Best of Week 12: TCU’s gamble pays off, Michigan avoids
Saturday’s early slate was basically every movie where a courageous hero has to pacify a bomb, shut his eyes and clip the blue wire, not entirely sure if it’s the ideal one.It was every airline company disaster movie where a traveler is contacted us to fill in for the unconscious pilot and land the plane.It was Nic
Cage, shirt unbuttoned and fluttering in the wind, screaming incoherently as explosions wreak havoc around him.Saturday strolled the college football season right to the edge of the cliff and jumped– only to get a branch en route down and climb back to safety.In Waco, Texas, TCU’s wonder season went
from absurd to superb as the Horned Frogs bungled a two-point conversion, almost went out the clock with a curious run call, then completely performed an unique groups scramble drill for a game-winning field goal.At the Big Home, Illinois had Michigan on the ropes
, but the Wolverines inched their method down the field on a final drive, viewed J.J. McCarthy toss two passes that could’ve ended in disaster, then booted a basket to win.The Nos. 3 and 4 teams in the nation stay undefeated. Hardly.2 Related The final moments weren’t
rather so dramatic for No. 1 Georgia or No. 2 Ohio State, however they, too, flirted with disaster. The Bulldogs found the end zone just as soon as in a 16-6 win over Kentucky. The Buckeyes tracked at the half and required a late pick-six to fend off Maryland 43-30. Georgia’s made a practice of sleepwalking previous lesser enemies. It hasn’t mattered.Ohio State was truly evaluated for the first time all season. We can forgive the Buckeyes falling under the trap with that team up north on deck next week.In the end, neither game felt truly in doubt.For TCU and Michigan, nevertheless, their place in the leading 4 seemed about as safe as the typical crypto investment.Baylor led the Horned Frogs 28-20 with less than 7 minutes to play, but
as it has actually apparently done weekly, TCU had a response. Max Duggan drove the offense 90 yards on 11 plays for the score, then had Emari Demercado broad open for a game-tying two-point shot however led his running back simply a touch too far.Baylor had an opportunity to run out the clock, however Blake Shapen decided to work on third down despite a broad open receiver beyond the sticks, providing the ball back to TCU one last time. The Horned Frogs managed 9 plays and 45 backyards in the last 1:34, but due to the fact that Sonny
Dykes is the kind of person who likes to hit on 18 just to see what will occur, the last scrimmage play of the game was a run. Demercado went up the middle for 2 yards with the clock ticking down. The field-goal unit sprinted onto the field and snapped the ball prior to the clock hit zeroes, and Griffin Kell drilled the 40-yarder for the win.After the game, Dykes said there was never a doubt. The fire drill is something his group practices routinely. Whether Dykes understands that practicing fire drills doesn’t require you to light your home on fire to make them beneficial is unimportant. The gamble worked. play 0:32 TCU scrambles to kick a game-winning basket in the final seconds versus Baylor.At Michigan, the Wolverines lacked RB Donovan Edwards and Heisman Trophy candidate Blake Corum decreased early in the second half with a knee injury, all of which
finding the end zone something akin to a Where’s Waldo puzzle for Jim Harbaugh’s offense.( Like Dykes’special-teams scramble, we also assume Harbaugh practices Where’s Waldo puzzles daily.)Michigan had 6 second-half belongings. One led to a punt, one a 10-play drive prevented by a stopped working fourth-down try at the Illinois 37 and four others with a field goal.Lucky for Michigan, it has probably the very best kicker in the country.Trailing by a goal at the start of the fourth quarter, Michigan got basket of 41, 33 and a 35-yard game winner from Jake Moody. The last series involved two dangerous throws from McCarthy– one into completion zone that just missed the outstretched arms of Illinois DB Devon Witherspoon and the other batted into the air at the line of scrimmage, and Michigan survived.That whooshing sound you might’ve heard after those last-second basket? That was the playoff committee breathing a massive sigh of relief. Oh, how close we pertained to chaos however Dykes cut the right wire, and Harbaugh landed the plane.There were many methods this could’ve failed. Most likely must have gone wrong. And yet, here we are, the playoff image scruffy and worn, however still in one piece.Tales of the SEC by means of Twitter It’s the most
unpleasant week of the season in the SEC, as half the league tunes up for rivalry games by demolishing lower-tier opponents making money to lose big.But spending a lot of cash just to enjoy a catastrophe unfold isn’t distinct to the SEC. That’s what’s taking place at Twitter, too.
So as our preferred social networks network circles the drain, we figured we ‘d celebrate the SEC’s blowouts by remembering a few of the very best tweets ever sent.Alabama 34, Austin Peay 0 It’s been a weird year for Alabama. On one hand, the Tide’s 2 losses are by a combined 3 points. On the other hand, this is the very first season in current memory that Alabama hasn’t remained in the title hunt in mid-November. It’s clear there are issues at Alabama. But are they big issues or something more comparable to a bowl stuck inside another bowl?Twitter, I need your help. I stacked a ceramic bowl into another one while doing meals and now they are stuck. How do you remove the smaller bowl without breaking both of them?Why am I so invested? I have actually tried to repair this for 2 days,
and I can not quit now. pic.twitter.com/ONfuw7L9dH!.?.!— Chi Nguyễn( @whatchidid )June 6, 2022 Things Nick Saban has actually attempted:-warm soapy water-oil on edges-microwave -aggressive shaking-WD-40-Scheduling Austin Peay That last one seemed to use some hope, as Jermaine Burton caught seven balls for 128 backyards and two goals while Jase McClellan ran for 156 and two scores in the win.Texas A&M 20, UMass
3 Well, the Aggies lastly snapped their six-game losing streak after paying UMass $1.7 million to come play at a mainly empty Kyle Field.Update. Crowd after halftime isn’t even sporadic. #aggies pic.twitter.com/IZSjLrkdIM!.?.!— Kristie Rieken(@kristieAP) November 19, 2022 And while a win is a win, this was barely a turning point for Jimbo Fisher’s group. The
offense largely sputtered yet once again, and has not topped 28
points against an FBS opponent all season( and has actually gone 13 straight FBS games without topping 28).
For referral, here’s
a list of groups that scored less than Texas A&M
did Saturday against UMass in the last 4 years: Stony Brook this year UConn in 2021 UConn in 2018 That’s the whole list.And that brings us to our Twitter memory to celebrate all that A&M has actually accomplished this year.Food$200 Data$150 Lease$800 Candles$3,600 Utility$150 somebody who is good at the economy please assist me spending plan this. my family is dying– wint(@dril )September 29, 2013 Enable us to paraphrase for the folks in College Station … Food$200 Information$150 Lease $800 Coaching buyout$86 million Utility$150 Somebody who is proficient at the economy please assist me budget plan this. My NIL cumulative is dying.Mississippi State 56, East
Tennessee State 7 The eastern part of Tennessee gave us Dolly Parton, and ETSU should definitely be thinking Mississippi State might’ve had its choice of cupcakes, now ETSU might never score once again. Regardless, the Buccaneers will be speaking about Will Rogers and his five TD passes in
their sleep.MY MAN:(gets back)ME: (nervous )how was the store MY MALE: fine ME: oh thank g-MY GUY: encountered jolene ME: oh no MY MALE: she mentioned you left type of an extreme voicemail– Rob Dubbin( @robdubbin)
July 28, 2019 However here’s the real question: Do you believe Mike Leach has actually ever been to Dollywood?Auburn 41, Western Kentucky 17 Cadillac Williams has Auburn’s ground game working, with both Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter each rushing for
more than 100 backyards Saturday. The win gets Auburn to 5-6 and now all the Tigers need to do is win the Iron Bowl to get bowl eligible.What my girlfriend believed, first 4 dates:1. Good t-shirt.2. Wow. A 2nd great shirt.3. Okay, first shirt once again.4. He has 2 shirts.– ristolable(@ristolable)August 13, 2014 What we have actually thought about the Tigers: Hey, great national championship in 2010. Wow, a second national championship look in 2013. Oh, they had 2 great seasons.Texas overcomes arch nemesis In Austin, they
can lastly relax. Those adventurous upstart Longhorns have lastly dropped the monster.Texas fell Big 12 power Kansas Jayhawks 55-14 Saturday in a stunning upset that has, at long last, delivered a message that the big, bad Jayhawks aren’t invincible.Oh, sure, the rivalry had been totally one-sided of late.
Texas hadn’t tasted success over the Jayhawks considering that 2019– ancient history, really. It was a time when a legend called Tom Herman strolled the sidelines, the only Texas coach in the previous years without an L against Kansas. Those were the splendor days for the Longhorns.But Saturday, Bijan
Robinson unearthed a bit of that same splendor when again. He ran for 243 yards and 4 goals against the magnificent Kansas defense, a large portion of Texas’427 hurrying lawns on the day.Quinn Ewers got his very first taste of the competition, and completed just 12 of 21 passes for 107 yards. Still, he made the win– something no Texas QB had actually accomplished this years. Ewers then celebrated by unrolling a pack of
cigarettes from his t-shirt sleeve and relaxing
on the hood of a 1982 Trans Am.It was an emphatic win for the Longhorns, their biggest margin against the Jayhawks considering that 2011. It was a declaration, actually. No longer would Texas be the Huge 12
‘s chuckling stock while Kansas basked in the spotlight of true supremacy. The tide has actually turned. Texas finally has the monkey off its back. And yes, we assume the monkey then assaulted a bunch of kids.Heels tripped up At
North Carolina, the ceiling is
the roofing. But the flooring? That’s Georgia Tech.For the 2nd straight season, a ranked UNC team fell to the Yellow Jackets. This one, however, stings much worse.The Tar Heels saw their longshot playoff hopes disappear in addition to a 17-0 lead thanks to myriad red-zone failures and a defense that couldn’t leave
the field on Georgia Tech’s final drive.For the first time this season, Drake Maye stopped working to throw a touchdown. He may’ve had one– and a game-winner– when he hit a broad open Josh Downs at the 1 on a fourth-and-11 with 4 minutes to play. However Downs dropped the pass, UNC turned
the ball over on downs, and Georgia Tech transformed a third-and-4, third-and-9 and third-and-1 to drain pipes the clock to nos. play 0:46 Josh Downs drops a wide-open goal pass that would have restored North Carolina’s lead.The Tar Heels had four trips inside the Georgia Tech red zone and came away with simply 13 points from them.For the Yellow Jackets, interim coach Brent Key is now 4-3 against ACC competitors, staking a strong claim for
the full-time job.For North Carolina, a season’s worth of come-from-behind wins came to a shrieking stop when Maye and the offense lacked magic.UNC will still play for an ACC champion and has an opportunity to knock off competing NC State next week. And, obviously, basketball season is underway, so there’s still plenty for Heels fans to talk about over a great Château Margaux sauvignon
blanc and some Bitto Storico.No New Year’s Six for UCF UCF’s hopes for an American Conference championship are still alive, but one week after taking command in the mission for the Group of 5’s Brand-new Year’s 6 bid with a win over Tulane, the Knights encountered a Navy defense that played its best game of the season.UCF lacked beginning QB John Rhys Plumlee in the 2nd half, turned the ball over two times, was simply 3-of-12 on third-down shots and its defense could not get off the field as Navy chewed up the last 5:54 of the game on an 11-play drive to secure the 17-14 win.The Knights ‘loss further scrambles both the AAC championship game picture and the New Year’s 6 quote. Tulane and Cincinnati were both ranked in the committee’s most recent top 25, but they’ll face off against each other in Week 13. UCF wraps its season against hapless USF, and would still make the conference title game with a win. Whether a three-loss UCF might make a New Year’s Six bowl even with a conference title, however, is a big question, leaving the door open
possibly for Coastal Carolina or UTSA to make a late push, too.The most college football thing to take place Saturday
This season has had far too couple of random animal entertainment throughout games. Last year we had the Louisville pet dog and the Arizona State fox. We’ve had jackrabbits and squirrels and ducks throughout the years, and they’re always a wonderful distraction throughout a particularly dull football game.So, a big suggestion of the cap to this year’s first truly memorable animal act: The end zone pigeon.pic.twitter.com/qhws1KbX35!.?.!— no context college football (@nocontextcfb)November 19, 2022 The pigeon appeared in the end zone in the 2nd half of Oregon State’s 31-7 win over the Sun Devils and invested almost the totality of the remainder of the game there, without worry that Arizona State’s offense might invade his genuine estate.With the game a blowout, the pigeon
ended up being prime TV fodder, and
a star was born.The director of the ASU-Oregon St. football broadcast on ESPN is fixated with a random pigeon pic.twitter.com/O3dVYH4lBf!.?.!— Bob Adlhoch (@badlhoch )November 19, 2022 Under-the-radar play of the day When we debate who made the year’s best catch in college football, be sure to include this one from Duke’s Jordan Moore.On a second-and-6, QB Riley Leonard threw a back-shoulder pass towards the sideline. Moore was well covered, and the ball was thrown high. Meh. No problem.
play 0:35 Pitt’s Jordan Moore makes an astounding one-handed catch.Moore ended up the game with 14 grabs for 199 yards and a touchdown, however the Blue Devils showed up simply short in a 28-26 loss to Pitt.Under-the-radar game of the day Aidan Sayin hit Trey Flowers for a 5-yard goal on fourth-and-goal with 5 seconds to play to lead Penn over Princeton, a win that handed the Ivy League title to Yale.Q4:05|Penn 20, # 22 Princeton 19 SAYIN TO FLOWERS!!! Quakes take the lead with five seconds left!!! #FightOnPenn x #BEGREAT pic.twitter.com/vmKV1R73aM!.?.!— Penn Football (@PENNfb )November 19, 2022 No doubt this will result
in those brand-new money Yalies ribbing their competitors with some droll remarks between bits of crudité down at the marina. However let them have their Football. Princeton will constantly excel at gentlemanly club life.Big bets and bad beats Today, Las Vegas set the most affordable over-under for a college football game in the previous 20 years for Iowa and Minnesota’s matchup. The Hawkeyes considered it a dare.With a total that closed at just 31.5, Iowa and Minnesota never even sniffed the over. Iowa took a 10-7 lead to the half, but after the break, the two groups decided to participate in a
war of attrition that included
less action than the typical gazing contest.The Gophers had a prime possibility to put the game away midway
through the 4th quarter(though, in fairness, a 2nd goal versus Iowa at any point during a game usually makes sure a win)when Mohamed Ibrahim brought 14 times on a 16-play drive, however he fumbled on a third-and-4 at a loss zone.
After a Minnesota interception on its next drive, Iowa scored a field goal to
secure the win.Ibrahim finished just 10 backyards shy of matching Iowa’s total yardage, bring 39 times for 263 lawns(with a catch for seven more), however it wasn’t enough.The under covered easily. Iowa won for the 4th time this season in
a game in which it failed to split 300 backyards of offense.The top 4 groups in the country all won Saturday, however none covered.Georgia was a 22.5-point favorite against Kentucky but won by simply 10.
Ohio State was a 26-point favorite versus Maryland but led by simply 3 in the last minutes of the game. Michigan was a 17-point favorite and needed a last-second basket to pull out the triumph over Illinois. And TCU, favored by simply two, escaped Baylor by a point.This year’s installation of Cal-Stanford won’t be kept in mind as the wildest ending in the rivalry, however gamblers of the under will definitely be talking about it for a while.The overall closed at 46 and the under looked like a simple winner with Stanford leading 17-6 after three quarters. However Cal reacted with 3 fourth-quarter touchdowns to take a 27-17 lead with 58 seconds to play. It sufficed to get bettors sweating, however at 44 points, the under remained safe.Well, it should have anyway.Stanford got the ball back, ran nine plays for 37 lawns to the Cal 43 and after that, with simply 5 seconds staying, lined up for a 61-yard field goal try.Why? Our only guess is crypto is in the tank and too many Stanford boosters had the over.In any case, Joshua Karty’s kick was excellent– sealing Stanford’s 27-20 loss and a wild cover for the over.