Week 10 was the one that most of Tigernation, and the rest of the college football world for that matter, had circled on their calendars. It was a week that had a top 10 matchup between No. 8 Florida and No. 5 Georgia along with a top five matchup between No. 1 Clemson and No. 4 Notre Dame.
It was a weekend that had some good, some bad, and some ugly. So, let’s look back at the weekend.
The Fighting Irish came out and played a great game against the No. 1 Tigers Saturday night. They proved that this years team could handle the big stage when they gave up the lead in the second half and then came back to send it into overtime and finally won the game 47-40 in double overtime.
No. 20 USC scored two touchdowns in the last three minutes of the fourth quarter to get a stunning come from behind 28-27 win that helped the Trojans avoid Arizona State’s upset bid. USC had to come back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit and it was the first time the Trojans have come back from a deficit of 13 points or more in the fourth quarter since the 2017 Rose Bowl against Penn State.
Not many would have expected the Nittany Lions to start the season out 0-2 and one of the losses being a dreadful 35-19 loss to Maryland, who entered the game as a 27.5 point underdog. Many have said this was the worst defeat of the James Franklin era at Penn State. It also takes them out of any talk about the B10 championship game.
The Bulldogs came into Saturday’s game against Florida with some expecting them to challenge Alabama for the SEC Championship this season. That came to a screeching halt when the Gators destroyed them in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. The Bulldogs not only lost the game, but gave up a record in the process as Florida quarterback Kyle Trask completed 30 of 43 passes for 474 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception on the day. This made him the first quarterback in SEC history to throw for 4+ scores in five consecutive games.
Yes, Liberty is ranked and yes, they came in 6-0, but they are still a lesser opponent when looking at the grand scheme of things. Then add in how the game ended and it makes it that much worse. Liberty place kicker Alex Barbir hit a career-long 51-yard field goal with one second left in the game. The kick lifted No. 25 Liberty to a 38-35 victory over Virginia Tech. This kick came just after the Hokies had blocked a 59-yard attempt with 8 seconds left and return it to the end zone for what looked to be the game-winner, only to find out that Tech had called a timeout before the attempt. Hokies head coach Fuente is working on getting fired during a Covid season and that’s not an easy thing to do.
Speaking of a coach trying to get fired during a Covid season. Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp is feeling the pressure after his team’s performance against Texas A&M that saw them only get a FG that came late in a 48-3 loss. What made this one so much worse than the loss to LSU was the fact that UofSC had an extra week to prepare for the Aggies. Then add in the fact that the Gamecocks defense is giving up an average of 50 points a game over the last two games it becomes a little more clear why fans at Williams Brice began to boo and chant “Fire Muschamp.”
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