Sun, Oct 22, 2017

College Football

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  1. Unlike what we’ve seen in recent weeks, college football Week 8 wasn’t loaded with upsets, shocking losses or many huge surprises. There were some serious statements made, however, by teams looking to gain a foothold in the soon to come College Football Playoff rankings at the beginning of November.The two biggest games of the weekend were rather lopsided affairs. Both USC and Michigan were chewed up and spit out by their respective opponents. Meanwhile, the likes of Alabama and TCU made easy work of the poor teams they were matched up against.We did get to see some top teams pushed to the limit. Texas nearly toppled Oklahoma State, and Syracuse came awfully close to pulling off its second straight upset on the road against Miami.We’ll discuss these games and more looking at the biggest storylines from college football Week 8.Fighting Irish return to relevance with blowout win over USCHeading into this classic rivalry game, we predicted Notre Dame would have a big edge in the game against USC and wrote, “we w
  2. Penn State fans have their eyes set on a showdown with No. 1 ranked Alabama.On Saturday, Penn State got a bit of revenge for last year’s 49-10 defeat to Michigan by blowing out the Wolverines 42-13 in front of a “white out” in Happy Valley. After starting the season ranked No. 6 in the country, the Nittany Lions are currently in the No. 2 spot, right behind Alabama.The two schools may be on a collision course to meet in the College Football Playoff and Penn State fans appear to be welcoming the challenge. On Saturday, fans at Beaver Stadium broke into a “We want Bama!” chant. Take a listen below. Wishing for a game against Alabama sounds like a dangerous proposition. However, Penn State looks as equipped as any to give the Crimson Tide a run for their money.
  3. Saquon Barkley is simply electric. Even when he’s not totally on his game, he’s the most entertaining player in college football today. He had an early drop against Michigan, and it looked like he was about to drip another easy pass in the fourth quarter Saturday night.Instead, he made a brilliant recovery to score his third touchdown on the night. for the touchdown!— CFB Gif'er (@CFBgifer) October 22, 2017 After the score, Barkley celebrated in with a leaping romp of pure enthusiasm.We knew this night would be special for the Heisman Trophy leader when he busted out with a 69-yard score on the second offensive play of the game (watch here).Barkley’s third touchdown of the night gave Penn State a 35-13 lead over Michigan with over 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
  4. Lane Kiffin and his FAU Owls are proving to be a problem for their Conference USA opponents.Kiffin’s Owls lit up the scoreboard with school-record 69 points in a win over North Texas on Saturday. Perhaps even more impressively, they put up a conference-record 804 yards in the game.Quarterback Jason Driskel passed for 357 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for a score. The Owls had seven rushing touchdowns in the game, including three from Devin Singletary, who ran for 123 yards on 17 carries.FAU has now won three games in a row to improve to 4-3 and 3-0 in conference play. The Sun Sentinel says the team is over .500 during the second half of the season for the first time since 2008. FAU also has consecutive 50-plus point games.
  5. Rashaan Gaulden offered an apology for a gesture that happened as a result of getting caught up in the moment during Tennessee’s game against Alabama.In the third quarter of Saturday’s game, Daniel Bituli intercepted a pass from Tua Tagovailoa and took it 97 yards the other way for the Volunteer’s first (and only) score of the game. Afterwards, Bituli’s teammate Rashaan Gaulden gave Crimson Tide fans seated near the end zone a double middle finger salute, as seen above.During the post game press conference, Gaulden apologized, saying it was “very out of character.”“I want to make an apology to the University of Tennessee and the University of Alabama for my gesture after the pick-six by Daniel Bituli,” Gaulden said, via ESPN. “That remark that I showed was very out of character. That’s not how my parents raised me. That’s not how a leader of the team should show their emotions on the field.”Gaulden is in his fourth year as a member of the Volunteers football team and has played in all seven games this season.