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National Review: Ole Miss Out

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The playoff picture becomes clearer this week after the Auburn-Ole Miss game.

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Florida State Wins Close Against Louisville

Jameis Winston left a lot to be desired in this game.  He threw 25/48 for 401 yards and 3 touchdowns but also threw three huge interceptions.  Louisville was up 21-0 but you could feel the the tide turn once Florida State recovered a fumble for a touchdown at the end of the first half.

Explosion plays are the reason for the Seminoles comeback.  There wasn't a scoring play of less than 35 yards.  In contrast, Louisville needed to use long, sustained drives in order to punch it in from the red zone.

Florida State has shown that it will make mistakes but no one has been able to capitalize enough on the mistakes for them to matter too much.  Louisville had a strong defense and a solid rushing attack, which are two traits, really the only two traits, that Florida also possesses.  After Florida's win over Georgia, the UF-FSU matchup just got a whole lot more interesting.

Auburn Eliminates Ole Miss

Auburn needed some major luck late with a fumble recovery in order to top Ole Miss making the Tigers one of the luckiest teams in the last two years.

There were a total of 999 yards amassed by both of these teams.  Auburn rushed for 253 yards and Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 143 yards.  The rushing attack Nick Marshall to be an effective passer who went 15/22 for 254 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 touchdown.

Ole Miss' defense, one of the strongest in the country, was humbled in this game and now the Rebels have to move on without Laquon Treadwell.  Unless there is more chaos than anyone is expecting the Rebels are most likely out of the playoffs.

Mississippi State Hangs On

Mississippi State and Arkansas totaled 860 yards of offense but only scored 27-points between the two.  The Bulldogs did their best to make sure that Arkansas got plenty of chances by turning over the ball three times, two of which were picks thrown by Dak Prescott.

Josh Robinson was limited to 3.4 yards per carry so it was up to Dak Prescott and his 331 yards through the air.  The biggest receiver?  Josh Robinson.  If he had some more hype before the season he probably would have enough momentum to be at the top of the Heisman discussion.  He had 6 receptions for 110 yards.

You can argue that a now 4-5 team almost beating the #1 team shows a weakness, or you can argue that a team whose only losses were top-10 teams and are just seriously unlucky this year (Auburn is hogging it all) and was a good challenge and quality win for the Bulldogs.

Let me know your opinions in the comments.

TCU Comes Back Against West Virginia

The Horned Frogs were down for virtually the entire game and it looked like West Virginia would comfortably win at many times during the game.  A last-minute field goal lifted TCU to a win in a game where they led for only 156 seconds.

The Mountaineers held leads of 13-0, 27-14, and were up 30-21 headed into the fourth quarter.  Clint Trickett tossed two interceptions and Kevin While was held to only 3 receptions and 28 yards.  West Virginia had the lead with less than stellar performances by capitalizing on turnovers.  TCU eventually won the game because they forced 5 turnovers and held West Virginia to field goals instead of touchdowns.

TCU is still one of the best teams in the country, should probably have a playoff spot if they win out, and be a continuing storyline this week when they visit Kansas State, the last ranked team on their schedule.

Playoff Prediction

Mississippi State v. Oregon

Auburn v. Florida State