio State. Really bad look.
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