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National Review: LSU Makes It Interesting

LSU turned the SEC-West into more of a question mark while the Big-10 kept its playoff hopes alive.

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Mississippi State Squeaks Past Kentucky

While Dak Prescott is getting all the Heisman attention running back Josh Robinson is quietly one of the best players in the country.  He had 23 carries that went for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns with a long of 73 yards.  Robinson broke six tackles in one play, which turned out to be one of the more impressive 12-yard rushes I've ever seen.

Kentucky threw for 401 yards against the Mississippi State defense showing a possible vulnerability moving forward.  Also interesting was how the Kentucky defensive coordinator was trying to put pressure on the Bulldog offensive line who he felt wasn't up to par.

The Bulldogs got a good scare from a young team on the rise but they should hold on to their top ranking.

LSU Tops Ole Miss in Upset

This game was a good, old-fashioned slug fest.  It reminded me of the heavyweight fights where the two huge guys just lean against each other throwing calculated power punches while trying to cover up as much as possible resulting in absolutely no significant damage being made.

LSU committed four turnovers, which should have given Ole Miss enough chances to pull away but they never did.  The Rebels were scoreless the last 45 minutes of the game.  Dr. Bo became the player we've seen the last few years.  He went a pedestrian 14/33 for 176 yards, a touchdown, and maybe one of the worst decisions of the year when he threw a pick with almost no time left, passing up the chance for a safe field goal that would send the game to overtime.

LSU is a contender moving forward with one of the best offensive lines in the country.  Leonard Fournette looked like the running back that we thought he would be when we all heard the hype out of preseason camp.  He had 23 carries for 113 yards but he ran really hard against one of the hardest hitting defenses in the country.

Auburn Survives Scare from South Carolina

South Carolina has been struggling.  That isn't a secret.  But Spurrier almost pulled this win out for the Gamecocks.  The ‘Cocks tied the game two minutes before the third quarter after trading touchdowns most of the game.  Nick Marshall ran for a touchdown with 11:22 left in the game for what would turn out to be the game-winning touchdown.

Nick Marshall recorded an astounding 99 QBR.  He threw 12/14 for 139 yards and a touchdown.  South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson threw three interceptions and those proved to be drastic mistakes in hindsight with the score being so close.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn began wearing a visor because of Steve Spurrier and now the student may have surpassed the master.

Michigan State Throttles Michigan

Brady Hoke is in his last year at Michigan.  If he's the head coach next year Michigan is saying that they don't care about football anymore.  You can't have a head coach who loses 35-11 to "little brother."

Michigan was held to 13 first downs and went 5/14 on third down.  Michigan State outgained the Wolverines 446-186 and limited the Wolverine rushing attack to 65 yards and 2.3 yards per carry.

Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio said that running up the score was in response to the Michigan players stabbing the ground before the game with a spike, which is a terrible idea for Michigan considering how bad they are.

Ohio State Needs Overtime to Beat Penn State

The collision course between Michigan State and Ohio State was almost ruined by Penn State.  The Nittany Lions forced double overtime before blowing it.

In true Big-10 fashion the winning Ohio State squad passed for only 74 yards and held Penn State to 240 total yards.

Penn State's offensive line is still struggling to protect Christian Hackenberg whose inexperience showed in a couple situations where he took bad sacks.

Michigan State and Ohio State are really the only two teams from the Big-10 that have a shot at making the playoffs and a near loss to Penn State won't help the Buckeyes in a tie-breaking conversation.

West Virginia Wins and Sets Up Clash Against TCU

TCU set multiple Big-12 offensive records with their 82-20 win over Texas Tech that had the Horned Frogs producing 785 yards of offense.  The offense and defense at TCU are so good that they, in my opinion, will represent the Big-12 in the playoffs.

West Virginia used a strong 4th quarter to put the game away against Oklahoma State.  The Mountaineers scored 20 unanswered points in the second half.  Maybe surprisingly, 210 of the 448 total yards came on the ground.

West Virginia takes on TCU next week in Morgantown.  Best protect your couches.

Playoff Prediction

Mississippi State v. Auburn

Florida State v. Oregon