College Football Week 11 Recap
Week 11 in college football was not only one of second chances, but disastrous upsets as 3 of the top 5 College Football Playoff (CFP) teams saw humiliating defeats. Though it’s not unusual for college football to heat up as the final month approaches, no one could have expected what took place on Saturday when No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Michigan, and No. 4 Washington were left stunned as their undefeated seasons slipped away. The huge upsets marked the first time since October 19, 1985, that Nos. 2, 3, and 4 lost on the same day. With such an unprecedented weekend, what teams appear to be in prime shape leading into week 12?
There is no denying that the Crimson Tide are practically unstoppable at this point. The last undefeated team, Alabama is sitting in a comfortable spot leading into the final weeks of the regular season. With the loss Auburn received from Georgia, Alabama pretty much clinched the SEC West and is on the top of the list to take the National Championship for the second year in a row. But before the big game, the Crimson Tide must face off against either Florida or Tennessee for the SEC Championship, which should be easy work given their records.
OHIO STATE (9-1)
Due to the losses over the past weekend, the Buckeyes saw a huge bump in rankings as they went from 6th to No. 2. While this is fantastic for the playoffs, the Buckeyes chances at the Big Ten are very slim. Losing to Penn State threw a wrench into their season, and now they not only have to win their last two games against Michigan State and Michigan, but Penn State would have to lose one of their final two games for Ohio State to take the East. Aside from Penn State losing, finishing the season with 11 and 1 could give Ohio State a seat in the playoffs.
The Wolverines took a hit when they went up against Iowa and managed to squander a 10-point lead. Iowa was able to come back and win with a field goal, causing Michigan to fall from No. 2 to No. 4. While a loss hurts, Michigan can still take the East if they beat Indiana (5-5) and Ohio State. Beating Indiana shouldn’t be much trouble, but an upset by Ohio State could mean the end for Michigan. The Buckeyes have been able to outplay the Wolverines for the past four years. Beating Ohio State is a must if Michigan wants a chance at the playoffs.
The Tigers also saw their first loss of the season at the hands of Pittsburgh when kicker Chris Blewitt made an incredible 48-yard field goal to win the game 43-42. Falling all the way to No. 5, the Tigers can still turn it around since they beat three Top 25 teams this season. Clemson will have to do some fine tuning this week if they want to keep their ACC Championship hopes alive. While Clemson’s defense is strong, their offense must commit and stop having so many red-zone turnovers.
While Washington saw their perfect season squashed by Southern California, the Huskies are still in control of their destiny. Falling to No. 7 may have been a hard pill to swallow due to USC beating them 26-13, but Washington is still projected to win their conference as long as they bounce back and defeat the Sun Devils and the Cougars. While being PAC 12 Champions is great, their playoff chances are bleak due to only beating one team (Utah) in the AP Top 25.
Going into week 12, teams all across the board are sure to be feeling the pressure as a single turnover, missed field goal, or interception could spell disaster for any team hoping to make the playoffs. Will Alabama win the National Championship for the second year in a row, or will their perfect season be wasted? Be sure to tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.
Article by Chris Piner