Georgia, Oregon glance for second chance first and foremost playoff impression


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  • David M. HaleESPN Workers Author

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    • ACC reporter.
    • Joined ESPN in 2012.
    • Graduate of the College of Delaware.

College football had a birthday celebration in Week 10, and now no longer regarded as one of the wintry teenagers showed up. No Alabama or LSU, no Ohio Relate or Penn Relate, no Oklahoma or even Minnesota. OK, so Clemson swung by, said hiya, raided the fridge and dropped 59 on Wofford, nonetheless that hardly counts.

As a substitute, Saturday modified into once for the second tier of playoff candidates — now no longer the favorites nonetheless the groups ready within the wings for any individual else to screw up. It modified into once esteem the deleted scenes from a season of “The Bachelor”: no roses nonetheless ample melodrama that you simply cannot serve nonetheless watch.

Originate in Jacksonville, Florida, the put the one-loss Gators and one-loss Bulldogs faced off in what amounted to a playoff elimination sport. The Bulldogs’ defense sure regarded ready for a gradual push for an SEC title, thoroughly suffocating Florida’s floor sport to the tune of 19 total yards in a 24-17 recall. There modified into once plenty to esteem about Georgia’s performance. The Dawgs were dominant on third down.Jake Frommhad a solid sport, ending 20 of 30 for 279 yards and two rankings.Lawrence Cagercontinues to be regarded as one of the discontinuance non-QB transfers of the 2019 season. Yet it serene felt comparatively flat.

Nearly from the outset, Georgia gave the impression on the verge of breaking the game vast-birth nonetheless by no procedure reasonably did. The offense by no procedure went three-and-out, nonetheless it settled for kicks on three of 5 crimson zone drives.D’Andre Swifthad a nifty 30-yard jog, nonetheless his varied 24 carries amounted to 56 yards. Coming off a pair of lackluster offensive performances — albeit one in utilizing rain — the 24 facets in opposition to Florida did no longer precisely erase concerns in regards to the Bulldogs’ ability to transfer the ball in opposition to appropriate groups. Against Vitality 5 opponents, no latest playoff contender is scoring decrease than Georgia (26.3 per sport). The defense is suitable ample to employ Fromm & Co. in each sport, nonetheless because the South Carolina loss three weeks ago showed, the offense has to carry out its job, too.

Out west, the Pac-12’s playoff hopes had been on lifestyles toughen nearly all season, nonetheless Utah managed to toe the motorway appropriate comparatively longer, escaping an upset are trying by Washington 33-28 on the energy of a sport-altering score-six byJaylon Johnsonwithin the third quarter. The Utes — alongside with Georgia and Oklahoma — have losses that may perchance also now no longer be with out anguish shrugged off by the playoff committee, and esteem Clemson, they’re going to also simply serene now no longer have a single recall that affords a clear train that there is one thing particular simmering beneath the outside. However they’re alive, and ensuing from USC’s loss to Oregon, the Utes employ watch over their destiny within the Pac-12 South.

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Oregon rankings on offense, defense and particular groups, including three Justin Herbert landing passes to Juwan Johnson.

As with Georgia, Oregon’s defense modified into once terrific Saturday, clearly attempting ready for a jog to the playoff. The Ducks nabbed four takeaways and thoroughly tormentedKedon Slovis, trouncing USC 56-24. That looks to be esteem a web a playoff crew would set up, nonetheless there were some cracks in Oregon’s stellar facade. Oregon modified into once flagged 12 events for 157 yards and did no longer jog the ball effectively, and the offense modified into once assert-or-bust. Auburn’s lackluster affair in opposition to Ole Shuffle over on Saturday did no longer precisely set a shine on the Ducks’ résumé either. None of that issues powerful in contrast to a blowout recall of that magnitude, nonetheless when there is a “1” within the loss column, the committee’s going to be attempting closely on the diminutive issues.

Then there is SMU. The Mustangs doubtlessly weren’t legit playoff contenders anyway. The committee may perchance give lip provider to adding a Community of Five crew, nonetheless it wasn’t going to happen. Smooth, the glimmer of hope modified into once formally extinguished whenBrady Whiteand Memphis proved to be too powerful. Or now no longer it’s miles a disgrace. We can handiest imagine the form of parade they’d throw for a claimed — nonetheless some distance from first price — nationwide title in Texas. It can presumably’ve set UCF to disgrace.

When the mud settled, Georgia, Utah and Oregon survived and evolved. If the Bulldogs recall the SEC, they are going to almost indubitably nab a playoff berth. If Oregon or Utah wins out, either may perchance presumably have a case — perchance a stable one. However whereas all three used Week 10’s highlight to remind the committee that they are serene alive and kicking, all of them showed a pair of signs of why they’ve been relegated to the playoff serve burner, too.

Can we web a carry out-over?

Or now no longer it’s time to position your clocks serve an hour, nonetheless a assortment of colleges that made astronomical-name coaching hires before the 2018 season desire they may perchance presumably turn the clock serve two beefy years.

Willie Taggart looks to be to be on his system out at Florida Relate after a infamous performance in opposition to rival Miami. The Noles have really relegated their QBs to the role of Sykowski in “Office Relate” — “I ship the ball toCam Akers!” “… then I gotta question, why don’t we appropriate stammer snap to Cam Akers?” — yet Saturday modified into once terrible for the offense, with Miami racking up 9 sacks and 16 tackles for loss. FSU wants to recall two of its closing three — at BC, Alabama Relate, at Florida — to qualify for a bowl.

Scott Frost modified into once purported to sooner or later ship Nebraska serve to relevance, nonetheless as an alternative, the Cornhuskers had been horrific this season. The preseason expectations were high, nonetheless Saturday’s closing-pressure loss to woeful Purdue marked a brand unique low point. A pitcher-half of-beefy fan may perchance employ out hope ensuing from seven one-possession losses for the reason that birth of closing season, nonetheless the dearth of progress affords some distance more reason to deem that Nebraska remains a lengthy system off from its glory days.

At Arizona, Kevin Sumlin modified into once purported to ship the high-powered offense that turned into Johnny Manziel right into a Heisman winner to the barren position, the putKhalil Tateawaited. That hasn’t gone effectively, and Saturday’s blowout home loss to Oregon Relate modified into once amongst the most embarrassing defeats for the Wildcats in years.

Chad Morris looks to be equally overmatched at Arkansas. The Razorbacks had arguably their most efficient chance for an SEC recall on Saturday, web web hosting Mississippi Relate. As a substitute, it modified into once one more blowout, 54-24, asKylin Hillran for 234 yards. Arkansas has lost 22 of its past 23 in convention play, including an 0-14 mark under Morris.

Jeremy Pruitt, Joe Moorhead and Chip Kelly have all persevered their fragment of criticism, and even Jimbo Fisher’s Texas A&M crew hasn’t managed to recall its ultimate games.

In the meantime, a pair of of the names that flew beneath the radar in that very same hiring cycle have made vast strides.

Jonathan Smithhas Oregon Relate attempting appropriate, and the Beavers’ 4-4 document this season accounts for one more recall than they’d the outdated two seasons combined. Billy Napier has Louisiana at 6-2 with regarded as a few of the explosive offenses within the Community of Five. Sean Lewis has Kent Relate 2-2 in MAC play. The Golden Flashes have not obtained three convention games since 2013.

Then there is SMU’s Sonny Dykes and Oregon’s Mario Cristobal. Dykes took an L on Saturday, nonetheless he has SMU in a put it hasn’t been for the reason that mid-1980s. In the meantime, Taggart’s replacement has Oregon hopping on the recruiting path and serene within the mix for a playoff berth.

The lesson: The evident replacement for a coaching rent is never always genuinely always the final notice one.

Now not reasonably Heisman Five

If you happen to are within the mix to recall the Heisman in 2019, you earned yourself a Saturday off in Week 10. And not utilizing a knowledge onJoe BurroworTrip Younger, let’s buy a search at 5 guys who don’t appear to be going to web an invite to Unique York Metropolis nonetheless are nonetheless doing some spectacular issues this season.

1.Sam Howell, UNC

His crew is under .500 after one more one-possession loss (UNC’s fifth!) to Virginia, nonetheless there are nothing nonetheless appropriate issues to inform in regards to the freshman QB. Howell carried out 15-of-29 for 353 yards and 4 touchdowns in opposition to the Cavaliers, his fourth 300-yard sport of the season. His 26 landing passes lead the ACC, and he’s regarded as one of two QBs in college football with as a minimal 2,400 passing yards, 25 TDs and no bigger than 5 picks. The assorted? Heisman favoriteJoe Burrow.

2.Jamie Newman, Wake Woodland

After missing closing week’s sport in opposition to FSU ensuing from an damage, Newman returned to work Saturday in opposition to NC Relate, posting 317 yards and 5 touchdowns. For the season, Newman is ending better than 67% of his throws, with 25 total TDs and 5 picks.

3.Isaiah Hodgins, Oregon Relate

Hodgins had his fourth sport of the season with as a minimal seven catches and 120 yards. With Oklahoma Relate huge nameTylan Wallacecarried out for the season, Hodgins is in appropriate put to carry out the season leading all Vitality 5 receivers in yards (895, third) and touchdowns (12, first).

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Jake Luton’s third landing traipse of the game goes to Isaiah Hodgins for the 25-yard Oregon Relate web.

4.Dillon Gabriel, UCF

The Knights can also simply now no longer be claiming a nationwide title this season after shedding two games, nonetheless they give the impression of being to have found a huge name at QB. Though a assortment of freshman have gotten a selection of hype — Howell,Bo Nix,Hank Bachmeier— Gabriel has been as appropriate or better than any of them. In a recall over Houston on Saturday, Gabriel carried out 70% of his throws for 298 yards and three TDs, and his season numbers stand at 23 touchdowns, 5 picks and nearly 10 yards per traipse.

5.Jalar Holley, Miami

This one is never always genuinely in regards to the stats. Or now no longer it’s in regards to the originate. There are no better moves in college football than Holley’s sideline dance routines, and he supplied a pleasant Halloween twist Saturday for the length of a dominant recall over Florida Relate.

He’s serve at it, this time with the Thriller dance ����pic.twitter.com/wa18WWi4G4

– ESPN (@espn)November 2, 2019

Enormous bets and pass beats

• Skill serve on Oct. 5, Navy and Air Force delivered a rarity: a sport between the provider academies that with out anguish went over the total (the amount modified into once 46.5, and Navy obtained 34-25). That, basically based on ESPN Stats & Info, marked the second time within the past 18 games between the academies that they hit the over. So what took put when Air Force and Navy went at it Saturday? Support to actuality: A 17-13 Air Force recall that did no longer come within two TDs of the amount.

• How astronomical modified into onceIan Ebook‘s gradual run to defeat Virginia Tech? Gorgeous astronomical whereas you happen to were crazy ample to bet the Hokies’ money line. Ebook’s web erased a six-point Virginia Tech lead with decrease than a minute to play. The Hokies were 17.5-point underdogs and would’ve paid out at +600, the final notice upset by point unfold for Tech in as a minimal 40 years. Alas, it wasn’t supposed to be.

• Coastal Carolina scored on aCJ Marablejog with 30 seconds to play to pull within one in opposition to Troy. The Trojans were appreciated within the game by three, with a chance to quilt — or as a minimal web the push — in time past regulation. The final notice reveal? Coastal rolled the dice on a 2-point are trying … and it worked. The Chanticleers obtained 36-35, overlaying by three.

• UTSA’s offense scored on its second pressure of the game at Texas A&M (-37.5), then went into hibernation, with its next eight drives including seven punts and one turnover on downs after failing on a fourth-and-1 are trying. When the Aggies pushed their consequence in 45-7 midway thru the fourth quarter, A&M backers may perchance presumably’ve felt rather gratified with a quilt. Sadly, Jimbo Fisher wished to web his backup QB some work, and Zack Calzada wasn’t as a lot as the duty. His second-down throw with 5 minutes to play modified into once picked off byDadrian Taylorand returned 58 yards for a landing. Final web: 45-14 and a 6.5-point quilt for the Roadrunners.

• TCU trailed by 10 with decrease than a minute to play and faced a fourth down. Shuffle for it? Nah. Some of us had the over, and TCU wished to oblige.Jonathan Tunebooted a 40-yard self-discipline goal to position the web at 34-27, eclipsing the Vegas total by a half of-point.

Can he web to NYC?

The Heisman favorites have largely remain unchanged this season, and with the exception of some occasional indulge in forJonathan TaylororTrip Younger, it has been an all-QB affair. However if any individual’s going to spoil up the QB monopoly, it could most likely possibly also simply serene be Oklahoma Relate’sChuba Hubbard, whose numbers are downright scrutinize-popping.

Hubbard posted his fourth 200-yard sport of the season on Saturday, running for 223 on 20 carries in a 34-27 recall over TCU. His 92-yard TD jog modified into once the longest allowed by TCU since 2007, and he adopted that with a 62-yarder. He leads FBS in rushing by bigger than 300 yards over the following closest competitor. His 1,604 rushing yards are the most thru 9 games since Tulane’s Matt Specialty in 2007, basically based on ESPN Stats & Info.

Of route, Specialty did no longer sniff a Heisman invite that season, either.

Cause No. 643 that the ACC is unpredictable

Miami toppled Florida Relate on Saturday, and Pitt survived one more shut one in opposition to Georgia Tech. For the season, that moves the Canes to 5-4 and Pitt to 6-3.

How shut have issues been within the ACC this season? These 5-4 Canes are precisely 21 facets from being 9-0. These 6-3 Panthers are precisely 34 facets from being 0-9.

Third-and-Grantham

Georgia converted 12 of 18 third-down tries in its recall over Florida, a high-water mark for the Bulldogs in opposition to a ranked opponent since their Belk Bowl recall over Louisville in 2014, basically based on ESPN Stats & Info.

The defensive coordinator in each games? That’d be Todd Grantham, who coached at Georgia from 2010 thru 2013.

Going the lengthy system

Notre Dame followers were indubitably frustrated after the Irish went 17 performs — plus four Virginia Tech penalties — handiest to resolve for a 35-yard self-discipline goal are trying within the fourth quarter. Then the kick overlooked. It modified into once appropriate the fifth pressure this season of as a minimal 17 performs by a Vitality 5 crew that did no longer consequence in facets.

The Irish made up for it within the discontinuance, alternatively. Ebook’s TD capped an 18-play pressure, which, basically based on ESPN Stats & Info, marked the longest scoring pressure by Notre Dame since 2005 vs. Pitt.

Below-the-radar play of the week

We all indulge in astronomical-guy TDs, nonetheless it be rate remembering that astronomical guys don’t always must always web for a play to be elite, and there are degrees of astronomical guys — astronomical, very astronomical and, indubitably,Darrion Danielsastronomical.

The Nebraska defensive kind out found a ball in his hands after an ill-informed Purdue shovel traipse, and he rumbled 18 yards before being tackled by Boilermakers tailbackZander Horvath, who modified into once at a 100-pound disadvantage. Who made the more spectacular play? Maybe Horvath, nonetheless he will get deducted facets for ruining what can also simply serene’ve been the jiggliest landing of the season.

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– Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog)November 2, 2019

Below-the-radar sport of the week

Although the astronomical guys in FBS all took the week off, one more Division I undefeated supplied some severe drama. Dartmouth moved to 7-0 in divine style, with regarded as a few of the ridiculous Hail Mary performs of unique years. Situation apart the ugliness of Harvard’s 6-3 lead heading into the game’s closing play. The closing-gasp run-and-throw from QBDerek Kylerbounced off the hands of two Harvard defenders and positioned a home within the hands of Dartmouth’sMasaki Aertsfor the recall.

Dartmouth beat Harvard on a wild Hail Mary ��pic.twitter.com/FATykfMdlV

– ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB)November 2, 2019

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