College Football Week 8 Recap: Florida-South Carolina, Kansas State-West Virginia, Collin Klein Meet Heisman
Kansas State Will Break You
The Wildcats absolutely throttled West Virginia in Morgantown, 55-14. This game was never close. It was an Oregon-esque explosion. It was 31-7 at halftime and 52-7 by the end of the third. Geno Smith was made mortal for the second week in a row, but this time he threw his first interceptions of the season.
Kansas State has now demolished West Virginia at the Mountaineers’ home and has beaten Oklahoma on the road. They have one of the more impressive resumes and should go undefeated. West Virginia successfully showed they have never worked on tackling and went from America’s darlings to a punch line.
Collin Klein in Heisman Driver’s Seat
Klein had a field day against the Mountaineers. He threw a Geno Smith-caliber 19/21 for 323 yards and 3 touchdowns. He rushed for 41 yards and 4 touchdowns also. That’s right, he accounted for 7 total touchdowns against West Virginia. He outgained West Virginia by himself in terms of yards and points.
On the season he has a 70.5% completion rate for 1397 yards and 10 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions. He’s also rushed for 14 touchdowns on top of that. He is an unstoppable force and the clear frontrunner for the Heisman.
Florida Continues Its Resurgence
The Gators manhandled the South Carolina Gamecocks. Sure, the Cocks might have been missing their best player in Marcus Lattimore with Lattimore not being 100%. However, the Gators were still incredibly impressive, winning 44-11. It was like in MMA when one fighter has the other one held down and calmly picks spots to punch, connecting often, and slowly wearing the guy down.
Florida only had 183 yards of offense. The Gamecocks continually surrendered great field position from turnovers and special teams. The Gators had 3 drives that started inside South Carolina’s 11-yard line.
Florida needs to beat Georgia to get the SEC-East spot in the SEC championship game, most likely against Alabama. If they win out then they are in the national championship.
Texas Tech and Notre Dame Pull Off Close Ones
A tale of two games, Notre Dame won with solid defense, while Texas Tech won when there was no defense to be found.
Notre Dame pulled off a really close win over BYU. At home the Golden Domers squeaked by a 17-14 win over a challenging Cougar team. This is one of those games where Notre Dame was probably just happy to get out with a win, no need to worry about not getting style points.
Texas Tech on the other hand won in triple overtime over TCU with a final score of 53-50. It was a back-and-forth that last for the whole game. TTU had a very un-Tommy Tuberville game with only 71 rushing yards. They did benefit from 3 turnovers though, which helps in close game.
Duke Blue Devils are Bowl Eligible and Lead ACC Coastal
This was too big to just put in a notes column. The Blue Devils are going bowling for the first time since the 1994 season.
They also lead the coastal division in the ACC. Way to go ACC, you’re awesome.
Michigan Beats Michigan State… Finally
The Michigan seniors finally got a win over Michigan State. In the most surprising statistic, if Denard Robinson doesn’t make horrific decisions his team tends to do much better. Michigan is most likely the favorite to win the Big-10 and go on to play in the Rose Bowl.
Michigan also now becomes the first FBS school to win 900 games.
Player of the Week
Seth Doege who went 30/42 passing and had 318 yards and 7 touchdowns in Texas Tech’s win over TCU.
Highlights of the Week