Week 11 was a quiet week of college football as only 1 ranked team fell and the other ranked teams won by an average of 22 points per game. We only saw 3 of these games end within 1 score. On the gambling side, Jake ended his day 7-2 while Hank pulled in an even day of 3-3. Let’s dive in to the weekly recap.
A week after losing to Liberty on a last second field goal, the Hokies once again gave up a fourth quarter lead losing to Miami 25-24. Going into this one, I did not realize that Khalil Herbert was bothered with a hamstring injury. He only ended with 8 carries and Virginia Tech really is a different team when he can’t be effective. D’Eriq King put the Hurricanes on top with 6:37 left to play with a touchdown pass to Mark Pope. The two point conversion failed, leaving them only up 1. The Hokies had 3 possessions to try and get into position for a field goal but were unable to get past their own 43 yard line. The Hurricanes defense was able to contain Hendon Hooker for the most part as he has one big run for 53 yards but totaled 6 yards on his other 20 carries. This also includes 6 sacks as the front 7 was able to create pressure up front. The Hurricanes have a pretty easy schedule left but will need some help from Clemson to find their way into the ACC title game. This handed both Jake and Hank a loss early in the day.
The noon slate saw Jake add in two victories as West Virginia handled TCU easily in a 24-6 win and a track meet in Chapel Hill that saw Wake Forest and UNC go 32 points over the total. UNC pulled away in the fourth quarter but a late Wake Forest touchdown gave them the cover. Jake added another loss trusting Penn State to get in the win column. Hopefully the Nittany Lions finally go away from Sean Clifford as they almost were able to come back after Will Levis was inserted into the game. Hank added two noon wins. First from Indiana as they shutout the Spartans. Indiana is for real. Who would’ve thought in Week 11 we would be talking about the undefeated Indiana Hoosiers and Northwestern Wildcats. The second was from the Army and Tulane over 45.5. This looked bleak until Tulane scored with 5 minutes to play and Army fumbled the ensuing kickoff and it was returned for another touchdown to send it over. It was a terrible attempt at a trick play as you can see below.
How about those Wildcats? They don’t play the prettiest brand of football but they play good defense and continue to find ways to win games. This battle saw Jake take the win from Hank as Northwestern won 27-20. Purdue scored with 8:10 but could not get anything going on their last couple drives. The 10 points scored by Purdue were the first second half points scored against the Wildcats this year.
In a game that no one probably watched, Fresno State rolled to an easy 19 point win against Utah State. Watch out for Utah State’s upcoming games. They are not good and there is money to be made fading them.
In what was probably the game of the day, Hank got another win in exciting fashion as Texas Tech came back to beat Baylor on a last second field goal. Baylor dominated in the run game on the way to a 23-12 lead in the third quarter. The Baylor defense was strong in the first half. Texas Tech was only able to get two field goals. Henry Colombi got injured in the third quarter and the game turned when Alan Bowman came in and was able to throw for 181 yards in a quarter and a half. 12 fourth quarter points was finished off as Bowman led the 2 minute drill from their own 14 yard line to get lined up for a 25 yard field goal. Colin Schooler made a huge play to help hold the Bears to a field goal and the score at an 11 point game instead of 15.
No one had a play in this game but I was keeping an eye on Notre Dame and Boston College in the red bandana game. Boston College and Phil Jurkovic looked good early but Notre Dame could do pretty much whatever they wanted on offense. Ian book threw for 283 and spread the ball around to 7 different receivers on the way to 45-31 win. This wasn’t much of a game after a 21 point second quarter.
Jake was able to find the easy over games. He added a win in the Florida Arkansas game where they almost made it to 100 points. Kyle Trask was electric as the Gators covered the total by themselves. There are still a few games to go but who isn’t already excited for the Alabama Florida matchup in the SEC championship?
Wisconsin did not show any form of rust after a three week break due to Covid. They were able to punch Michigan in the throat early, getting out to a 28-0 halftime lead. Graham Mertz didn’t need to throw too much as the Badgers dominated up front. 4 different players got over 65 yards rushing and five total rushing touchdowns gave Wisconsin an easy 49-11 win.
Oregon is still my pick to win the Pac-12 but they made me sweat out a win and cover late Saturday night against Washington State. A 22 point fourth quarter helped propel them to a 14 point victory.
The one ranked team to get upset in week 11 came from SMU losing to Tulsa 28-24. The Tulsa defense showed up in the second half, shutting out SMU and handing Hank a loss as the over misses by 12 points.