This week saw the Hokies rebound from their loss to Old Dominion, Florida State catch a break late to squeak out a win against Louisville, and Purdue keep Scott Frost winless at Nebraska. But that is just the beginning.
Three Games That Mattered
South Carolina 10 - Kentucky 24
Kentucky has now beaten Florida, Mississippi State, and now South Carolina. They find themselves 5-0. There’s been a lot of well deserved press for Benny Snell but two other Wildcats found the end zone as well. The Kentucky defense held Carolina to 10 points and the Wildcats held onto the ball for 9:30 more than the Gamecocks. That’s a team effort. This team look like much more than a one man show. With the remaining schedule, very little imagination is needed to see Kentucky picking up 10 or 11 wins. There could be a New Year’s Day bowl in this scenario, if not something even more impressive.
7 Stanford 17 - 8 Notre Dame 38
The Fighting Irish (5-0) remained undefeated as QB Ian Book went 24/33 for 278 yds and 4 TDs. Stanford RB Bryce Love had 17 carries for 73 yds and 1 TD but suffered an apparent ankle injury and missed the last 11 minutes of the game. The strong night by the Irish gives them their second win against a ranked opponent this season. The Irish are sure to move up in the polls and will be in the playoff conversation if they continue to win with an impressive schedule.
5 Ohio State 27 - 8 Penn State 26
The Buckeyes overcame a 12 point 4th quarter deficit to snatch another victory from Penn State. The largest crowd in Beaver Stadium history watched as Ohio State scored twice in the last eight minutes Buckeyes QB Trace McSorley passed for 286 yds and rushed for another 175. Ohio State makes another step in the direction of the playoff while Penn State will now need outside help to get back in the picture.