Take a slate that looked 'meh' on paper going into the day along with an afternoon full of duds and it seemed like we could kiss this Saturday good bye… right up until Ohio State lost to Penn State, Leonard Fournette and Patrick Mahomes smashed a couple records, and Gus Malzahn went out and made Auburn great again.
How could you not love this sport?
With another great Saturday behind us, it's time to do what we do best as college football fans: Overreact! Here are six, wild, massive, gross overreactions from Week 8 of the college football season.
LSU will be in position to beat Alabama in the fourth quarter
LSU's evolution under Ed Orgeron is stunning. Take a solid defensive team, add some pop offensively and all of the sudden the Tigers are looking like the club that many picked to win the College Football Playoff in the preseason. LSU has topped the 500+ yard mark twice since Les Miles was fired and has gone for at least 450 yards in all three games since his departure. They didn't get 400 in any game while Miles was the head coach this season, even against FCS school Jacksonville State.
It's unlikely that the Tigers will put up nearly as much offense when they play Alabama in Week 10, but they will probably put up enough offense to keep things close, and potentially pull off the upset.
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Kentucky will clinch bowl eligibility in two weeks… against Georgia
Kentucky's schedule is tough, but at 4-3 with games against Missouri and FCS school Austin Peay, the Wildcats could clinch bowl eligibility this season -- and they could do it as early as Week 10 against Georgia.
Kentucky is playing exceptionally well as of late, winning four of five with their only loss at Alabama. Plus I just don't believe in Georgia. After losing to Vandy, the 'Dawgs are just 4-3 and could easily be 2-5 this season with ugly wins over Nichols and Missouri. Kentucky will also catch Georgia at a perfect time, in between their matchups with Florida and rival Auburn. You think Georgia will be looking ahead at all?
It could lead to one of the most shocking upsets of the season.
Tom Herman will coach his way out of the Texas job
A month ago, Tom Herman was the most untouchable coaching prospect in years -- a combination of Urban Meyer, Vince Lombardi and Mother Teresa all in one. Suddenly, Herman lost two of three, his team fell down to fourth place in the AAC West Division, and his star has cooled. With games remaining against Louisville and Memphis, it seems like Houston is headed for at best a 9-3 finish, with 8-4 possible.
As bad as Charlie Strong has been, replacing him with a guy who lost four games in the AAC will be a tough sell in Austin, especially when one of those losses was to SMU, an in-state school that Texas considers itself vastly superior to.
That doesn't mean Texas will keep Charlie Strong, just that Herman isn't the home-run, grand slam hire that many thought he was just a few weeks ago.
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Mark Helfrich will be fired before the final game of the season
After losing to Cal on Friday, the Ducks are now 2-5 and 0-4 in the Pac-12. And sadly it could get worse.
Even if Oregon somehow rallies Saturday against Arizona State, their next three-game stretch is at USC, Stanford at home, and at Utah -- three games that I believe will ultimately cost Mark Helfrich his job. Oregon will likely lose all three and Helfrich will be fired going into the 'Civil War' game against Oregon State but will be allowed to finish out the season.
While Oregon isn't an easy job, going from 13-2 two years ago to 3-9 (or even 4-8) is an unspeakable fall from grace -- one that can't be spun any other way than "this program is spiraling dangerously out of control."
The only question left is, what kind of candidate can the Ducks get up to Eugene -- a place that hasn't gone through a true coaching search in decades (Chip Kelly and Helfrich were promoted from within)?
Penn State will enter 2017 as one of the hottest programs in college football
Few programs have a brighter outlook than the Nittany Lions. With four of their five remaining games coming against teams with losing records, a 9-3 finish is likely and 10-2 isn't out of the question. And with virtually his entire team returning next year -- including quarterback Trace McSorely, running back Saquon Barkley and likely 11 of the top 13 tacklers off the defense -- the Nittany Lions could be a Big Ten dark horse entering next season and a fringe playoff contender.
It's incredible what a difference one win can make. But all of a sudden the Nittany Lions look like a program built for the long haul.
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Louisville will be the playoff committee’s toughest omission in December
The Cardinals are on a roll, putting up 54 points against NC State Saturday and leaving their single loss to Duke even further behind in the rearview mirror.
Looking at Louisville's remaining schedule -- Virginia, Boston College, Wake Forest, Houston, Kentucky -- not only will the Cardinals likely win out from here, there's a chance they'll win BIG in all five of those games.
If Louisville and Clemson finish the regular season with one loss, Clemson holds the tiebreaker. But can you imagine if the Tigers lose in the ACC title game? Or somewhere else along the way? It would make for an incredibly difficult choice for the College Football Playoff committee.