This week lived up to the drama as far as creating separation and narrowing down the playoff contenders. Both teams we put on Upset Alert survived another week.
3 Games That Mattered
Georgia @ Kentucky
The fancy commentators are calling this “Statement Saturday.” That’s a good description of this game. Georgia needed to make a statement. The Dawgs used a stingy defense to take Benny Snell’s influence out of the game early on. On offense Georgia moved the ball, especially with the running game. It would be tempting to try to say The real Kentucky showed up. In reality, Georgia just outplayed Kentucky. Georgia punches their ticket to Atlanta and Kentucky shifts their focus to trying to land a quality bowl game.
Alabama @ LSU
The Tigers accomplished what so many others failed at, they pushed Saban to playing Tua in the 4th. But Bama was too much and rolled to a 29-0 victory. This sealed the West for Alabama who will face Georgia in Atlanta for the SEC Championship.
Notre Dame @ Northwestern
The Irish pulled out a win in Evanston and should maintain their spot in the Top 4. Notre Dame continues to do the things they have to. On Saturday that meant surviving a late rally and outlasting two 4th quarter TDs by Northwestern. Look for the Irish to either maintain or improve their ranking after that LSU loss.