Unless you’re lucky enough to live under a rock, you likely heard about the wild weekend it was for college football. Week 10 was as good as it gets, with surprises and upsets from all directions.
The AP Top 25 poll has already been released after this weekend, ranking Georgia #1, Ohio State #2, Michigan #3, and TCU #4. Below, we review the biggest games from the weekend and Michigan’s odds to make to win the CFP National Championship.
Breaking down this weekend
Georgia vs. Tennessee
Heading into Saturday, No. 1 ranked Tennessee visiting Georgia to take on the No. 2 ranked Bulldogs was the most exciting match-up scheduled for the weekend. However, it was clear by Saturday evening, that several ranked teams had failed to produce.
Georgia showed Tennessee what it feels like to not get a touchdown for three quarters in a crushing 27-13 victory. Georgia’s defense shut the door this weekend, proving themselves deserving of the number one spot tonight when ESPN releases the second CFP rankings of the season. It doesn’t make sense for any other team to take the #1 spot tonight.
Clemson vs. Notre Dame
Notre Dame was unranked going into the match-up on Saturday. After barely pulling off wins against NC State, Florida State, and Syracuse this season, it’s not surprising to hear about the loss the Tigers faced. What was surprising (and embarrassing) was the fact that Clemson was unable to score for three whole quarters. Notre Dame now has a 6-3 record and is ranked 20th in the AP polls. With no ranked teams left to play in their regular season, Clemson’s chance of proving worthy of a spot in the College Football Playoffs is now gone.
Alabama vs. LSU
Alabama was #6 headed into the match-up against LSU Saturday but now sits in the #10 position in the Top 25 AP poll after losing 32-31 in overtime. LSU has risen eight spots on the AP rankings since last week, claiming the #7 spot. Both LSU and Alabama now have a 7-2 record this season. With Alabama sitting in the number 10 spot, it’s likely impossible for the team to make the playoffs this season. The last (and only) time Alabama didn’t make the College Football Playoffs was in 2019.
Ohio State vs. Northwestern
Ohio State also suffered some embarrassment this weekend when they struggled against a 1-8 unranked Northwestern. Ohio State Heisman Trophy candidate C.J. Stroud had his worst game of the season, completing just 10 of 26 passes for 76 yards. Northwestern quarterback Brendan Sullivan outthrew Stroud, completing 10 out of 14 passes for 79 yards. Still, Ohio State managed to hold on to their undefeated season. Northwestern surprised everyone by scoring on their first drive against OSU when quarterback Brendan Sullivan slipped away to run for 20 yards to the endzone. Ohio State finally scored in the second quarter and resorted to the run for most of the game generating two additional touchdowns in the second half to win 21-7.
Michigan vs. Rutgers
Michigan was leading 14-7 against the Scarlet Knights entering the second quarter. The now 4-5 Scarlet Knights added 10 points during the second quarter, taking the lead heading into the second half. Something happened in Michigan’s locker room because the Wolverines came out second half determined to prevent Rutgers from scoring for the remainder of the game. Michigan put up 38 points in the second half, with Rutgers failing to add to their total of 17, ending the game 52-17.
The Michigan Wolverines currently sit 3rd in the AP Week 11 polls.
If the team wants a chance at making the College Football Playoffs, they’ll need to hold off Nebraska and Illinois and take down Ohio State on November 26th. DraftKings sportsbook currently has the Michigan Wolverines at +800 odds to win the CFP Championship.
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