Saturday gave us seven games between ranked teams, making this arguably the best slate all season.
But how much fun was Week 10? Are we talking fun like kids going to Disney World for the first time fun? Or fun as in parents taking their kids to Disney World for the first time?
There was joy and misery for top teams — delight for Oklahoma, disaster for Ohio State and Penn State. Strange things seemed to happen in unexpected places. (Have you ever seen a quarterback ejected for targeting?) We even had our first Lane Kiffin controversy in quite some time.
Who scored highest and lowest on the fun-o-meter Week 10? Let’s start with the good stuff.
Les Miles palm-clapping fun
You know SEC commissioner Greg Sankey is exhaling a big sigh of relief right now. In what has been a very mediocre year for SEC football, he has the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country — lipstick on the SEC’s pig.
College Football Playoff picks after Week 10
The top five teams in the College Football Playoff rankings all won, so there’s not much movement in this week’s predictions. But there’s still some disagreement on who belongs after Alabama, Georgia and Notre Dame.
There’s even a competent opponent for Alabama in the SEC title game with the emergence of Georgia. (Sorry, Auburn and Mississippi State, you aren’t catching Bama this year.) Not since the Bulldogs literally came within five yards of knocking off the Crimson Tide and playing for a national championship in 2012 has Alabama had any sort of competition in Atlanta.
Finally, the East isn’t sending a sacrificial lamb to Atlanta! This is a welcome change for the SEC and Sankey, who isn’t in charge of the best football conference this year, but might get two teams in the College Football Playoff.
Bart Simpson at the chalkboard fun
If you aren’t following Lane Kiffin on Twitter, then rethink your priorities. As he’s been guiding Florida Atlantic (5-0 in Conference USA and bowl eligible), he’s also been troll, troll, trolling his boat all over Twitter. He took on his old boss Nick Saban over his “rat poison” comments.
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) November 2, 2017
On Friday, Kiffin poked Saban again, this time including Las Vegas. During the Owls’ win over Marshall, while leading 30-23 with less than 10 seconds remaining, Kiffin made the right call by having his punter run into the end zone for a safety. It was brought to his attention that by winning 30-25, Florida Atlantic did not cover the point spread.
Naturally, Kiffin responded.
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) November 4, 2017
Power 5 athletic directors: One of you must hire him after this season.
Sad Urban Meyer eating pizza fun
You had one job, Ohio State and Penn State. Yet, here we are, waving good-bye to the Big Ten’s playoff hopes before Thanksgiving.
Penn State endured a lengthy weather delay in East Lansing, before losing 27-24 to Michigan State and Ohio State was blown out by Iowa, 55-24. A week ago, Ohio State was back in the playoff race and Earth was back on its axis. Now, Iowa appears to have a high-octane, Pac-12-style offense.
The Big Ten’s playoff hopes now rest with No. 9 Wisconsin, which is undefeated but registers about a three in the schedule respect column.
Congratulations Iowa, you sabotaged your own conference!
Gotta laugh to keep from crying fun
Florida took the first step in pulling the plug on an already lost season when the school and Jim McElwain mutually decided to part ways, but unfortunately for everyone involved, the Gators still have a season to finish. Florida lost to Missouri 45-16 and is now 3-5 with four straight losses (all without scoring 20 points). The Gators absolutely rolled over and made a Mizzou team with zero SEC wins look like Alabama, so linebacker David Reese called his team out for quitting.
“It’s sometimes disappointing when everybody doesn’t want to come together and just play for each other,” Reese said. “That’s sad to see. We’ve still got a lot to play for. Me personally and our defense, we want to play for those guys. We can’t have appearances like we just had today. That’s unacceptable.”
Tennessee beat Southern Miss 24-10, but was up 10-3 at halftime and had to burn quarterback Will McBride‘s redshirt in the process. He went 1 of 8 passing.
Butch Jones’ seat in Knoxville has disintegrated from the heat, but I’m sure the Vols will be champions of something after a win that keeps them alive for the postseason.
Vols fans should be thrilled.
Don’t hit send fun Arkansas football
Look, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema needed a win over Coastal Carolina, but it isn’t a good look when you have to come back and beat a member of Ryan McGee’s esteemed Bottom 10 at home. The Razorbacks survived 39-38, but should have lost. That’s why, when Arkansas sent out a tweet confirming that the Razorbacks did in fact survive utter disaster, naturally, Arkansas fans took offense to the school publicizing such an ugly win.
We actually suggest you read the comments.
Got the W.
— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) November 4, 2017
What can’t Baker Mayfield do? He overcame two interceptions to throw for a school-record 598 yards and had six total touchdowns in No. 5 Oklahoma’s wild 62-52 win over No. 11 Oklahoma State.
This is how Webster’s dictionary defines “bedlam”: “a place, scene, or state of uproar and confusion.” That’s exactly what it was in Stillwater.
The Sooners and Cowboys combined for 114 points and hit the over/under (76) at halftime. There were 1,446 yards, 62 first downs and five turnovers in this game.
These teams combined for 52 points and 540 yards in the second quarter alone, while Mayfield threw for a school-record 387 yards in the first half. His receiver, Marquise Brown, caught nine passes for a school-record 265 yards, and he had touchdowns of 84 and 77 yards.
“It was like a 15-rounder,” OU coach Lincoln Riley said. “It was a heavyweight battle. Both teams laid it all on the line.”
Fifteen-rounder? This was a hurricane locked in a coat closet.
The crotchety, get-off-my-lawn college football enthusiast probably hated this game, but if you didn’t have fun watching these two teams carve up opposing air all day, then I’m sure your 56K modem can dial up the Alabama-LSU BCS title game from the 2011 season.
Barney Stinson high-fiving fun
People laughed at Jimbo Fisher when he said that the ACC was the nation’s best conference, but it’s not as crazy as it sounded at the time.
The ACC joined the Pac-12 as the only conferences to have two games in which both teams were ranked on Saturday. No. 4 Clemson slipped by No. 20 NC State 38-31 and No. 10 Miami topped No. 13 Virginia Tech 28-10. By the time Tuesday’s playoff rankings come out, the ACC should join the SEC and Big 12 with two teams in the top 10.
And you thought this conference was doomed after Florida State turned into a soup sandwich.
Good job, good effort fun
It’s not every day that a quarterback is ejected for targeting. They’re usually the ones getting peeled off the turf from such hits. Not at Northern Arizona.
No, they teach their QBs to hit.
We call that a good block where we are from… 😑 pic.twitter.com/KtdNHQ2jka
— NAU Football (@NAU_Football) November 4, 2017
The best part, however, was Case Cookus‘ reaction to his ejection.