FBS Bracket Whackers Had a Busy Weekend
For all the grumbling about CFP brackets -- and it's justified -- every weekend, college football seems to do what it can to make the selection of an Anointed Four seem a little easier.
Then again, straight bourbon makes things seem a little easier, too.
Neither is a long-term solution.
Ohio State changed chuckers, and it looks like that did the trick. JT Barrett and their offense looked fluid in a 49-7 win over Rutgers. With Ezekiel Elliott running the ball and Braxton Miller coming into his own as a receiver, the Bukeyes are peaking at the right time.
They'll need to keep this up, with Michigan State and Michigan on the docket in late November.
While many pundits have Baylor in top four, the Bears took a hit when QB Seth Russell suffered a neck injury in their 45-27 demolition of Iowa State.
Yes, that is helmet-to-helmet. But crown-on-crown is more accurate. Not cool.
Baylor has a bye this week, but at long bloody last, their schedule heats up in November with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and TCU waiting in the wings. The Horned Frogs' month looks similar. They've had to rebuild their defense -- or what there was of it -- due to injuries; now, it's Art Briles' turn to show his contingency plan for the Bears' offense.
Two Tigers have been moving up all year, as both Clemson and LSU are in position to make the playoffs.
Clemson may have put the final nail in Al Golden's coffin at Miami with a 58-0 roadkill.
Odds are Golden will have lotsa time to do it, while he's working the phones for another job.
And here's why Clemson is in the ACC drivers' seat:
That's one way to break a five-game losing streak.
Dabo's dudes will host the Seminoles in two weeks. If they lose, the ACC may have no team in the bracket no matter what happens the rest of the season.
With Utah getting pummeled by a recovering USC, the Pac-12 South gets interesting again. Stanford keeps rolling, and believe it or not, the Cardinal game in Pullman at Washington State has the North lead on the line, as Mike Leach has now engineered the second-place Cougars to a 3-1 record with their victory over Arizona.
Only problem is, the same can be said for LSU.
If both hold serve until they meet on Sat 21 Nov in Oxford, college football will continue to make the CFP selectors' life that much easier.