Well, football fans, this is a week we’ve waited for for a while, and it didn’t disappoint. Thursday night, 5th ranked TCU dropped 48 on the Texas Longhorns. The Horned Frogs are averaging 46 points a game, and are really making a stronger and stronger case to be in the top four.
Friday afternoon saw a whopper of an upset, as unranked Stanford clobbered the 8th-ranked UCLA Bruins in their own stadium, 31-10. In a game that featured an enormous pregame scuffle, Western Kentucky ended Marshall’s undefeated run in a 67-66 overtime thriller! No. 17 Missouri won its second straight SEC East title with a 21-14 win over Arkansas. And with the path cleared by UCLA’s loss, the Arizona-Arizona State game was for the Pac 12 South title and went down to the wire! Arizona took it on a late fourth-down stop, 42-35, and will play Oregon next week for the Pac 12 championship. Oh yeah, they’re already the only team to have beaten the Ducks this season!
No. 3 Florida State cut it close yet again, outlasting Florida 24-19. Mississippi beat 4th ranked Mississippi State 31-17, clearing the way for TCU’s playoff push, and no. 6 Ohio State beat Michigan 42-28 but lost quarterback J.T. Barrett to a season ending broken leg. No. 16 Georgia Tech beat no. 9 Georgia in a crazy overtime battle, and no. 14 Wisconsin sent themselves to the Big Ten title game by beating no. 18 Minnesota 34-24. And no. 7 Baylor won a wild one over Texas Tech, outlasting them to the tune of 48-46! Elsewhere in the top tier, no. 2 Oregon pounded Oregon State 47-19. This season, Ducks QB Marcus Mariota now has 47 touchdowns (15 rushing) and two picks. Yes, really…
But it wouldn’t be Rivalry Week without the annual Iron Bowl, and it didn’t disappoint! Top-ranked Alabama overcame three interceptions to take a second half lead over 15th ranked Auburn, in the highest scoring game in Iron Bowl history. The Tide pulled away at the end to win a whopping 55-44!
With the calendar ticking away, the first ever NCAA football playoff is just around the corner. Which four will make the cut? Has Mariota locked down the Heisman? Tweet us @BracketHead using the hashtag #FanCrazy and sound off with your predictions. You can also send us fan photos, make bold predictions, and post photos to our Facebook wall. And don’t forget to check in and follow us for a chance to win fun prizes!
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